The Basschshund, often misspelled as Basschund, is created by cross-breeding two of the most popular purebreds in the world – a Basset Hound and a Dachshund. The medium-sized dog, with its lively nature and noble appearance, is regarded as a great family companion. The confident little Basschshund, like its parent breeds, has a long muscular body, an elongated head with its eyes having an intelligent look, drooping ears, and short legs.
The Basschshund is not a purebred dog. It is a cross between the Basset Hound and the Dachshund. The best way to determine the temperament of a mixed breed is to look up all breeds in the cross and know you can get any combination of any of the characteristics found in either breed. Not all of these designer hybrid dogs being bred are 50% purebred to 50% purebred. It is very common for breeders to breed multi-generation crosses.
Dog Breed Group: Mixed Breed Dogs
Average lifespan: 12-15 years
Average size: 25-45 lbs
Coat appearance: Short, smooth, shiny
Coloration: Light Brown/Golden, Brown and White, Black and Brown
Best Suited For: Families with children, singles , couples, apartments, houses with/without yards, seniors
Temperament: Gentle, loving, stubborn, watchful
Comparable Breeds: Dachshund, Basset Hound
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.
The Basschshund dogs are known to be fearless, intelligent, and full of energy but may act too hastily at times. When faced with certain tasks, they like to do them in their own ways without being instructed. Because of their independent, playful, and entertaining nature, they are often regarded as mischief-makers. Like most hounds, the Basschshund may show stubbornness with an instinct to chase small animals and toys.
They remain close to their family and love to be cuddled. If introduced to the kids and other household animals early, these dogs get along well with them. Since they have an inherent suspicious nature, they can be aggressive towards strangers. These brave and alert pets warn their owners of intruders, which makes them a great watchdog.
There are certain issues she is more prone to, some that can be inheritied from her parents and some particular to the type of dog she is. With her back it is important to make sure she is not allowed to jump from moderate or more heights, even jumping from the couch to the floor could cause injury. Her ears means she is prone to ear infections and her love of food means she is prone to obesity. Other issues include Bloat, Von Willebrand’s, Panosteitis, Eye problems, Patellar Luxation, Thrombopathia, IDD, IVDD, Cushings, Diabetes, Deafness, Allergies and Hip Dysplasia.
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 Basschshunds are quick learners, but they need proper motivation. Use their favorite toys or treats to catch their attention. Do not extend the training sessions by using the same instructions repeatedly. They might quickly become bored, so training should be made more fun and interesting. Housetraining these dogs can be a challenging task, so be patient and persistent in your approach. As the puppies are typically rambunctious, early socialization, obedience, and crate training will help them learn basic etiquettes of living with a family.
The activity level of Basschshunds depends on which parent it leans towards. It can be slightly active, requiring just 30 minutes of walk per day. But it can also be very energetic and will want to go to the park for play sessions and socialize with other pets and kids. It is necessary to leash it because it loves to chase. This dog is suitable for apartment life because of its small size and moderate exercise needs.
A gentle rubdown with a hound glove or brush will keep your Basschshund’s coat in top condition. Since it does not shed too much, a weekly brushing is sufficient to remove loose or dead hairs. It needs an occasional bath unless it has an unpleasant smell. Ear infections could be an issue with this breed as its long hanging ears prevent proper circulation of air in its inner ear. Therefore, clean your pet’s ears every week with a vet-recommended ear cleansing solution. Keep your dog’s nails neatly trimmed and brush its teeth 3-4 times a week.
Children and other Pets
This is a great family dog and is very good with children, being playful and affectionate with them. She can get on well with other pets too though she does chase smaller animals. Some Basschshunds can get on well with other dogs but some need more help. Early socialization is key on helping her be at her best with other people, animals and dogs.