Bully Basset

40-60 lbs
United States
Basset Hound

The Bully Basset is a hybrid breed. His parents are a Bulldog mix and a Basset Hound. He is a sweet, affectionate dog that makes a great companion dog. He is fairly active, but he will be happy in any type of home whether it be an apartment or a home with a yard. High fences are optional; the Bully Basset is not a climber. He will need daily exercise to fight a tendency toward obesity. They love to play, but the Bully Basset is also known for snuggling up with family members. He is a medium-to-large sized dog, depending on the size of his parent breeds. He is a great family dog, but he needs an experienced owner as the Bully Basset can be stubborn and independent at times. 

purpose Purpose
Companion, Watchdog
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Basset Hound and Bulldog

Bully Basset Health

Average Size
Male Bully Basset size stats
Height: 12-16 inches Weight: 50-65 lbs
Female Bully Basset size stats
Height: 12-16 inches Weight: 40-60 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Gastric Torsion
  • Allergies
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Reverse Sneezing
  • vonWillebrand’s Disease
Minor Concerns
  • Ear Infections
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • CT Scan
  • Physical Examination
  • Blood Work
  • Allergy Testing

Bully Basset Breed History

The origins of the Bully Basset are not totally known. However, we do know the history of the Basset Hound and Bulldog parent breeds. Experts believe that the Basset is a descendant of the St. Hubert Hound, which is also an ancestor of the Bloodhound. Many think that the Basset Hound came about as a mutation in the St. Hubert breed which resulted in a dwarf version of the Blood hound. It is thought that eventually the dwarf hounds were bred on purpose once they were observed as being highly astute at tracking rabbits under brush in thick forests. The French aristocracy first took great interest in the Basset Hound; from there, a French nobleman introduced the breed to England in 1874. The first Basset Hound was shown in an English dog show in 1875. Alexandra, Princess of Wales at the time, kept Basset Hounds in the royal kennels. It is assumed that the Basset Hound came to the United States during Colonial times; however, this is not known for certain. The Basset Hound became popular in the United States around 1928 after Time magazine published a story detailing the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show through the eyes of a Basset Hound puppy. In the 1960s, the Basset Hound became synonymous with the Hush Puppy shoe brand. Also, the Fred Basset comic strip became popular at this time; it is still popular to this day. Throughout the United States, the Basset Hound is celebrated with picnics and “waddles” – occasions for Basset Hound owners to get together and promote the breed. These events usually raise money to donate to Basset Hound rescues. The Bulldog, thought to be a descendant of the Mastiff, earned his name because of his original purpose of bull-baiting. Also forced into the pits as a fighter, this breed is much happier and calmer now today, as a beloved companion of many. The 4th ranked dog in popularity according to the American Kennel Club, this breed still has a massive head and a muscular body. Now adored as a family member and friend, the beloved Bulldog serves a nicer purpose than he did in the 1800s. He is a mascot for the United States Marine Corp as well as for several universities and sports teams. A quiet dog, he is no longer the ferocious fighter he was first developed to be - instead he is dignified and respected as he deserves. The Bully Basset is recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club, the Designer Dogs Kennel Club, the Dog Registry of America, and the International Designer Dog Canine Registry. 

Bully Basset Breed Appearance

The Bully Basset is a medium-large sized dog. While the color of the Bully Basset will vary depending on the parent breeds, he is generally a tan or fawn color with a white chest and stomach and sometimes the Bully Basset will be a tri-color, black and white, or red and white. Occasionally, a lemon and white color will be seen. He will most often have white legs as well. Typically, the Bully Basset will have the floppy ears of the Basset Hound and he may or may not have the facial wrinkles of the Basset Hound parent.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Bully Basset eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Bully Basset nose
Coat Color Possibilities
pied Bully Basset coat
white Bully Basset coat
fawn Bully Basset coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Bully Basset straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Bully Basset Breed Maintenance

The Bully Basset does have a tendency to shed, so he may require a good bit of maintenance. He should be brushed daily with a wire-bristle brush. Bathe him only when necessary. You should brush your Bully Basset’s teeth at least three times a week; however, if you want to prevent gum disease, brush the dog’s teeth daily. The nails of the Bully Basset should not be neglected, trim them on a bi-weekly basis and more often if cracks, tears, or breaks occur. The folds in the skin that may be seen in the Bully Basset need to be kept dry. If moisture and dirt are allowed to stay on the skin, bacteria can soon buildup, causing odor and irritation.

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

Bully Basset Temperament

The Bully Basset is a friendly, happy, social, affectionate, outgoing dog; however, he can be stubborn as well. Training is somewhat difficult because of this personality trait in the Bully Basset, and he is not recommended as a good dog for novice owners. Owners should be patient, positive, and consistent. The Bully Basset is also known as a chewer, so make sure that you have plenty of chew toys available. You may often have to redirect chewing tendencies to the toys. Bully Bassets also require a longer time period to train than many other breeds. Overall, the Bully Basset is a kind, affectionate dog who loves his family and is especially good with kids. Early socialization and training is recommended for the best experience with your dog.

Bully Basset Activity Requirements

The Bully Basset is a fairly active dog. He loves to play; however, he will do well in an apartment or home as long as he gets daily exercise. This can come in the form of outdoor play in a fenced-in yard or brisk walks with the owner. He does better with short walks or jogs as opposed to long hikes. Exercise is important for the Bully Basset, not just for his happiness, but also to prevent weight gain. Visits to the dog park are also good for the Bully Basset.

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

Bully Basset Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
cup per day cost cup per day cost cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$1.50 - $1.90
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$39.00 - $52.00
food bag monthly cost

Bully Basset Owner Experiences

1 Year
7 People
House & Yard
Hide and Seek.
Tug of war
Watson is possibly the best dog I've ever owned. He is super nice, but stubborn (Like me). He loves to play hide and seek, a game we play where we have to shut off the lights and he uses his nose to search for hidden treats. He can tell when you're upset, so he will try to comfort you. He loves to cuddle and play. Overall, 15/10 I would recommend this breed to everybody.
5 years, 4 months ago
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