Bully Basset

He is not recognized by the F.C.I.

Origin
Great Britain -> U.S.A.
Translation
Francis Vandersteen

A brief presentation of the Bully Basset

The Bully Basset is a hybrid dog, the result of crossing a Bulldog with a Basset Hound. As a mix of two breeds, their appearance can be a blend of both, or lean more towards one or the other parent. However, the Bully Basset tends to be stocky, robust and stubborn, but with a loving nature. If one word summed up the Bully Basset, it would be stubborn, because it's a strong dog that puts its desires above those of its owner. But this is traded for a placid, affectionate character with a distinctive presence who loves being part of a family. However, this breed is not suitable for first-time owners and works best with an experienced handler.

History of the Bully Basset

As a hybrid breed, Bully Bassets' history is relatively short and hazy. However, both parent breeds have a long and venerable history.
        

A little of the English Bulldog

        
The modern Bulldog, now a placid pet, is a different character from its distant ancestors. In the 16th century, Bulldogs were larger, more athletic and aggressive. As its name suggests, this dog was inextricably linked to bulls and bait. After years of controversy, bullfighting became illegal in 1835. As an aggressive dog, the Bulldog lost its place in society and its numbers dwindled. To survive, the breed was rehabilitated with smaller, less aggressive animals, used to breed a line of dogs better suited to domestic animals.
Standard of the English Bulldog

A little of the Basset Hound

The Basset Hound originated in France. It's a variant of the long-legged Saint-Hubert dog, where their short legs had the advantage of being able to follow a scent through low bushes. With a nose close to the ground and a short stride, this made them popular with hunters on foot. Basset Hounds were originally popular with the French nobility, but after the French Revolution, the dogs were adopted by ordinary people. They appreciated the breed precisely because they could follow the dog on foot rather than having to be mounted to keep pace. Bassets were introduced to the UK in the mid-19th century, but it took two decades for them to become popular.
Standard of the Basset Hound

Appearance of the Bully Basset

The Bully Basset is a medium to large dog with heavy bones. It's a sort of Limousin version of a Bulldog, with Bully Bassets often inheriting the Basset Hound's longer back and muzzle, as well as the Bulldog's heavy bones and ribcage. The Basset's floppy ears trump the Bulldog's more rosebud-like ear contours, with Bully Basset puppies having floppy ears that drop to jaw level or lower. This long nose also eliminates Bulldog wrinkles, leaving a few residual wrinkles between the eyebrows. The Bully Basset has a soft, smooth coat, which is predominantly white but with flecks of brindle, fawn or even lemon. And, with the Basset Hound having a long straight tail and the Bulldog a corkscrew tail, who wins? The answer is usually a long, straight tail, which is worryingly predominant.

Temperament of the Bully Basset

The Bully Basset is a gentle soul, inclined to follow its own whims rather than listen to its owner. This stubborn trait means they are unsuitable for inexperienced owners who may become frustrated with training. However, this stubbornness is not born of malice, but from the fact that their strength and robustness place them in a position of benign power. While the Bulldog is not a great barker, the Basset Hound has the trait of a hound that shouts at the howl. This can encourage Bully Basset Hounds to become noisy howlers. In addition, they like to chew, and a wise owner will provide them with a suitable chew toy, rather than letting the dog destroy furniture. On the positive side, the Bully Basset is a gentle giant who loves company and being part of a family.

Needs and activities of the Bully Basset

The Bully Basset is a fairly active dog. He loves to play, but will do well in an apartment or at home as long as he gets daily exercise. This can take the form of outdoor play in a fenced yard, or brisk walks with the owner. He does best with short walks or jogs as opposed to long hikes. Exercise is important for the Bully Basset, not only to keep him happy, but also to prevent weight gain. Visits to the dog park are also good for the Bully Basset.

Maintenance of the Bully Basset

The Bully Basset has a tendency to shed, so it may need a little maintenance. It should be brushed daily with a stiff bristle brush. Only bathe him when necessary. You should brush his teeth at least three times a week, but if you want to prevent gum disease, brush your dog's teeth every day. Bully Basset's nails should not be neglected, and should be trimmed every two weeks, or more often if cracked, torn or fractured. Visible skin folds on the Bully Basset should be kept dry. If moisture and dirt remain on the skin, bacteria can quickly accumulate, causing odor and irritation.

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