As the name suggests, when you mix a basset hound with a pug you get what is known as a ‘bassugg’! The pug basset hound mix is quite a popular hybrid dog amongst dog lovers.
Read on to get the low-down on this pug hound mix.
Pug Hound Mix Statistics
- Here are the basics on the adult bassugg dog, at a glance:
- Height – 6 to 10 inches at the shoulder.
- Weight – 12 to 20 pounds.
- Lifespan – 12 to 15 years.
- Temperament – Sweet, loyal, intelligent, playful.
- Best Suited For – singles, seniors, families with kids, apartment dwellers.
- Group – the pug is a companion dog and the basset hound is a member of the hound group. The pug basset hound mix is not a member of a particular group because of its hybrid status.
What Is This Pug Hound Mix All About?
The pug basset hound mix combines the sweetness of both the pug and the basset hound, resulting in an affectionate and lovable dog.
The bassugg dog is just one of those dogs that you just wanna cuddle up to! Their big brown basset eyes and adorable little pug body are just scrumptious!
Who Should Own A Bassugg Dog?
Anyone who wants a companion will benefit from welcoming this cute little pug hound mix into their lives. The pug basset hound mix thrives on human company, especially for seniors who would like a smaller dog to care for or families with kids who are looking for a best friend. They are easy enough to care for to be suitable for first-time dog owners. But they are not the right dog for people who are not home much. They need that attention and time from their owner.
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The Basset Hound’s Story
Let’s take a look at the Basset Hound, to help us understand the little bassugg dog. It is thought that the basset hound was bred from the Ardennes Hound. Which was brought to Britain in 1066 during the Norman invasion of Britain. This dog was used to hunt. The basset hound is recorded as far back as 1500. By the 1800s, this breed was called the ‘badger hunter’. In an attempt to make the breed larger, Bloodhound bloodlines were introduced later on. It has been recognized by the American Kennel Club since 1885.
What Do I Feed A Bassugg?
One and a half to two and a half cups of good-quality dry kibble, spread over two to three meals per day, is recommended for this pug hound mix. The type of food you choose should reflect their age too – puppy, adult, or senior. Given that both the basset hound and the pug are short and stocky, you need to be careful they do not get too fat!
Pug Basset Hound Exercise
Like all dogs, this hound should enjoy daily walkies. They will also benefit from indoor playtime, to keep them bonded to you and mentally stimulated. Just be sure you do not walk them in very hot weather, because of their pug genes which make it hard for them to breathe and stay cool. And in cold weather, their short legs may make walking through wet and snow unpleasant for them, so be mindful of this. Keep boredom at bay with a new walking route, a new toy, or a new play-date buddy, since they are good with other dogs!
Both of the breeds that make up this mix are smart dogs. The main issue with their training comes down to motivation. And this can make potty training a little tricky. Just be patient and persistent with them. They are prone to being lazy, just so you are aware!
Temperament Of This Pug Hound Mix
This dog is pretty low-maintenance, plus they are friendly and lovable. Simply put, they make magnificent companions! Both pugs and basset hounds are well known for their loving nature, and this hybrid dog is no different. In other words, owners describe this dog as being “laid-back” and “gentle”. They do get on well with other pets, and they are also good with strangers (so no, they are not guard dogs!) And do not leave them home alone, for they will fret and become sad.
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Other Bassugg Behaviors To Be Aware Of
This breed does not bark a great deal, but they will make you aware if there is anything scary going on (like thunder.) This dog aims to please its owner, but if neglected then it will resort to destructive actions to get your attention, such as chewing up your favorite shoes!
Pug Hound Mix Grooming Advice
Both pugs and basset hounds have short coats, and so does the bassugg. Their hair is generally soft and silky. Their coats come in a range of colors. One of the most popular colors is a tan body with black around the face (like a pug.) You may also see this dog with an all-black coat, or a coat with white and tan patches, like the basset hound. They do shed quite a bit, so be prepared to find little hairs on your clothing!
Pug Basset Hound Health Issues
Whilst this hybrid dog is fairly healthy, they are prone to a few conditions due to their parentage.
The first thing to remember is to keep their weight down with a calorie-controlled diet and regular walks.
Basset hounds are prone to lameness in their forelegs, cysts on their feet, gastric torsion (twisted stomach), otitis externa (inflamed ear canals), glaucoma, intervertebral disc disease, and von Willebrand disease (a blood-clotting disorder.)
Pugs are prone to respiratory problems due to their pushed-in faces. They struggle in the heat because of this. They can also get infections in their skin folds if they are not kept clean and dry.
The Takeaway On The Bassugg
If you decide to bring one of these pug hound mixes into your home, you will have a sweet and playful friend for life. Just be sure to socialize your puppy from a young age, and supervise them around children, who may be tempted to turn on their big ears and skin folds.
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Family Dog Expert Author
Hi there! I’m Stuart, a devoted dog lover and family dog expert with over a decade of experience working with our furry companions. My passion for dogs drives me to share my knowledge and expertise, helping families build strong, loving bonds with their four-legged friends. When I’m not writing for SirDoggie, you’ll find me hiking, playing with my beautiful dog, or studying music.