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- Average Size: Medium
- Average Lifespan: 8-12 years
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English Bully Basset Dog Breed Information
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The English Bully Basset is a cross between an English Bulldog and a Basset Hound. These dogs are affectionate, loving, and bond closely with their families. They also tend to be outgoing, social, and friendly.
Although the Bully Basset is not recognized by the American Kennel Club, they are recognized by other notable dog organizations. The American Canine Hybrid Club, Designer Dogs Kennel Club, and more all recognize the Bully Basset.
English Bully Bassets tend to have affectionate, charming, and sweet personalities. They tend to be easygoing dogs that are also playful. They tend to get along well with children and other dogs. They can have a high prey drive, so will need extra training and socialization with other small pets in the household.
They also tend to warm up quickly to strangers as long as they have been properly socialized. With the Basset Hound in the mix, a Bully Basset will have an instinct to howl. You may not be able to stop it completely in all situations, but you can train your dog to stop barking to keep it from becoming a nuisance.
Bully Bassets are moderately adaptable dogs. They do well in apartments as well as larger homes. As a brachycephalic breed, they are very sensitive to heat and can also be sensitive to the cold.
Because they bond so closely with their families, they do not like to be left alone for long periods of time. They also should not be let off-leash in open areas. With the Basset Hound nose, a Bully Basset may ignore recall commands in favor of following interesting smells.
Potential health concerns to be aware of in an English Bully Basset include patellar luxation, heart issues, tracheal hypoplasia, and glaucoma. Reputable breeders will be screening their dogs to prevent passing issues to puppies, so make sure you are asking about the health and genetic history of the parents.
Bully Bassets are relatively eager to please and thrive on praise, but they can be stubborn. This can be a challenge for first-time owners to handle alone, so puppy training classes are recommended.
Because there are many benefits of puppy training classes, they tend to be a good idea even if you don’t necessarily need them for training. Not only do they reinforce training to keep it consistent, but they also help you bond with your puppy and socialize them.
An English Bully Basset will have a short coat that sheds moderately year-round. They will need brushing a few times a week and the occasional bath. You will also need to clean their face wrinkles. It also wouldn’t hurt to have a drool cloth because this dog has a tendency to drool.
In addition to coat care, you will also need to take care of your Bully Basset’s nails, ears, and teeth. Nail trimming once or twice monthly keeps nails from growing too long. Weekly ear checks with careful cleanings as needed can help prevent ear infections. Daily brushing or use of an enzyme toothpaste can help prevent painful dental diseases later in life.
The Bully Basset has moderate exercise needs. Usually, daily walks and playtime throughout the day are enough. As a brachycephalic dog breed, they are prone to overheating, so you do want to make sure you keep an eye on them.
There are plenty of safe ways to exercise flat-faced dogs. After all, plenty of brachycephalic breeds compete in dog sports. Breaking up activity into shorter bursts throughout the day is a good way to make sure this dog gets enough exercise without overdoing it.
Fully-grown Bully Bassets usually stand 12-16 inches tall and weigh 40-60 pounds.
English Bully Bassets generally live for 8-12 years on average.
The English Bully Basset is also called a Bully Basset or a Bullet.