Our vet has recommended that all dogs under 6 months not to spay or neuter the pups because they are too young and their bodies are not fully developed.  Adoption donation includes transport and all vaccinations, except for the Lyme—therefore, the dogs will not need to get any vaccinations for the first year. 

ADOPTION DATE: 01-17-20:  Four beautiful puppies dumped on a back road by careless humans. Just another sad story heard all too often. Luckily, the ending is often happy; a big-hearted person drives by, sees the box of puppies, and brings them to a shelter, where they can wait for their forever homes to adopt them.

This is the case for Sheldon and his three siblings. Just born in July, someone thought it was a good idea to drop them off on a back road to fend for themselves. Too often, these people think this is the “best thing”, that someone will pick them up or they will survive on their own. This is just not the case. They are exposed to the weather, wild animals, and they just do not know how to take care of themselves. Sheldon and his siblings are Basset Hound mixes, but one thing is for sure: the level of cuteness is unbelievable!

Sheldon is a social puppy, like his three siblings, and enjoys playtime with them. He has not displayed any strong likes or dislikes yet as he is still developing his own personality. He is a playful, young puppy and would do well with yard play.  True to the breed’s appearance, this fawn-colored young male loves his life and is totally delightful, playful and an absolute great puppy. Pull up a chair and let him go, he will have you in stitches all the time with his little antics!”

This clownish guy with his gorgeous gold bright coloring and puppy dog eyes, is sure to steal away the hearts of anyone who meets him. Sheldon is a healthy, happy puppy so really all there is to say about him is that he enjoys playing, playing, and more playing. He loves tumbling around with his brothers and sister and playing with his toys. All that is missing is a family to call his own. Take a look at Sheldon, and consider welcoming him into your home, and giving him the warm, loving home he deserves.

ABOUT THE BREED: The Basset Hound fits perfectly into family life with its sweet, peaceful and gentle nature. These dogs are well behaved and always friendly. They are not aggressive to people and other animals. They will happily welcome your guests with a tail wag.

If you’re looking for an easy dog to groom, then they may be right for you. They make a good family dogs since Basset Hounds are friendly with all even intruders. Nothing is as better as curling up with your Basset Hound at the end of the day.

Note: Our puppies are kept in a sterile environment until
they have all three of their DHLPP’s vaccinations

This dog cannot be adopted to Massachusetts residents due to new laws regarding rescue dogs being prohibited from adoption. Please contact Patricia Cabral at: 617-626-1786 or Mike Cahill at: 617-626-1794 for questions regarding what dogs you are allowed to adopt 

ALL interested adopters MUST complete an application; agree to a vet reference check, phone interview and home visit. ALL family members MUST be in attendance for home visits – no exceptions. This helps us get to know everyone in the family so that we can help find the right dog for you 

Disclaimer: Please note that the breeds posted on our dogs’ biographies are our best guess based on years of working with rescue dogs. Adopters who need to know the exact breed or mix of breeds of a particular dog must have the dog’s DNA tested at their own expense.


RDVG wants to provide you with as much information as we can because some of our mix breeds you might not be familiar with. The below section on “About the Breed” offers information on some of the Breed Characteristics, Children & Pets, Behavior and Personality, Temperament and more.

It is important to point out that in addition to the breed, there is an enormous variety in the way a dog acts and reacts to the world around him. In the end, your dog’s preferences and personality are as individual as you are–and if you can accept that– then you’re bound to enjoy each other.

Basset Hound Breed Info

About The Breed

The Basset Hound has remarkably heavy bones, powerful little legs, massive paws, and they possesses big-dog strength and stamina. Built more for endurance than speed, the Basset moves in a deliberate but effortless manner. The breed’s scenting ability is uncanny; it’s said that among dogs only the Bloodhound’s nose is more accurate. Basset Hound dogs are among the most appealing of the AKC breeds, they are endearing and instantly recognizable. Basset Hounds are a perennial favorite of dog lovers all over the world.

BREED INFORMATION -The Basset Hound fits perfectly into family life with its sweet, peaceful and gentle nature. These dogs are well behaved and always friendly. Incapable of biting, they never have an indication of sharpness or viciousness. They are steadfastly loyal, rather obedient with proper training. They like doing tricks for food to please their owners and their stomachs.

• weight: 40 - 60 pounds:
• height:  : M: 12 – 15; F: 11-14 inches
• life expectancy 10 – 12 years

• Black and Tan
• Brown, Gray
• Red, Tricolor, White

• Active
• City Dwellers
• Families
• Singles

• Affectionate
• Devoted
• Friendly
• Gentle
• Sweet-Tempered

• Active
• Affectionate
• Amusing
• Courageous
• Easygoing
• Intelligent

The Basset uses his pleading gaze to wheedle treats from anyone who can’t resist them — and that’s most people — as well as to get out of trouble when he has broken the rules. Beneath that sleepy expression, Bassets are highly intelligent and they quickly learn to manipulate people using “helpless” body language and lots of tail wagging. Behaviors a Basset might use to cajole his people into letting him stay on the couch include rolling over on his back, moaning and making full use of his puppy-dog eyes. They are known to be a good-natured clown with a definite sense of humor.

Basset Hounds have impressive endurance, they are quite content to “go with the flow” of things. If you are active, they will be happy to accompany you. If you’d rather sit at home and relax for the day, they are down with that idea. One thing's for sure: they're less likely to get into a frenzy like other dogs. They love to go for daily walks to keep, it keeps them him healthy and prevents them from becoming overweight. They do great at dog parks, as they love to be part of a dog pack just as much as a human one.

Basset hounds need a firm person in charge of their feeding as they have a definite tendency to become obese, which can cause serious problems with their long backs. They are not high-powered athletes who need to run every day, but they should have a good long walk at least once daily to keep them fit.

Bassets are intelligent dogs and independent, but training and rules may need some work--all hope is not lost, while it may seem impossible train an “independent: dog, you can actually train a Basset Hound. You just need to want and be able to put in the time and persistence necessary to do it.

Yes of course Children are safe around a Basset Hound! They are very gentle around kids. There is no other play-mate as good, they love playing with children and will also protect them. They will tolerate the noise made by children and will also sit patiently when they are being used as a horse by kids.

Having developed as pack animals, Basset Hounds do feel a need for company and are happiest when they have their families around. They get along with the children as well as other pets, and are awesome calm indoor dogs. However, like any other breed, you should always supervise your toddlers around your pet.

Basset Hound And The Baby Are Best Of Friends: Check out this video of a Basset Hound with a baby:    https://youtu.be/9yZNAf-aCd0

Basset Hound and Cats: They can love cats in many cases:  https://youtu.be/SbZe-PNJV70

Tolerant and Sociable: The devoted Basset Hound temperament loves being part of a pack; however, because Basset Hounds are pack dogs, they are not territorial. Instead, they are rather tolerant and sociable. As a pack dog, he’s full of team spirit. His motto is “The more the merrier,” and he enjoys the company of people, kids, other dogs and cats. They do very well with other pets and so are particularly comfortable in a large family. While they may alert you with a bark to someone outside the front door, they are more likely to greet the stranger calmly once you open the door, rather than like an intruder.

Basset Hounds once hunted in packs and, to this day, they are still happy to be “one among many.” This is true for dogs, cats, people – whoever! It is rare for the Basset Hound to take issue with anyone or anything. However, they do typically need company—cat, dog whatever--and do not do well if left alone for long periods of time because they are lonely. It is important that you realize that it is for TYPICALLY LONG PERIODS OF TIME and not all the time.

What can be more entertaining than living with a Beset Hound? They are wonderful family dogs with a clownish personality. The mild-mannered Basset Hounds are loyal, affectionate and active dogs. They make good family companions that are loving and amusing household pets. With a deep musical bark and short legs, their movement is humorous looking and slow but not clumsy. As pets, they are loyal, devoted and obedient to owners. They get along well with other pets and children thanks to their mild temper. They are also good-natured and will never be sharp or timid.

Bassets are fairly intelligent dogs, but they are not the easiest to train. Start training right as soon as possible and do use plenty of positive training to keep them interested. Grooming is fairly quick and easy and involves just a swipe with a brush once or twice a week.

The Basset Hound fits perfectly into family life with its sweet, peaceful and gentle nature. These dogs are well behaved and always friendly. Incapable of biting, they never have an indication of sharpness or viciousness. They are steadfastly loyal, rather obedient with proper training. They like doing tricks for food to please their owners and their stomachs.

Basset Hounds are known for their calm and patient temperament. They are also known as “clown” dogs because they do their thing on their own time which often lead to humorous interactions. They are not aggressive to people and other animals. They will happily welcome your guests with a tail wag.

Bassets are also gentle, docile, and sweet-tempered. This is because it is quite difficult to aggravate the Basset Hound. Rather than react aggressively to unwanted attention, they are more than likely to just move to a more sheltered spot. It takes a lot to upset the Basset Hound.


Twelve Safety Tips for Children Meeting Dogs

  1. Always teach children how to approach and touch dogs
  2. Teach your child never to approach any dog while he’s eating or sleeping
  3. Always teach children how to  touch dogs
  4. Teach your child never to try to take the dog’s food

  1. No child should ever be left unsupervised with a dog.
  2. Always superviseany interactions between dogs and children
  3. Always supervise any interactions between dogs and young children for example; any biting or ear or tail pulling on the part of either party.
  4. Always supervise and make sure that children do not try to take the dog’s food away, no matter how friendly the child or dog is
  5. Supervise children when they pick up a puppy or small dog. Make them sit on the floor with the dog in their lap. Pay attention to the dog’s body language, and put him safely in his crate if he appears to be unhappy or uncomfortable with the child’s attention.
  6. No dog should ever be left unsupervisedwith a child because often-young children don’t understand that a cute little dog, or any dog, might not want “love and kisses.”

  1. Be prepared dogs will protect themselves
  2. Most important, it is your responsibility to make sure that your children and the dog are supervised at all times and safe. You cannot leave it up to the dog, the dog is an animal and will behave like an animal. They rely on us to guide and protect them, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

This Is Your Job, Not The Dog's


Many children, especially very young ones, do not realize that pets are living animals and not toys. Failing to teach a child how to handle pets properly can result in suffering on the part of the pet and, in some cases, injury to the child. Taking introductions slowly will allow you to introduce family dogs and your children safely

  • Dogs are animal first and when you are not around to tell them what to do, the animal behavior will respond.
  • Children are spontaneous and dogs don’t know how to react to their impulsive behavior – it does not mean they don’t like children.
  • Dogs don’t understand them because they live by rules – don’t get on the bed, go outside to do your business etc.what

  • If someone was running at you, whipping a sword in the air, yelling and wearing a cape – what would your response be?
  • In order to be sure that everyone is safe, you cannot leave an animal to supervise or deal with children under the age of 8. Therefore, if you leave the room, adult supervision of the dog and children, 24 hours day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year must be taken seriously.

  1. Leave another adult in charge—let them know that you are leaving;
  2. Take the dog with you;
  3. Take the child with you;
  4. Put the dog in a crate or room with a closed door.

The above are very easy basic solutions that let a dog know you are in charge and that you will keep everyone safe. If something happens, you can’t undo it.

Puppy Behavior, Growth & Development

Each stage of Puppy Growth and development is fascinating; by the time it reaches its first birthday a puppy is considered a mature, adult dog. Puppy Growth rate is fast compared to humans, just compare a puppy of 8 weeks to a baby of the same age.

One of the most common questions asked about a puppy’s growth and development rate refers to the eventual size of the puppy. How big will the puppy grow? How can you determine the adult size of a puppy? A young puppy is tiny and cute – everyone loves puppies! But will the puppy be suited to your environment? How much exercise will be required for a full grown dog? Will the puppy be a suitable pet for children? The breed of the puppy will determine the answers to these questions. A general response to the size and growth rate of a puppy and the adult size of a puppy is therefore not possible – it needs to be specific to the puppy’s breed.

  • Puppies are now considered to have finished their development and growth rate and are viewed as adult dogs.
  • Although sexually mature beforehand, a dog usually does not attain full growth until at least its first birthday.

  • Feeding frequency should be considered - reduce to 2 or 3 meals per day
  • Some dogs reach sexual maturity at the age of eight months
  • The puppy is old enough to start Obedience Classes or a professional training program
  • The puppy would have grown to approximately half to three quarters the size of an adult
  • Female dogs would have probably reached their eventually height but will to continue to 'fill out'

  • The adult teeth continue to come through and during this time puppies need to chew!
  • The incisors and the canines are very important because the dog bites and tears at its food with these teeth
  • Provide them with items to chew
  • The confidence of the puppy will now have grown as would its physical size
  • The puppy will be showing interest in chasing other Puppies at this age and starts to become independent

  • The first of the permanent teeth will work through
  • Ensure the puppy has plenty of attention and toys to play with
  • At this age a puppy might demonstrate Pack Leader Behavior and test who is the Boss. A puppy will challenge your authority
  • Puppy Growth and Development & Behavior between 4 and 8 months
  • The adult teeth continue to come through and during this time puppies need to chew! The incisors and the canines are very important because the dog bites and tears at its food with these teeth
  • Provide them with items to chew
  • The confidence of the puppy will now have grown as would its physical size
  • The puppy will be showing interest in chasing other Puppies at this age and starts to become independent

  • Puppies are usually found new homes at this age it starts focusing attention on its owner rather than other puppies
  • The first fear period of the puppy begins
    A puppy starts to learn it name but still has a short attention Average
  • The puppy will start house training
  • At first, the puppy should be fed four times a day. (Feedings should be reduced to twice a day by the time a puppy is mature or even once a day in the case of a dog that gets little exercise)
  • The puppies motor skills improve
  • The puppy will use its basic instincts to naturally explore its new environment and the different things within it
  • Puppies will still sleep a lot and grow as they are sleeping. During times of stress, a dog raises its hackles - the hair along the neck and spine
  • Puppy training must begin and pups need to be made aware of your rules

  • Weaned between the ages of 3 and 7 weeks
  • During the ages of 3 to 7 weeks its first teeth, or milk teeth will appear
  • Taught basic behavior disciplines from its mother
  • Develop by socializing with other dogs and animals and people
  • Will stand up and start walking
  • At the age of 3 weeks a puppy will develop its sense of smell
  • At 3 weeks the puppy will begin to bark and show social development such as wagging its tail, growling and baring its teeth
  • Up to the age of 4 weeks the mother will be with the puppy almost constantly
  • The puppy has good use of its legs and is able to chase
  • Between 4 and 5 weeks the mother will gradually spend time away from her puppies
  • Rapid growth and development rate at this stage
  • Interaction with litter mates leading to Order of Dominance
  • After weaning puppies need to receive a series of vaccines in order to develop immunity on their own. Vaccinations for puppies generally include distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parainfluenza, parvovirus, rabies, and sometimes Bordetella

** Indicates done on every dog
23 out of the 25 are done on every dog




Bordetalla **

Rabies **

Leptospirosis **

Kennel Cough  **

Corona Booster **

Rabies **

Leptospirosis **

Kennel Cough  **

Corona Booster **

Giardia - What is Giardia
Heart Worm ** Video on HW
Parvo - What is Parvo
Blood Tests** When to Demand A Blood Test and When to Deny a Blood Test

Fecal **Diseases Spread in Stool
Skin Scraping - Common Problems
Eye & Ear - Types of Ear Problems
X-Rays - What To Expect
Photos of X-Rays - Must See Photos 

Flea & Tick Medication**
HW Pills**
Ear & Eye

Spay / Neuter **
Health Certificate **
Office Visit Fee (4) **
Transport **

PUPPIES: Every 2 Weeks Till 12 Weeks**
3 TO 6 MONTHS: Every month till 6 months**
6 MONTHS: Wormed every 3 months**
PREGNANT & NURSING: Wormed more often as directed by the vet **



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