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Kidadl Team

AUGUST 05, 2021

Pawfect Facts About The Bassador Dog Kids Will Love

Bassador facts, a crossbreed of Basset Hound and Labrador Retriever.

Are you planning to bring home a Bassador? Are you wondering if it will be a good family pet or what its temperament is like or if it requires high maintenance, or what health conditions it suffers from? Our in-depth article will answer all your questions so that you can bring this wonderful dog home with a clear mind.

The Bassadors are considered designer dogs or mixed breed dogs. This breed is a crossbreed between a Basset Hound and a Labrador Retriever. The Bassador is dutiful, athletic, has high energy levels like a Basset Hound, and is friendly, loyal, intelligent, active like a Labrador Retriever. It gets its low-lying, short legs from the Basset Hound, whereas its head and ears may resemble a Labrador Retriever. Depending on the colors of their parents, Bassadors come in a variety of colors and are named accordingly as chocolate Bassador, yellow Bassador, white Bassador, black Bassador, and so on. This Basset-Labrador Retriever mix can also have different colored patterns on their coats depending on the color of their parent's dog breed group.

Read on to know more about the breed-specific traits of this dog breed. If you are a dog lover, you might find our contents on the Chow Lab mix and Labrador Retriever interesting.

Bassador Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a Bassador?

The Bassador is a mixed dog breed. The parent breeds include the Basset Hounds and Labrador Retrievers. A Bassador is a good friendly dog and hence makes an excellent family pet.

What class of animal does a Bassador belong to?

This Basset Hound-Labrador Retriever mix dog breed belongs to the class Mammalia. Like other mammals, it gives birth to young ones and feeds them on its milk till they are a few months old.

How many Bassadors are there in the world?

The exact number of Bassadors across the globe is unknown. But it is a very popular dog breed globally, especially in North America. Because of its popularity, many breeders are breeding these dogs, and hence the numbers are believed to be huge in numbers.

Where does a Bassador live?

A Bassador prefers to live in houses with big yards and open spaces. They require space to run and move around, and small crowded apartments can make them quite cranky.

What is a Bassador's habitat?

The thick, dense and short coat of a Bassador generally helps it tolerate cold and hot climates without any adverse health conditions. But sometimes, it can become restless if the weather is too hot and may require frequent hydration and need to be under a shade. They have good energy levels and hence require daily exercises like walks, running, and fetching. Because of their exercise needs, they do not do well in cramped apartments, and on the other hand, a house with a medium-sized fenced yard will be ideal for its growth and development.

Who do Bassadors live with?

A Bassador lives with its owners in their house. They are friendly towards strangers and children but may not be so friendly with other dogs and pets at home due to their strong prey drive. Early training and socialization are keys to make sure they get along with other animals at home.

How long does a Bassador live?

The Bassador dog breeds have a lifespan of 10-12 years. These dog breeds generally keep good health and do not have any significant health concerns. A proper diet, exercise, and regular health check-ups can help the Basset Hound- Labrador Retriever mix lead a healthy life.

How do they reproduce?

The Bassadors reproduce by sexual reproduction. During the first phase of the reproduction cycle, the vulva of the female swells up, and it starts to attract the male Bassador dog. During the second phase, the bench becomes ready for mating. In the third phase, the bench discharge decreases. In the fourth phase, the females' vulva comes back to its original shape, and it does not allow any further mating. The gestation period for this Basset Hound and Labrador Retriever mix is about 60-64 days. This Bassador breed gives birth to a litter of 6-10 puppies after this period. This mixed breed dog should ideally litter once a year, and frequent breeding may lead to many health issues.

What is their conservation status?

The IUCN Red List has put this dog under the Not Evaluated category. It is a domestic dog that doesn't have any natural predators, and breeders breed it as many humans prefer it as a pet. As there is no worry about its population being decreased, this Basset Hound-Labrador Retriever mix has not been evaluated to be put under any other category under the IUCN Red List.

Bassador Fun Facts

What do Bassadors look like?

A Bassador gets its looks from both the parent breeds. It is a short, muscular, low-lying dog breed with short legs. This Basset Lab mix has average height: 13-20 in, weight: 45-70 lb, life span: 10-12 years. The Bassador's body is longer than it is tall, and a female is usually shorter and lighter than its male counterpart. The ears appear to be long, and the muzzle is thin, and the head structure usually looks like a Lab Retriever. Depending on the parent's coat color, Bassadors come in a variety of colors and patterns, like a white coat with patches of brown or black and a brown coat with patches of white. A black Bassador is the most popular and in-demand colored dog compared to all the other Bassador types.

The Bassador has a low to the ground body like a Basset Hound breed and a short, dense, varied colored coat like Lab Retriever breed.

How cute are they?

These Bassador dogs look very cute with their short legs and long low-lying bodies. They get the best traits from both the parents and hence come in different beautiful colors and patterns. They look very adorable with their expressive eyes and cute manners.

How do they communicate?

Like any other dog, they communicate via barking or body gestures. They may whine, growl, scream or sigh, depending on their emotional mood. They have different types of barks to communicate their different needs. They may use body gestures like the wagging of tails, licking, sniffing around to express their happiness or alertness. Sometimes they might use facial expressions to communicate with the owners and may also use pheromones or scents to communicate with other dogs.

How big is a Bassador?

A Bassador is a medium-sized dog, and its height ranges from 13-20 in. A female Bassador is slightly shorter than a male.

How fast can a Bassador run?

The exact speed with which a Bassador dog runs is unknown. But its parent breed Basset Hound can run at a speed of 5-10 mph, and Labrador Retriever can run at a speed of 25-30 mph. So it is believed that a Bassadors' speed would be somewhere between them. Moreover, the speed also depends on which traits are more dominant in Bassador, Basset Hound traits, or Lab Retriever traits.

How much does a Bassador weigh?

The average weight of this Basset Hound and Labrador mix ranges between 45-70 lb. They have a weight gain tendency, and hence a daily exercise would make sure they do not suffer from any health concerns related to obesity. A male Bassador dog is slightly heavier than a female Bassador dog.

What are their male and female names of the species?

There are no gender-specific names for the Bassador dog breed. The male Bassador is known as a dog or sire or a stud, whereas a female Bassador dog is known as a bitch, dame, or bench. If you want to name your Bassador some popular names to consider would be Lucy, Buddy, Duke, Gus, Penny, Charlie, and Bella.

What would you call a baby Bassador?

The babies of the Bassador are known as Bassador puppies. These mixed-breed dogs can give birth to 6-10 puppies at a time. Since it is a mixed breed, the Bassador mix puppy can either take up the traits of Basset Hound parent or Lab parent. Even the puppies from the same litter can come in various colors and patterns. If Basset Hounds are mixed with a yellow Lab Retriever, the Bassador puppy will have a white coat with brown, black, or yellow patches. If Basset Hounds are bred with a Black Lab Retriever, then the Bassador puppy could be a mix of black, white, brown, and yellow.

What do they eat?

A Bassador is an omnivore which means it can eat food of both plant and animal origin. It requires high-quality, well-balanced dog food and fresh water to drink. A Bassador ideally requires four to five cups of dog food per day divided into two meals per day. It tends to eat more and a tendency of weight gain, so it becomes very important not to overfeed it. Bassador puppies require high-energy puppy feed for proper growth and development.

Are they slobbery?

Yes, Bassador dogs drool a lot. If you are a person who doesn't like to be covered in drool spots, then this dog is not for you. On a scale of one to five, Bassadors can be kept at four for their drooling tendency.

Would they make a good pet?

Bassadors are good friendly dogs and hence will make a perfect pet. It has a strong prey drive, but if you get the puppy at a very young age and start its training with positive reinforcement, it can easily socialize with other pets. They are easy to train and do not require much grooming and are suitable for novice owners. Because of their energy level, they would require 30-60 minutes of daily exercise, and if you are a person who leads an active lifestyle, then this is the dog for you.

Did you know...

Bassadors are heavy shedders, especially during the fall and spring seasons. Hence constant grooming and combing are required to keep tabs on the shedding levels.

Bassadors, on average, sleep for about 12-14 hours per day.

Bassador dogs are office-friendly, meaning they can adjust themselves very well in the office environment.

The Bassador is not recognized by the American Kennel Club or the FCI.

Having your own Bassador

If you plan to get a Bassador, make sure you get it from an established breeder. An established breeder will have the health history of the parent breeds (Basset Hound and Lab Retriever) and the health and immunization records of the Bassador as well. But the Bassador from a good breeder may cost anywhere between $700-$1500. Alternatively, getting your dog from a shelter or rescue home will be much cheaper. One thing to remember before you get this dog is that it has good energy levels and would require at least 30-60 minutes of a daily walk, jog, play, swim, or other kinds of exercises for optimum health. If a Bassador doesn't get its daily dose of exercise, it becomes quite restless and destructive. If you are a person with an inactive lifestyle, it is better not to get this dog.

Temperament and health problems

As far as the Bassador temperament is concerned, it is known to be a friendly, loyal and outgoing dog. They are sensitive, affectionate, playful, high-energy level intelligent dogs that can become good companions for people leading an active and healthy lifestyle. They are wary of strangers, have a strong prey drive, and are protective about their territories. This aggression in them can be controlled by early socialization and training at the puppy stage.

Bassadors do not suffer from any significant health problems. Some of the Bassador health problems include Bassador ear problems, dermatitis, hip dysplasia, glaucoma, back problems, and cancer, which are common to all dogs.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other mammals including the Pyrenean Mastiff, or silken windhound.

You can even occupy yourself at home by drawing one on our bassador dog coloring pages.

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