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The Bowser is a mixed dog, also known as a cross breed from two purebred parents, the Basset Hound and the Miniature Schnauzer. She is a medium to large dog with talents in hunting, watchdog, guarding, tracking and jogging. She lives between 12 to 15 years and is a social and keen dog.

Here is the Bowzer at a Glance
Average height 13 to 15 inches
Average weight 20 to 50 pounds
Coat type Medium, dense, harsh, wiry
Hypoallergenic? Can be – Miniature Schnauzer is
Grooming Needs Low to moderate
Shedding Low to high depending on if coat is more like Miniature Schnauzer which is low or Basset Hound which is moderate to high
Brushing Daily
Touchiness Quite sensitive
Tolerant to Solitude? Good to excellent
Barking Rare
Tolerance to Heat Moderate to very good depending on coat
Tolerance to Cold Moderate to very good depending on coat
Good Family Pet? Very good to excellent
Good with Children? Good to excellent with socialization
Good with other Dogs? Good to excellent with socialization
Good with other Pets? Good with socialization – may see smaller animals as prey
A roamer or Wanderer? Average to high
A Good Apartment Dweller? Very good to excellent at small to medium size
Good Pet for new Owner? Good to very good
Trainability Easy to moderate depending on which parent she is more like
Exercise Needs Fairly active
Tendency to get Fat Quite high
Major Health Concerns Eye Problems, Urinary Stones, Myotonia Congenita, Von Willebrands, Congenital Megaesophagus, Bloat, Panosteitis, Patellar Luxation, Thrombopathia, IDD,
Other Health Concerns Allergies, Ear infections, Obesity, Hip Dysplasia
Life Span 12 to 15 years
Average new Puppy Price Unknown
Average Annual Medical Expense $485 to $585
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $575 to $675

Where does the Bowzer come from?

The Bowzer as well as being called a mixed or cross breed is also sometimes referred to as a hybrid or designer dog. These have become a very popular pet over the last twenty or so years. They are usually the result of two purebreds bred together deliberately. That first generation litter is the intended result. Many have blended names but despite promises or attempted guarantees by some breeders there can be a wide variety of outcomes in these dogs even in the same litter. Depending on what they inherit from each parent means looks and temperament can vary widely. Make sure you avoid the many bad breeders and puppy mills that are also producing designer dogs but with no care for the animals at all. Since we do not have information on the Bowzer's beginnings here is a brief look at her parents for a better understanding.

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 Miniature Schnauzer

In the mid to late 1800s the Miniature Schnauzer was developed in Germany to hunt and catch vermin on farms like rats and to act as guard dogs. He was bred by crossing the Standard Schnauzer with small breeds like Affenpinscher, the Miniature Pinscher and even possibly the Pomeranian and Poodle. During the two World Wars dog breeding struggled and some breeds were almost gone, but the Miniature Schnauzer stayed popular.

There are differences from the dog we see today to that one over a hundred years ago. Then they came in several colors but today main colors are silver and black. He is a very outgoing dog always wanting to be part of family activities. He likes to be close to you and will often position himself so that he is touching you when you are sitting down. He is a feisty, needy dog who is smart and easy to train. He does have a stubborn side and will try to manipulate you if you let him.


The Bowzer is an intelligent dog but has a stubborn side to her and will need owners who can be firm and not give in to her. She is very loyal to her family and can be a great companion or family dog. She is alert and has a great sense of smell and is also very playful. She enjoys being social and interacting with different people but tends to be wary of strangers at first. She is a gentle dog and usually obedient with owners who know how to be in control.


What does the Bowzer look like

She is a small to large dog weighing anywhere between 20 to 50 pounds and standing 13 to 15 inches tall. She is a short dog with a long body much like the Basset. She has a deep chest, is solidly built and her ears flap over. Her coat can be harsh, dense, wiry and is straight and medium in length. Common colors are silver, black, cream, Merle, Brindle, white and brown.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Bowzer need to be?

The Bowzer is a fairly active dog so she will need plenty of daily exercise to stay happy, healthy and well behaved. She can adapt to apartment living given enough time walking each day, she should be taken out at least twice for a medium to long walk. She loves to run so let her have time at a dog park off leash, she can also socialize there and play with you. Do not neglect her mental needs, toys that stimulate her brain and activities like training are good for her mental stimulation to prevent boredom.

Does she train quickly?

How easy the Bowzer is to train really depends on you and how stubborn she is inclined to be as well as which parent she is more like! It can be easy, enjoyable and fast. But it can also be harder. Key is to be firm and consistent with her, praise her and encourage her rather than getting impatient. Along with early obedience training it is also key to carry out early socialization too. A dog with both basics under their belt is a lot easier to handle and trust and are a better and happier dog as a result of them.

Living with a Bowzer

How much grooming is needed?

Bowzers need moderate to frequent grooming. It is likely to be a frequent shedder so there will be hair to clean up after on you and around the home. It will also mean daily brushing is needed, it will help with some of the loose hair, keep its coat healthy and free of debris and tangles. She will need a bath just as needed. Do not be tempted to stick to a regular bath schedule as too much bathing reduces the natural oils in her skin which she needs. Without the right level skin problems and irritations can occur. For that reason you should always just use a dog shampoo.

Give her nails a clip when they get too long making sure not to cut too close to the quick where you could hurt her and cause bleeding. If this is not something you have done before have a groomer do it or show you. Also make sure you use the right tools. Her teeth need to be brushed two to three times a week and her ears should be cleaned once a week. At the same time check for signs of infection.

What is she like with children and other animals?

With early socialization she is good with children, other pets and dogs. With children she will play and be affectionate towards them. Young children should be taught to take care though especially with her back, she is not to be ridden! She can see smaller animals as prey to chase so sometimes may chase smaller pets in the home as well as outside.

General information

The Bowzer can be alert and could be a good watchdog but may take some training. She barks rarely otherwise and will need 2½ to 3 cups of a good quality dry dog a day, split into two meals.


Health Concerns

There are health issues the Bowzer can inherit from her parents such as Eye Problems, Urinary Stones, Myotonia Congenita, Von Willebrands, Congenital Megaesophagus, Bloat, Panosteitis, Patellar Luxation, Thrombopathia, IDD, Allergies, Ear infections, Obesity and Hip Dysplasia. If you use a good breeder, visit the puppy before you buy to check on the conditions and ask to see parental health clearances you are more likely to have a healthy dog.

Costs involved in owning a Bowzer

A Bowzer puppy is hard to source and therefore at the time of writing this article there were no prices available to gather a range from. However we can still offer a guide on initial and annual costs once you have her. Medically there will be things like an exam, spaying, blood tests, shots, deworming and micro chipping to be done when you have her which will cost around $300. Items you will want to start off with like a collar and leash, crate and carrier come to about $220. Annual medical costs like flea prevention, vaccinations, pet insurance and check ups come to $485 to $585. Non-medical annual costs like basic obedience training, license, food, treats and toys come to $575 to $675.


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If you are looking for a dog with a lot of energy, is not too large, has some independence and will be loyal and loving this could be the one for you. She is very keen about everything and about spending time with you, she has a great joy for life and will bring that joy to her family.

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