Bascottie (Basset Hound & Scottish Terrier Mix)

Height: 10-15 inches
Weight: 18-45 pounds
Lifespan: 12-13 years
Colors: Black, tan, brindle, gray, and white
Suitable for: Families with older children looking for a breed with medium energy levels
Temperament: Affectionate but independent, energetic, and outgoing

The sweet-sounding Bascottie might not be on your radar yet, but this gorgeous designer dog breed certainly has much going for it! These pups are the result of a cross between a Scottish Terrier and a Basset Hound.

These pups are full of character and are affectionate without being overly clingy. They have an outgoing personality most of the time, although they can be a little wary of strangers. Like any breed with Terrier blood, these pups have a high prey drive and love to investigate the local wildlife and any interesting smells they come across.

Let’s find out a bit more about this breed because you never know, the Bascottie may be the perfect dog for you and your family!

Divider 1Bascottie Puppies — Before You Buy…

Energy
Trainability
Health
Lifespan
Sociability

Visiting a litter of adorable Bascottie puppies before you’re completely ready to commit can be an error of judgment. It’s difficult to resist those adorable faces, and you might just find yourself signing up for a puppy before you meant to!

They might be low to the ground, but Bascotties are energetic dogs that require a fair amount of exercise to stay content. They’re also a little wary of strangers, so you’ll need to spend plenty of time working on their socialization when they’re still small, in order to try and combat this issue. As a breed with a reputation for a strong-willed temperament, this can sometimes come across as stubbornness. It takes a skilled trainer to get the best from these dogs.

Owning a Bascottie, like any breed, requires plenty of time and money. So, before you make that final decision, let’s find out a bit more about these pups.

What’s the Price of Bascottie Puppies?

Bascotties are definitely not one of the better-known designer breeds, so you’ll need to spend time finding a reputable breeder. If you budget around $800 to $1,200 for a puppy, you shouldn’t have any trouble finding a breeder with pups in that price range.

Don’t be tempted to buy the cheapest pup just because it seems like a bargain. You may end up with a sickly puppy from a mill that ends up suffering from a whole host of illnesses. You’ll usually end up spending far more in veterinary bills than if you’d bought a more expensive pup from a breeder with a proven reputation.

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1. Basset Hounds have an amazing sense of smell.

When it comes to finding and tracking scents, the Basset Hound’s talents are only beaten by the Bloodhound. It’s not just their noses that are fantastic at picking up smells; their long droopy ears actually help move scent particles around, making it even easier for a Basset Hound to pick them up!

2. Scottish Terriers have the nickname “Diehard.”

These tough little dogs earned their nickname through a combination of Terrier persistence and the bravery required to hunt badgers and foxes — scary prey for a small dog! Scottish Terriers don’t let their size put them off, though, as they’re far braver than many larger dogs.

3. With a Bascottie, you never know what you’ll get.

As with any designer or hybrid breed, the possibilities for appearance and temperament of the puppies are more variable than for a purebred. While Bascottie pups often look more like a Scottish Terrier than a Basset Hound, some puppies will inevitably look like their Basset Hound parent! When it comes to temperament, your pup may have a mix of both their parental characteristics or resemble one breed more than the other. The best way to be prepared is to be sure that you love both parent breeds equally. That way, however your pup turns out, you’ll be happy!

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Parent breeds of the Bascottie. Left: Scottish Terrier (Pikist) | Right: Basset Hound (Pickpik)

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Temperament & Intelligence of the Bascottie

The Bascottie is a happy and affectionate breed, and while they love spending time with their owners, they’re not overly clingy. They can be prone to barking, especially if left home alone for long periods of time.

Bascotties can be a little wary of strangers, so plenty of socialization when they’re small is essential so they don’t become conditioned to only accepting family members. Their Terrier heritage means they can be a little stubborn, but effective training can get around this and help motivate them to stay focused!

Are These Dogs Good for Families? 👪

Bascotties make good family pets, but they’re better suited to playing with slightly older children. They’re quite sensitive souls under that blustery exterior, so they don’t enjoy rough games or being teased.

Does This Breed Get Along With Other Pets?

Bascotties can get along well with other dogs and bold cats, but it helps if you introduce them as a puppy. They’re not overly possessive of their humans, so with the correct introductions, you can also successfully add another dog to the family when they’re a little older. Timid cats may need more time to be introduced, as the Terrier heritage of the Bascottie means they sometimes can’t help but chase something running away from them. This also links to the fact they have a reasonably high prey drive, so they should be kept in a different part of the house to rodents.

Divider 4Things to Know When Owning a Bascottie

If the Bascottie sounds like your perfect dog breed so far, there are only a few more things that you need to know before deciding to welcome one into your home. These pups are reasonably low maintenance but still require plenty of your time, money, and energy.

Food & Diet Requirements 🦴

As a reasonably active breed, choosing a high-quality dog food with a good amount of protein will help your Bascottie develop strong and healthy muscles. Whether you choose to feed dry kibble, wet food, or a combination of both (or a raw food diet) is up to you, and a Bascottie will do equally well with any of these.

Treats are an excellent way to motivate your dog during training, but make sure to take these into account when calculating your dog’s daily ration. Allowing your Bascottie to put on too much weight can place their long backs under extra strain and increase the risk of them injuring themselves.

Exercise 🐕

Bascotties are full of energy, although once they’ve had a good long walk, they’ll be happy to curl up for a nap.

If your Bascottie inherits a long back like their Basset Hound parent, make sure not to let them do anything to put it under too much strain. Avoid games that involve excessive jumping. Don’t let your dog climb on and off the furniture, and avoid allowing them to climb stairs, if possible.

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Training 🎾

The Bascottie can be a slightly stubborn breed, so training them can sometimes feel like a challenge. Enrolling in puppy training classes is an excellent way for first-time or less experienced owners to gain the confidence and skills required to effectively train this breed.

Positive reinforcement training works well with these dogs, so finding a trainer who uses these methods will help you get the best out of your training sessions.

Grooming ✂️

Most Bascotties end up with a wiry coat of a medium length, similar to that of their Scottish Terrier parent. Their coats won’t shed that much, but you’ll need to give them a weekly brush to remove any snags and tangles.

These dogs can suffer from ear infections, so make a point of checking their ears when you groom them. At the same time, check that their nails, teeth, and gums all look healthy.

Health and Conditions 🏥

Luckily, like most designer breeds, the Bascottie doesn’t suffer from too many health conditions. That said, the best thing to do is to look at the parent breeds for clues as to what conditions can sometimes affect the Bascottie.

Minor Conditions
  • Hip and elbow dysplasia
  • Ear infections
Serious Conditions
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Glaucoma
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Bleeding disorders
  • Von Willebrand’s disease

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Have you been totally charmed by the Bascottie? Even though you might be tempted to start imagining whether you’d pick a male or female pup, it’s best to delay those thoughts until you’ve found a breeder.

The Bascottie isn’t a well-known breed yet, so you may have trouble finding a breeder with available pups. You might have to put your name on a waiting list, and sometimes it’s not possible to choose the sex of your puppy.

If you’re concerned about hormonal behaviors, then be reassured that these usually disappear completely when your pup is neutered or spayed at an appropriate age.

Divider 3Final Thoughts

Bascotties have a great combination of personality traits: They’re intelligent and affectionate but are also happy to chill out on their own. They can be vocal and a little wary of strangers, so early training and socialization are needed to build confidence and to make sure your pup listens when you ask them not to bark.

A medium active breed, Bascotties love walks and games but won’t constantly be asking for another walk. They’ll be happy to chill out in the backyard too. They’re certainly not one of the better-known designer breeds, so you may need to spend time finding a breeder with the experience of producing these pups.

Once you welcome a Bascottie into your home, though, you’ll be charmed by their sweet personalities, energetic natures, and adorable good looks!


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