The Boxer Basset: A Complete Guide

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Dogs are beacons of positivity. They bring happiness to people’s lives wherever they go, which is why they are the most popular pet in the world.

They love to entertain as a companion and will love, care and nurture for its owner, even in the toughest of times. For the 10-15 years that a dog will stand beside you, they will do it with loyalty.

However, with a great dog, comes great responsibility. You as the owner needs to care for a dog immensely and treat it with care, so it assimilates into the world.

You need to train a dog, socialize a dog, feed a dog and maintain a dog’s daily needs, to make it just as happy as it makes you. It can be difficult, but so can any great friendship.

The Boxer Basset is a fairly new hybrid and is only starting to see its popularity rise this decade. So to learn more about this dog, we should look at the history of its parent breeds.

The Boxer was first initially found in the valleys of Tibet in the 1700s, where they were used for both hunting and fighting dogs.

Tired Boxer Basset
The Boxer Basset is known to have an incredibly short and hard coat.

It is said to be a relative of various Bulldogs and is now regarded as one of the most popular breeds in America.

The Basset Hound was discovered in France during the 1500s and was used as a scent hound. It would trail rabbits for its human companion to hunt.

They are also known as a Sausage Dog and is considered the 39th most popular dog breed in America today.

With the Boxer Basset, you can expect a dog that is cute, friendly, funny and somewhat lazy.

However, with their lazy attributes comes stubbornness, and this can make them difficult to train at times.

I have constructed this almanac of sorts for you to prepare for becoming a Boxer Basset owner.

This guide will detail all the vital information on this dog, as well as a flurry of other things to make the beginnings of dog ownership a little bit easier.

I will discuss its behavioral traits, physical features, dietary needs, life expectancy and more.

By the end of this manual, you will be equipped with the knowledge to bring the Boxer Basset into your house swiftly, and smoothly.

Does the Boxer Basset sound like the breed for you? Then keep on scrolling to find out more.

Boxer Basset Puppies – Before You Buy…

There’s a plethora of preparation that goes into buying a dog. These are creatures with very specific needs and need to be treated as such.

It is important to analyze the requirements of your dog to make training it from an early age easier, all while increasing its happiness and confidence.

After all, you have to spend 10-15 years with this creature, might as well make it comfortable!

Things your Boxer Basset will need include:

  • A medium to large-sized space in the house designated for rest. The puppy needs to feel as if it is part of the family, and it is your responsibility to make it feel that way. Dedicate a space in the house that is independently theirs. A Boxer Basset can thrive in both a house and an apartment.
  • You dedicated time. You’re going to need to alter your schedule to make time for the Boxer Basset from an early age, as it needs your utmost attention. If there is someone in your family at home that can provide the Boxer Basset with socialization and training, then you will not need to change your schedule as much.
  • Colour preference. Analyze what colors the Boxer Basset can come in, and choose amongst your family.
  • Gender preference.
  • Spaying/Neutering preference. If you want your puppy to reproduce, then avoid this. However, if you want your dog to avoid specific illnesses and have no chance of reproduction, consider this process.

What Price are Boxer Basset Puppies?

Cost is a big factor when it comes to purchasing your first dog. If the dog doesn’t fit your budget, it means that you may have to reconsider getting a dog in the first place.

Luckily, the Boxer Basset is an incredibly cost affordable dog. You can pick one up from a reputable breeder for around $300-$400, which is incredibly cheap for most medium-sized breeds.

This is considerably cheaper than the $1000+ price point of a Boxer, and the $600 price point of a Basset Hound.

The Boxer Basset is an incredibly good option for those looking for a canine on a budget.

Alternatively, if you’re looking to find it cheaper, you can seek out an adoption shelter for possible options. A Boxer Basset can be found there for any from $50.

However, there will be adoption fees that vary with each establishment.

Where to Find Reputable Boxer Basset Breeders?

Finding a reputable breeder is important as it can determine the health and behavior of your puppy.

You need to choose wisely when it comes to breeders, all while making judgments on the breeder’s character, to determine their process.

A good breeder will:

  • Provide a spacious, clean environment for the dogs to be kept until purchased
  • Bathe, feed and groom the puppies.
  • Kickstart the socialization process with the puppies.
  • Showcase an extensive amount of knowledge on the Boxer Basset and its parent breeds.
  • Assist you with any equipment or information you need.
Boxer Basset running on sidewalk
A Boxer Basset can live in both a house and an apartment.

3 Little-Known Facts About Boxer Basset Puppies

  1. They can sniff out any nearby animals.
  2. They are known to be minimal shedders.
  3. The Boxer Basset needs natural oils for its health. Therefore it barely needs to be bathed.

Physical Traits of the Boxer Basset

As a mixed breed, the Boxer Basset can appear in many different ways, depending on the litter.

It can inherit superior traits of either the Boxer or the Basset Hound, and it can also be a complete mix of the two. Each particular style depends on each particular puppy.

The Boxer Basset is known to have an incredibly short and hard coat, that ranges shades of brown, white and black.

They have a short body with a big head, and large feet, playing into the ‘sausage dog’ category. They have big floppy ears that fold over its head, a black nose, and brown eyes.

How Big is a Full-Grown Boxer Basset?

The Boxer Basset is a medium-sized breed with a sausage-like body. It tends to grow between 17-19 inches, with it being longer than it is taller.

Weight-wise, they tend to fizzle out at around 45 pounds but can grow as big as 60. The male is generally bigger than the female.

What is the Boxer Basset’s Life Expectancy?

The Boxer Basset is expected to live around 10-12 years, which is a little under the average for most medium-sized breeds.

Because of their uniquely shaped body, they tend to inherit more possibilities of health concerns, so it is important to watch them for any symptoms of illness.

Intelligence, Temperament, and Personality Traits of the Boxer Basset

The Boxer Basset is renowned as a family dog because it loves to sit on the couch with you and watch TV in unity.

However, it can be difficult to train because it inherits the traits of stubbornness and laziness.

Because of this, it’s important to get it outside and take it for walks, as well as participate in plenty of obedience training, with positive reinforcement.

The Boxer Basset is known to be funny, loving and great around kids. However, it will need socialization and training to assimilate with smaller pets due to their hunting instincts.

They love any talk of food, so expect them to come running at the rustling of a bag!

Curious Boxer Basset
The Boxer Basset needs natural oils for its health.

The Boxer Basset’s Diet

The Boxer Basset loves food, and its dietary needs show that! It will eat roughly 2 cups of food a day, costing around $40 a week.

In terms of cuisine options, try some sliced meats, kibble and plenty of dry dog food for nutrition. It is important not to overfeed, as it can become sick.

How Much Exercise Does the Boxer Basset Need?

Because of its body type, the Boxer Basset actually tends to be quite lazy, and it will love a cuddle more than a run. It is recommended that you treat them to 45 minutes of exercise a day.

Activities you should treat the Boxer Basset to include walking, and the odd game of fetch. It is important not to do anything too strenuous because of its small legs.

Boxer Basset Health and Conditions

Serious Issues:

Minor Issues:

  • Entropion
  • Ectropion
  • Seborrhea

My Final Thoughts on the Boxer Basset

Boxer Basset guide

Overall, the Boxer Basset is a great dog that’ll suit any type of owner and any family.

Provided you schedule regular trips to the vet, and participate in socialization, the Boxer Basset is an ideal dog for anyone.

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