Did you know that looking for reputable Basset Hound breeders doesn’t only mean making sure that the dogs they breed are healthy and meet breed standards? When choosing a breeder you also need to find out the reasons why the breeder has decided to carry on the line of this particular dog breed.
A reputable breeder doesn’t leave breeding to chance. They have carefully selected the sire and dam for specific reasons. Their reasons may be to breed the dog for a specific look or temperament for producing a litter of champions meant for those interested in showing and using their dogs for competition. On the other hand, other breeders may be producing a breed for regular family companionship.
Therefore, you need to find reputable Basset Hound breeders that are breeding dogs to suit your needs. This is because dogs that are bred for characteristics that are ideal for showing, does not mean that these characteristics are also ideal for a family pet. You also need to be aware of the fact that many breeders who breed for showing, tend to reserve the top pick of the litter for themselves. This means that you have less of a chance to find the dog best suited to you.
Of course, when it all comes down to it, the health and temperament of the puppies is really what should concern you most. In other words, there is no reason why you shouldn’t consider obtaining a puppy for a family pet from a Basset Hound breeder that has bred their litter for show, and is also allowing them to be sold as pets. As long as the option is available, the puppy is healthy, comes form a good line, and has been raised in a clean and happy environment, go for it.
Just make sure that regardless of where you choose to acquire your Basset Hound that you ask the breeder plenty of questions, and that you are satisfied with the answers you receive.
That being said, remember it is also the job of good Basset Hound breeders to select good owners. Therefore, don’t be surprised or offended if you are given the third degree by a breeder. After all, they want to make sure that the puppies they are responsible for are going to a good caring and loving home.
Congratulations! You’ve decided to bring home your very own Basset Hound puppy. However, do you have everything in order? Do you have food, treats, toys, leash, collar, and a bed/crate ready? What about a Veterinarian? Have you picked one for your pooch?
You need to choose a vet before you bring home your dog. You don’t want to begin your search for a vet when the time comes that your pup needs a checkup. The reason is because it is important that both you and your Basset Hound puppy are comfortable with the vet, and the vet is comfortable with your dog breed, before you actually require his/her services. Furthermore, finding the right vet may not be as easy as you think. For instance, just because there may be a vet located down the street, doesn’t mean that this person is the right choice for your dog.
You need to think of finding a vet for your pup as the same as finding a doctor for yourself. You want someone who will talk to you with understanding and respect; you don’t want to be talked down to or spoken to in medical jargon you don’t understand. You need a vet who will answer your questions and not rush you along to attend to the next patient. A vet also needs to be trusted and liked by your dog. You’re looking for vet to be there for the rest of your dog’s life.
It’s also essential to your budget that you find a vet who has an on-site lab where they work. If your vet needs to send lab work out, this is going to cost you extra money and create a delay in test results. Therefore, you need to compare the costs between different vets that could potentially be a good choice for your Basset Hound puppy. However, just remember that cost shouldn’t take priority over the health and care of your dog. Don’t be afraid to question costs and find out the reasons why a vet may charge a higher or lower price for the same procedure.
The following are what you need to keep in mind when looking for a vet for your pup –
- Will you be able to see the vet the same day you make an appointment
- Does the vet offer 24-hour emergency care
- Is the office of the vet clean
- Is the staff at the office friendly to both you and your dog
- Are all technicians qualified and licensed
- Does your vet take pet insurance
- Will your vet refer you to specialists, and are they local
- Does the vet have any experience with the Basset Hound breed
It’s a good idea to find a vet you are comfortable with prior to obtaining your dog, and then schedule a non-medical visit with the vet to introduce your Basset Hound puppy to your vet and the environment to create a positive experience.
Don’t forget to ask local friends and family members for vet recommendations if they own dogs.