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.
see the BHCA Guidelines for Ethical Conduct. 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]
you may want to check in to a MentorBHCA 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]
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.want to get into showing and breeding hopefully one day but right now i am trying to learn.[/b]