When you’re thinking about adopting a dog, it can be challenging to choose one dog. But what if you’re stuck between two dog breeds? That makes the process even more difficult!
Do you like Boxers and Basset Hounds? Are you having a hard time choosing one of these dog breeds? If so, you may want to consider the Boxer Basset!
We’ve put together information about the Boxer Basset so you can decide if this is the right dog for you and your family. Let’s get started!
What is a Boxer Basset?
The Boxer Basset (also called the Boxset) is a hybrid dog breed that’s a mix of a purebred Boxer and a purebred Basset Hound. While this mix may seem rather unlikely, wait until you hear more about this hybrid dog breed!
We don’t know much about the history of the Boxset; however, we can learn something about these dogs by taking a look at both purebred parents.
Quick Overview of the Boxer
It’s thought the Boxer originally came from Germany; however, even before that, experts believe the Boxer came from Tibet. In Tibet, the Boxer was used as a fighting dog. However, in Germany, Boxers were bred to hunt.
Boxers are large dogs with muscular, athletic bodies. They can look intimidating; however, the dogs have kindly, loving faces with intelligent eyes. These dogs are sometimes referred to as a “Peter Pan” dog breed because they take a long time to mature. This is a dog that acts like a puppy most of his life!
These dogs are highly intelligent, friendly, alert, and fearless. They’re very loyal and loving to their families but are wary of strangers. Boxers can also be stubborn and are usually not recommended for inexperienced pet parents.
The Basset Hound
The Basset Hound was originally bred in France, where they were developed to be hunting dogs. Basset Hounds are famous for their great noses! The dogs are classified as scent hounds because they primarily hunt by scent.
Most people recognize the Basset Hound pretty fast! The dogs are low to the ground, with long bodies, large heads, and ears that hang down. The dogs are large, too, with heavy bones and muscular bodies. The dogs also have short legs.
These dogs are very laid-back and rarely bad-tempered. They get along with almost everyone, including kids and other animals. However, once they find an interesting scent, these dogs will do everything possible to follow that scent.
With parents like these, how could a Boxer Basset go wrong?
Boxer Bassets usually stand between 16 to 19 inches tall and weigh between 45 to 65 lbs. They have a life expectancy between 10 to 12 years.
Boxer Basset Mix Appearance
The Boxset usually is a long dog that’s very muscular, with a large head and short legs. The dogs tend to have a medium-sized muzzle and long, floppy ears.
The dogs have a coat that’s usually light brown and white; however, the Boxset’s coat could also be brown & white, black & white, or black & brown. The dogs are usually tri-colored.
Boxer Basset Mix Temperament
Boxsets are a nice mix of their Boxer and Basset Hound parents. They usually have the best traits of both purebred parents. These hybrid dogs are a little unusual in that they’re mostly an even mix of their parents.
The Boxer Basset usually is a bit on the stubborn side; however, they are also highly intelligent dogs that are loyal and loving with their families. They sometimes also are quite protective, like their Boxer parent.
Are Boxer Basset Mixes Good Family Companions?
Yes, Boxsets are great family companion dogs. They’re best for active families who have kids. The dogs have plenty of energy and stamina to be able to play with kids for quite a while. However, they can sometimes become protective of “their” kids when other “stranger” kids are around. So, it’s necessary to ensure these dogs are properly trained and socialized from a young age.
Does the Boxer Basset Mix Get Along with Other Pets?
Yes! The Boxset does get along with other dogs in the home, especially if they’re all raised together. When it comes to other pets, such as cats and small pets, the dogs also do well. However, it’s best if they’re all raised together. Even so, the Boxset may chase a cat and other small pets.
What’s more, these dogs can have a strong prey drive. So, if your family has many small pets (such as rodents), the Boxset is probably not the right dog for you.
Boxer Basset Mix Food Requirements
The Boxset does better with a dry kibble dog food with plenty of protein. They need between 1 to 6 cups of food a day, depending on their size, weight, age, and activity level. The food should be divided equally between two meals daily.
Boxer Basset Mix Exercise Requirements
Boxsets are not as energetic as purebred Boxers; however, they need a moderate amount of exercise. These dogs need at least an hour of exercise a day, though some dogs may require a little more or less depending on their energy levels.
Boxsets also need plenty of mental stimulation to keep their active minds busy.
The Boxset can be a sensitive dog that is sometimes stubborn. So, it’s best to be patient with these dogs and stay consistent with their training. The dogs respond best to positive reinforcement training methods. And they are food-motivated, so having treats on hand as a reward can keep your dog’s interest.
Boxsets are usually moderate shedders, and they tend to shed more during the fall and winter when the seasons change. You can brush these dogs about once a week; however, you may want to consider brushing more often during shedding season.
The dogs only need a bath once in a while when they’re really dirty and stinky!
Summing It Up
So, there you have it! Boxer Basset mixes are amazing hybrid dogs that come from mixing the purebred Boxer with a purebred Basset Hound. These unique dogs are highly intelligent, somewhat stubborn, and make wonderful family companions. They also get along well with other dogs.
We’re pretty sure that if you adopt a Boxset, you’ll have many years of fun together!