With their short, stocky bodies and long ears, Basset Hounds are already about as cute as any dog could get.
So, what would you say if we told you that they could get even cuter?
It’s true! All you have to do is mix the classic Basset Hound with another breed, and you’ll have a truly unique, adorable mix on your hands. In the list below, we’ve put together 18 of the most irresistible Basset Hound mixes that we’ve ever seen.
1. Bully Basset
A mix between Basset Hounds and English Bulldogs, the Bully Basset is on the larger side of average, tipping the scales at 50-60 pounds. It’s an interesting mix, given that Basset Hounds have unbelievable noses and Bulldogs don’t have much in the way of noses at all.
In the end, you get a happy, goofy, fun-loving dog with a serious stubborn streak. These pups love to eat too, so be careful not to overfeed them.
2. Hush Basset
If you throw Cocker Spaniel into the mix, you get an affectionate, loyal breed with a truly fantastic name. These dogs weigh in at about 60 pounds, and they have long bodies with deep, barrel chests.
The most notable thing about these dogs, however, is their perpetually downtrodden expression. They’re having fun, we promise — they just don’t know how to show it.
This interesting mix involves crossing a Basset Hound with a Doberman Pinscher. It results in a large (100-pound) guard dog that can smell bad guys coming a mile away.
They’re smart and loyal, but you need to train and socialize them early so they don’t get carried away by their guard dog tendencies.
4. Bagle Hound
While it sounds like the type of dog that would frequent a bakery, this 75-pound pooch is actually a cross between a Basset Hound and a Beagle. It’s basically a perfect mix of the two breeds, with long legs and longer ears.
Luckily, they’re a perfect mixture of the parent breeds’ respective energy levels too. They’re not as lazy as Bassets or as hyperactive as Beagles, leaving you with a calm, even-mannered companion.
If you think Basset Hounds are great but wish they had more face, then perhaps you’ll love the Ba-Shar. It’s a mix between a Basset and a Shar-Pei, and it’s impossible to avoid falling in love with their wrinkly faces.
They’re medium-sized dogs at just 50 pounds or so and are equal parts lazy and codependent. This makes them the perfect pet for the family that just wants to unwind on the weekends.
6. Rottie Basset
As you might expect from the name, this is a cross between a Basset and a Rottweiler. They end up looking like someone hit a Rottweiler with a shrink ray, as they have short legs, long ears, and long bodies, but they look like Rotties in all other respects.
They’re fairly hefty at around 80 pounds or so and have great noses and a guard dog’s sensibility. As a result, they’re finding work with many police departments and security firms.
The Bowzer is a Basset-Miniature Schnauzer cross, and they’re short, furry animals. They usually come in at around 50 pounds, and their stumpy little legs make it difficult for them to keep up with other dogs.
However, they’re incredibly loyal and love nothing more than to curl up next to you on the couch every night.
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel makes up the other half of the Basselier, a 30-50-pound dog that loves to spend time with children. These pups are quick learners and love a good training session.
They’re not terribly energetic, though, making them great pets for sedentary families. They’re not big barkers either, so they can thrive in an apartment setting.
9. Boxer Basset
Boxer Bassets (Bassets mixed with Boxers) are some of the most fun-loving animals around. They view every living thing as a potential friend, and they view your lap as their own personal property — and at 60 pounds, they can make formidable cuddlers.
They’re prone to pouting when they don’t get their way, and training can be a pain. That’s not because they’re difficult, though — it’s because they’re both lazy and stubborn, which is a wicked combination.
If you combine a Basset Hound with a Labrador Retriever, you’ll end up with the Bassador — a 70-pound ball of energy that loves to play and make their owners happy. They’re friendly and well-behaved animals and respond well to training.
However, they do have a bit of a stubborn streak, so you’ll need to be firm and confident in every session. Also, these pups shed like nobody’s business.
11. Basset Shepherd
A Basset Hound-German Shepherd mix, the Basset Shepherd is intelligent and alert, so good luck trying to steal something on their watch. These are big (70-pound) dogs with a great deal of energy, and they need a trainer who will teach them how to direct all those watchdog instincts in a constructive manner.
When they’re not on the lookout for evildoers, though, they make great family pets and are patient and friendly with children. Just make sure you give them plenty of exercise, as these dogs can be incredibly destructive when they get bored.
If you cross a Basset Hound with a Pug, what do you get? The Bassugg, of course! This tiny, 15-pound mutt looks like a miniature Basset Hound with a smushed-in nose.
These dogs are great companions for seniors and those with limited mobility, as they are laidback, gentle, and relaxed. They’ll still find the energy for a game of fetch if you’d like, though.
13. Basset Retriever
The idea of a Basset Retriever may sound strange, given that a Basset Hound’s little legs make it difficult for them to retrieve anything. But if you add a little bit of Golden Retriever DNA into the mix, you suddenly have a dog that loves to play fetch.
At 70 pounds, they’re big and cuddly, and they’ve never met a stranger. They’re also extremely smart and obedient, so training should be a breeze.
The result of crossing a Basset Hound with a Scottish Terrier, the Bascottie is a 40-pound dynamo. These dogs are surprisingly nimble despite their stocky bodies, and their low prey drive makes them fantastic with other pets.
As far as their appearance goes, expect to see a low-rider Scottish Terrier. Yeah, it’s adorable.
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What happens when you combine two low-rider dogs? You get the Basschshund, a mix of Basset Hound and Dachshund. These dogs’ bellies barely clear the ground, although they tend to be fairly well-muscled.
At around 45 pounds, they’re not big mutts. They’re not high-energy, either, making them a fantastic choice if you’re in a studio apartment.
There’s a reason that so many designer dog breeds have Poodles as half of their equation: These dogs are smart, loyal, and hypoallergenic. While they do shed, the Bassetoodle is a low-maintenance breed.
Their size depends on the size of the Poodle, although they rarely tip the scales at more than 45 pounds. They do need a great deal of exercise and hate being left alone, though, so they’re not ideal for workaholics.
17. Chow Hound
The name “Chow Hound” makes this dog sound like they think about food all day, and they’re guilty as charged. Still, this 70-pound Basset-Chow Chow mix earns their kibble, as they make great guard dogs and loving pets.
However, both parent breeds are known for being stubborn, and Chows are often standoffish toward strangers, so it’s vital that you socialize your little Chow Hound as much as possible.
If you mix in a little American Eskimo with your Basset Hound, you’ll end up with the Baskimo, a 60-pound slab of muscle that loves to play. These dogs tend to resemble their Basset Hound parents more, although they do have a long head and muzzle.
You will have to devote quite a bit of time to grooming these mutts, as they can shed non-stop. Their fur will also get matted and tangled if you go too long between brushings.
Which Basset Mix Is Right for You?
If you’re interested in adopting a dog that’s a twist on the classic Basset Hound, any of the mixes above will make great pets. They all retain a few of the traits that make Bassets such great dogs, while also mixing in wonderful characteristics from other breeds as well.
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