A Basset Hound gives birth to an average of 8 puppies and a maximum of 15 puppies at a time. A Basset Hound can be pregnant at the age of six months and further. They can give birth to puppies two times a year but it is not recommended for their health. So, giving birth once a year is an ideal choice for your Basset Hound.
A healthy Basset Hound puppy will cost you an approximate amount of $2,000 and even up to $10,000 for a puppy with superior pedigree and top breed lines. Here is a growth chart of the behavior and characteristics of basset hound puppies until one year.
The Basset Hound puppies are born with their eyes and ears totally sealed. Also, the puppies are toothless and very weak, so they depend on their mother and siblings to be warm. They will feed on their mother’s milk to develop their body physically and neurologically. It is a stage where you’ll have to very careful of your little puppies and take care of every little thing.
Neonatal Stage (Birth to 2 weeks)
Being able to taste and sense the surrounding through touch is present immediately after the Basset Hound puppies are born. Moreover, the mother has a great influence over the puppies and she will be feeding them her milk. Crawling is the only way they move here and there. Mother’s milk is compulsory to feed the puppies as nothing is as healthy and nutritious as a mother’s milk.
Transitional Stage (Two to four weeks)
The 3rd week of the life brings exciting changes in the Basset Hound puppies as their teeth begin to appear and their eyes open making them able to see. Likewise, senses of smell and hearing develop in the puppies and they start to walk a bit, wag their tail and bark.
The siblings and mother have an influence over the behavioral traits of the Basset Hound puppies. The eyesight gets well-developed by either the completion of 4 weeks or beginning of the 5th week. The pups start playing with each other and learn a bit of socializing skills in this stage.
Socialization Stage (3 to 12 weeks)
It is the stage where you’ll have to give your Basset Hound puppies chances to meet new people and other pets. What this will do is that your little hounds will learn to get familiar with new people and dogs. Play becomes important for the pups by the third weeks as they’ll become aware of their surroundings, relationships, and companions (both dogs and people).
The littermates of the puppies continue to influence them as they learn more about being a dog. The puppies interact with people seemingly more which becomes influential in their behavioral outcome. The puppies learn to develop skills, play, learn inhibited bite, and improves physical coordination with their siblings.
At 6-8 weeks, vaccinations for Para-influenza and Distemper should be given to your Bassets to ensure that they do not suffer from these diseases.
At 8 to 10 weeks, the Basset Hound puppies go through a fear stage of new objects and experiences. The pups develop advanced skills of exploring their territory and interacting with their litter mates. It is a perfect time for you to start training them.
When the little hounds are 10-12 weeks old, you ought to vaccinate them with vaccines for DHPP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Para-influenza and Parvo virus).
Ranking Stage (3 to 6 months)
The Basset Hound puppies will learn to dominate their pack and even their owner as teething and chewing begins in the Ranking phase. The playgroup of dogs and also people become very influential to the puppies. Another stage of fear occurs in the 4th month, so, you’ll have to be prepared with positive reinforcements methods and ways to introduce your pups to new situations and objects.
For the vaccinations in this stage, you should vaccinate the Basset Hounds with Rabies and DHPP when they are 12-16 weeks old.
Adolescent Stage (6 to 18 months)
Adolescent Stage is considered the pre-adult age of the Basset Hound puppies. By this stage, your puppy will have developed all the necessary skills of socializing and they will be affected most by you and their pack members.
Don’t be surprised to see your Basset Hound pup challenging you, it’s a part of exploring their dominance in the pack. The second chewing phase will begin from 7 to 9 weeks, so, be prepared to take good care of your stuff. Most importantly, your puppy will develop sexual behaviors if not neutered or spayed on time.
At 12-16 months, it is recommended that you should vaccinate the puppies with vaccinations of DHPP and Rabies. Also, revising the vaccination for DHPP every 1 or 2 years is necessary.
Basset Hound Puppies For Sale at AKC
There are many Basset Hound puppies for sale in the AKC marketplace if you are interested in buying one. The prices may vary from breeder to breeder as some are high bred and some are medium bred. You can expect to pay an amount from $1300 for a normally bred puppy and up to $10,000 or even more for a puppy with top breed lines.
You can search puppies available in your city from the filters available in the AKC Marketplace and consider buying one according to your budgets and affordability.
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