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Basset Hound Mixes

Ashley Bates

Basset Hounds are instantly recognizable because of their long bodies, adorable wrinkles, and oversized ears. They have dopy, friendly expressions with one of the best sniffers around. It’s no wonder that this dog with looks and personality is often used to cross hybrid breeds.

So, what are the Basset Hound designer dogs around these days? We rounded up 18 of the cutest half-Basset breeds so you can get a visual and a description of each one.divider-paw

1. Bassador

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Image Credit: Svea Neitzkie, Shutterstock
Height: 13 to 20 inches
Weight: 5 to 70 pounds
Lifespan: 10 to 12 years
Color Form: Tricolor, yellow, brown, black
Temperament: Independent, friendly

The Bassador is a cross between the Basset Hound and Labrador Retriever. Pups can range quite a bit in everything from height to personality. But generally, they tend to be social dogs if they make lots of friends at an early age.

They can be very family-friendly, attaching themselves to owners and accepting pats from mere strangers. They have a high enough energy level to participate in all the family fun, but they also know when to relax.


2. Baskimo

Height: 12 to 18 inches
Weight: 15 to 35 pounds
Lifespan: 12 to 15 years
Color Form: White, blue, silver, gray, black, bicolor
Temperament: Easy to train, loving, intelligent

The Baskimo is an interesting combination of the Basset Hound and American Eskimo Dog. The mix of these two can lend to several coat outcomes and characters. Overall, they tend to be outgoing and intelligent—never meeting a stranger.

These dogs tend to stay in the care-free puppy stage for longer than some—you can thank their American Eskimo side for that. While it is adorable to see all of their actions, puppies can be a bit of a handful, so these dogs work best with experienced owners.


3. Rottie Basset

Height: 11 to 25 inches
Weight: 45 to 130 pounds
Lifespan: 8 to 12 years
Color Form: Back & tan, Black & white, black & brown, chocolate, tricolor
Temperament: Gentle, protective, brave

The Rottie Basset can take on several shapes and sizes, but these goofy dogs make loving companions. While they are very caring and loyal to family members, they can be reserved with strangers until they know them.

If you’re looking for a companion that will protect the kids, this is a perfect combination. They make terrific watch and guard dogs—but it’s best to socialize them early to avoid any unwanted aggressive tendencies that might shine through.


4. Bassugg

Height: 10 to 14 inches
Weight: 15 to 30 pounds
Lifespan: 12 to 15 years
Color Form: Fawn, tan, black, white, tan
Temperament: Easygoing, silly, kid-friendly

If you want a new best friend that will fill your life with laughter, check out the adorable Bassugg. This dog is a hybrid of the Basset Hound and Pug. This mix creates a peppy little dog that is always up for time spent with the family.

Bassuggs take the silly, amiable nature of a Pug and mix it with the relaxed, docile nature of the Basset Hound. These puppies can vary quite a bit in looks since they are so physically different from one another. Most have shorter snouts than Bassets but keep the out-turned paws.


5. Rat Basset

Height: 15 to 19 inches
Weight: 10 to 18 pounds
Lifespan: 12 to 16 years
Color Form: Lemon & white, black & white, tricolor
Temperament: Energetic, intelligent, fun-loving

The Rat Basset is a hybrid of the Rat Terrier and Basset Hound. These sprightly pooches will have the energy to keep up with the best of them. They take on certain traits of both parents, making them more active and less overbearing.

As far as looks are concerned, these dogs are a bit stocky with muscular bodies. Since both of these dogs have many classic hunting dog markings, they will typically have two or more colors in their coat.


6. Lha-Basset

Height: 13 to 15 inches
Weight: 35 to 40 pounds
Lifespan: 11 to 15 years
Color Form: Gray & white, tricolor
Temperament: Peppy, amiable, stubborn

The intriguing Lha-Basset is a combination of the Basset Hound and Lhasa Apso. This furry little half Tibetan breed can be really fuzzy! So, if you’re looking for a low-shedding dog, this might not be the combination that works for you.

However, this fun little combo can be super rewarding in terms of devotion and personality. They are very lively, affectionate, and great with people of all ages. If you’re looking for a family-friendly four-legged pal that loves all the belly scratches, look no further.


7. Bassetoodle

Height: 12 to 16 inches
Weight: 20 to 30 pounds
Lifespan: 12 to 16 inches
Color Form: Tricolor, brown, black, white
Temperament: Brilliant, laidback, good-natured

If you’re looking for a hybrid that is smart as a whip—the Basset Hound Poodle mix is a terrific selection. It combines several attractive looks, everything from curly to straight hair. You never know just what you’ll get.

These clever dogs are both intelligent and easy to train, which can be great if you don’t have extensive dog training experience. They catch on easily to concepts and take pride in a job well done. Basic learning should be a cinch, but you can even get into more complex training with this combo.


8. Basset Heeler

Height: 16 to 18 inches
Weight: 32 to 40 pounds
Lifespan: 10 to 15 years
Color Form: Merle, tricolor, brown & black, grey & white
Temperament: Protective, devoted, loyal

The Basset Heeler is the product of a Basset Hound and Blue Heeler. These two hunting dogs pair up to make an exciting team of genetics. This hunting breed is great, sticking to their tracking roots—touting an awesome sense of smell with great tracking ability.

Because of their bold, predator instincts, these dogs aren’t suitable for homes with smaller pets. Even chasing can lead to bigger issues sometimes. They might also exhibit same-sex dog aggression, but it isn’t as common.


9. Bowzer

Height: 13 to 15 inches
Weight: 40 to 50 pounds
Lifespan: 12 to 15 years
Color Form: Gray, black, tan & white, tricolor
Temperament: Active, agreeable, affectionate

If you want a wiry-haired, long-bodied dog with quite a ‘stache, look no further. This scruffy dog is the hybrid of the Basset Hound and Miniature Schnauzer. This duo creates comical, sweet, and friendly puppies who bond with just about anyone they come across.

Because the Mini Schnauzer can be a bit bossy, you might have a few dominance issues with other dogs. But generally, they play well with others when they socialize early.


10. Boxer Basset

Boxer Basset sitting on couch
Image Credit: Anna Hoychuck, Shutterstock
Height: 16 to 19 inches
Weight: 45 to 65 pounds
Lifespan: 10 to 12 years
Color Form: Tan & white, fawn, brown, black, tricolor, brindle
Temperament: Family-friendly, excitable, good-natured, protective

The Boxer Basset, as you may guess, is the mix of the Basset Hound and Boxer. Both parent breeds tend to be very loyal and protective of family members—but are not usually aggressive. These traits make them terrific watchdogs.

These dogs can range quite a bit in appearance, but they tend to be medium-sized and stocky. Some might have a longer structure but stand tall—so be aware that they might experience back issues later in life.


11. Basset Foxhound

Height: 12 to 15 inches
Weight: 40 to 65 pounds
Lifespan: 12 to 13 years
Colors Form: Black, white, tricolor
Temperament: Mild-tempered, energetic, happy-go-lucky

The Basset Foxhound is quite obviously the combination of the Basset Hound and Foxhound. Since these are both hunting parents, these dogs are made for life in the woods with their favorite humans. They have a desire to learn and a pleasing nature that makes them easy to work with.

Even though this breed might not work with smaller pets, they generally do well with children and older adults. They are good-natured, incredibly docile dogs, but they can be a little vocal—like many hunting breeds.


12. Chow Hound

Height: 13 to 20 inches
Weight: 40 to 50 pounds
Lifespan: 12 to 15 years
Color Form: Fawn, cream, brindle, red, tricolor
Temperament: Protective, smart, alert

Introducing the Chow Hound—the combination of the Basset Hound and Chow Chow. This pairing gives way to protective, amiable puppies with well-rounded natures. Sometimes, the puppy might take on more of its Chow parent’s traits with potential aggression, so make sure to socialize your pup often.


13. Dobie Basset

Height: 24 to 28 inches
Weight: 45 to 80 pounds
Lifespan: 10 to 13 years
Color Form: Black & tan, tricolor
Temperament: Watchful, intelligent, loyal

This cross is the mix of a Basset Hound and a Doberman Pinscher. These dogs are typically extremely connected to their family members. They are relatively large but can take on more of a Basset stature. Mostly, the offspring fall somewhere in the middle.

They will carefully check out newcomers to make sure there’s no threat. While they are very watchful, they are also very good judges of character. So, if your Friday night company means no harm, they will quickly figure it out and be begging for treats instead.


14. Aussie Basset

Height: 12 to 15 inches
Weight: 50 to 75 pounds
Lifespan: 12-15 years
Color Form: Merle, tricolor, brown
Temperament: Active, aware, friendly

The Aussie Basset is the cross between an Australian Shepherd and a Basset Hound. The high energy of the Aussie combined with the laidback ways of the Basset make a very even-tempered dog that has a favorable energy level.

These dogs typically make excellent family members to a wide age range. But because of their prey drive roots, they can be questionable with smaller pets. The more they are exposed to strange animals of all kinds, the better they will channel their drive.


15. Ba-Shar

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Height: 12 to 14 inches
Weight: 40 to 60 pounds
Lifespan: 8 to 10 years
Color Form: Fawn, red, brown, tricolor
Temperament: Protective, territorial, affectionate

The sweet, wrinkly Ba-Shar is a power couple combo of the Shar-Pei and Basset Hound. These puppies are guaranteed to have ripples of skin all over, creating a droopy-eyed, heart-warming sweetheart.

Even though this breed is sure to melt your heart at first glance, Shar-Peis have incredibly strong-willed personalities that might not work with first-time owners. This mixed breed usually evens out the aggression in Shar-Peis, but it can still be present from puppy to puppy. Plan to start training early.


16. Basset Jack

Height: 12 to 14 inches
Weight: 13 to 60 pounds
Lifespan: 10 to 15 years
Color Form: Red & white, tricolor
Temperament: Peppy, excitable, faithful

The Basset Jack is the cross of a Jack Russell Terrier and Basset Hound. This mix produces puppies full of sugar and spice and everything nice, with an ornery streak for sure. These dogs will be playful and happy-go-lucky—but don’t forget that they’re the boss.

These dogs are typically short-legged, long-bodied, and athletically stocky. Since they will be a bit more hyper than a traditional Basset Hound, you might even have a running buddy. Just be careful not to overwork their sensitive backs.


17. Plica

Parents of Plica
Parents of Plica: Left-Basset Hound(susan_spensley,Pixabay); Right-Ori-pei( David Farrar,Flickr,Attirbute CC 2.0)
Height: 14 to 16 inches
Weight: 35 to 50 pounds
Lifespan: 10 to 13 years
Color Form: Fawn, tricolor
Temperament: Sharp, inquisitive, silly

The name might not give it away, but the Plica is a cross between a Basset Hound and an Ori-Pei. The interesting Ori-Pei is the hybrid of two other breeds as well—the Pug and Shar-Pei. So, this breed is very wrinkly, docile, and versatile.

These dogs tend to be peaceful and affectionate with their families. Both parent breeds are excellent playmates for kids, so if you have a growing family—this adorable dog might be what you’re looking for.


18. Corgi Basset

Height: 13 to 20 inches
Weight: 20 to 40 pounds
Lifespan: 12 to 15 years
Color Form: Fawn, tan, merle, tricolor
Temperament: Social, agreeable, active

The Corgi Basset is a mix of—you guessed it—the Corgi and Basset Hound. Both parent breeds are long-bodied with straight tails, so they are structurally similar. But Corgi Bassets can take on floppy, semi-floppy, or classic perky ears, depending on the genetic outcome.

These friendly little dogs will be super connected to their families, integrating with no problem. It’s a common theme for these dogs to have a stubborn streak, and some owners say they’re too smart for their own good. These dogs usually have very vibrant, happy personalities that you will surely adore. divider-paw

Final Thoughts

There are some pretty fabulously unique combinations on this list. It’s impressive to see how different genetics create such exciting specimens. These dogs vary in everything from appearance to actions, but they share thick Basset roots that shine through in every litter.

Which one of these precious pooches is your favorite?


Featured Image Credit: s.prewett, Shutterstock

Ashley Bates

Ashley Bates is a freelance dog writer and pet enthusiast who is currently studying the art of animal therapy. A mother to four human children— and 23 furry and feathery kids, too – Ashley volunteers at local shelters, advocates for animal well-being, and rescues every creature she finds. Her mission is to create awareness, education, and entertainment about pets to prevent homelessness. Her specialties are cats and dogs.