Ok, Basset_Lover, I did not know about health problems with basset pups. I just asked why, and I got the answer. My breed is generally a healthy breed, females usually deliver well and pups are usually very healthy, so maybe that is why my mentors do not recommend it either. My dogs have all required tests done and certified by Ofa and Cerf, again, sorry if I asked, I guess I still have to learn a lot. Best wishes for pups and the mom!
Ok, no problem. I know that bassetmommyof2 was on here several weeks back asking about breeding her dogs. I happen to have a fairly good memory and remember her telling us it was her first litter and she had never raised puppies before.
I don't know her personally, but I do hope that she had all the testing done to both of her dogs prior to even considering breeding them, due to some possibly major health issues that she could be facing.
She is not a "breeder" per se, I believe that she somewhat casually created this litter. Excuse me if I am mistaken, but from previous postings, that is the gest of the story that I got.
Bassets do have the potential to be a genetic mess, unless the breeder really researches the breed and the breeders that they obtained their parent stock from. I would hope that she had their hips, elbows and joints checked for one thing. Due to the unusual shape of their legs and the way they walk (on the backs of their feet) they tend to be a breed that can have lots of joint problems.
They are an awesome breed, not for everyone though. You have to have someone that is willing to put up with lots of dog slime and slobber, because they can produce buckets of the stuff.
I love Labradors too, thay are my favorites too, but just too big dogs for me! I know they have a lot of heath issues too, but I see that reputable breeders do a lot of testing and breed only healthy dogs. I never researched bassets and I did not know they have so many health problems. I hope these pups will be doing great!
HINDQUARTERS The upper thighs long, and lower thighs short and well developed, with a wide natural stance. Angulation in balance with the forequarters. The hock joint strong. No dewclaws. Feet as in front.
I would be interested in knowing what lines your shias are from though.