If you’re thinking of adopting a Basador, breeding and behavior tips should help you decide whether this is a good fit for you and your family. When any two different breeds are cross bred the outcome can be a blend of the best and the worst of each original breed and no one can truly predict how a crossbreed will compare to the expected results.
Basador Breeding and Behavior
Two of the world’s most beloved dog breeds are the Labrador retriever and the Basset Hound. The result of a cross between them is called a Basador. Basadors are a combination of two traditional hunting breeds and will have a strong urge to hunt and sniff out other critters so it’s important to have proper enclosures to prevent escape and be aware that cats and other small pets may not be a good idea around a Basador unless they are trained from the start.
As a crossbreed, Basadors often sport a wider range of sizes and colors but typically include a rugged short legged dog with longish ears and tail. Brown, black and white coloring is common and full grown Basadors average weight ranges from 50-70 lbs. That’s a pretty big dog so keep that in mind when choosing a home.
The personality of the Basador is friendly and loyal. However, Bassett Hounds can have a stubborn, independent nature and one minute they’ll want you to rub their belly and play and the next they want to wander off and explore the woodsy smells and trails. Young labs are highly active too so owners of Basadors must be willing to get outside in all kinds of weather to provide their pet with enough healthy activity.
Another way to provide exercise and training is agility training and other dog sports as long as the dog is physically able. As smart as they are Basadors will not enjoy long and tedious training sessions so keep them short and provide a pleasant experience for you and your dog to bond together. Gradually building trust and leadership only enhances your relationship with your dog.
Early socialization and exposure to children using positive reinforcement is the best way to ensure that your dog is “kid friendly”. With proper training Basadors make wonderful therapy dogs too. A concern for those with allergies is the heavy shedding that is a year round issue. Basadors will require regular brushing, nail care, ear and dental care.
Here are some additional tips for Basador Breeding and Behavior from Victoria Tiegert on Helium.com
These dogs usually want to please their owners, which is a very helpful trait when it comes to training time. Training should not be approached with a heavy hand; the breed is very sensitive and will not respond well.
Bassadors form strong bonds with their families and do not like being left alone for too long at a time. They will do alright for short periods of alone time, but after a while, they will become bored and possibly, begin destroying your things as they “play”.
It only takes one look to know that specific health issues for Basadors are mainly related to back problems. Overfeeding and jumping off of high furniture such as beds can cause damage to the hips and spine, which may not present themselves until the dog gets older. Cross breeding includes dealing with common health risks from both breeds. A good breeder will test the Labrador and Basset parents for genetic diseases before allowing them to breed.
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