The Basset Hound and Beagle Mix: A Complete Guide

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So, you want to buy a medium-sized dog that is intelligent, loyal, playful and social? With a nose that can keep a scent locked on for miles and miles?

Look no further, we are pretty sure that Basset Hound and Beagle mix dogs are exactly the ones you were looking for.

But, don’t forget that you need to keep it on a leash each time you take him for a walk.

It’s all about the nose with this breed and they easily get distracted by a scent and run away following their noses.

However, despite the occasional smelling frenzy, these dogs just want to be close to their family and enjoy their company.

So far, so good, right? A smart dog that loves the family, sounds like a dream pet, doesn’t he?

Well, with proper training and socialization, this dog can and will become a pet to dream of actually.

But, it’s finding the right puppy that’s the biggest problem in the whole story…

Those of you who are interested in buying a Basset Hound and Beagle mix “premium package” need to know that buying your puppy from a reputable breeder is one of the first things you’ll need to take care of.

And, considering that in the sea of breeding “professionals”, reputable, responsible breeders are a minority, you need to know that they can be quite difficult to find.

So, to help you out with your research, and make sure that this is the breed you want to welcome into your home, we’ve come up with this in-depth guide.

Here, you will get to know the breed much better, thus know what to look for and what to keep an eye on when looking for a high-quality puppy.

You will also learn how to recognize a backyard breeder or a puppy mill and avoid making a mistake.

But first, let’s see why you need to know more about Basset Hound and Beagle mix puppies before you buy one.

The Basset Hound and Beagle Mix Puppies – Before You Buy…

The Basset Hound and Beagle Mix
The Basset Hound and Beagle Mix have a lot of patience.

Before you decide to buy a puppy, regardless of the breed, you have to make sure that you are fully aware of what living with that puppy means.

The first important thing you have to know is the price of the puppy, how to find that perfect puppy and the facts about it that are rarely known.

What price are the Basset Hound and Beagle Mix puppies?

In case you find an ad that offers Basset Hound and Beagle mix pups for $260, avoid it!

This is a price that is well below the current market price of pups that come from reputable breeders.

And, it only means that this is either a backyard breeder or a puppy mill and that all the pups from the litter, or litters, are low quality with serious health issues.

On the other hand, a price that is around, for example, $2400, means that this breeder is focused on breeding champion bloodlines, and for further breeding.

It’s easy to see where the price comes from when your dog starts winning trophies and medals at dog shows, and if you decide to breed it, the pups it creates when matched with the right partner are perfect.

But, for those of you looking just for a companion or a family pet, the price range gets much more budget-friendly.

You will have to cash out from $800 to $1500, depending on where you buy it, and the amount of paperwork it comes with.

How to find reputable Basset Hound and Beagle Mix breeders?

Finding a reputable breeder that specializes in this breed can be quite complicated if you don’t know what to look for and what to pay attention to.

The chances are great that you will first find backyard breeders or puppy mill distributors, and their pups are low-quality and with plenty of hidden health issues that will show up later in your dog’s life.

Therefore, to make sure the puppy you want to buy is high-quality, healthy, and without any hidden problems, and that the breeder is experienced and dedicated to making the breed better, not just earning a profit, here are the red flags you should keep an eye on.

  • Always available personal ad with always available puppies for sale
  • No official kennel website
  • No medical documentation (parent health tests clearances, puppy’s complete medical history with all the vaccinations and upcoming vaccination timeline)
  • No pedigree
  • No knowledge of the breed and its traits
  • No advice on how to properly take care of your dog
  • No advice on a diet plan (feeding schedules, list of food ingredients and dog food brands)
  • No recommendations and contacts of previous puppy buyers

If any of these red flags pop out, you are most likely dealing with a “breeder” you don’t want to have anything to do with.

Sure, his pups may seem good at first sight, but the inherited genetic issues will surface only later, and by that time, the “breeder” will be long gone and out of reach.

So, avoid such breeders and look for those who are clearly in love with this breed and interested in your story so that they can help you determine if this is the right breed for you and even help you choose the pup that best suits your needs.

Not to mention that with reputable breeders, you get what you paid for and there are no hidden health issues or temperament problems.

3 Little-known facts about the Basset Hound and Beagle Mix puppies

If the price suits you, and you are okay with the entire breeder finding process, the last thing you will have to do before actually buying the puppy – Know his puppy traits.

  • They are not heavy shedders

This is important to know if you live in an apartment so that you can organize your “vacuuming schedule” if the need arises.

Luckily for apartment dwellers, this is a breed that doesn’t shed too much.

Once or twice a week, you will just have to use a brush to get rid of loose hair, and that’s about it when it comes to grooming.

  • Ideally-sized dog for families with kids

This is a great family breed for many reasons.

One of them is the fact that due to its relatively low height, the dog doesn’t represent a threat during playtime, and knocking down the kids is pretty much impossible in his case.

  • Threats are your secret weapon during the training

These pups will come with a “yeah, right, I won’t do that!” attitude and it will be your job to show your pup the rules he needs to follow inside the home.

That, however, can be a bit of a problem due to the mentioned attitude.

But, with this breed’s passion for food, therefore, treats will be your secret weapon, and you will easily make him fall under your command.

Physical Traits of the Basset Hound and Beagle Mix

The Basset Hound and Beagle Mix going shopping
The Basset Hound and Beagle Mix shouldn’t be taken for a walk without a leash.

In this section of the guide, you will discover how big your dog will get, and how long can you expect to be around your faithful companion.

How big is a full-grown Basset Hound and Beagle Mix?

Even though your dog won’t be the tallest among the dogs with the breed’s 12 to 17-inch height range, when it comes to weight, he will be among the heavier ones.

With a weight range that can be anywhere in between 35 and 55 pounds, your Basset Hound and Beagle mix will not be lightweight and he won’t be a contender for the best lap dog, that is sure.

What is the life expectancy of the Basset Hound and Beagle Mix?

With proper care, a proper diet regime, regular exercise, and regular vet checkups, your Basset hound and Beagle mix should live up to 15-16 years.

Which, you have to agree, is more than enough time to make many, many happy memories and fill dozens of family photo albums with all of your adventures.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Basset Hound and Beagle Mix

Thanks to his social instincts and dedication, Basset Hound and Beagle mix dog can be a wonderful family addition.

But, you need to keep in mind that he is both a beagle (sometimes lazy) and a Basset Hound (sociable and mischievous) and that he will have occasional mood swings.

Their personality is quite sensitive, which slightly complicates the training, but makes bonding with the family much easier and faster.

They are excellent with kids and other animals, and tolerant of cats, especially if they grow up with one around.

But, to make sure he is well-mannered with everyone and barks only when needed, your puppy will need socialization from the moment he enters your home.

Have your friends come over, let him meet new people, so that he realizes that the world is not just filled with people that mean harm to his family.

Also, dog parks are a great place for socialization with other dogs and getting used to having them around.

He will brush up on his manners and have a nice exercise session while running with his doggie friends.

You will also notice how your dog loves spending the time with kids and how he looks forward to playtimes with them.

His excellent nose will pick up their scent when they are coming back from school, even when they are a few hundred meters away from the home itself.

So, don’t be surprised if your dog gets excited a minute or two before the kids get home.

They can be stubborn at times, but most of the time they will follow your lead if you manage to present yourself as a firm leader that is also fair and noble (treats).

Without proper training and with an aggressive approach, you risk of having your dog display destructive behaviour each time he is unhappy with a certain decision that has been made without him having to “say” anything about it.

But, once everything falls into its place, you will be amazed at how devoted and family-oriented this dog is. And, you won’t question your pet dog choice, not even for a second.

Basset Hound and Beagle Mix Diet

Two cute Basset Hound and Beagle Mix dogs
The Basset Hound and Beagle Mix is a great addition to your family.

When it comes to food and diet plans, you will be happy to know that these hybrids are not picky eaters.

They love eating and look forward to each meal, but can easily become overweight, so the food intake needs to be monitored.

As for what to feed your dog with, dry or canned, high-quality commercial dog food will satisfy all of his developmental needs.

But, you have to make sure you buy an age-appropriate type because it has the best balance between the nutrients, fats, vitamins, and minerals, your dog needs at certain stages in his life.

And, ask the breeder for a diet plan and a feeding schedule, and consult the vet about the dog’s weight, each time you take your dog for a checkup.

How much Exercise does a Basset Hound and Beagle Mix need?

With strong hounding instincts and high levels of energy, your Basset Hound and Beagle mix companion will appreciate fetching the ball of bringing back the stick.

He will need regular exercise that should include a couple of longer walks or jogs during the day, combined each time with playtime and training in the dog park.

And, due to his Hound side obsession with following a scent, your dog will be prone to running away from you while trying to follow a scent he picked up.

Once his nose is locked onto something, all the waving of your hands and your calls will mean close to nothing.

It’s not a problem of him getting lost because that is hard to happen with this detective, it’s a problem with safety as he can easily get hit by a car while running around the streets.

So, make sure the leash is on all the time while you are having a walk or a jog.

The Basset Hound and Beagle Mix Health and Conditions

Contrary to the popular belief (which can’t be more away from the truth, actually), hybrid dogs come with better health and life expectancy than both parent breeds.

Of course, this breed like every other has its weak spots and health issues that trouble it. The ones you should be aware of and check with the breeder before buying the puppy, are:

With regular vet checkups, even if some of these conditions occur in a certain period of your dog’s life, the damage will be minimal because the right steps were taken at the right time.

What are the best type of toys?

In order to ensure that your pup remains active throughout its life, it’s important to always keep your Basset Hound Beagle entertained with the help of toys.

Toys can be a great way to interact and play with your dog in which you can help your dog exercise and get rid of all of that pent up energy inside it.

Although the Basset Hound Beagle can be quite moody and often picky, you’d have to figure out the toys and games your pup appreciates most and likes to play.

One of the best starter toys for your Basset Hound Beagle could be a Kong Dental with rope, this is a great toy for a new pup as it is hollow in the middle and you can easily sneak in a treat there.

This toy is not only very great for entertainment purposes, rather, it is also very good at keeping your dog’s teeth clean and healthy.

You can then move onto chew treat toys that can come in all shapes and sizes and are mostly made out of rubber.

These toys become an excellent companion for the Basset Hound Beagle, whenever it is in the mood to play or chew.

One of the major reasons why you need to introduce all these toys since very early on is to save yourself from destroyed furniture and your dog running about the house all the time.

If you’re taking care of your pup by playing with it enough you can be sure that your Basset Hound Beagle is getting rid of all of the excess energy which will make it even more calmer.

As with anything else, make sure to spend ample time buying the first few toys for your pup as these will matter most in the long run!

Grooming Advice

The handsome Basset Hound Beagle crossbreed is not only a faithful and low drama companion pet but luckily very easy to keep in terms of grooming and bathing.

For the most part, this pooch can get away with only enduring bathtimes if he or she has got extra mucky by playing in mud outside or the like – the natural oils in the skin and coat of this dog will take care of the rest.

Brushing no less than once every two weeks, preferably once a week, is also advisable though.

Dedicate a good half hour or so to this task – you might well find that your pet comes to look forward to these bonding, relaxing moments with you, albeit after some initial confusion.

A normal medium-sized dog brooming brush is all you need to make this work, and you can brush along the natural flow of the fur to ensure a nice glossy sheen to your dog’s coat.

More than this though, owners of this dog mixed breed are recommended to make sure that claws and teeth are in good health.

Trim back claws as required as part of this grooming regimen, because if left to grow in unruly ways, they can catch on all kinds of things and prove problematic.

Cleanliness and good health of the ears, big and droopy and beautiful as they are in this dog’s case, is perhaps most important of all.

The size of the Basset Hound Beagle crossbreed dogs’ ears need lots of attention to whether blockages, dirt or signs of infection have shown up in them, so be certain to work this into your regimen as best as you can.

My final thoughts on the Basset Hound and Beagle MixA Basset Hound and Beagle Mix dog with long floppy ears

As always, the health section means that you’ve reached the end of the guide.

By now, you should have a wide knowledge of the breed and all the important traits it comes with.

This will make your puppy selection process much easier and less painful, as you will, first of all, know how to find a reputable breeder, and then know which questions to ask to make sure the puppy you are taking home is healthy and with a good temperament.

However, to be certain that all angles are covered, we recommend reading a summary of everything we talked about here today.

This is a breed that comes as an excellent family dog breed, with patience and tolerance in abundance.

He will be patient with the kids during playtime and tolerant with cats, especially if they grew up together.

The training will go mostly well and relatively easy, but you should expect occasional stubbornness, that can be avoided with treats and variations in training and exercise.

And, considering that his nose is the “main motivator” in his life, a leash should be present every time you take your dog out for a walk.

Otherwise, he will get into traffic trouble by running around and following the scent.

All in all, a great addition to your family if you have time to properly train him and fulfil his daily exercise needs.

Thank you for reading our guide to the end. If you found it useful, feel free to share it on social media so that more people can get familiar with this interesting breed.

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