The Bowzer: A Complete Guide

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When you decide to buy a dog, you aren’t just choosing to purchase a pet, although some people may see it as just that.

I believe that bringing a dog into your home is akin to welcoming a new member of the family, and you will have to make sure that family members will be compatible.

In this guide, I’ll be covering the Bowzer, a hybrid dog with a name that doesn’t give you much of a hint as to its ancestry.

The Bowzer is a mix of the Basset Hound and the Miniature Schnauzer which (admittedly) makes for a dog that has a silly look; if you can get past it, however, this is an excellent breed.

You may be wondering exactly where the Bowzer excels, and for that reason, I will be covering everything that you should know about this dog.

Whether you are looking to buy a new dog, or you are just interested in this breed, in particular, you have come to the right place.

Bowzer Puppies – Before You Buy…

Bowzer playing with toys
You should groom your Bowzer weekly, or even daily.

Before giving the go-ahead to your family, you will want to know about Bowzer puppies, as that is where their life with you will begin.

Of course, the age of your puppy will vary based on when you purchased it from the breeder, but dogs tend to act similarly throughout the entirety of the puppy phase.

What Price are Bowzer Puppies?

Any prospective owner would like to have an idea of how much they can expect to spend on a new dog, and those looking to buy a Bowzer are likely no exception.

Seeing as this is a relatively rare breed, there is a wide price range for which a Bowzer can be purchased.

Some Bowzers will sell for around 500 dollars while the same dog would sell for 1200 dollars from a different breeder.

If you live in an area where Miniature Schnauzers and Basset Hounds are both relatively popular, then the price of these dogs will likely be lower than average.

Where to Find Reputable Bowzer Breeders?

Finding the right breeder should be your priority when you decide to purchase a Bowzer. No dog lover wants to support puppy mills, but they are more prevalent than people would like to believe.

If you want to avoid encouraging inhumane breeding practices, you have to take matters into your own hands.

You will have to do some snooping around to ensure that your dog breeder isn’t engaging in any illicit practices.

One of the best ways to tell if your breeder is trustworthy is to insist on a home visit so that you can see the puppies. You should also ask your breeder plenty of questions about the breeding process.

3 Little-Known Facts About Bowzer Puppies

  1. These puppies are surprisingly heavy, even from a young age, and that will stay with this breed for their whole lives. The reason for their deceptive weight is due to most people assuming they would be light because of their short stature. Though Bowzer puppies have stubby legs, they are solid dogs.
  2.  From a young age, you will want to get your Bowzer puppy accustomed to grooming. If you fail to introduce your dog to the brush from an early age, then you will have difficulty keeping their fur in order later on in its life; this will immensely facilitate grooming.
  3. When these dogs are puppies, they resemble the Miniature Schnauzer more than anything else due to their facial fur. Since Bowzers don’t fully come into their proportions until they are older, their Basset Hound parentage is not evident until that point.

Physical Traits of the Bowzer

Bowzer sitting on sidewalk
The Bowzer is heavy but energetic.

The Bowzer is a dog that is immediately recognizable due to many of the traits that we just discussed.

Of course, the long hairs on the face of this dog immediately give away that it is somehow related to the Schnauzer, and it is rare to find one of these dogs without that facial fur.

Moving on to the torso, the Bowzer has a body that is thick and surprisingly powerful for its size. The trunklike abdomen of this breed is the primary reason for its deceptively heavyweight.

While this dog has been physically imposing up this point, it is let down by its short legs.

Though the Bowzer has admittedly muscular legs, you will find that this dog is still hampered by their length.

The Bowzer cannot run quite as fast as other dog breeds with longer legs. This dog’s coat can come in a variety of colors, from black to white, silver, brown, and much more.

How Big is a Full-Grown Bowzer?

The Bowzer isn’t necessarily a small dog, though it is relatively short. I would argue that the Bowzer doesn’t exactly fall into any of the traditional size classes for dogs.

The Bowzer has a body that looks like it would belong to a medium dog, but the legs are better suited for a smaller breed.

Overall, the Bowzer looks smaller than it is in actuality. The weight range for these dogs may surprise some of you, as the Bowser often clocks in at around 20 to 50 pounds.

The height range for these dogs, on the other hand, is much more moderate at 13 to 15 inches.

What is the Bowzer’s Life Expectancy?

Before buying a dog, it is only reasonable to want to know it’s life expectancy and whether it is heartbreakingly short or surprisingly long.

The Bowzer is part of neither of these categories, instead of having a life expectancy that is distinctly average for most dogs, though the range is a bit wider than you might expect.

Most Bowzer will be able to live for 12 to 15 years, depending primarily on their size.

The largest examples of this breed are the ones that tend to live shorter lives due to the simple fact that larger dogs tend to suffer from more health issues.

Keep in mind that this is not always necessarily the case.

Intelligence, Temperament, and Personality Traits of the Bowzer

Bowzer sitting and chewing
The Bowzer needs about an hour of exercise per day.

Before buying any dog, it is only natural to want to know how it will act once you bring it home.

Both the Basset Hound and the Miniature Schnauzer are breeds that are amicable and caring, and the same is true for the Bowzer. This makes this breed an excellent pet for families.

Unlike other heavy dogs, the Bowzer is suited to playing with children because it is too short to knock them over.

Of course, if you have small children, you will want to supervise them around any dog, even the smallest ones, though the Bowzer will never have any ill intent towards any member of your family.

Being a descendant of the Basset Hound, you will find that this dog breed likes to follow its nose.

When you take a Bowzer out for a run, you can expect plenty of short pauses as it sniffs away at whatever catches its attention.

Keep in mind that this dog breed is also highly intelligent and even clever to a certain extent.

The Bowzer’s Diet

With this dog’s size, it can get confusing when you are trying to figure out how much to feed it.

While the Bowzer may still be a relatively short dog, you will find that it is still one with a lot of mass, and you will have to make sure that you feed it accordingly.

The Bowzer will usually need around 3 cups of food per day, but you will want to keep the meals split to ensure that your pet does not overeat, which can result in severe health complications.

The monthly cost of keeping this dog fed will usually be around 40 dollars, which is reasonable enough.

How Much Exercise Does the Bowzer Need?

The Bowzer may be heavy, but it is energetic, and it loves to zip around, especially when it chases small critters across the yard or when you take it out for walks.

While these dogs are heavy, they are small enough to live in an apartment with few issues so you won’t have to worry about them feeling confined.

You will want to take your Bowzer out for around an hour of exercise per day. Most owners split this dog’s exercise routine into three 20-minute walks.

It is up to you how you want to work out your Bowzer, but you don’t want to over-exert them.

Bowzer Health and Conditions

The Bowzer is prone to a few conditions, but not many more than the average dog. Let’s take a look at some of the issues that this breed may face.

Serious Issues:

Minor Issues:

  • Obesity
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Von Willebrand’s Disease
  • Cataracts

My Final Thoughts on the BowzerBowzer guide

Though this dog may have a silly name and a funny look, it will be one of the most steadfast companions that you could ever hope to invite into your life.

I hope that my guide on the Bowzer has helped you decide whether or not you want one of these short-legged canines.


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