Basset Hound Puppies
Basset hound puppies are adorable dogs that attract owners all the time. However, as with any new dog, you should do your research before bringing one into the home. Each breed comes with its own needs, and dogs in general can be a task to raise!
However, it’s well worth it if you’re educated and know what to do. Here’s everything you need to know about Basset hound puppies.
Where To Get Basset Hound Puppies
However, you should make sure you’re purchasing from an ethical breeder. It can be tempting to get that $50 puppy on Craigslist, but $50 nowhere near covers the cost of raising a newborn puppy. This means the person selling them likely hasn’t put a lot of effort into raising their pup, and certainly hasn’t gotten them everything they need.
Instead, pay more and get a puppy who’s actually been raised right. This will end up actually saving you money down the line, as there’s less chance of expensive health problems.
How do you know you’re buying from an ethical breeder? Check out this checklist:
- Shot records for puppies and vet checks
- American Kennel Club registration
- A contract stipulating spay/neuter when appropriate
- A promise to take the puppy back if it isn’t working out, so as not to contribute to shelter populations
- A willingness for you to come to the home and meet them
- Pictures and descriptions of the parents
- Transparency when it comes to answering questions
If the person wants to meet in a neutral location and has no contracts, papers, or shot records, this is a backyard breeder you should avoid.
There’s no denying that a new Basset hound puppy will set you back a little. They can cost around $1000, but typically go up to $2500 if they’re from great pedigree lines. Just remember how much money this saves you in the long run since they’ve been health checked.
Basset hounds are a very distinctive breed. They have short, stocky bodies and very, very long ears! They usually comes in a combination of brown, white, and black colors and have large heads and short legs.
They were originally bred as pack dogs, and they’ve maintained some personality from this! They tend to be a little clingy, so if you’re at home a lot and love having a companion by your side, they’re the perfect choice. They’re gentle and easy to train as long as you’re consistent, because they want to please you.
They can, however, have a bit of a prey drive with small animals. This is easily combated if you stay on top of it, but you should introduce them to other pets carefully. Peanut…
Keeping up with training and socialization is one of the most important parts of having a puppy. Fortunately, Basset hounds make that pretty easy. They’re not too stubborn and will listen to you as long as you’re consistent.
You should, however, make sure you have a handle on their tendency to chase other animals. Don’t let them off-leash outside until you’re sure their recall is reliable. This will take many months, so don’t expect instant results.
Start by having them on a short leash, then a long leash to test things. Call their name and offer them a high-value reward every time they come back to you. Cheese works great for this!
You can also work on teaching them “leave it” in reference to small animals. If you have small animals in the home, “place” is another good option. Pick a mat or any distinct small surface in your sitting room. Lure them there with a treat, and tell them “place” until they understand that “place” means go to that place and stay there. As a puppy, they won’t be able to hold themselves there very long, but you can increase the time they stay there with age.
This should prevent them from chasing the cats!
Basset Hound Puppies’ Veterinary Needs
Puppies need shots every three weeks until they’re around three or four months old to protect them from parvovirus, distemper, and other nasty diseases. This usually means a series of three shots, but might mean four. Some areas are higher risk, so it depends on what your veterinarian recommends.
At the end of the series, they will also be vaccinated against rabies and there are optional vaccines such as kennel cough.
Like all purebred dogs, Basset Hound puppies do have some health conditions to watch out for. They’ll need a check-up and booster shots every year as adults, so your vet will keep an eye out for these. You should also make sure your pet insurance covers them. Frieda…
Their coat has relatively low grooming needs since it’s short and smooth, but you should make sure to trim their nails and clean their ears on a regular basis. Start getting them used to this when they’re a puppy, as it will help in future! Sir Hudson…
It’s likely you’ll have to do this every six to eight weeks.
All in all, Basset hounds make great companions! You do, however, have to keep an eye out for their health conditions and make sure they’re trained well so you can call off their prey drive. However, if you do the work, you have a great friend for life.
Basset Hound Puppies – Photos
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