Q: Jack Russell/Basset hound mix question?
My husband and I want to get a dog. Someone we know has a dog that is giving birth to a litter of puppies that are a mix of Jack Russells and Basset Hounds, and before we end up bringing one of them home, I want to find out as much as I can about this particular breed, especailly about common medical issues and average lifespan. I haven't been able to find much online, so I thought I would try here.
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Answer by Stephen Johns
Two totally different breeds with VERY different temperaments. Who knows what you will get? Jack Russells are hyper and bark a lot and Bassetts are very laid back and howl.
Answer by Harry
Just to be clear--this is not a "breed". This is a hybrid that will have a mix of both breeds' traits.
They'll probably have a longer body and be relatively small. Jack Russells are terriers and like to dig, Bassets are hounds and like to bay (which is like loud barking). It could be energetic or a cuddlebug or both.
I think that that mix should be okay, and I know that people on here will say things like "go to a shelter" or "backyard breeder" but at least you're doing your part to keep those puppies out of a shelter. Just be cautious and make sure neither parent dog has any genetic illnesses that could be passed down to the pups.
Answer by Sydney
Jack russels can be very active and bark alot... Bassets can be very calm, but DO howl. make sure you are fine with both of these traits... also Bassets shouldnt jump up and down from furnature because it is bad for their long back.... So if you want a dog to jump up on the couch with you.. you should either find a new breed or Lift the dog up. I have heard that the hounds can have a strange scent but i have not smelled it first hand.
Answer by Ocimom
Its NOT a breed - its a mutt. Nothing is predictable about any kind of mutt. You read up on both breeds separately and get an idea of things to expect. Backyard breeders don't test their dogs for genetic problems and the dogs are pet quality - so expect a lot of future medical problems and probably behavior problems too.
You can't predict how this mutt will act, growth, temperament, etc.
Answer by Zoe
Basset Hounds are an extremely stubborn breed, but laid back, non aggressive.
Great with children and generally good with other dogs.
They do require daily exercise.
Because of their stubbornness they can be hard to house break.
Not the most playful of breeds, but like to chase.
Affectionate dogs, quiet (but noisy when needed to be) But keep an eye out. They are hunters, if there are rabbits, squirrels near where you live ALWAYS keep him on a lead; otherwise you will lose him.
Be careful of the Bassets back, the spine is long and delicate and easily damaged.
Make sure your yard is very secure, bassets will dig to chase smaller animals (rabbits, squirrels ect)
Bassets live for food and will beg like they are starved! Use food when training them (if you're lucky to even get him to sit!)
Brushing several times a week
Mouth/face needs to be kept clean at all times also wrinkles need to be cleaned
Howl and bay when bored.
Heavy shedding (yes, even though he's shorthaired!)
Running away, oblivious to your calls, when an interesting scent catches his attention
Slowness to learn and an independent "what's in it for me?" attitude toward training
bone and joint problems, ear problems, and skin diseases.(because of bad breeding practices, long body and ears)
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JACK RUSSELL TERRIER
This breed can also be very stubborn, but they love to perform! They can be very assertive and wont do well in a restricted life style - they NEED exercise or aggression can be a big problem.
Energy levels can be overwhelming for some people.
Need a firm leader, or they will train you
Escape artist (need a secure yard, they can climb walls)
Bold and fearless - they will confront any dog when threatened, no matter how much bigger the other dog is.
Bark, dig and scent follow a lot!
Gentle with children, however they do not tolerate the basic level of abuse, from anyone! (tugging ears, tail ect is a BIG no no)
Can become protective/possessive of family members)
Average to train
Shred a lot. drop fur all year round
Will need to be brushed several times a week to get any loose hair (or it goes on your carpet)
Very few health problems, unspoiled breed
However they are some problems that JRT can suffer from:
Hereditary Cataracts - Although canine cataracts has been found in a few Russells, very few registered terriers have shown any sign of this condition.
Primary Lens Luxation - Lens Luxation is when the lens of the eye becomes displaced. Pain comes suddenly and intensely...and blindness rapidly ensues. Without surgery, and that right soon, the blindness will become permanent.
It is more common in smaller Jack Russell types but not so much among registered Russells.
Patella Luxation - It's dislocated kneecaps which causes a three-legged hop for a step or two (caused by hopping and leaping around - JRT do a lot)
Cryptorchidism - only effects male dogs.
Legg-Calve Perthes: - This condition concerns the partial disintegration of the femoral head - can correct its self
Ataxia - muscle or limb disorder, leads to a an uncoordinated gait.
Myasthenia Gravis - weakens motor nerves
BASSET HOUND: expected life span for a well-bred and well-cared-for Basset Hound is 10 to 14 years with an average of 12 years.
JACK RUSSELL: The average life span is about 15 years, usually a little longer in the miniature, but many JRT's live into their late teens and beyond. My father had a JRT who lived to be 23 years old before dying from old age.
Hope this didn't put you off too much!
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