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The Bassador is a mongrel dog, a cross between the Basset Hound and Labrador retriever breeds. Loyal, sometimes headstrong and always sniffing, these puppies inherit some of the best traits from both of their parents.

Ambassadors go by various names, such as Basset Lab, Basador, and sometimes even Bassetdor. Despite their designer breed status, you can find these mixed breed dogs in shelters and rescues, so remember to adopt. Do not buy.

Ambassadors come from two very different parents, so their perfect life situation will depend on each dog. In general, Bassadors love attention, especially from their favorite person, and they will need to live in a place with plenty of room to roam. If you want a very unique looking dog that is loyal to the end, the Bassador might be the dog for you.

 

More about this breed of dog

Highlights

The Bassador is a mixed breed dog. They are not purebreds like their Basset Hound or Labrador retriever parents. Bassadors can come in a variety of colors and patterns. If they have a yellow Lab parent, their coat may contain more yellow. If they have a black Lab parent, their coat may be blacker. They can also have colors from their Basset Hound parent, including white, brown, and black.

Many ambassadors have thick fur that protects them in hot or cold weather, although they tend to shed a lot. Ambassadors’ temperaments can vary greatly depending on whether they are more like their Lab or Basset Hound parent. They are generally sociable and affectionate. They can chase smaller pets, although with proper training, socialization, and slow introductions, they can get along well with other animals.

 

History

The Bassador mixed breed may have existed naturally over the years, but designer breeders began intentionally mixing Basset Hounds and Labrador Retrievers in the late 1990s or 2000s, probably in North America. Once breeders saw the demand for this unusual-but adorable-looking dog!

Since the Basset Hound and the Labrador retriever are so different dogs, breeders likely don’t create Bassadors for a certain aesthetic; even puppies from the same Bassadors litter can look completely opposite! Consider adopting if you decide that this is the breed for you.

 

Size

As the Bassador is a relatively new breed, there are few standards when it comes to size. That said, as a mix between Basset Hound and Labrador retriever parents, you can expect Bassadors to be on the medium to large side.

Most Bassadors weigh between 45 and 70 pounds, and range in height from 13 to 20 inches at the shoulder. Ambassador enthusiasts often describe their Basset Hound and Labrador retriever mixes as excellent companion animals. They love being around their favorite humans and do not tolerate being left home alone for long.

 

Personality

In general, the Bassador is outgoing and friendly. However, if your Bassador is more of a Basset Hound than a Labrador retriever, he may be a bit more reserved around strangers. Of course, early socialization and training can help any Bassador be more sociable.

Both the Labrador retriever and the Basset Hound have relatively strong prey drives. If you have cats or other animals at home, it may be necessary to train them to be friendly with your Bassador.

 

Health

The Bassador breed is predisposed to some of the same conditions that the Basset Hound and Labrador retriever also face. Although most are generally healthy, some may be prone to some health problems, so good care and regular vet check-ups are important.

 

Some of the more common health problems that Bassadors suffer from include:

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Back injuries
  • Glaucoma
  • Swelling
  • Care

As with all dogs, you should keep your Bassador regular veterinary check-ups to catch any health problems early. Your vet can help you develop a grooming routine that will keep your dog healthy.

Bassadors are prone to gaining weight, and their energy levels can vary from dog to dog; some have the highest energy of a Labrador retriever, while others prefer to take it easy like a Basset Hound. Make sure your dog takes at least a good half to an hour long walk a day, with some active play sessions and other shorter walks. Long-eared ambassadors will need extra care for their ears to prevent infection. Trim your dog’s nails before they get too long, usually once or twice a month. They must not hit the ground. Your hairdresser can help you with this. Also be sure to brush your Bassador’s teeth daily.

 

Children and other pets

Bassadors can be amazing family pets if they inherit the outgoing nature of the Labrador retriever. Still, it’s important to make sure children learn to interact with your Bassador to ensure that everyone, including your Bassador, is safe.

Since they have a higher prey drive, Bassadors can be prone to chasing other pets, such as cats. A slow introduction and supervised socialization should help your Bassador get along with the other animals in your household. As the Bassador demands a lot of attention, it may also prefer to be the only pet in the house.

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