Basset Hound
Scottish Terrier
The Bascottie, though it sounds like an Italian cookie, is a hybrid mix between a Basset Hound and a Scottish Terrier. The Bascottie gets most of his looks and other qualities from his Scottish Terrier parent but inherits its low to the ground sturdy legged look from its Basset Hound parent. The Bascottie is an outgoing, active dog who is very agile considering his stature and long body. They are excellent with other dogs and will treat the cat like family if socialized early on. They usually have black, wiry hair but are also known to have tan, white, and brindle coloring.
Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
2000s
Ancestry
Basset Hound, Scottish Terrier

Bascottie Breed History

The Bascottie is a hybrid mix of the Basset Hound and the Scottish Terrier. The hybrid is a modern breed and does not have a history outside of its parent breeds. Most of the character and physical traits mirror the Scottish Terrier, whose roots extend far back in history. The ancestor of the Scottish Terrier, the long extinct Scotch Terrier, was first described in 55 BC by the Romans, identifying the small dogs as agile hunters who went to the ground after their quarry. The Romans named these dogs Terrarii, which is Latin for workers of the earth. Over several centuries, the Terrier group lived and thrived as earth dogs in Scotland and England, making their way to France and parts of Germany as well. By the 1800s, the Scottish Terrier was firmly established as a wire-haired small Terrier of the Skye group, which differed from the smooth coated Terriers of England. The Basset Hound hails from France and was most likely a short-legged mutation of the St. Hubert Hound known today as the Bloodhound. Purposefully bred as curiosities for aristocrats, after the French Revolution the common people discovered they could follow the Basset Hound on foot during a hunt. This fact gave these gentle, sad-looking creatures a position among the hunting companion breeds. Today, the Bascottie resembles the Scottish Terrier more than the Basset Hound, but you cannot mistake the sturdy short legs of this hybrid; they are quintessential Basset Hound legs.

Bascottie Breed Appearance

The Bascottie is a small to medium-sized hybrid between the Basset Hound and the Scottish Terrier. Your Bascottie will develop characteristics resembling the Scottish Terrier with a wiry, usually black coat and may be difficult to tell from the Scottish Terrier breed. However, the ears are slightly larger and set lower on the head, and the nose is a little larger than the Scottish Terriers. Scottish Terriers are low to the ground but in proportion to their body size whereas the Basset Hound's stature is exaggerated. The Bascottie maintains the exaggerated look with sturdy legs and a slightly longer body than the Scottish Terrier. The tail on a Bascottie is carried level with the back and may curl slightly, but it can also stand on end when the dog is excited, just like its Scottish Terrier parent.

Bascottie Breed Maintenance

The double coat on a Bascottie means the longer hair does not shed as often. Regular brushing will keep this hybrid looking and feeling well, and a variety of brushes should be used weekly. Stiff brushes, hound gloves, and wide-toothed combs are ideal grooming accessories you can use to keep the coat looking healthy. The Bascottie, though parented by the heavy drooling Basset Hound, is not known to drool and his clean coat keeps him from developing any hound smells. Basset Hounds have large ears, but the Bascottie's ears are significantly smaller. Despite their smaller size it is always a best practice to clean your Bascottie's ears with a veterinarian approved solution once a week to remove dirt, wax, and debris.

Bascottie Activity Requirements

The Bascottie has a high energy temperament, like it's Scottish Terrier parent, and is often serious. They can be vocal and opinionated when upset but are not known for barking long. The Basset Hound parent adds a more even-temper to the Bascottie as well as its love of children and other animals. The Bascottie needs human company but doesn't like to be teased or engage in rough play regardless of its agile nature, so older children who understand how to interact with dogs are better suited for this hybrid. Though not particularly leery of strangers, the Bascottie will gauge the newcomers and form a fast opinion. Giving him respect and staying cheerful is the best way to approach a Bascottie since the Scottish Terrier is sensitive to human emotion. This hybrid is intelligent but can be slightly stubborn at times. The Basset Hound parent means the Bascottie may respond well to food-based reward training but Scottish Terriers are more known for their independence and your Bascottie may do as he pleases.

Bascottie Owner Experiences

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