Boxer Basset

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45-60 lbs
17-19"
United States
Boxset, Boxet, Basser

The Boxer Basset is an excellent family pet due to their loving and loyal personality, fun attitude, and need for cuddling. They are happy curled up on the couch with you watching television all day but when you take them outside they turn into trackers. They are able to sniff out any animal in the vicinity and will do it for no reason but to find them. The Boxer Basset is a short but stocky dog with a long body and huge, floppy ears and a short coat. Although they can be stubborn and pouty, they are very good-natured and friendly with everyone.

Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Boxer and Basset Hound

Boxer Basset Health

Average Size
Height: 18-20 inches Weight: 55-70 lbs
Height: 17-19 inches Weight: 45-60 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Intervertebral Disc Degeneration
  • Bloat
  • Degenerative Myelopathy
  • Platelet Dysfunction
Minor Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Ectropion
  • Seborrhea
  • Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca
Occasional Tests
  • Eye
  • Elbow
  • Heart
  • Skin Scraping
  • X-Rays

Boxer Basset Breed History

The history of the Boxer Basset consists of the histories of its parent breeds, the Boxer and the Basset Hound. The Boxer was first noticed in Europe in the high valleys of Tibet. At the time, these were considered to be Tibetan fighting dogs. In fact, the Boxer is thought to be a relative of all Bulldog breeds. The Tibetan Mastiff and Bouledogue de Mida from France are also thought to be cousins of the Boxer. However, others in Germany believe that the Boxer was derived from a mix of the Brabanter Bullenbeisser and the Danziger Bullenbeisser to form a tough and streamlined dog for hunting. Until dog fighting and bull baiting were made illegal, the Boxer was used for these sports but this breed does not seem to hold any aggressiveness. They are very popular dogs in American and were accepted by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1904. The Basset Hound originated in France in the 1500s and was used as a scent hound for trailing rabbits. The name comes from the French word “bas”, which means dwarf or low thing. This was discovered in a hunting textbook written by Count Jacques Du Fouilloux in 1560. It is thought that the Basset Hound was developed by the Friars of the French Abbey in St. Hubert although other experts believe that they were also mixed with the Bloodhound to make them larger. The Basset Hound became increasingly popular when first shown in 1863 at a Paris Dog Show. They were officially accepted by the AKC in 1935 and they are the 39th most popular dog breed in America.

Boxer Basset Breed Appearance

The Boxer Basset is a long and muscular dog with a large head, short legs, a medium sized muzzle, and long, floppy ears. In fact, their big feet and head with their short body make them look comical and some say they look like they were made by sticking pieces of other dogs together. Their coat is usually light brown and white but it could be any mixture of brown and white; black and white; or black and brown. The Boxer Basset may also be tri-colored with any of these variations of color. With their soulful look and funny waddle, they can make you laugh just by watching them.

Boxer Basset Breed Maintenance

The short, hard coat of the Boxer Basset makes them easy to groom. In fact, all they really need is a gentle brushing with a soft bristle brush once or twice a week. This will keep shedding to a minimum and helps the circulation. Only bathe when necessary because it washes away the oils in the skin which they need. Brushing their teeth at least once or twice a week will keep dental problems away and you can trim their nails when needed. Because they have such long and floppy ears, you must check them often for dirt, debris, wax, and mites. Keep them clean by wiping them with a soft cloth or cotton ball. Never use cotton swabs in your dog’s ears. This can cause serious damage.

Boxer Basset Temperament

This is an excellent family dog because they love hanging out with people and they are happy doing nothing as long as they are with you. Because of their Basset Hound blood, they can be lazy and just want to lay around but if they hear you talk about food or playing they usually come running. Although they are smart, they may take a bit longer to train than most dogs. It could be because they are lazy or just stubborn. They like to pout when they get in trouble and they can be almost annoying when they want to go outside. However, they are also incredibly loving and good-natured dogs.

Boxer Basset Activity Requirements

The Boxer Basset may be a lazy dog that just wants to lay around the house when they are not playing or eating. However, to keep them from becoming overweight, you need to give them at least 45 minutes to an hour of exercise every day. They love to investigate and enjoy sniffing on a trail so take your Boxer Basset for a hike in your local park or for a walk around the neighborhood. It is best not to encourage them to jump because of their short legs. They tend to get elbow dysplasia if they put too much exertion on their legs.

Boxer Basset Owner Experiences