Maybe not! But, why not? Well...
If you want a healthy Basset Hound puppy and you want one that has the best chance of growing into a healthy adult dog, then the best source is a reputable Basset Hound breeder. Puppies from reputable breeders usually are not cheap for reasons that I will explain.
There are other options including pet stores, puppy mills, friends and neighbors who breed on a whim, etc. Some of these options will be less expensive than others in the short run. But, they could end up being more costly in the future especially if the puppy ends up having unforeseen heath problems due to irresponsible breeding or lack of health care.
Of course, not all will be unhealthy and puppies no matter the source deserve loving homes. I’m just saying… if you want a healthy, well bred Basset Hound then your initial thinking shouldn’t be bargain-basement puppy.
Here are some points to consider:
1. A puppy from a responsible and well-respected Basset Hound breeder is not going to be cheap.
Why? Because it is expensive to breed responsibly. Costs include but are not limited to: health screening of parents, higher stud fees, high quality puppy and prenatal care, etc.
Responsible breeders are not in it to make money. Typically, they are:
But most importantly for you as a buyer, they strive to produce dogs:
Also, many offer some sort of health guarantee and are willing to share their knowledge and answer all of the questions that you may have about raising a Basset Hound puppy.
A final note: Beware of advertisements for cheap, free Basset Hound puppies. Reputable breeders typically do not advertise in that way.
2. Avoid a well meaning neighbor with little knowledge of breeding who decides to produce a litter.
He may either give the puppies away or advertise to sell them at an inexpensive price.
This does not mean that these puppies do not deserve a loving home. But, be aware that when you buy a puppy from an inexperienced breeder, you are taking a chance. Your Basset Hound puppy may grow into a healthy adult or he may end up with some health problems or temperament issues.
3. Avoid puppy mills at all costs.
Those who operate puppy mills care little for the health and well being of their dogs. Living conditions are deplorable.
The primary goal is to make money. Puppy mills produce the most puppies for the least amount of money and then sell the puppies for a profit.
Many end up in pet stores and are often sold to unsuspecting buyers - sometimes at top dollar. Sadly, many will have health problems and / or behavioral issues.
If you really would like to find an inexpensive Basset Hound, then consider adopting from a shelter or rescue group. Usually, the dogs available for adoption are not puppies, but every once in a while you may find one.
I'm a big fan of adoption! Here are some good options...
1. Find a Basset Hound at a Local Shelter.
On average, purebreds account for about 25 to 30 percent of a shelter's dog population. While you may not find a Basset Hound on your first visit, do not get discouraged. Shelters receive new animals every day and may also put you on a waiting list so that you will be contacted when one becomes available.
Shelters usually charge a fee which can range anywhere from $25 to $200 so don't expect to get a free Basset Hound. But, your new pet may already be vaccinated, de-wormed, and spayed or neutered, and checked out by a veterinarian.
2. Adopt a Basset Hound from a Rescue Group.
A rescue organization that specializes in finding loving homes for homeless Basset Hounds is a great place to look for your new pet. Adoption fees vary, depending on veterinary and other costs that have been incurred, possibly a few hundred dollars.
Buyer beware! In the long run, a cheap or free Basset Hound may not be your best option.
Despite the initial cost, a responsible and knowledgeable Basset Hound breeder is a great source for a healthy, well-bred Basset Hound puppy.