How To distinguish reputable breeders from backyard breeders & puppy mills

Reputable Breeders:

Are usually members of The Basset Hound Club of America, Inc. (BHCA) or a regional Basset Hound breed club (refer to the Directory of Basset Hound Breed Clubs) and believe in working towards improving the conformation and performance of the Basset Hound. BHCA members are guided by a Code of Ethical Conduct.
Ask many questions of prospective owners in order to ensure their puppy is going to a good home.
Unless other arrangements are made, usually require that the pets they sell be spayed or neutered.
Often compete with their Bassets in conformation, obedience, agility, field trialing or tracking.
Stand behind the health of their puppies.
May wish to be contacted if a puppy they bred must be placed in a new home.