The Basset Shepherd is a designer dog, developed by crossing two of the most alert, intelligent and sturdy breeds… the Basset Hound and German Shepherd. Deriving the physical traits from both the parents, it inherits the Basset’s longish body and short legs, and takes after the German Shepherd in terms of its long, square muzzle, lively, expressive intelligent, brown eyes as well a black and tan hue.
|Coat||Mostly double coat like the German shepherd (Dense and thick)|
|Color||Black, brindle, tan|
|Average lifespan/ life expectancy||Approximately 10 years|
|Size (How big do they get)||Medium|
|Height||12 to 20 inches|
|Weight||50 to 70 lbs|
|Litter size||4 to 8 puppies|
|Behavioral Characteristics||Intelligent, brave, fearless, even-tempered and loyal|
|Good with children||Yes|
|Do they bark||Might take after its parents’ trait, generating a long baying bark in times of danger or even when bored.|
|Shedding (Does it shed)||Moderate to heavy|
|Competitive Registration Qualification/Information||DRA|
Obedient, intelligent, affectionate, and loyal like both its parents, they excel as amazing house pets. In some of them, you could also see the clownish instincts of the Basset Hound, keeping everyone in the house fully entertained.
The Basset Hound German Shepherd mix is famed for its guarding skills and watchdog instincts all because of its alert, brave and courageous nature. This trait, therefore, makes them wary of strangers, compelling them to intimate their masters the moment they see any intruder trespassing into their domain or territory.
They also have a good rapport with kids, though parental supervision is needed with the little ones. It gets along well with other dogs and cats, especially when brought up with them. However, you might even notice the German Shepherd’s predatory instinct in some of them, inclined to chase anything moving.
Though its intelligence is a boon for training, it could at times be difficult to handle and show the stubbornness and strong-willed nature of its parents.
Good quality dry dog food is essential to keep it in good health. If you are adding homemade food to its diet, make sure you consult the vet regarding the same.