Bellingham Basset Hounds of Washington
                                           Family Raised AKC Quality European Basset Hounds
The Basset Hound is known for its long ears, droopy eyes, short legs and friendly disposition. The "Hush Puppy" trademark makes this breed iconic. They truly melt your heart with their sad solemn expression. Their loyal devoted demeanor makes this breed a family favorite. Character is written all over them! Originally from France, the Basset was bred for the hunt.  They are the top in tracking due to their low to the ground nose and long ears which aids in picking up the scent. The word Basset is derived from "bas", meaning low. Even though they were bred for their hunting instincts, they are equally at home as a beloved companion. Not a frisky, hyper breed, but a calm sometimes lazy couch potato who just wants to please!
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The Basset Hound has been known to be a  healthy breed and very rarely have any problems. Given proper care and nutrition, coupled with regular exercise and grooming, you can expect your Basset to live 12 to 15 years, some even longer.
The Basset can tend to get obese, with lack of exercise and overfeeding. 

Our health guarantee of our dogs ensures you will go home with a premium family pet in optimum health. We guarantee our European Bassets to be free from glaucoma; they do not carry the genetic disorder.
 
​Basset Hound Facts                 
Height: 12-15 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 65-85 lbs. Euros weight more!
Colors: Generally black, brown, white and tan,               red and white, mahogany and lemon.
Coat: Hard, smooth, short and dense. Our                 dogs have an unusual silky soft coat.   
Temperament: Independent, good natured,                              sociable and gentle 
With Children: Yes, delightful pet to children
Special skills: Hound and family pet, can be                       used to hunt rabbit, great trackers.
Watch dog: High, suspicious of strangers, but                     will want to lick them, will not bite.
Guard dog: Low, tends to be very friendly
Activity: Indoors-low, outdoors-medium
Living Environment: Will do well in house or
        apartment as they are very sedentary                  indoors, but will enjoy outdoor activities

​If you are purchasing a puppy from us we recommend you  educate yourself before puppy arrives!  Below is a link to free down loads on how to prepare, raise and train your pup!
We highly recommend this information to be a successful puppy owner and eliminate potential problems from happening.

​http://www.dogstardaily.com/free-downloads
The books are called, BEFORE You Get Your Puppy
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AFTER You Get Your Puppy.  
Golden retriever study suggests neutering affects dog health
February 13, 2013

Neutering, and the age at which a dog is neutered, may affect the animal’s risk for developing certain cancers and joint diseases, according to a new study of golden retrievers by a team of researchers at the University of California, Davis.

The study, which examined the health records of 759 golden retrievers, found a surprising doubling of hip dysplasia among male dogs neutered before one year of age. This and other results were published Feb. 13 in the online scientific journal PLOS ONE.

“The study results indicate that dog owners and service-dog trainers should carefully consider when to have their male or female dogs neutered,” said lead investigator Benjamin Hart, a distinguished professor emeritus in the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

“It is important to remember, however, that because different dog breeds have different vulnerabilities to various diseases, the effects of early and late neutering also may vary from breed to breed,” he said.

While results of the new study are revealing, Hart said the relationship between neutering and disease-risk remains a complex issue. For example, the increased incidence of joint diseases among early-neutered dogs is likely a combination of the effect of neutering on the young dog’s growth plates as well as the increase in weight on the joints that is commonly seen in neutered dogs.

Dog owners in the United States are overwhelmingly choosing to neuter their dogs, in large part to prevent pet overpopulation or avoid unwanted behaviors. In the U.S., surgical neutering — known as spaying in females — is usually done when the dog is less than one year old.

In Europe, however, neutering is generally avoided by owners and trainers and not promoted by animal health authorities, Hart said.

During the past decade, some studies have indicated that neutering can have several adverse health effects for certain dog breeds. Those studies examined individual diseases using data drawn from one breed or pooled from several breeds.

Against that backdrop, Hart and colleagues launched their study, using a single hospital database. The study was designed to examine the effects of neutering on the risks of several diseases in the same breed, distinguishing between males and females and between early or late neutering and non-neutering. 

The researchers chose to focus on the golden retriever because it is one of the most popular breeds in the U.S. and Europe and is vulnerable to various cancers and joint disorders. The breed also is favored for work as a service dog.

The research team reviewed the records of female and male golden retrievers, ranging in age from 1 to 8 years, that had been examined at UC Davis’ William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital for two joint disorders and three cancers: hip dysplasia, cranial cruciate ligament tear, lymphosarcoma, hemangiosarcoma and mast cell tumor. The dogs were classified as intact (not neutered), neutered early (before 12 months age), or neutered late (at or after 12 months age).

Joint disorders and cancers are of particular interest because neutering removes the male dog’s testes and the female’s ovaries, interrupting production of certain hormones that play key roles in important body processes such as closure of bone growth plates, and regulation of the estrous cycle in female dogs.

The study revealed that, for all five diseases analyzed, the disease rates were significantly higher in both males and females that were neutered either early or late compared with intact (non-neutered) dogs.

Specifically, early neutering was associated with an increase in the occurrence of hip dysplasia, cranial cruciate ligament tear and lymphosarcoma in males and of cranial cruciate ligament tear in females. Late neutering was associated with the subsequent occurrence of mast cell tumors and hemangiosarcoma in females.

In most areas, the findings of this study were consistent with earlier studies, suggesting similar increases in disease risks. The new study, however, was the first to specifically report an increased risk of late neutering for mast cell tumors and hemangiosarcoma.

Furthermore, the new study showed a surprising 100 percent increase, or doubling, of the incidence of hip dysplasia among early-neutered males. Earlier studies had reported a 17 percent increase among all neutered dogs compared to all non-neutered dogs, indicating the importance of the new study in making gender and age-of-neutering comparisons.

Other researchers on this UC Davis study were: Gretel Torres de la Riva, Thomas Farver and Lynette Hart, School of Veterinary Medicine; Anita Oberbauer, Department of Animal Science; Locksley Messam, Department of Public Health Sciences; and Neil Willits, Department of Statistics.

About UC Davis

For more than 100 years, UC Davis has been one place where people are bettering humanity and our natural world while seeking solutions to some of our most pressing challenges. Located near the state capital, UC Davis has more than 33,000 students, over 2,500 faculty and more than 21,000 staff, an annual research budget of over $750 million, a comprehensive health system and 13 specialized research centers. The university offers interdisciplinary graduate study and more than 100 undergraduate majors in four colleges — Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Biological Sciences, Engineering, and Letters and Science. It also houses six professional schools — Education, Law, Management, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing.

Media contact(s):

Benjamin Hart, School of Veterinary Medicine, (530) 752-1555, blhart@ucdavis.edu
Pat Bailey, UC Davis News Service, (530) 752-9843, pjbailey@ucdavis.edu
Concerning Spaying/Neuter to early:  From UC Davis.