Hush Basset

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

Origin
Great Britain -> U.S.A.
Translation
Francis Vandersteen
This breed is also known as
Cocker Basset

A brief presentation of the Hush Basset

The Hush Basset is a relatively new hybrid breed, the result of a specific cross between the English Cocker Spaniel and the Basset Hound. Despite their droopy and sometimes downtrodden appearance, Hush Bassets are generally happy dogs with a high level of affection and sociability with people and other dogs, making them excellent pets for those with large families and/or busy lifestyles. Because both parent breeds come from hunting backgrounds, one from the scent group, the other from sport, this breed can still make a good hunting dog with the right training, but given its cute looks and designer focus, it's more often found as a pet than anything else. But the same lineage that gives them their adorable looks also gives them the tendency to follow their noses, which means they can often become stubborn and somewhat difficult to train, especially if not started early. On the whole, their friendly attitude and desire to be social often outweigh their less desirable tendencies.

History of the Hush Basset

While the Hush Basset is a new designer breed with a limited history, both parent breeds have deep roots in their respective countries of origin and beyond.

 

        

A little of the Basset Hound

        
The Basset Hound is thought to have originated in France in the Middle Ages, the result of breeding with other Bassets of the time, the Artois and Normans. Their refinement is generally attributed to the monks of the Saint-Hubert monastery in Belgium, where breeding was aimed at a low, heavy-nosed dog that was slow enough to keep up with hunts. Over the years, these dogs gained in popularity and were even supplied to the aristocracy in the 7th and 8th centuries. As they traveled and spread, they underwent further changes, which were largely cemented in England in the late 1800s by breeder Everett Millais, widely regarded as the father of the modern version we know today. Since their arrival in America, their morose faces quickly found favor in pop culture as early as the 1950s and 1960s in characters like the aptly named Droopy.
Standard of the Basset Hound

A little of the English Cocker Spaniel

The Spaniel's history dates back to 1620, when it was first documented aboard the Mayflower, but they weren't registered until the late 1800s. The English Cocker Spaniel first came to the attention of hunting enthusiasts in the 19th century thanks to its skilful ability to hunt birds such as the capercaillie, which gave rise to the Spaniel's namesake. American breeders, however, preferred them to be smaller in size, making them easier to manage as hunters, show dogs and companions. After the transformation, their popularity soared to the point where they spawned troublesome puppy mills and bad breeding habits just to keep up with demand, but many have since been deterred by law. Today, English Cocker Spaniels remain in the top 30 in popularity, according to the American Kennel Club rankings, for their friendliness, intelligence and general aesthetics.
Standard of the English Cocker Spaniel

Appearance of the Hush Basset

The Hush Basset takes on many of the Basset Hound's strong characteristics, including its low silhouette, elongated body, barrel chest and drooping features, but takes on the longer coat and slightly more athletic build of the English Cocker Spaniel. They generally sport short to medium square noses with sagging cheeks and eyebrows to match long ears that hang with supple disdain. Averaging just 35.5 centimeters in height, this breed often sports much more weight and length than height, and usually has a straight to slightly sloping back, deep chest and even muscles throughout. Their coats are generally short to medium in length and, thanks to their Spaniel heritage, come in a wide variety of colors.

Temperament of the Hush Basset

Hush Bassets are generally happy, friendly and affectionate dogs who love attention and know how to get it, enter the sad puppy eyes. They generally thrive in social situations thanks to their laid-back attitude with other dogs and people, and generally remain level-headed even when there's a bit of a ruckus around them. Although they are relatively laid-back dogs, this is also reflected in their compliance with commands, and they often become quite stubborn and can be difficult to train, especially later in life. They are a vocal breed, so potential owners need to be aware of their living situation and their availability for training to deter excessive barking.

Needs and activities of the Hush Basset

While the English Cocker Spaniel can be a medium-to-high-energy dog, the Basset Hound takes very little exercise to satisfy, leaving the Hush Basset to stand in the middle. Like any dog, they exercise to keep happy and healthy, but given their size and short legs, it takes much less work than a dog of similar weight. Walking them regularly is a great way to tire them out, and signs of fatigue will quickly become apparent at the speed of their movements. They generally do well in most living spaces as long as there's plenty of room to move around, play and stretch. Around 10 km of walking a week and 30 to 45 minutes of playtime a day should be enough to satisfy this hardy breed.

Maintenance of the Hush Basset

There's no getting around it: Hush Bassets, like their lineage, are high-maintenance dogs. Since both parent breeds shed frequently, they need to be brushed regularly, at least a few times a week, to remove excess hair and prevent their coats from matting and degrading. Their faces will also need to be wiped and cleaned regularly, as they tend to develop tear stains and are also prone to drooling. Their large, folded ears will also require frequent attention to ensure they don't retain too much moisture, which could lead to a build-up of bacteria and possibly infection, the same goes for their excess skin folds. And, of course, like any other breed, they should receive nail trims, which are usually appropriate every few weeks, weekly tooth brushing and necessary baths, often around once a month, to keep their coats clean and their odor levels down. down, bassets are known to be a little smelly due to their oily skin.

The latest updated breeds

  • Redbone Coonoodle -- Redbone Coonhound X Poodle

    Redbone Coonoodle He is not recognized by the F.C.I. Origin U.S.A. <> France -> U.S.A. Translation Francis Vandersteen A brief presentation of the Redbone Coonoodle The Redbone Coonoodle is a cross between a Redbone Coonhound and a Poodle. Both parent breeds are intelligent and loyal, so you can expect your Redbone Coonoodle to be the same. A...
  • Reagle -- Rottweiler X Beagle

    Reagle He is not recognized by the F.C.I. Origin Germany <> Great Britain -> U.S.A. Translation Francis Vandersteen A brief presentation of the Reagle The medium-sized Reagle is a cross between a Rottweiler and a Beagle. This hybrid is very loyal and devoted to its owner, enjoying showing affection to members of the household. The Reagle will do...
  • Rattle Griffon -- Rat Terrier X Brussels Griffon

    Rattle Griffon He is not recognized by the F.C.I. Origin U.S.A. <> Belgium -> U.S.A. Translation Francis Vandersteen A brief presentation of the Rattle Griffon The Rattle Griffon is a hybrid of the feisty Brussels Griffon and the alert Rat Terrier. A small dog, the Rattle Griffon generally weighs less than 6.5 kilos. Hybrid dogs are generally...
  • Rattle -- Rat Terrier X Poodle

    Rattle He is not recognized by the F.C.I. Origin U.S.A. <> France -> U.S.A. Translation Francis Vandersteen A brief presentation of the Rattle The Rattle is a hybrid of the Rat Terrier and the Poodle. This medium-sized breed averages between 11.5 and 22.5 kilos in weight and 25.5 to 58.5 centimeters in height, depending on the traits it inherits...
  • Ratshi Terrier -- Rat Terrier X Shih Tzu

    Ratshi Terrier He is not recognized by the F.C.I. Origin U.S.A. <> Tibet -> U.S.A. Translation Francis Vandersteen A brief presentation of the Ratshi Terrier The Ratshi Terrier is a mix of two toy dogs, the Rat Terrier and the Shih Tzu. They generally weigh between 4.5 and 9 kilos and measure around 20.5 to 30.5 centimeters high at the shoulders...
  • Ratshire Terrier -- Rat Terrier X Yorkshire Terrier

      Ratshire Terrier He is not recognized by the F.C.I.     Origin   U.S.A. <> Great Britain -> U.S.A. Translation   Francis Vandersteen     A brief presentation of the Ratshire Terrier The Ratshire Terrier is a mix of the Rat Terrier and Yorkshire Terrier. They are small dogs weighing between 4.5 and 9 kilos as adults. The Ratshire Terrier generally stands...
  • Ratese -- Rat Terrier X Maltese

    Ratese He is not recognized by the F.C.I. Origin U.S.A. <> Central Mediterranean Basin -> U.S.A. Translation Francis Vandersteen A brief presentation of the Ratese The Ratese is a hybrid cross between the Maltese and the Rat Terrier. They will remain small, generally weighing around 7 kilos and measuring around 25.5 centimeters high at the...
  • Rat-Cha -- Rat Terrier X Chihuahua

    Rat-Cha He is not recognized by the F.C.I. Origin U.S.A. <> Mexico -> U.S.A. Translation Francis Vandersteen A brief presentation of the Rat-Cha The Rat-Cha is a cross between the purebred Rat Terrier and the purebred Chihuahua. This creative dog has lots of energy and is very affectionate towards its family. The Rat-Cha, also known as the...
  • Rat-A-Pap -- Rat Terrier X Continental Toy Spaniel

    Rat-A-Pap He is not recognized by the F.C.I. Origin U.S.A. <> France and Belgium -> U.S.A. Translation Francis Vandersteen A brief presentation of the Rat-A-Pap The Rat-A-Pap is a hybrid, a cross between the Rat Terrier and the pure-bred Continental Toy Spaniel. The hybrid is an alert little dog with an intelligent expression and great energy. The...
  • Rashon -- Rat Terrier X Bichon frise

    Rashon He is not recognized by the F.C.I. Origin U.S.A. <> France / Belgium -> U.S.A. Translation Francis Vandersteen A brief presentation of the Rashon The Rashon is a designer dog and is a cross between a pure-bred Rat Terrier and a pure-bred Bichon frise. They are small dogs weighing up to 5.5 kilos and measuring up to 30.5 centimeters. These...
  • Raggle -- Rat Terrier X Beagle

    Raggle He is not recognized by the F.C.I. Origin U.S.A. <> Great Britain -> U.S.A. Translation Francis Vandersteen A brief presentation of the Raggle The Raggle is a designer dog composed of a cross between a pure-bred Rat Terrier and a pure-bred Beagle. They are small but energetic dogs that can be a little obstinate and have a strong prey...
  • Pyrenees Pit -- Pyrenean Mountain Dog X American Pit Bull Terrier

    Pyrenees Pit He is not recognized by the F.C.I. Origin France <> U.S.A. -> U.S.A. Translation Francis Vandersteen A brief presentation of the Pyrenees Pit The Pyrenees Pit is a great designer dog, a deliberate cross between two loyal and powerful dogs with strong natural guarding instincts, the American Pit Bull Terrier and the Pyrenean Mountain...
  • Pyrenees Husky -- Pyrenean Mountain Dog X Siberian Husky

    Pyrenees Husky He is not recognized by the F.C.I. Origin France <> Siberia -> U.S.A. Translation Francis Vandersteen A brief presentation of the Pyrenees Husky The Pyrenees Husky is a hybrid dog. Its parent breeds are the majestic Pyrenean Mountain Dog and the intuitive Siberian Husky. They are medium to large-sized dogs. He is the descendant of...
  • Pyredoodle -- Pyrenean Mountain Dog X Poodle

    Pyredoodle He is not recognized by the F.C.I. Origin France -> U.S.A. Translation Francis Vandersteen A brief presentation of the Pyredoodle The Pyredoodle is a hybrid dog. Its parent breeds are the Standard Poodle and the Pyrenean Mountain Dog. It is a larger dog that is often considered a gentle giant. He gets along with most people. He's also...
  • Pyrador -- Pyrenean Mountain Dog X Labrador Retriever

    Pyrador He is not recognized by the F.C.I. Origin France <> Canada -> U.S.A. Translation Francis Vandersteen A brief presentation of the Pyrador The Pyrador is an intentional cross between the most popular dog in the United States, the Labrador Retriever, and the Pyrenean Mountain Dog, a faithful guardian and protector of sheep in the mountains...
  • Pushon -- Pug X Bichon frise

    Pushon He is not recognized by the F.C.I. Origin China <> France / Belgium -> U.S.A. Translation Francis Vandersteen A brief presentation of the Pushon The Pushon is an adorable little dog that combines the best features of the Pug with the fluffy softness of the Bichon frise. Although their size may be small, they have big personalities. They...
  • Pugwich -- Pug X Norwich Terrier

    Pugwich He is not recognized by the F.C.I. Origin China <> Great Britain -> U.S.A. Translation Francis Vandersteen A brief presentation of the Pugwich The Pugwich is a sociable, affectionate dog of small to medium size that has a cheerful disposition and loves to play. They make ideal pets with their confidence and outgoing nature. Active and...
  • Pug Shiba -- Pug X Shiba

    Pug Shiba He is not recognized by the F.C.I. Origin China <> Japan -> U.S.A. Translation Francis Vandersteen A brief presentation of the Pug Shiba The Pug Shiba is a hybrid breed. Its parent breeds are the Shiba and the Pug. Unfortunately, the Pug Shiba will lose frequently, as both parent breeds tend to do. He needs moderate activity and enjoys playing...
  • Pug Pit -- Pug X American Pit Bull Terrier

    Pug Pit He is not recognized by the F.C.I. Origin China <> U.S.A. -> U.S.A. Translation Francis Vandersteen A brief presentation of the Pug Pit The Pug Pit is a gentle, playful dog that is very affectionate with its family and with strangers too. He's happy in an apartment or house with a fenced-in yard. He is small and stocky. He will have a...
  • Pugottie -- Pug X Scottish Terrier

    Pugottie He is not recognized by the F.C.I. Origin China <> Great Britain -> U.S.A. Translation Francis Vandersteen A brief presentation of the Pugottie The Pugottie is a small mixed breed that is a cross between the Scottish Terrier and the Pug. These dogs generally weigh between 7 and 11.5 kilos and can measure around 30.5 centimeters when...
  • Pugland -- Pug X West Highland White Terrier

    Pugland He is not recognized by the F.C.I. Origin China <> Great Britain -> U.S.A. Translation Francis Vandersteen A brief presentation of the Pugland The Pugland is a hybrid of the Pug and the West Highland White Terrier. Because both breeds are small dogs, the Pugland will also be small. They rarely measure more than 30.5 centimeters, and their...
  • Puginese -- Pug X Pekingese

    Puginese He is not recognized by the F.C.I. Origin China -> U.S.A. Translation Francis Vandersteen A brief presentation of the Puginese The Puginese is a popular designer hybrid between the Pug and the Pekingese. The two parent dogs are similar in size and appearance. The Puginese was first developed in China and is well known for its appearance and...
  • Pugillon -- Pug X Continental Toy Spaniel

    Pugillon He is not recognized by the F.C.I. Origin China <> France and Belgium -> U.S.A. Translation Francis Vandersteen This breed is also known as Pugion A brief presentation of the Pugillon The Pugillon is a specific cross between a purebred Pug and a purebred Continental Toy Spaniel. Although both parent breeds were bred as pocket dogs, they are...
  • Pughasa -- Pug X Lhassa Apso

    Pughasa He is not recognized by the F.C.I. Origin China <> Tibet -> U.S.A. Translation Francis Vandersteen A brief presentation of the Pughasa The Pughasa is a cross between a Pug and a Lhassa Apso. They are active, friendly dogs that make excellent pets. They are good with children if socialized early. Pughasa are playful and although they have...
  • Puggit -- Pug X Italian Sighthound

    Puggit He is not recognized by the F.C.I. Origin China <> Italy -> U.S.A. Translation Francis Vandersteen A brief presentation of the Puggit The Puggit is a specific crossbreed of two pets that have each been popular companions of royalty for hundreds of years, the Pug and the Italian Sighthound. It's a gentle, playful dog with a generally...