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Bully Basset Breed Information

Description: The Bully Basset breed is a medium-large sized dog that has floppy ears and face wrinkles. Born of the Basset Hound and Bulldog breeds, Bully Basset dogs are sweet, loyal and fairly active dogs that make excellent companions.

Type: Hybrid

Height: 12-16 in.

Weight: 40-60 lbs.

Colors: Bully Basset dogs are typically a tan or fawn color with a white chest and stomach. Some dogs of this breed are tri-color, black and white or red and white.

Coat: The coat of a Bully Basset is short to medium in length and straight in texture. 

Temperament: Bully Basset dog are described as friendly, happy, social, affectionate and outgoing. This breed loves bonding with the family over cuddles on the couch and playing games like fetch with their favorite toy. Bully Bassets are calm, happy dogs that accept love from all. 

With Children: Bully Bassets love being the center of attention and playing so naturally, they’re a hit with kids. The friendly and patient nature of this breed makes them very good with kids. With Pets: Bully Bassets are big fans of dog parks and have no problem getting along with other breeds. It is best for them to get as much socialization as possible to be truly comfortable in those environments. 

Watch-dog: Although they are friendly, Bully Bassets are known for being solid watch dogs. If something is wrong, this breed will make sure their owner and anyone near them knows it. 

Guard-dog: Their small size and calm manner keeps Bull Bassets from being a good guard dog.

Care and Training: It is recommended for Bully Basset owners to brush their dog’s teeth daily to prevent gum disease and trim their dog’s nails bi-weekly. Since the breed has a tendency to shed, a daily brushing will keep their coat under control and baths can be given when needed. It is recommended that the folds of this breed’s skin be kept dry to avoid bacteria buildup. The Bully Basset breed has a tendency to be stubborn and owners should be prepared to extend their dog’s training period. This breed responds best to patient, positive, and consistent training. 

Learning Rate: Slow to moderate. While this breed is very loyal and loving, the stubborn streak of a Bully Basset dog may cause an elongated training schedule.  Obedience: Moderate. Problem Solving: Moderate.

Activity: Moderate. This breed prefers long walks opposed to hikes. 

Living Environment: While this breed loves to play and be outside, a Bully Basset dog can live happily in an apartment or house as long as they get their daily 45 minutes of exercise. 

Health Issues: Common health concerns for Bully Bassets are gastric torsion, patellar luxation, allergies, hip dysplasia and Von Willebrand’s disease caused by a deficiency in the amount of a specific protein needed to help platelets stick together and form clots to seal broken blood vessels. 

Life Span: 8-12 years.

Litter Size: 3-10 puppies.

Country of Origin: United States of America

History: Like most hybrid breeds, the origin of the Bully Basset is based off its parents. The Basset Hound is believed to be a descendant of the St. Hubert Hound, an ancestor of the Blood Hound. There is some belief that the Basset Hound came about as a mutation in the St. Hubert breed, resulting in a dwarf version of the Blood Hound. In 1874, a French nobleman introduced the breed to England and one year later, a Basset Hound made its English dog show debut. It wasn’t long before Alexandra, Princess of Wales, took interest in the breed, keeping her own in royal kennels. The Basset Hound gained popularity in the United States after Time magazine published a story on the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show through the eyes of a Basset Hound puppy around 1928. Bulldogs were bred to be aggressive guard dogs used in vicious sports like bullbaiting during the 1800’s in England. Since then, the sport has been deemed illegal and Bulldogs are bred to be calmer and happier.

First Registered by the AKC: The Bully Basset is not recognized by the American Kennel Club.

Class: Hybrid

Registries: ACHC, DDKC, DRA, IDCR
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