These pups are as curious as they are cute. A cross between a Basset Hound and a Poodle, the Bassetdoodle is a friendly pooch that loves its owners with all of its heart. These pups are incredibly affectionate and loyal. However, their curiosity may cause them to wander off, so they need to be watched carefully whenever they are out of doors. They are playful, and they love to have fun, making them a great addition to any loving home, especially one that is looking to add more life to an otherwise quiet household. The Bassetdoodle makes a wonderful family pet thanks to its friendly and loving nature and will get along with just about anyone, regardless of age or species.
The only claim that can be made with any level of certainty is that the Bassetdoodle originated in the United States. It is probable that they first arrived on the breeding scene in the late 1980s since that is when Doodle popularity really took off and became all the rage. No breeder has come forth with the claim of bringing the Basset Hound and the Poodle together for the first time, and chances are this pup existed in nature through accidental mating long before any intentional efforts to bring the two pups began.
The Bassetdoodle is a pup that is always full of love and bursting at the seams with joy. They make wonderful family pets thanks to their calm and gentle nature, which means they can easily be left open around children. However, it is always best to supervise when small children interact with animals since accidents may happen. These dogs are very eager-to-please, which makes them very easy to train. They are good watchdogs since they are quick to alert their owners about any suspicious behavior around them. While they are very sweet and gentle dogs, these pups may develop a stubborn streak. It is for this reason that early training and socialization are incredibly important to make sure your pup grows up to have a well-rounded personality. To get a good idea of the kind of temperament your Bassetdoodle will grow into, spend time around the parents. Their personalities are usually good indicators of the temperament the pup will grow up to have.
On average, the Bassetdoodle will grow up to be around 12 to 16 inches tall and weigh anywhere between 20 to 30 pounds.
Generally speaking, this is a healthy pup that does not suffer from many medical issues. Due to their mixed-breed nature, they usually have a certain level of hybrid vigor due to the increased gene pool. However, the best guarantee for a healthy dog is healthy parents. When getting your puppy from a breeder, be sure to get health clearances from both parents and be certain that the breeder you are getting your puppy from does not cross dogs that are younger than two years old, since that is when most genetic illnesses surface. It is a good practice to schedule regular visits to the vet so that any potential health issues can be caught and dealt with early. Some issues that your pup may be predisposed to include epilepsy, eye problems, hip dysplasia, ear infections, allergies, obesity, and bloat.
While the Bassetdoodle is not necessarily very high in energy, they enjoy being active, so long as those active sessions aren’t too long or intense. The best way to get your pup to burn off any pent-up energy is to allow it to play outside. A walk in the dog park, a game of fetch, or just some aimless running around will do your Bassetdoodle a lot of good. Be sure that your pup is getting the physical and mental stimulation it needs. Otherwise, it may cross over into destructive territory, and that is something no owner wants. While they can sometimes be a little bit stubborn, on average, these dogs are very obedient and eager to please. In case they show stubborn behavior, use a lot of positive reinforcements and steer clear of any harsh punishments like yelling.
Speak to a veterinarian to assess your Bassetdoodle’s nutritional needs and design a meal plan accordingly. Steer clear of free-feeding or giving your dog one big meal a day to prevent issues such as unnecessary weight gain and bloat.
Generally speaking, these dogs are rather low-shedding thanks to the Poodle genes. Their coats will grow to be medium in length and will be wiry and thick.
These pups don’t require much when it comes to grooming. A good brushing session every few days should be more than enough to keep your pup’s coat healthy and tangle-free. Do not bathe your Bassetdoodle more than what is necessary since that may dry out their skin and cause irritation.