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I have a basset hound that has one eye that is white. I am wondering if this could be passed to her puppies? I was wanting to breed her but dont want this to be passed to her pups. any help would be greatly appreciated.
 

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My first foster was like that - I was told it was due to inbreeding or a genetic defect, so it very well could be passed down if you do. Without a full genetic test of your dog and whoever the mate will be, it isn't a good idea to breed anyway.
 

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thanks for the reply. what kind of full genetic test? I am new to basset hounds so I am not sure what you all test for before breeding. I have had hunting dogs in the past and I always wanted them to have there hips X-rayed. I have really fell in love with this breed and want to get into showing and breeding hopefully one day but right now i am trying to learn. thanks again for the help.
 

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. what kind of full genetic test? I am new to basset hounds so I am not sure what you all test for before breeding. I have had hunting dogs in the past and I always wanted them to have there hips X-rayed. I have really fell in love with this breed and want to get into showing and breeding hopefully one day but right now i am trying to learn. thanks again for the help.[/b]
see the BHCA Guidelines for Ethical Conduct

and Health Policy
BHCA encourages responsible breeding through screening for the more common genetic disorders known to affect Basset Hounds. BHCA believes that the following tests yield useful information that may assist responsible breeders in their selection of Basset Hounds to be used for breeding:

1.Gonioscopy (examination of the iridocorneal angle of the eye for abnormalities which may predispose the eye to the development of glaucoma) and eye examination, performed by a veterinary ophthalmologist, resulting in eligibility for Canine Eye Registry Foundation (CERF) registration.
2.Thrombopathia genetic testing is available through Dr. Mary Boudreaux's laboratory at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine (see Health Issues section for referral form).
3.von Willebrand’s factor antigen testing.
4.Thyroid testing, to include at least on full thyroid panel.
5.Radiographs (x-rays) of hips and elbows with evaluation by a recognized registry, e.g. Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA), PennHip, Institute for Genetic Disease Control in Animals (GDC), Ontario Veterinary College (OVC).
6.Temperament evaluation, as evidenced by Puppy Aptitude Testing or American Temperament Test Society, Inc. (ATTS) certification.
Breeders have a responsibility to research and understand genetics and common breed health problems. BHCA strongly discourages the use in a breeding program of any Basset Hound known to be seriously affected by any genetic disorder. Breeders are strongly encouraged to: (a) exchange screening results when planning matings; and (B) discuss breed health issues with puppy buyers, providing full disclosure on puppies offered for sale.[/b]
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Basset hounds are pre-disposed to canine (closed angle) glaucoma which is a very painful condition that almost always leads to blindness. My basset, Francis, and I put up a pretty intense fight against it but after 3 years of medications and hospitalizations we lost and Fran has been totally blind .
He's a tough, plucky little fellow and after a period of adjustment and retraining ( and a couple of tons of treats) he goes everywhere and does everything with me but I still wouldn't wish it on anybody.
I wouldn't breed anyway but I definitely would not breed any basset with eye problems.
Good luck.
 

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W/ You Aruuuuuu!
 

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It's a little difficult to tell from the photo, but it looks like the iris might be absent or malformed (aniridia). A veterinary ophthalmologist could examine her and tell you for sure. If it is aniridia, it's hereditary in humans, and a similar mutation has been identified in dogs. Based on that information, I suspect it could/would be passed on to puppies.

Good for you for checking. :) Too many folks breed first and ask questions when it's too late. :(
 

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ok thanks so much for the info this is a great site. we just fell in love with our basset and now maybe we have an excuse to get another dog. lol. thanks again for the help.
 

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want to get into showing and breeding hopefully one day but right now i am trying to learn.[/b]
check the web site for local clubs and breaders. They are the best way to get started. General speaking to get a show quality dog you need to demonstrate an interest in showing etc. Going to a local dog show listing for events can be found on the AKC.org web site under events, can put you in direct contact with breeder and local club members as well. good luck.
 
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