This doodle is a combination of the Poodle and Basset Hound. They go by many names, some of the main ones being the Bassetdoodle, Bassetpoo, and Bastoodle. Typically this is a medium-sized dog breed but can be different sizes as the Basset hound can be bred with either a Minature, Toy, or Standard Poodle.
Wanting a dog that is adorable and fun to be around? Then look no further; the Bassetoodle should definitely be on your list. This doodle is infused with personality and character; you’ll never get bored with this designer breed.
But there is more to their cute nature, and size makes them a cool doodle. They have a range of interesting qualities that you should know about. To know more, keep reading.
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Little-Known Facts About the Bassetoodle
Here are some interesting tidbits of information that you might want to know about the Bassetoodle:
- They love to depend on their nose: The Bassetdoodle inherits their super strength sniffing qualities from its Basset Hound parent. They love nothing more than sniffing out something and strongly following a scent. Sometimes it can be a disadvantage as the Basset Hound Poodle mix might refuse to do anything but follow a scent. You’ll be sure to know when they follow a scent, though, as they signify this with a loud bark.
- Not a cold weather lover: If you live in a cold climate, you mind want to reconsider owning a Basset Hound Poodle mix. This breed is not a fan of cold weather; therefore, in cold temperatures or winter months, you’ll want to take them to doggy daycare or for more exercise.
- Bassetoodle’s love to wander: This is quite an adventurous Doodle when they want to be. They are a dog breed that loves to wander and explore, so if you plan on owning one, you must remember to take them out for long walks or adventures!
What’s the Bassetoodle Price?
In North America, this dog can cost between $800 to $1,500. However, certain factors like their marking, breeder’s reputation, parents, and location can determine the final price. Unlike other Doodles, the Bassetoodle is relatively new and not well-known. Therefore it can be a little bit difficult to determine the exact prices of this dog. You should also set enough money aside for their costs like healthcare, vaccinations, food, etc.
Another great and similar doodle I’ve written about is the Basenjipoo, so make sure you check it out as well.
Are they hypoallergenic?
Most of the time, it can be difficult to determine if a dog is completely hypoallergenic. However, a Bassetoodle, if they take after their Poodle parent, can be pretty close. Most of the time, this dog breed has thick or wiry medium-length fur that can shed sometimes. They may be prone to shedding seasonally if they inherit more of their Basset Hound parent’s coat.
Temperament & Intelligence
The Bassetoodle has multiple traits that can keep you entertained and never get bored! They tend to work well in different types of environments. Therefore it should be no problem owning own if you live in a flat or an apartment, as long as they get their exercise!
Most of the time, they tend to inherit the calm nature of the Basset Hound parent. However, they do love to go out and run a lot of the time, as both parents are working breeds.
They’re not aggressive dogs but can display a protective nature over their family if anything unusual comes in their way. If they do this, they most likely will howl if they find any suspicious. So, if you can manage the odd bark or howl, this doodle should not be a major problem.
This is also a dog that thrives off human company. Therefore if you’re someone who spends a lot of time outside your home, I wouldn’t recommend this breed. The Basset Hound Poodle mix has a low tolerance for being on its own and can easily develop separation anxiety. If this occurs, they could become a handful getting boredom behavior like barking, chewing, clawing, or howling.
Are Bassetoodles Good for Families?
The Bassetoodle is a brilliant dog to own if you have a family. Unlike some breeds, they’re affectionate but not velcro dogs. Their affection tends to be less overbearing and more demonstrative, protecting you. They’re not a dog that needs frequent reassurance from their owners.
They have short legs and are smaller, making them perfect companions for kids or senior family members. Their laidback nature keeps them calm and composed dogs in the house, eliminating any worry about them knocking things over.
Alongside this, they double up as a fantastic watchdog. They won’t necessarily attack animals or strangers, but if they notice anything untoward, they will howl. But, if you have a backyard, you’ll want to ensure it’s fenced well. Likewise, they might follow their scent and look to escape if they notice anything unusual.
Does This Breed Get Along With Other Pets?
As long as the Basset Hound Poodle mix is socialized from an early age, they should be fine to get on with other pets in your home. Their mellow nature makes them a dog that can accept other pets easily.
But, if you own other pets in your home and want to bring a Bassetoodle into your life, you’ll want to ensure they’re slowly introduced through short meetings; they may not get on really well right away. You’ll also want to make sure that this dog has their own space to retreat to if they need to do so.
Food & Diet Requirements
A Bassetoodle will need a premium diet with lots of high-quality dog food. When feeding them, you have to be extremely careful with their portion sizes, as they’re a breed that is known to overeat. Because of this, you must be conscious of the amount and type of treats you feed them between their training sessions or playtimes.
When it comes to their portions, you should try to split their meals into two to 2-4 small meals across the day’s space. You should never want to free-feed them or feed them scraps of food either. It’s also important to know that this dog can suffer from bloat, and a slow feeder bowl might be beneficial to help them with their meal times.
To know more about the type of food and recommended portion size, you should speak to your vet. Many factors, like weight and health problems, might influence what they eat.
On average, they can grow up to 12-16inches/31-41cm and weigh between 20-30lbs/9-14kg.
If looked after well, this doodle can live for 12-15years.
As the Bassetooodle is known to be a wanderer, you must have constant supervision over them when they exercise. Ideally, you’ll want to keep them on a leash or let them exercise in an enclosed environment. Their energy levels are quite moderate and can be easily met through a daily walk or activities like fetch or jogging.
While the Bassetdoodle can be intelligent, they often inherit the stubborn nature from the Poodle parent. Therefore if you plan on training them, it takes a little bit of grit and consistency. Sometimes they can get distracted by their strong urge to smell things. So it’s best to start training them early with positive reinforcement and consistency.
As it can be unpredictable what coat the Bassetoodle inherits, you must stay on top of their grooming. First, you’ll want to brush their coat 2-3 times a week. If you stick to this routine, you’ll be bound to help remove any excess tangles or mats from their fur. Sometimes it’s also a good idea to take them to a professional groomer to get their coat clipped or stripped professionally.
Moreover, the Bassetoodle is known to have long ears, which means they can easily get infections. Therefore you’ll want to check their ears weekly for any odor, redness, or puss to see if they have an infection. You should also clean the outer parts of their ears with a cotton pad to remove any dirt.
Bassetoodle Health and Conditions
As this is a hybrid, the Bassetoodle generally does not suffer from too many health problems. If they do experience any health conditions, they’re usually inherited from the Poodle or Basset Hound. Their health problems are not common, and if they do, they might experience the following:
- Hip dysplasia
- Elbow dysplasia
- Luxating patella
- Ear infections
You must take your doodle to a vet for frequent checkups to rule out any of these health issues.
The Bassetoodle is a lovely breed to own if you have a family. However, if you’re looking for a needy dog that requires a lot of cuddles and love, they may not be for you.
While they love to share affection, they tend to do it differently and are not velcro dogs. Given this, they can be partial to separation anxiety, which means they do better when they have someone at home for most of the day. If you plan on owning one, you should ensure that your garden is well fenced as they love to follow their sense of smell and wander off.
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Marko is the founder and author at PoodleHQ, where he blends profound expertise with formal training in Animal Behavior and Canine Genetics. With multiple generations of poodles under his care, he’s a breed connoisseur, honored with the Canine Care Excellence Award and lauded by the International Pet Enthusiasts Association.