20-50 lbs
‚ÄčUnited States
Basset Hound
Miniature Schnauzer

The Bowzer is a hybrid dog made up of a combination between a Basset Hound and a Miniature Schnauzer. They are medium sized dogs weighing up to 50 pounds with an average height of around 13 to 15 inches. Depending on which parent breed is dominant, they are usually quite heavy but short dogs with dense, wiry coats which are medium length and straight. They come in various colors including black, cream, silver, merle, brindle, white and brown. They get on well with children and other pets so make excellent family pets and need moderate grooming as they do tend to shed a fair bit.

purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Basset Hound, Miniature Schnauzer

Bowzer Health

Average Size
Male Bowzer size stats
Height: 13-15 inches Weight: 25-50 lbs
Female Bowzer size stats
Height: 13-15 inches Weight: 20-50 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Bloat
  • Megaesophagus
  • Thrombopathia
Minor Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Eye Problems
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Hip Dysplasia
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • CT Scan
  • Physical Examination
  • Blood Work
  • Contrast Studies
  • Radiography

Bowzer Breed History

Basset Hounds were first bred in France as hunting dogs in the late 1500s. The breed was¬†developed by the Friars of the Abbey of St. Hubert in northern France with the aim of breeding¬†hounds that could follow hunters on foot. According to the American Kennel Club, the word¬†‚ÄúBasset‚ÄĚ when referring to a breed of dog derives from the French adjective ‚Äúbas‚ÄĚ which means¬†‚Äúlow thing‚ÄĚ or ‚Äúdwarf‚ÄĚ. Bloodhounds are a likely part of their ancestry and they have a very keen¬†sense of smell. Hunters used them to track rabbits, fox, pheasants, deer and badgers although¬†they were also used to hunt bigger animals such as wild boar and wolf. They were prized for¬†being low enough to follow the scent of prey under brush in thick forests but were bred more for¬†stamina that speed. In 1884, the first of the breed was presented at the Westminster Kennel¬†Club show while in 1935, the Basset Hound Club of America was formed. One of the most¬†famous Basset Hounds is Fred, the cartoon dog, who has been appearing in the Daily Mail for¬†more than 50 years and under different names in some 200 newspapers around the world. The¬†breed is sometimes referred to as a Hush Puppy. Miniature Schnauzers were originally bred on¬†farms in the mid-to-late 19th century in Germany to hunt rats as well as to guard the property.¬†They were originally known as Wirehaired Pinschers and developed by crossbreeding the¬†Standard Schnauzer with breeds like the Miniature Pinscher,¬†Affenpinscher and the Poodle. The¬†earliest record of a Miniature Schnauzer was a black female named Findel which was recorded¬†in a German stud book. The American Kennel Club recognized the breed in 1926 and they are¬†classed with terriers while the Standard Schnauzer is classified as a member of the Working¬†Group. The Bowzer, which was first bred around 20 years ago, is recognized by the Dog¬†Registry of America, Inc and the American Canine Hybrid Club.

Bowzer Breed Appearance

The Bowzer is a medium sized breed and can have a variety of colours including silver, black, cream, merle, brindle, white and brown. Their coats are usually harsh, dense and wiry and are straight and medium length and require regular brushing to keep looking good. Your pet is likely to share many of the characteristics of the parent breeds and may vary depending on which breed is more dominant. They tend to look more like a Basset Hound in that they are short dogs with quite long bodies. They can be heavy dogs with deep chests and their ears tend to flap over. A friendly expression adorns a face that may have the Schnauzer beard.

Eye Color Possibilities
hazel Bowzer eyes
brown Bowzer eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Bowzer nose
brown Bowzer nose
Coat Color Possibilities
white Bowzer coat
brown Bowzer coat
black Bowzer coat
silver Bowzer coat
cream Bowzer coat
brindle Bowzer coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Bowzer wiry coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Bowzer Breed Maintenance

Bowzers will need to be brushed every day to keep their fur looking good as they tend to shed a lot. Brushing will also help remove loose hair and get rid of any knots or mats. It will depend on the mix of the parent breed as Basset Hounds shed far more than Miniature Schnauzers. Only bathe your pet when necessary and use a dog shampoo to prevent any irritation to the skin. Try to brush your pet’s teeth regularly with a canine toothpaste and clean the ears with moistened cotton wool. Nails should be clipped when necessary but always make sure not to cut too close to the quick and cause bleeding.

Brushes for Bowzer
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Bowzer requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Bowzer Temperament

Bowzers are intelligent dogs and very loyal and affectionate to their families. They get on well with children and other pets, making them ideal family dogs. They are alert and playful and have a keen sense of smell from the Basset Hound side. They are known to occasionally chase smaller animals so make sure they are leashed when outdoors. They can be a little stubborn but are easy to train and very responsive. The Bowzer tends to listen to commands and is usually obedient with owners. It particularly responds well to rewards and positive reinforcement. They tend to be wary of strangers and are not regarded as good watchdogs because they are not known to bark when intruders are around. They will need daily exercise to keep them fit and happy so regular outdoor excursions to the dog park would be a good idea. They would thrive in a house with an enclosed yard but could stay in an apartment as long as they had regular exercise.

Bowzer Activity Requirements

The Bowzer needs daily exercise to keep fit and healthy. They can be hyperactive dogs and love to run so a trip to the beach or a wilderness area where dogs are allowed would be perfect. Make sure the dog is under voice control as they can be tempted to chase small animals. A house with a big enclosed yard would be ideal for your pet but they can adapt to an apartment provided they are taken out at least twice a day for a fairly substantial exercise session. Bowzers are playful and enjoy chew toys to keep them stimulated and happy and they also respond well to training. They have a moderate tolerance to heat and cold.

Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
9 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes
activity minutes

Bowzer Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
cup per day cost cup per day cost cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$1.20 - $1.40
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$34.00 - $45.00
food bag monthly cost

Bowzer Owner Experiences

Molly Hoover Fisher
9 Years
2 People
House & Yard
We adopted Molly from a family friend who couldn't make a home for her due to their other dog. We have never been happier with Molly. She is sweet tempered and just the best companion.
5 years, 9 months ago
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Question - Nutrition

What's the best food for this breed? I have a 8 week old puppy

Basset Hounds x Mini Schnauzers, like many crosses, do best on a high quality food packed with fresh ingredients. Ideally, we would feed a kibble to prevent dental disease. Avoid fatty foods and table scraps as Bowzers can be prone to pancreatitis. Feed a puppy foot for the first 12 months or so, depending on how quickly your pup develops. Royal Canin, Purina and Orijen are all brands worth considering.
3 years, 4 months ago
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