The Basset Hound Club of Victoria Inc.

PUPPIES

AT THIS TIME THE CLUB IS NOT AWARE OF ANY AVAILABLE PUPPIES.   

WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU CONTACT THE REGISTERED BREEDERS LISTED UNDER "BASSET HOUND BREEDERS" ON DOGZONLINE, AS THE BREEDERS LISTED ON THIS SITE ARE ALL ANKC REGISTERED BREEDERS, WHO ARE IDENTIFIABLE VIA THEIR INDIVIDUAL ANKC/STATE CONTROLLING BODY MEMBERSHIP NUMBER.  SHOULD YOU FEEL IT NECESSARY TO DO SO, YOU ARE ABLE TO VERIFY THE BONA FIDES OF BREEDERS BY CONTACTING THE RELEVANT STATE BODY IDENTIFIED UNDER THE INDIVIDUAL BREEDER LISTING.

ADDITIONALLY, IN VICTORIA, ALL BREEDERS MUST ALSO INCLUDE THEIR STATE GOVERNMENT PET EXCHANGE REGISTRAR SOURCE NUMBER ON ALL ADVERTISEMENTS FOR THE SALE AND/OR EXCHANGE OF PUPPIES OR ADULT DOGS.

ANKC REGISTERED BREEDERS ARE ALSO GOVERNED BY A STRICT CODE OF ETHICS, AND ARE REQUIRED TO MEET A HIGH STANDARD OF CARE IN THE REARING AND RAISING OF PUPPIES.

As Basset Hounds are extremely popular, it is important to sort the "wheat" from the "chaff" when it comes to breeders.  The bottom line is that there is no substitute for a dedicated, knowledgeable breeder whose dogs are from the highest quality stock, with puppies lovingly raised, and who are happy and available to offer advice and assistance as puppies they have bred join their new "forever" family homes.

There is nothing more cuddly than a baby Basset pup, long ears, big feet and a purpose in life...but they are so vulnerable, just babies, so don't be surprised when the breeder asks a lot of questions about your lifestyle, it's quite hard when the breeder has to pack their little suitcases and send them to their new homes.   Many a tear has been shed by the dedicated breeder after each puppy goes off in their new owner's car.

SOME IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR YOU TO CONSIDER:-

  • From time to time, you will see media alerts for "puppy scams" and also "puppy farms".    Please be wary of advertisements on sites such as gumtree, or those advertisements that appear when "googling puppies".  These are the forums that are unfortunately frequently used by scammers, or unregulated breeders, where they cannot be identified as being an ANKC registered breeder, by the non-disclosure of any ANKC registered membership number. 
  • Be wary of a breeder who is vague when answering your questions, or who insists that you deposit a large payment of money as either a deposit or payment in full for a puppy that you are yet to see, and who often want you to make a payment via "western union" or another unusual money transfer.    Do not buy a puppy from a breeder whose dogs are in poor and unhealthy condition, and the kennels or living conditions are dirty and filthy.   Be wary of breeders who apply a high sales pressure tactic.  If for any reason you are unsure about buying a puppy from a particular breeder, then quite simply don't.

 

  • A reputable ANKC registered breeder will always be happy to talk to you, and at the appropriate time, usually once the puppies have been Veterinary health checked and received their first vaccinations, the breeder will invite you to visit to see the puppies, and to also meet the puppies' parents (sire and dam).  The father of the puppies may not always live with the breeder, however at this all important visit, the breeder will be able to show you photos of the father, and tell you all about him.  It is at this meeting that the breeder will discuss with you in greater detail all the requirements for bringing the puppy home once it has reached a minimum of 8 weeks of age (sometimes a little older, around 9 or so weeks), and provide you with information about the puppies' anticipated growth and development, behaviours and breed characteristics.

 

  • The breeder will ask extensive questions about yourself to gauge your understanding and expectations about the breed, and that you will be able to provide a safe and secure home with adequate fencing, sufficient room, proper warm dry shelter, and that the puppy will be a part of the family and be well socialised and cared for.  A Basset is a sociable dog, and thrives best within a family environment, and does not do well left on its own for hours on end, lacking attention.

 

  • At the time your puppy is ready for you to collect and take home, you will receive from a reputable registered breeder comprehensive informative paperwork, which will include:-
    • A detailed dietary sheet, outlining the puppy's daily feeding regime, and recommendations for the quantity and type of food to feed the puppy over the coming weeks and months, as it grows towards adulthood. 
    • Vaccination Record signed by the breeder's Veterinarian showing the date and type of vaccination the puppy has received, and the important vaccination booster dates, and details of the worming regime, and recommendations for on-going worming as the puppy grows.
    • A signed Veterinary Certificate of Health, confirming that the puppy's physical health, and if any abnormalities are noted, then this will be stated on the Certificate of Health, and information provided to you as to how this may, or may not, affect the puppy's development. 
    • Copy of any Veterinary health testing results undertaken by the breeder for either or both of the parents or the puppy for any known breed conditions, such as eye problems - glaucoma, entropian or ectropian, cherry eye, and DNA breed specific testing for bleeding disorders such as thrombopathia.
    • Each puppy will be microchipped, and you will be provided with a signed transfer of microchip form, which enables the microchip registry to transfer the microchip identification into your name.  This is often now done on-line by the breeder, or you may elect to complete this process yourself.
    • Each puppy in the litter will be registered with Dogs Victoria, or other relevant interstate Controlling Body, and a Certified Pedigree will be issued for each puppy in the litter, either on the Main Registrar if it is intended to be exhibited at shows, or other like activity, or on the Limited Registrar if it is to be a much-loved family companion, and not intended for future breeding.   A dog on the Limited Registrar is still able to compete in many and varied sanctioned events held by Dogs Victoria, or other interstate Controlling Bodies, such as obedience, rally, agility, scent/nose works, dancing with dogs, field trials, earth dogs, coursing, therapy dogs visiting hospitals, or schools, or being part of children's reading programmes.  The list of activities you can do with your puppy is extensive, but either way, its most important role is that of a much loved and valued family member.
    • Breeders may also provide a contract of purchase which both yourself and the breeder sign.
    • You will also expect to receive extensive information on the breed characteristics, the breed standard - which describes the physical appearance and features of the breed, which all breeders should strive to achieve, as well as detailed information about the appropriate age to desex your puppy, growth patterns and how the different stages of development may affect the puppy physically, and the importance of socialisation, training, and the like.

Genuine breeders care very much about the puppies they have whelped and raised in their homes, and are pleased to know the progress of the puppies, and are only too happy to provide advice and guidance on any problems that you may be having with your new puppy.  

 

 


Would you like to join the Basset Hound Club of Victoria?

If so, a Membership Form can be downloaded from this website Here

 


Contact Details

Julie Lehmann (Club Secretary)
Toora, VIC, Australia
Email : [email protected]