After you have decided that the Basset is the breed for you it will
be necessary for you to decide if you want a pet or show quality Basset.
The majority of prospective new owners want a companion pet Basset Hound.
Breeders usually sell as pets those Bassets that do not come as close to
the official breed Standard as other puppies in the litter. Pets may have
cosmetic flaws which are not desirable in the show ring. In the eyes of
the pet owner these features are rarely seen as flaws.
It is also important to understand that pet quality does not mean that a
dog is in any way less healthy than a show prospect.