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The Basschshund is a mix breed with two different purebred parents, the Basset Hound and the Dachshund. Sometimes just referred to as a Basset/Dachshund Mix she is a medium sized dog who makes a great family member or companion. She has a life span of 12 to 15 years and can be very entertaining but also will have her stubborn moments so is best with experienced dog owners.
|Here is the Basschshund at a Glance|
|Average height||9 to 11 inches|
|Average weight||25 to 45 pounds|
|Coat type||Short, shiny, smooth|
|Grooming Needs||Low to moderate|
|Shedding||Low to moderate|
|Brushing||Easy to brush, do it once or twice a week|
|Tolerant to Solitude?||Good – is not as likely as some dogs to have separation anxiety|
|Barking||Rare to occasional|
|Tolerance to Heat||Moderate to good depending on coat|
|Tolerance to Cold||Low to moderate – needs to be covered in cold climates|
|Good Family Pet?||Very good to excellent|
|Good with Children?||Excellent|
|Good with other Dogs?||Good to very good with socialization|
|Good with other Pets?||Good to very good with socialization – may have the instincts to chase smaller animals|
|A roamer or Wanderer?||High, needs a well fenced yard and must be on a leash for walking|
|A Good Apartment Dweller?||Excellent due to size|
|Good Pet for new Owner?||Good – can be hard to train for inexperienced owners so best with those who have experience|
|Exercise Needs||Slightly active|
|Tendency to get Fat||Very high, food and exercise need to be monitored|
|Major Health Concerns||Bloat, Von Willebrand's, Panosteitis, Eye problems, Patellar Luxation, Thrombopathia, IDD, IVDD, Back Problems, Cushings, Diabetes, Deafness|
|Other Health Concerns||Allergies, Ear infections, Obesity, Hip Dysplasia|
|Life Span||12 to 15 years|
|Average new Puppy Price||$200 to $600|
|Average Annual Medical Expense||$460 to $560|
|Average Annual Non-Medical Expense||$360 to $460|
Where does the Basschshund come from?
It is thought the Basschshund originates in the USA where a lot of other so called Designer dogs have also been bred. Designer dogs tend to be a mix of two purebreds and commonly get a blended name to reflect which parents they have. There is no careful and selective breeding of several generations, no breed standards and no monitoring so care should be taken when opting for one as a pet. These are first generation puppies so there can be a large difference from one pup to the next even in the same litter. Looks and personalities will vary and really no guarantees can be made.
With no information on who bred them first or what intentions there were with this dog we can look to the parents to get a better understanding of what goes into them.
The Basset Hound
Originally bred in France the Basset Hound (Basset meaning low referring to how low to the ground his body is) they can be traced back to the 16th century. They were used as hunting dogs as they could track prey especially hare and rabbit under brush so well.
Today they are mild mannered dogs, very laid back and gets along with children, other dogs and other animals. He is still alert enough to bark when an intruder enters the home so makes a good watch dog. He is pretty stubborn making him hard to train though his love of food can be a way to get him through it!
The Dachshund is a German bred dog where he was used to hunt badgers and other den animals like foxes. In packs he also would hunt larger animals like deer or even wild boar. He comes from around the 15th century and back then he varied in size depending on his purpose. Over many years he was altered looking to create a dog who was fearless and elongated so he could dig into burrows. In his mix were dogs like terriers, spaniels and hounds. During the 1800s he also started to be bred to be a companion not just a hunter, particularly in England. At the end of the 19th century he arrived in America.
The Dachshund now is a bold dog still and is lively and intelligent. He can be too bold sometimes and is also quite stubborn. They like to cuddle when not trying to get his own way. Some can be shy but that is a sign of a poor line. Coat type can be an indicator of personality too with wirehaired ones being more mischievous, longhairs being more even tempered and smooths being in the middle.
The Basschshund is a gentle and sweet who can be quite comical and entertaining at times. She is courageous and bold, playful and independent and can be stubborn too. She is a smart dog and can be very loving and affectionate with her family and owners. She tends to prefer to do things her own way so that may make life both amusing and frustrating at times. She likes to chase things and is wary around strangers. As well as being alert she loves to cuddle and is likely to form very close bonds. While she can be left alone somewhat, she still prefers to have company. She is a social dog and likes to be with her people.
What does the Basschshund look like
This is a medium sized dog weighing 25 to 45 pounds and standing 9 to 11 inches tall. She has a long strong body, a long head, ears that droop down and short legs. Her coat is short, shiny, tight and smooth and common colors are golden, black, grey, white, brown, tan or multi-colored.
Training and Exercise Needs
How active does the Basschshund need to be?
The activity level of this dog can vary depending on which parent she leans more towards. She can be just slightly active, needing just half an hour a day of walks and preferring to nap – a lot! But she can also be more active and love to play, go to the dog park for dog games and socializing and a chance to run free. She is curious and she likes to chase small animals so a leash is necessary when she is not in a safe enclosed area. Her size means she is quite suitable to live in an apartment without access to a yard as long as she gets outside each day. Make sure she gets out even if she prefers to snooze as she is prone to obesity.
Does she train quickly?
Early obedience training and socialization are very important to ensure she is the best dog she can be. She can be moderately hard to train though as she has a stubborn streak and is an independent thinker. Training her will take patience, consistency and may be slow to start with. The problems is not that she has not got the brains so with some positive methods you may find things get easier as you go along. Keep the sessions interesting, too much repetition will likely lead to her becoming bored and losing interest. House training may also need some perseverance.
Living with a Basschshund
How much grooming is needed?
The Basschshund sheds a low to moderate amount and is not a hypoallergenic dog so not a good choice for people with allergies. She has a coat that is easy to brush though and it will likely just need doing once or twice a week using a hound glove or rubber bristled paddle brush. This will keep the coat healthy and remove some loose hair. Give her a bath just as she needs it and use only a dog shampoo so that her natural oils in her skin are not damaged. Her ears being droopy will need some regular care. Wipe them clean once a week using a cleanser and keep an eye on them for infection signs. Her nails should be trimmed when they get too long, it can be done by a professional groomer if you do not have experience with dog nails. Her teeth should also be cleaned at least two to three times a week.
What is she like with children and other animals?
This is a great family dog and is very good with children, being playful and affectionate with them. She can get on well with other pets too though she does chase smaller animals. Some Basschshunds can get on well with other dogs but some need more help. Early socialization is key on helping her be at her best with other people, animals and dogs.Advertisement
She is a good watch dog as she will bark to alert others if the home is being broken into. She should be fed 1½ to 2½ cups of good quality dry dog food a day split into two meals. Take care not to over feed her or let her graze as she does love her food and will eat too much leading to problems with obesity. With her back and shape this can cause some serious health issues. She barks rarely to occasionally but it is a deep and loud bark.
There are certain issues she is more prone to, some that can be inheritied from her parents and some particular to the type of dog she is. With her back it is important to make sure she is not allowed to jump from moderate or more heights, even jumping from the couch to the floor could cause injury. Her ears means she is prone to ear infections and her love of food means she is prone to obesity. Other issues include Bloat, Von Willebrand's, Panosteitis, Eye problems, Patellar Luxation, Thrombopathia, IDD, IVDD, Cushings, Diabetes, Deafness, Allergies and Hip Dysplasia.
Costs involved in owning a Basschshund
A Basschshund puppy can cost between $200 to $600. Initial costs for things like a crate, collar, leash, carrier, micro chipping, blood tests, spaying, check up, shots and deworming come to between $455 to $500. Annual costs include things like license, training, food, toys and treats which come to between $360 to $460. Medical yearly basic costs for check ups, shots, flea prevention and pet health insurance come to between $460 to $560.
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The Basschshund comes from two happy and friendly dogs so it is natural that she is that way too. She loves to interact with people and get lots of attention so if you do not have a lot of time to spend with her this is not the dog for you. She can be strong willed and will need someone to have a firm but fair hand with her. She could be a great dog for a family or for anyone really.