This article discusses the genetically inherited diseases and disorders that are more commonly seen in the Basset Hound breed. These diseases and disorders are caused by the absence of a gene or by products of a defective gene.
Breeders, owners, and those interested in getting a Basset Hound should all be aware of these diseases and disorders because well-bred and well-cared-for Basset Hounds have a better chance of living a long and healthy life.
The genetically inherited diseases and disorders that more commonly occur the Basset Hound are:
The best way to prevent Basset Hound genetic defects is to exclude a Basset Hound that is seriously affected with any genetic disorder from all breeding programs. Responsible Basset Hound breeders are knowledgeable of common health problems with the breed and of the appropriate steps to take to minimize the chance of these problems occurring in their litters.
The Responsibilities of Buyers and Adopters
Whether you're planning to buy a Basset Hound puppy or adopt a Basset Hound from a Basset Hound rescue organization, become familiar with the health problems that are more common to the breed by reading Basset Hound Diseases and Conditions.
If you're planning to buy a puppy, minimize the chance of genetic defects by buying from a responsible and ethical breeder. Additionally, ask your breeder about known health problems in the puppy's history. A responsible breeder will provide full disclosure.
The Responsibilities of Owners
As an owner, even if you know that there is no history of genetic defects in your Basset Hound, learn about common Basset Hound diseases and conditions including signs and preventative measures. This knowledge will help you provide better health care for your Basset Hound.
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