Bassador

United States
Basset Hound
Labrador Retriever
The Bassador is a hybrid between two well-loved breeds, the Basset Hound and the Labrador Retriever and has been a popular hybrid for the last ten to twenty years. The Bassador is low to the ground, like its Basset Hound parent and can have sad, expressive eyes like the Basset Hound. Otherwise, this hybrid breed looks very much like its Labrador Retriever parent and has a similar disposition to the Labrador. The Bassador is a designer or hybrid breed whose was cross bred for companionship rather than hunting or retrieving. However, the long history of hunting that runs in both parent breeds may this hybrid suited to taking to the fields as well.
Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
2000s
Ancestry
Basset Hound, Labrador Retriever

Bassador Breed History

The Bassador is a hybrid mix of two popular, well-loved breeds, the Basset Hound and the Labrador Retriever. Though this hybrid has been a popular choice for nearly twenty years, little documentation is currently available on the mix, and it is presently only recognized by the Dog Registry of America. As such, the history is limited and reviewing the histories of the parent breeds is necessary to understand the disposition and other character traits of the Bassador. The Labrador Retriever is the most popular dog and was first developed in Canada to assist fisherman. Surprisingly, this breed nearly faced extinction in the 1880s when female Labradors were culled from litters in Canada due to the high tax rates. Thankfully, the Labrador was imported to England and America by this time and was gaining popularity as a hunting companion and retriever. The Labrador’s happy, easy going disposition make him an ideal family dog who has stayed top dog in the US, Canada, and England for several decades. The Basset Hound was first developed a French curiosity among the aristocracy, but after the French Revolution, this breed became a popular choice among commoners for hunting. The common French folk were unable to hunt on horseback and needed a dog they could keep up with on foot. The short, sturdy legs of the Basset Hound were perfect for foot hunting. The Basset Hound did not gain popularity in the United States until the 20th century, despite being brought over during Colonial times. The 1960s saw the introduction of the Hush Puppy, and the popularity of the Basset Hound only grew from there.

Bassador Breed Appearance

The Bassador looks like both a Basset Hound and a Labrador. Both breeds have expressive eyes that can appear sad or thoughtful. The most prominent Basset Hound trait on this hybrid is the short, sturdy legs of this low to ground hybrid. The front paws turn out slightly as well. The muzzle is long and thin, and the ears are slightly longer than a Labrador but shorter than a Basset Hound. However, the ears are quite large. The body on the Bassador is exaggeratedly longer than it is tall, just like on the Basset Hound. The coat is short and dense and usually seen in a solid color like that of the Labrador. However, patches of white may grace the chest and feet of the Bassador.

Bassador Breed Maintenance

The Bassador is a hybrid mix between two dogs known to shed moderately to heavily depending on the season. This is not a hypoallergenic dog and requires daily brushing and grooming to help keep the shedding down. A stiff brush and a hound mitt will help remove dead and loose hair. While brushing your Bassador, always check their ears and remove any wax, dirt, or debris. This hybrid has larger ears and is more prone to collecting unwanted build-up that could lead to an ear infection. Daily grooming will significantly reduce the chances of your Bassador developing a hound “doggy” odor, but you may need to occasionally bathe your Bassador with a hypoallergenic shampoo to help clean him. Frequent baths are not suggested as this may strip the natural oils from your Bassador and cause dermatitis.

Bassador Activity Requirements

The Bassador has an excellent temperament thanks to both parent breeds. The Labrador is one of the most well-known, all-around family dogs, and no one questions its top dog position in popularity. The Basset Hound, though not equally as popular, still enjoys notoriety for its gentle, docile nature. Considered well-mannered, if not a lazy dog, the Basset Hound is rarely animated unless on the scent trail and even then, he’s still much more well-mannered than his Hound cousins. Together, the Labrador Retriever and the Basset Hound equal a slightly stubborn but great family dog that is exceptional with children and friendly towards strangers. Their stubborn nature may make the Bassador more difficult to train, but with proper praise and food-based motivation, they make excellent dogs for novice, inexperienced dog owners. The Labrador Retriever amps up this hybrid’s exercise needs, but moderate energy levels mean the Bassador only requires medium intensity exercise, like a good walk at a steady pace.

Bassador Owner Experiences

Cash
2 Years
4 People
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Cash is lovable well mannered and very friendly. Loves all the dogs he meets along with the people. He still is curious about cats.
1 month ago
Gus
1 Year
1 People
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Adopted Baby Dog from a rescue - his rescue name was Ian, so his formal name is Ian Augustus, but he just goes by Gus, Baby Dog, or Long Dog 😂 (he really answers to whatever). He’s very lazy - we love naps! He loves to chew up all things stuffed, and definitely enjoys a bone. He does like to “burry” his bones (in couch cushions, in piles of laundry, etc.) then he cries as whines as if he’s concerned about the location he chose - it’s quite precious. He’s alert in that he notices when cars pull up or whatever but not a big barker. He’s ALWAYS excited to see me and can jump, literally, 6 feet in the air. I am giving him daily joint supplements, as his front legs are EXTRA bowed, but his mobility, and especially his abilities to jump, aren’t affected.
1 month ago
Silky Gray
11 Months
2 People
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Playing fetch with her toy.Short
Play fetch short walks
Fetch petting, playing with her toy
None with this breed, only with lab
2 months, 3 weeks ago
George
5 Years
5 People
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I rescued my dog two years ago for my birthday. He quickly became my best friend! I love the mix of personalities between the two dogs. He is normally very lazy, but he loves to play and be hyper if someone is playing with him.
3 months, 3 weeks ago
Maverick
12 Years
4 People
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He is the most amazing dog we have ever had he minds so well and is so calm "at times lol" He is a lap dog pretty much so affectionate loves giving kisses and being petted
3 months, 4 weeks ago
sasha
9 Years
2 People
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we got sasha at 8 weeks she is fantastic dog my husband is a cat person so she is our first dog after 50 plus years of marriage she has totally stolen his heart gets along well with our cat a great addition to our family and she is 100% dog. p.s. we keep her weight in control under 30 lbs for her health lots of walks.
4 months, 1 week ago
Molly
12 Years
2 People
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I rescued Molly in Phoenix when she was 1 year old. Someone had abandoned this beautiful girl. She is the best of both breeds. She is loving, has a sweet temperament and is obedient. She is wonderful with all ages and does not get cranky. I love her and would recommend her breed to all.
4 months, 3 weeks ago
Teddy
12 Years
5 People
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swimming
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Teddy is an amazing dog. I have had him for a lot of my life and he is pretty much perfect. We have had almost no problems with his health, he has just had some cuts on his ears that didn’t heal properly and some teeth problems. He is very energetic and loves walks, even at 12 years old! He is incredible. And you can follow him on Instagram @teddykirkpatrick to see his cute face!
5 months, 3 weeks ago
Zoey
4 Years
2 People
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One of the friendliest dogs I've ever had. She can be a handful, as she is quite energetic but when she's resting she is very calm and affectionate. She hasn't met a person she doesn't like.
6 months, 2 weeks ago
Beast
2 Years
2 People
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My Beast is the best companion I have ever had. He truly is the best of both parent breeds. I love this handsome, friendly dog too much!!!
7 months, 2 weeks ago
Lily may
7 Months
3 People
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The dog park
She is beautiful, she’s well behaved . LOVES children and affection. She also is a big fan of cuddling with ma or any old place on the floor sprawled out or her signature more is on her back all fours in the air . She’s goofy and all around a good girl , she trained very young was a bit stubborn to potty train but she was born in a colder season so I wouldn’t blame her . She enjoys socializing with other bigs and small dogs .
7 months, 2 weeks ago
Busyer and Chloe
3 Years
5 People
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Extremely friendly and goofy. Bery stubborn but both snuggle bugs. They come from the same litter but Buster has the size of a lab and Chloe basset hound. Buater is the gentle and leta hia sister and pur other dof and cat boss him around.
7 months, 3 weeks ago
Maggie
4 Years
2 People
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I am completely in love with this breed , My Maggie is the sweetest pup , I couldn’t imagine life without her in it.
7 months, 4 weeks ago
Rhino
3 Years
1 People
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Fetch
My bassador is unlike any dog I've ever met. She's sweet and lovey and a little bit crazy, and I've never met a dog with a personality as big as hers.
8 months, 4 weeks ago
Pyper
6 Years
2 People
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taking naps
playing with her favorite squeak toy
walking, exploring local (short trails)
She has been the sweetest, most affectionate dog. She LOVES snuggles and is always ready to cuddle at the drop of a hat! She listens fairly well, but tends to have a stubborn streak when walking. She keeps her nose to the ground and would surely run off at first sight of a rabbit or cat is she were off lead.
10 months, 2 weeks ago
Winnie
1 Year
2 People
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Sweet personality, stubborn, likes to do things her way, does do tricks so she is trainable, energetic, loves people
11 months, 3 weeks ago
Ross
1 Year
2 People
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Amazing. I love him to death . Best friend . The eyes makes your heart melt! And he's very very loving,caring and affectionate.
1 year, 1 month ago
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