What You Should Know About Your Beagle Basset Hound Mix
The Beagle Basset Hound mix is a hybrid dog and not a pure breed. Beagles and Basset Hounds are both members of the Hound group, historically, and they have similar functions. These breeds even have some similarities in appearance, though the Basset Hound is much lower to the ground, with shorter legs and a longer back. When these two breeds are crossed they should produce puppies that still have similar hunting instincts as their parents, though they may have shorter legs like their Basset Hound parent, and they can have a longer back. They may have a face that looks more like a Beagle.
Beagles and Basset Hounds
Beagles and Basset Hounds are both old breeds that originated. The Beagle is believed to have originated in England and the Basset Hound in France They may have had some common ancestors at some point in time, hundreds of years ago. Bassets were used by hunters who wanted to hunt on foot and keep up with the dog, so the dog needed to work at a slower pace.
Beagle-type dogs date back to around the 1500s in England and they became particularly popular when foxhunting was developed in the 18th century. Some authorities claim that small hunting dogs of this type date back much earlier. Foxhounds were developed by crossing Beagles with other dogs. Beagles as we know them today were developed in the 19th century. In the U.S. in the 19th century dogs called Beagles were similar to straight-legged Basset Hounds. These dogs were crossed with Beagles from England to produce the kind of Beagles we have today. So there have been some different types of Beagles in the past which relied on Basset-type dogs. People today still hunt rabbits and hare with their Beagles.
Both Beagles and Basset Hounds are gentle, sweet dogs and they make excellent family companions. Beagles are a little more frisky and outgoing. They are considered “merry” dogs with a cheerful temperament. Bassets are mild, calm dogs. Both breeds are good with children.
In size, the Beagle comes in two sizes. They can stand up to 13 inches tall at the shoulder, or up to 15 inches tall. They usually weigh around 25 pounds. The Basset Hound can stand up to 14 inches tall at the shoulder and they can weigh up to 50 pounds.
Both breeds have similar hound coloring: tri-color, red and white, lemon and white, black and tan. Basset Hounds are achondroplastic, meaning they are technically a dwarf breed because of their short legs.
Beagle Basset Hound Mix
If you are thinking of getting a Beagle Basset Hound mix then it’s hard to predict exactly how your puppy or dog will look. Because Beagles and Basset Hounds do share some genetic heritage your puppy will likely be a hound-type dog with a short, smooth coat and hound coloring. But he could look more like one parent than the other. Both breeds have long ears, so you can expect your dog to have them, too. Bassets sometimes have very long ears which can have ear infections, so you will need to keep your dog’s ears cleaned regularly.
You can probably expect your Beagle Basset Hound mix to be a sweet, gentle, playful dog. With such a strong hunting heritage you should make sure you have a secure fence to keep in contained. Beagles and Bassets are hunting dogs and they will follow where their nose leads them, even if that means digging their way out of your yard. When you walk your dog, make sure you are holding your leash tightly. These dogs can take off running if a squirrel or rabbit crosses their path, and they won’t come back when you call them if they are off hunting.
Both of these breeds shed a lot so you will need to brush them regularly and vacuum your house often to keep the dog hair to a minimum.
Epilepsy, hypothyroidism, and some eye problems can occur in Beagles. These conditions could appear in the offspring of a Beagle. Bassets can be prone to these same problems, along with arthritis, hip and elbow dysplasia, and skin problems, so you may see these in their offspring.
The Beagle and the Basset Hound have many things in common so crossing these two breeds should produce puppies that are gentle, playful, and sweet. Make sure you have a good fenced yard to keep your dog contained and be careful when you’re walking your dog since dogs from this cross will chase prey.