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When you cross a Basset Hound with a Poodle you get the Bassetoodle also known as the Bassetdoodle. They are curious dogs with the tracking capability of any hound who love to sniff out scents and will literally smell everything out. Their talent is in Agility, Obedience, competitive obedience and watchdog. She is a medium sized dog with an expected lifespan of 12 to 15 years.
|Here is the Bassetoodle at a Glance|
|Average height||12 – 16 inches|
|Average weight||20 – 30 pounds|
|Coat type||Thick wiry double coat|
|Brushing||Brush once or twice a week|
|Touchiness||Can be skittish around new things otherwise ok|
|Tolerant to Solitude?||Low to moderate tolerance|
|Barking||Do tend to bark fairly often|
|Tolerance to Heat||Some, does better in just warm weather|
|Tolerance to Cold||No, does better in warm weather|
|Good Family Pet?||Excellent family pet, very affectionate too|
|Good with Children?||Excellent with children too|
|Good with other Dogs?||Very good with other dogs|
|Good with other Pets?||Good to very good with other pets|
|A roamer or Wanderer?||Unfortunately high so have that yard fenced in|
|A Good Apartment Dweller?||Good to very good but still needs regular exercise|
|Good Pet for new Owner?||Very good to excellent for new owners|
|Trainability||Good to very good usually, some have a stubborn side though|
|Exercise Needs||Moderate, regular play and a walk each day is good enough|
|Tendency to get Fat||Have high potential for putting on weight so watch their diet|
|Major Health Concerns||Bloat if they are deep chested like the Basset hound, epilepsy|
|Other Health Concerns||Allergies, joint dysplasia, obesity, ear infections, eye problems|
|Life Span||12 – 15 years|
|Average new Puppy Price||$675|
|Average Annual Medical Expense||$450-$600|
|Average Annual Non-Medical Expense||$350-$500|
Where does the Bassetoodle come from?
Hybrids or designer dogs as they also referred to have become very popular in the last decade or so. Taking two breeds that have never been mixed before and creating a unique mixed breed is something quite hotly debated in the dog world. Some say when done responsibly there is no harm in it and others say it is irresponsible and something only those who looking to make money would do. The problem some have with it is that you cannot predict what aspects of each dog will be a part of the makeup of the new one, nor can we predict any health issues these new mixes might have. If you are interested in getting a Bassetoodle a good way to know what you are getting is to understand the two parents and to do some research.
The Basset Hound
The Basset Hound's origins begin in France and because he was bred to be low to the ground he became a good hunting dog for hares and rabbits, able to get through under bush and scent them with his keen nose. Today they are laid back but alert making good watch dogs. They are great family dogs but have stubborn streak that can make training sometimes frustrating. He is a pack creature so he does not like being left alone.
The Poodle is often though of as a French dog but while it developed there, its origins are actually German. He is a very old breed and comes in three sizes, toy poodle, miniature and standard. Today the poodle is intelligent, loving and loyal and a little bit mischievous! He is easy to train and makes a good watch dog. While affectionate to his family and great with children he takes longer to warm up to new people. The poodles is also a dog that does not like to be left alone.
Bassetoodles are a great family dog loving, playful and loyal. They are very curious though and will sniff at anything and everything that is left around including handbags, shoes, grocery bags, underwear... you name it she will sniff it! They have a wonderful sense of fun and mischief and will have you laughing. They are friendly too but occasionally one can be more stubborn or contrary than others, getting that from their Basset Hound heritage. In some Bassetoodles new things can make them a little skittish too.
What does a Bassetoodle look like
This is a medium sized dog but long in body and lower to the ground than other medium sized dogs with shorter legs. She is about 12 to 16 inches in height and weighs between 20 to 30 pounds. Her coat is thick, wiry and can anything from straight to slightly wavy to curly. She has a double coat and colors can be brown, cream, golden, tan, black and white. Her ears are flappy and hang down and she has a round skull with almond shaped eyes and a medium muzzle that is commonly black.
Training and Exercise Needs
What kind of exercise doe she need?
She benefits from regular exercise as do all dogs but some regular play time along with a walk a day should be enough to keep her happy, well behaved and healthy. She can be energetic outside but in the house is calm. Keep her leashed when going for her walks as her nose will have her running off to follow a scent and you will be left frantic. If you have a yard that is a great place where she can play and sniff things just make sure it is properly fenced in or she will roam off.
Is she tough to train?Advertisement
Bassetoodles are fairly good to train in general especially if they lean more towards their poodle side! But some can be stubborn and they then need someone who stays firm and in control to establish dominance. Food treats or bribes can also help! Socialization and training from an early age is so important to how will a dog integrates with the family, how well she behaves and improves the bond between the two of you. Without training there may be a tendency to jump on people, there can be destructive behavior that is harder to halt and barking may be more of an issue. Avoid using punishments or harsh tones when training as they will not respond well to this. Stay consistent, positive and offer her praise and reward when she gets it right.
Living with a Bassetoodle
Does she need lot of grooming?
Overall she is not a high maintenance dog but there are some things she needs to have done. There will be moderate shedding and brushing a couple of times a week is a good idea to help remove loose hair using a toothed comb. As a poodle mix it is more likely to get a Bassetoodle that is more hypo-allergenic than other breeds meaning those with allergies to dog fur are less likely to react to her. The more wavy or curly her hair the more she leans towards the Poodle coat that is more hypo-allergenic friendly. A bath a couple of times a month may be needed to keep the coat free of mats and tangles. They may also need to be trimmed around their eyes and anus regularly though most people choose to keep the eyebrows on the long side.
Other grooming needs include nail trimming which you need to look up to do correctly as their nails are not like people's at all and you could hurt them and cause bleeding if you cut too low. Many dog owners find a professional groomers they like and leave that job to them. Also wipe her ears weekly to clean and check them for infection and check her eyes on a regular basis too. Teeth should be cleaned at least 2 or 3 times a week if not more.
Is she good with children and other pets?
She is great with children, one of the best you can get. She is also great with elderly seeming to know that in both cases she needs to be gentler. Children should be taught how to interact with dogs so that they know not to pull tails and so on. She is also good with other pets and dogs in the family too and just gets on well with everyone! Children may try to sit on her back though so make sure they do not do that as it could hurt her.
Other information on living with her
Bassetoodles are best in moderate temperatures neither too hot or too cold. They do okay in apartments but still need play and exercise each day. She will be inquisitive about everything and can sometimes be quite the clown. She does thrive on company though so would rather not be left alone. When feeding her she needs ¾ to 1 1/2 cups a day, in two meals, of high quality dry dog food. Good quality dog food really does make a difference in their health and longevity. Be careful with food and treats, she will happily over eat and get fat. When it comes to barking she does have a tendency to bark. She will alert you to an intruder and also will bark at other situations like visitors, or when left alone. She may also howl then too. If you train her early this can be controlled.
She is generally healthy as most mixed breeds are compared to pure breeds. There is the possibility of some hereditary health issues from the Basset Hound and the Poodle such as bloat if they are deep chested, epilepsy, allergies, joint dysplasia, obesity, ear infections and eye problems.
Costs involved in owning a BassetoodleAdvertisement
The Bassetoodle is a fairly easy hybrid to find. Make sure you get a puppy from a reputable breeder who can provide you with things like health clearances for both parents. Some breeders offer things like deworming and so on that would put the price up a bit but saves you from having to get it done yourself when you get her. Average price at the moment would be around $675 but prices can change very suddenly depending on popularity, availability and location too.
When you get her she will need a check up with a vet who can also carry out spaying, micro chipping, blood tests and deworming if it has not already been done. That would cost about $250 - $300. Then you will need a collar and leash, crate, carrier, food bowls and on which would be around $220 - $275.Then each year costs for health insurance, food, license, vet check ups, vaccinations and so on will be about $775 - $850.
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This is a fantastic family pet as long as you get her trained and socialized in case of any stubborn moments or barking. She will be a valued and well loved member of your family and will give you years of love, entertainment and laughter.