A Bassador Is A Cross Between A Basset Hound And A Labrador Retriever
On the face of it, a Bassador comes across as a very pleasant type of cross breed.
Lets look at the individual traits of the two parent breeds.
The name Basset comes from the French word "bas", which means low with the -et added to the end of the word, together meaning "rather low" which describes this dog to a tee.
This dog was bred as a hunting dog, used to hunt burrowing animals like foxes and rabbits.
The breed is known as a friendly happy breed and is normally a good family pet. These dogs are not aggressive and get along well with small children.
They are known for their individual characters. When I was growing up in Botswana, my parents owned a black lab and about two blocks from their home lived a brown Basset.
These two made friends, and everyday the Basset would come to visit. She would sit outside our gate with our Lab on our side, and the Basset would make talking sounds continuously for about an hour then she would go home.
The next day she would be back and the same routine would be followed. This went on for years, I always wondered what they were communicating to each other.
These dogs are lazy dogs and will quite happily lie around the house all day doing pretty much nothing. This however does not mean that they do not need exercise, they do, just not as much as most dogs do.
They come in a large variety of colors although brown and white seem to be the most common.
The biggest health problem to lookout for is their ears. If their ears drag in their food and water, and do not get the chance to dry off properly they are capable of developing chronic and potentially fatal ear diseases.
Their eyes are also a problem as they tend to droop quite a bit and dirt gets in. If this is not cleaned then infections can set in.
Somehow they just have a way of making people smile, and that has got to be good.
I am not going to waste too much time discussing the Lab, as this site is dedicated to it, all you need to do is go to any of the pages that discuss their temperament to get details. Suffice it to say that I consider this breed to be the perfect companion in almost all respects.
Lets look at what we can be reasonably sure of when we cross these two breeds.
Firstly we will get a friendly non aggressive dog that fits in well with families with small children.
After that there is really not a lot that we can count on. Labs are energetic dogs, Bassets are not so much. This cross could end up anywhere in between.
On the looks front, one breed has very short legs with very long ears. the other has longer legs and shorter ears so once again this cross could be anywhere in between.
Other than the fact that the dog will be a good companion and a safe and friendly family pet, it would be almost impossible to predict where it would fit into the differing idiosyncrasies of its parents.
There is no doubt the Bassador could be a very interesting pet to own.
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