Basschshund

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United States
Basset Hound
Dachshund
The Basschshund was developed by crossing the Basset Hound with the Dachshund. Typically, they are a medium size dog with long floppy ears. The Basschshund will display characteristics of both parents, although it is not always predetermined which traits will be predominant. Personality, looks, and exercise requirements are a few of the characteristics that can vary from puppy to puppy. The Dachshund and the Basset Hound both shed at a moderate to high rate. The Basschshund coat will be nicely maintained when brushed regularly with a slicker brush. A dog who can do well at obedience training, the Basschshund is sweet and friendly, and is very good with children. They do require a patient owner because they tend to be stubborn, willing to learn, but perhaps showing a little resistance now and then.
Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Basset Hound, Dachshund

Basschshund Breed History

The Basschshund is a modern breed, so the documentation of their history is minimal. However, the Basset Hound originated in France and was primarily bred to hunt rabbits. Because of their keen sense of smell, they were also used to hunt squirrels, pheasants, foxes and deer. Their name is derived from the French word "bas" meaning low-set. It is believed that they are descendants of the Bloodhound. Therefore, they are a scent hound and are excellent trackers. The Basset Hound started being imported into the United States in 1883. The Westminster Kennel Club recognized the Basset Hound in 1884 and the American Kennel Club first recognized the Basset Hound in 1885. The Basset Hound has been on different television shows such as Columbo, Dukes of Hazzard and Coach. A Bassett Hound named Sherlock dressed in white tie and tails appeared with Elvis on The Steve Allen Show. Elvis sang the song “Hound Dog” to Sherlock. This breed is a wonderful performer, companion and hunter. It is believed that the Dachshund originated in Germany in the early 1600s. The breed was developed so that it could go inside of an animal’s underground den. The Dachshund would bravely fight underground and force the badger or fox out of his den. Dachshunds first came to the United States in 1870. They were imported into the U.S for rabbit hunting. The American Kennel Club (AKC) registered its first Dachshund in 1885. Dachshund dogs have been loving pets to famous people such as Pablo Picasso, John Wayne, Marlon Brando, Clint Eastwood, Andy Warhol, Einstein, George Harrison, Mary Tyler Moore and even Napoleon Bonaparte. The Basschshund can be registered with the Designer Dogs Kennel Club, the American Canine Hybrid Club, or the Dog Registry of America.

Basschshund Breed Appearance

The Basschshund will have similarities to both his parents. The Basschshund is often seen to have a sturdy, well-muscled and medium size body and the males are sometimes bigger than the females. Their coat, ranging in colors of gray and white, chestnut, black and brown, is short and does shed at a moderate to high rate meaning that a weekly brushing will be required. The ears are long and floppy. Their legs are short and their torso is long; body size will depend on which parent your Basschshund takes after the most. Their muzzle is long and rounded at the end. The nose, eyes and lips are usually dark in color. Their eyes are round and have a sweet and loving expression.

Basschshund Breed Maintenance

The Basschshund does shed, so he needs to be brushed weekly with a slicker brush or a grooming mitt. The Basset Hound can develop a musky smell. Because of this, the Basschshund should be bathed monthly with a gentle dog shampoo. It is important to try to prevent water from getting inside those floppy ears as breeds with this type of ear are susceptible to yeast and bacteria developing into an infection. Afterwards, your dog will need to be dried off with a towel or carefully with a hair dryer on low heat. The Basschshund’s nails should be trimmed every 10 to 14 days, to reduce stress on their tiny feet. The teeth should be brushed on a regular basis to prevent tartar build-up. The Basschshund’s ears will need to be cleaned once a week. Floppy ears do not allow for good air circulation and can be prone to trouble. The veterinarian can recommend which ear wash is best for your dog.

Basschshund Activity Requirements

The temperament of the Basschshund will be a combination of the Bassett Hound and the Dachshund’s personality and disposition. The Basschshund is independent, stubborn, playful and has a mischievous side to him. Because he is a Hound breed, he may chase small animals. The Basschshund should be socialized with children and other animals at a young age. This hybrid enjoys playing with children and other dogs. The Basschshund is not a high energy dog but does love his daily walks. They are alert and make good watchdogs and they have been known to be aggressive toward strangers. Due to their stubbornness, obedience training will require consistency and patience. Basschshunds form a strong bond with their owner and make a wonderful family addition.

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