Bascottie

He is not recognized by the F.C.I.

Origin
Great Britain -> U.S.A.
Translation
Francis Vandersteen

A brief presentation of the Bascottie

The Bascottie, although it looks like an Italian cookie, is a hybrid between a Basset Hound and a Scottish Terrier. The Bascottie gets most of its looks and other qualities from its Scottish Terrier parent, but inherits its solid-legged, ground-hugging look from its Basset Hound parent. The Bascottie is an active, outgoing dog that is very agile given its stature and long body. They are excellent with other dogs and will treat the cat like family if socialized early. They generally have a black, curly coat, but are also known for their beige, white and brindle coloring.

History of the Bascottie

The Bascottie is a hybrid of the Basset Hound and the Scottish Terrier. The hybrid is a modern breed and has no history outside its parent breeds. Most characters and physical traits reflect the Scottish Terrier, whose roots go far back in history. Today, the Bascottie looks more like a Scottish Terrier than a Basset Hound, but you can't mistake this hybrid's sturdy short legs for the quintessential Basset Hound legs.
        

A little of the Basset Hound

        
The Basset Hound originated in France and was probably a short-legged mutation of the Chien de Saint-Hubert known today as the Bloodhound. Bred deliberately as a curiosity for aristocrats, after the French Revolution the common people discovered that they could follow the Basset Hound on foot during a hunt. This fact gave these gentle, sad creatures a position among the breeds of hunting companions.
Standard of the Basset Hound

A little of the Scottish Terrier

The ancestor of the Scottish Terrier, the long-extinct Scotch Terrier, was first described in 55 BC by the Romans, identifying the little dogs as agile hunters who went to ground after their quarry. The Romans named these dogs Terrarii, which is Latin for earth workers. For several centuries, the Terrier group lived and thrived as land dogs in Scotland and England, also making their way to France and parts of Germany. By the 1800s, the Scottish Terrier was firmly established as a small wire-haired Terrier of the Skye group, which differed from the smooth-haired Terriers of England.
Standard of the Scottish Terrier

Appearance of the Bascottie

The Bascottie is a small to medium-sized hybrid between the Basset Hound and the Scottish Terrier. Your Bascottie will develop Scottish Terrier-like characteristics with a wiry, generally black coat and can be difficult to distinguish from the Scottish Terrier breed. However, the ears are slightly larger and set lower on the head, and the nose is a little larger than Scottish Terriers. Scottish Terriers are low to the ground but in proportion to their body size, whereas the Basset Hound's stature is exaggerated. The Bascottie maintains the exaggerated look with sturdy legs and a slightly longer body than the Scottish Terrier. A Bascottie's tail is carried level with the back and can curve slightly, but it can also stand straight when the dog is excited, just like its Scottish Terrier relative.

Temperament of the Bascottie

Although not particularly suspicious of strangers, the Bascottie will size up newcomers and quickly form an opinion. Showing respect and remaining cheerful is the best way to approach a Bascottie, since Scottish Terriers are sensitive to human emotions. This hybrid is intelligent but can sometimes be slightly stubborn. The Basset Hound parent means the Bascottie can respond well to food-based reward training, but Scottish Terriers are better known for their independence and your Bascottie can do as he pleases.

Needs and activities of the Bascottie

The Bascottie has a high-energy temperament, like its Scottish Terrier relative, and is often serious. They can be vocal and opinionated when upset, but are not known for long barking. The Basset Hound parent adds a more homogenous character to the Bascottie, as well as a love of children and other animals. The Bascottie needs human companionship, but doesn't like to be teased or play rough games regardless of its agile nature, so older children who know how to interact with dogs are better suited to this hybrid.

Maintenance of the Bascottie

A Bascottie's double coat means that the longer hairs don't shed as often. Regular brushing will keep this hybrid looking and feeling good, and a variety of brushes should be used every week. Stiff brushes, dog gloves and wide-tooth combs are ideal grooming accessories you can use to keep the coat healthy. The Bascottie, although related to the drooling Basset Hound, is not known for drooling and its clean coat prevents it from developing doggy odors. Basset Hounds have large ears, but the Bascottie's ears are considerably smaller. Despite their small size, it's still a good idea to clean your Bascottie's ears with a vet-approved solution once a week to remove dirt, wax and debris.

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