Basset Hound Boston Terrier Mix: Basston Breed Overview

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As the Boston Terrier breed continues to grow in popularity, so do Boston Terrier mix breeds.

Today, we are focusing on the Basset Hound Boston Terrier mix breed known as the Basston.

The Basston is a hybrid dog breed, resulting from a cross between a Basset Hound and a Boston Terrier. This medium-sized breed is known for its friendly demeanor, distinct physical traits such as its flappy ears and short, fine coat, and its suitability as a family pet.

Read on to learn more about the Basston and if adding one to your household would be right for your family.

  1. Basston Quick Facts
  2. Origin and History
  3. Size and Appearance
  4. Personality and Temperament
  5. Health and Lifespan
  6. Exercise Needs
  7. Grooming Needs
  8. Suitability as Family Pets

Basston Quick Facts

Weight26 – 40 lbs
Height9 – 16 inches
Lifespan12 – 15 years
ColorWhite with black, sand, brown, or chestnut markings
EarsFlappy and folded ears
CoatShort and fine coat

Origin and History

The Basston is a new breed, so its origin has yet to be well known. But, we do have information about its parent breeds; the Basset Hound and Boston Terrier.

The Basset Hound was originally bred in France during the 7th century as a hunting dog and companion. With a relaxed and easy-going personality, the Basset Hound is an excellent choice for families looking for a calm pet that still likes to be active outdoors.

Basset Hounds arrived in America in the 19th century and have remained popular.

The Boston Terrier, the second breed, is often called the American Gentleman. This breed is believed to be a combination of the Bulldog and the White English Terrier, which explains their size and coloring.

Although they used to be called the Bull Terrier, they became known as the Boston Terrier in 1889. They were originally bred to fight, but they quickly came to be a cheerful and affectionate companion. The Boston Terrier originated in the United States and was admitted by AKC in 1893.

The Basston is a result of breeding these two unique parent breeds. This dog is even-tempered, outgoing, and very affectionate, making them an excellent choice for a family pet. They do well with children, cats, and other dogs.

They may be a bit stubborn during training, and in fact Basset Hounds may be the most stubborn dog breed. However, with patience they will learn eventually and make a great companion who will stick by you always.

Size and Appearance

The Boston Terrier Basset Hound mix is a medium-sized dog with a weight range of 26 to 40 pounds and a height of 9 to 16 inches. This size classification makes the Basston a versatile companion suitable for various living environments.

The color of a Basston’s short coat is quite striking, often appearing in stark white paired with either black, sand, brown, or chestnut markings.

It’s not uncommon to see a combination of white and dark brown, with a distinctive wedge of white extending from the snout to the head.

Basston: Basset Hound Boston Terrier mix breed
Basston photo courtesy of @lepetluxe on Instagram

One of the most distinctive physical traits of a Basston is its ears. Characteristically flappy and folded, these ears serve as a testament to the breed’s Basset Hound lineage, contributing to the dog’s overall charm and distinctiveness.

Personality and Temperament

The Basston is a perfect blend of its parents’ breeds. It is friendly, easy-going, and even-tempered and can quickly get along with young children. Its personality is a mix of a gentleman and a hunter, making it upbeat or calm depending on the situation.

Basstons are dogs that display the traits of both parents. They are energetic and enjoy their own company, but they adapt well to homes and get along with other animals like dogs and cats.

They are great companions for children after school and can be cuddly lapdogs. Basstons are sweet, making them an excellent fit for seniors, singles, and couples.

Remember to always keep an eye on your dog around children and small animals because they have hunting instincts. Even though they are generally friendly, it’s impossible to predict when their hunting instincts will kick in.

Health and Lifespan

The Basston is a mix breed dog which are often healthier overall than purebred dogs.

But while hybridization can lead to increased vigor and health compared to parent breeds, it is essential to be aware of potential health issues to maintain your dog’s well-being.

Common health problems experienced by Basston dogs include:

  • Ear infections
  • Skin allergies
  • Joint problems

As with most larger breeds, hip dysplasia is a potential problem, although it is not as common in the Basston breed as in its parent breeds.

Eye conditions such as cataracts can also occur.

The average life expectancy of a Boston Terrier Basset Hound mix is between 12 to 15 years. This is longer than most of its parent breeds, as hybridization can increase longevity due to mixing different genes.

However, good nutrition and regular check-ups can help ensure your Basston remains healthy for its entire lifespan.

Exercise Needs

While Boston Terriers tend to be active, Basset Hounds are typically more laid-back. The Basston breed falls somewhere in between, with a balanced energy level.

This means that although they don’t need a lot of daily exercises to stay healthy and content, giving them at least 20 minutes of physical activity each day is recommended.

Basston: Basset Hound Boston Terrier mix breed
Basston photo courtesy of @paul_naylor on Instagram

Your Boston Terrier Basset Hound mix can enjoy activities such as walks, playing fetch in the yard, or tug-of-war indoors.

During cold weather, your Basston may prefer staying inside, but you can keep him happy by providing him with engaging playtime indoors.

The Basston breed has short fur and thus prefers warmer climates, although it can withstand short cold periods. It’s low energy and easy-to-please nature make it an ideal dog for apartments or tiny homes.

Grooming Needs

The Basset Hound Boston Terrier mix breed’s fur may be smooth and soft, but its short coat is low-maintenance.

Shedding levels are moderate, yet the coat requires brushing weekly to remove any dirt or tangles.

To keep your Basston healthy and happy, it’s important to bathe them with shampoo formulated for dogs and trim their nails.

Additionally, make sure to brush their teeth and hair to reduce shedding. Remember to clean their ears with a cotton ball as well.

Suitability as Family Pets

Basstons are generally great family pets that can bring much joy and companionship to households. They are incredibly loyal creatures, often forming strong bonds with their owners.

Basstons usually form strong relationships with all family members, regardless of age or gender, making them an ideal fit for any house.

Basstons with a lot of energy can become quite unruly when not properly exercised or stimulated.

They are known for having a high level of intelligence, making them easily trainable and able to pick up new tricks with relative ease. However, they do require consistent training to remain obedient and well-behaved.

Basstons also have an independent streak and may only sometimes be keen to do what they are told. For this reason, Basston owners need to remain patient and consistent when training their pets.

If Basstons are socialized correctly, they make excellent family pets and are friendly towards children of all ages. Although they have a gentle and loving demeanor towards children, they may become particularly attached to the person who feeds them.

Basston gets along well with other animals, particularly those they have been raised with. They may sometimes display dominant behavior towards other animals, but this can be addressed through adequate training and social interaction.

With an appropriate introduction, Basstons may even find the companionship of cats or small dogs enjoyable.

Basston likes having a yard big enough for exercise with trees and grass. They would be happiest in a house that is either medium or large in size, with a fenced-in backyard where they can play and explore.

To keep Basston happy, ensure ample space for them to run and play. A fenced or enclosed yard is advised to ensure their safety and security while outside having fun.

Conclusion

The Basston breed is a mix of Basset Hound and Boston Terrier. These dogs are affectionate, friendly, and well-balanced.

Common health issues experienced by Basston dogs include joint problems, skin allergies, and ear infections. They don’t require much grooming, only weekly brushing, occasional baths, or nail clipping.

The Basston breed is an excellent option for families looking for a friendly and loyal pet. However, they do require consistent training to stay well-behaved.

When taken care of properly and socialized, Basstons can bring happiness and companionship to any household.

Dr. Majid Tanveer, DVM

Dr. Majid Tanveer is a graduate of Islamia University with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Majid has worked extensively for the betterment of animal welfare in his country of Pakistan, where he lives with his Boston Terrier and works as a senior veterinarian.

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