Baskimo

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

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

A brief presentation of the Baskimo

The Baskimo is a hybrid of the Basset Hound and the American Eskimo Dog. In appearance, this hybrid inherits a substantial amount of its appearance from its Basset Hound parent, but although the body of this hybrid is slightly longer than it is tall, it is generally more compact than other Basset Hound hybrids. The Baskimo's coloring can vary, and the length of the hair will vary from medium to coarse to long and silky, depending on the predominant parent. However, most Baskimos tend to resemble their Basset Hound parent.

History of the Baskimo

The Baskimo is a new hybrid mix for the 21st century. The Baskimo is currently recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club, the Designer Dogs Kennel Club, the Dog Registry of America and the International Designer Canine Registry. Little is known about the current hybrid, but the Basset Hound and American Eskimo Dog have colorful stories to share with the new mix.
        

A little of the American Eskimo Dog

        
The American Eskimo Dog is neither American nor Eskimo, and believes it belongs to the Northern Spitz family, which lived in Germany as the German Spitz before coming to America in the 20th century. Anti-German sentiment after WWI and throughout WWII forced a name change on the German Spitz, which became affectionately known as the American Eskimo, or Eskie. The kennel that most prominently bred American Eskimo Dogs is thought to have lent its name, the American Eskimo Dog Kennel.
Presentation of the American Eskimo Dog

A little of the Basset Hound

Basset Hounds, with their distinctive short legs and large heads, were bred in France as hunting dogs in the late 1500s. The word Basset was recorded in a French text written in the 16th century, although the breed was developed by the friars of the Abbey of Saint-Hubert in northern France. The idea was to breed dogs that could follow hunters on foot. According to the American Kennel Club, the word Basset when referring to a breed of dog derives from the French adjective bas meaning low or dwarf thing. Bloodhounds are probably part of their ancestry, and they have a very keen sense of smell. Hunters used them to stalk rabbits, foxes, pheasants, deer and badgers, but they were also used to hunt larger animals such as wild boar and wolves. They were prized for being low enough to follow the scent of prey under brush in thick forests, but were bred more for endurance than speed. Fred, the cartoon dog who has appeared in the Daily Mail for over 50 years and under different names in some 200 newspapers worldwide, is one of the most famous Basset Hounds. The breed is sometimes referred to as the Hush puppy.
Standard of the Basset Hound

Appearance of the Baskimo

The Baskimo generally resembles the Basset Hound in terms of coloring and coat, and will have short, coarse hair. However, some Baskimos can resemble their American Eskimo Dog relatives. A Baskimo's head is round and has a long muzzle with large, almond-shaped eyes that can appear sad. A Baskimo's ears are large and floppy, like the Basset Hound. Unlike other Basset Hound hybrids, the Baskimo is not as exaggerated in body length thanks to the compact size of the American Eskimo Dog. Its legs also range from a short, sturdy Basset Hound style to a slightly more delicate short look. Nevertheless, the Baskimo is a low to the ground hybrid.

Temperament of the Baskimo

The Baskimo gets along very well with other dogs, especially given the Basset Hound's pack-like traits. The American Eskimo Dog softens this hybrid for non-dog company, as with cats. Baskimos can be slightly wary of strangers, but early socialization will help develop their friendship with unfamiliar, non-threatening people. Energy levels in the Baskimo tend to follow those of the Basset Hound parent and will be lower with less intensity. However, these easy-to-train, eager-to-please hybrids still need their daily exercise to keep their minds sharp and their bodies healthy.

Needs and activities of the Baskimo

The Baskimo is a friendly, intelligent hybrid that's eager to please, thanks to its American Eskimo Dog parent. Any stubbornness you find in your Baskimo certainly comes from the Basset Hound parent, but the Baskimo is considered an outgoing, loving and easy-to-train hybrid. When it comes to children, the Baskimo is a remarkably patient and affectionate companion. The hybrid's robust nature enables it to withstand daily interactions with children, but teaching your children to respect and care for their dog is just as important.

Maintenance of the Baskimo

Being the offspring of two non-hypoallergenic breeds, the Baskimo is not hypoallergenic and is considered an average excreter. Depending on which parent this hybrid's coat resembles, you may need to brush them more than once a week. Otherwise, weekly brushing with a stiff brush and a dog glove will help remove dead and loose hairs and keep your Baskimo beautiful and odor-free. These dogs aren't known for developing doggy odor, but regular brushing will help clean and distribute Baskimo's natural oils. While brushing your Baskimo's coat, also check the ears and remove any accumulated wax, dirt or debris with a veterinarian-approved cleaning solution. The Baskimo can develop ear infections due to the soft ear style of its Basset Hound parent.

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