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The Bassador is a lovely amiable mixed breed achieved from breeding the Basset Hound with the Labrador Retriever. She is a large dog expected to live between 10 to 12 years and is in the breed groups of sporting and hunting. Her talents may include competitive obedience, hunting, agility and watchdog. Her name may also be spelled ‘Basador.’
|Here is the Bassador at a Glance|
|Other Names||Bassetdor, Basset Hound Labrador Retriever Mix, Labrador Retriever Basset Hound Mix|
|Average height||15 – 18 inches|
|Average weight||50 – 70 pounds|
|Coat type||Short, smooth and dense|
|Grooming Needs||Moderate to moderate high|
|Brushing||Will need daily brushing|
|Touchiness||Can be a little sensitive|
|Tolerant to Solitude?||Moderate|
|Tolerance to Heat||Moderate – not good in extreme heat|
|Tolerance to Cold||Better with cooler weather but still not in extreme cold|
|Good Family Pet?||Excellent|
|Good with Children?||Very good but may be better with older ones who know not to go on her back|
|Good with other Dogs?||Very good|
|Good with other Pets?||Moderate – can see smaller pets as prey to hunt! Socialization helps.|
|A roamer or Wanderer?||Moderate|
|A Good Apartment Dweller?||Moderate – if you have one with high activity needs an apartment may not be enough space|
|Good Pet for new Owner?||Excellent|
|Trainability||Very good – Some can be more like the hound and have a stubbornness|
|Exercise Needs||Moderate to high|
|Tendency to get Fat||Very high chances, both parents are prone to obesity|
|Major Health Concerns||Bloat|
|Other Health Concerns||Obesity, back problems, joint dysplasia, eye problems, ear problems, allergies|
|Life Span||10 – 12 years|
|Average new Puppy Price||$300 - $800|
|Average Annual Medical Expense||$500 - $750|
|Average Annual Non-Medical Expense||$500 - $700|
Where does the Bassador come from?
Hybrids are really a recent trend in the dog world so they do not really have a history and often we do not even know who first deliberately bred the two dogs involved. Mixed breeds themselves are not new really, there are always mutts around but the new designer breeds are purposely done with often two unusual pairings and now we give the offspring a name that brings the two parents together, in this case 'Bass' from the Basset Hound and 'ador' from the Labrador. For some breeders this about trying to bring together the best qualities from two dogs but that can not be guaranteed and the resulting mixed breed could vary greatly in appearance and temperament even amongst the same puppies in the same litter. To understand what kind of dog could result from a cross between the Lab and the Basset Hound here is a look at those two dogs.
The Basset Hound
The Basset Hound heralds from France when a mutation in the St Hubert breed led to a dwarfed hound. They were bred on purpose and used to track hare and rabbits under brush. They are first mentioned in a book written on 1585 and were used primarily by the nobility in France. After the French Revolution the commoners kept them to hunt with as they were easy to follow on foot. The breed probably came over to America in the late 1800s but was not recognized by the AKC until 1916. In the 19020s he grew in popularity and is used in advertising campaigns by Hush Puppy shoes still today. Today he is laid back and gets along with everyone, children and other animals too. He is calm inside but outside if he catches a scent he will run off to follow it. He also has a stubbornness when it comes to training. As a pack dog he does not like being left alone at all.
The Labrador Retriever
Newfoundland, Canada is where the Labrador Retriever comes from originally where he was bred as a companion and working dog who helped fishermen retrieve fish and lines in the 1700s. They were then taken to England where there were used when hunting by the nobility. In the late 1800s the breed became extinct in Canada due to new regulations and laws and so it was only because of their popularity and success in England that they survived. In the 1920s they came over to America and over the years they have been used in various working positions such as explosive detection, drug detection, therapy, search and rescue, helping the handicapped and so on. They are also very successful in various dog companions and shows. He is intelligent, sweet and eager to please which makes training quite a breeze. He is friendly with other animals and children and has a lot of energy so needs lots of mental and physical stimulation.
The Bassador's temperament may lean towards the Basset Hound more or the Lab more or be a mix of both. She can be devoted to her family, stubborn and independent sometimes, but friendly with other other animals and children. She is usually intelligent and energetic and very loving. Her amiableness or even temper means she is a great family dog. She can be sensitive sometimes and they are very eager to please. She also loves to play and is very social preferring to be around people.
What does a Bassador look like
She is a large dog weighing 50 to 70 pounds and reaching 15 – 18 inches in height. She is stocky and short with front legs like a Basset's and ears that hang down. Her tail is fairly long and tapers at the end with a curve to it. Her coat is usually short, dense and smooth but sometimes it can have a wave in it. Usual colors for her are brown, white, yellow, black and chocolate.
Training and Exercise Needs
How much exercise does she need?
She has quite a range when it comes to her energy levels. Usually she has a lot of it and needs a lot of activity, but sometimes if she leans more towards the Basset Hound she may have more moderate needs, you will have to judge it as she grows. Take her for one or two long walks and engage in play with her at the park or in the yard. Remember she has a hound in her so if she catches a scent she will follow it no matter what. Therefore keep her on a leash when in an open area and make sure the yard is properly fenced in. If you live in an apartment make especially sure you take her out a couple of times a day.
Can I train her easily?
Training could be very easy with a Bassador as on the Lab side she is intelligent, eager to please and quick to train. If she has a strong stubbornness in her from the Basset Hound she may make a little harder sometimes. Should that be the case remember how much she loves her food and use her favorite treats to reward her and keep the sessions short. This will likely overcome in bullheadedness! Make sure you establish yourself as pack leader, be firm, consistent and keep positive. Remember she does have a sensitive side sometimes so if your tone becomes frustrated or cross she will quickly sense it and become unwilling to continue. Training and socialization should happen as soon as you bring your puppy home.
Living with a Bassador
The Bassador does tend to shed a lot and have a strong odor. She will need to be brushed daily therefore to reduce the loose hairs and make the coat look healthier. Be prepared for hair around the house and on your clothing. Regular bathing will be necessary too but make sure you just use dog shampoo not people's. Some Bassadors have a lot of facial wrinkles and if yours does you need to ensure they are cleaned and dried regularly. Wipe them with a damp facecloth you could wipe her ears at the same time. Dry the wrinkles too and if she needs additional help to keep them dry try corn starch or baby powder. Just be careful of her eyes. This may need doing daily or may just be once or twice a week, it varies from one Bassador to another.
Other grooming requirements include brushing her teeth at least 3 times a week and clipping her nails when they get too long. If she is clicking as she walks they need trimming. Nail trimming is not a simple procedure, they have blood vessels in them so you cannot cut down too low or you will cause them pain and it will bleed. If you prefer there are vet and groomers who offer to do it for you, or who will likely be happy to show you how.
What she is like with children and other animals
Usually she is very good with children and other dogs, some owners even get a second dog so that she has company when they have to leave the house. She may see other pets as prey unless she has been properly socialized and raised with them.
She will need to fed high quality dry dog food twice a day totaling 21/2 to 3 cups a day. Be careful you do not overfeed her and you do not let her overeat as she has a tendency to obesity and bloat. Also the overweight issue can cause the hip dysplasia and back problems to trigger. Interestingly or perhaps grossly the Bassador does have a tendency to drool so you may need to keep a cloth handy especially after she drinks or eats!
She loves people and needs to live with them, she is not suitable for putting to live outside. Bassadors with long bodies need to be helped a little to look after her back. Make sure children know not to sit on her and try to have steps up to the couch so she doesn’t hurt herself jumping up or down. This shape can make being picked up uncomfortable so take care. She can be prone to barking and howling, she is part hound after all. She is best in moderate climates rather than extremes.
As mentioned her back can be an issue if it is long like the Basset's. Other health issues she may inherit from her parents are joint dysplasia, eye problems, bloat, allergies, obesity and ear infections. To get the healthiest dog possible buy from a reputable breeder who can show you health clearances for both parents. Have blood tests done on the puppy and make sure you are aware of potential issues with that breed and how to deal with them.
Costs involved in owning a BassadorAdvertisement
Owning a Bassador starts with the purchase. The Bassador is a common mixed breed and easy to source and that should have the effect of lowering prices. Other factors that impact the price are the health of the dog, whether you are buying from a reputable breeder, how popular they are at the time and where you are. The average right now falls between $300 to $800. You will need to have your puppy spayed or neutered, micro chipped, dewormed and then you will need some basic essentials like a collar and leash and a crate. They will cost about $450 - $600. Ongoing costs of looking after your Bassador will cover things like training, vet check ups, vaccinations and flea treatments, toys, treats, food, health insurance and a license. This will be about $1000 to $1200.
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The Bassador makes a lovely companion or family dog but needs other people or other animals around her for when you are not home so she does not become distressed. She is amiable and affectionate and will happily curl up on the couch with you or take a walk with you. She is higher maintenance than most in terms of watching out for her back and grooming needs but having her devotion will certainly make that much more bearable.