Last Updated on July 14, 2022 by Cristina
Two-breed designer crosses are pretty common nowadays but what about something like a Beagle Basset Dachshund mix – what exactly is that cross? Are tri-dog crosses even made and how? And what can you even expect from such a cross, isn’t such a dog just considered a “mutt”? Let’s find out below.
What Is The Beagle Basset Dachshund Mix?
If you’re looking for a concrete answer on the breeding of Beagle Basset Dachshund mix dogs, that, we can’t give. In reality, this tri-cross isn’t something that’s often done on purpose unless a certain breeder is experimenting and tries to find a new breed with interesting and beneficial characteristics. It’s possible that some breeders do this to create a new scent hound breed for hunting while others look for new pet breeds.
Either way, to make a tri-breed cross, a breeder would need to first cross two of the breeds and then cross the third with their offspring. So, the first generation would be 50/50 Beagle/Dachshund, Beagle/Basset, or Basset/Dachshund. Then, the second would be a 25/25/50 mix with the third breed.
Depending on what the breeder has been trying to achieve, they may try to cross the dogs in a different order or go beyond second-gen to try for a cross other than 25/25/50.
What Does All Of This Mean For You, However?
Well, if you’re looking for a hunting dog, then all three of the parent breeds in this cross are phenomenal scent hounds so we’d have to assume that any cross between them would fit that description as well. We already know that the three two-breed crosses between Beagles, Basset hounds, and Dachshunds are great hunters, so a further mixing between them wouldn’t change that.
And if you’re looking for a pet, the same pretty much applies. All three of these purebred dogs make for great family pets, as do all three of their two-breed designer crosses. So, if you make a 25/25/50 or another cross between a Beagle, a Basset, and a Doxie, it should still be a great pet. The only difference would be that the dog’s exact physical, health, and temperament characteristics would be even more uncertain.
Fortunately, you can account for all that by getting a health and hereditary certificate from the breeder and by checking out the pup’s personality ahead of time. But let’s go over these key characteristics as well.
What’s The Personality Of A Beagle Basset Dachshund Mix?
All three of these scent hound breeds are friendly, affectionate, and playful while also being pretty headstrong and needing extra obedience training like any other scent hound. So, the same can be expected of any cross between them. There will be some slight variations from one pup to the other but that’s always the case.
In general, if the Basset is a bit more prevalent, the mix may be a bit calmer. Vice versa, if the Beagle is prevalent, the mix will be a bit more active. But such differences should be small overall.
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Would Such A Breed Be Healthy?
It would be if its parents were healthy. There is no health standard for tri-breed crosses so you’ll have to look into this on a case by cases basis. Just ask for hereditary and health certificates for any pup you think of getting.
How Much Exercise Would Such A Dog Need?
A fair amount but nothing excessive. These dogs are playful but they are also small and short-legged. So, anything up to an hour of daily outdoor exercise divided into two walks together with some indoor playtime should be enough.
Is The Beagle Basset Dachshund Mix A Mutt?
No dog is a mutt if you know what breeds have been a part of its past. Most modern pure breeds are made with much more than three breeds in their lineage so that’s not unusual. Especially with all three parent breeds being similar and from the same group, it’s not accurate to call this cross a “mutt”. Not that this is derogatory, of course – mutts are awesome! The point is that we know this dog’s parents and grandparents and so we know what to expect from it too.
Can you mix Beagle and Dachshund?
You certainly can. While different in a few key ways, Beagles and Dachshunds are very similar in others. Small, friendly, playful, and temperamental, both of these breeds make for great family apartment dogs and so does their mix.
The personality of the resulting cross will be fairly consistent but the looks can obviously vary. The legs can be a bit longer or shorter, as can the muzzle. The colors can vary too but the ears will always be long and droopy. The pup will either have a digging or a howling instinct, or both, or neither. All in all, as long as the two parents are healthy, there’s no real drawback to this cross.
How big will a Dachshund Beagle mix get?
Assuming a standard dachshund parent and not a miniature one, the expected weight of the Dachshund/Beagle cross is 18 to 30 pounds for fit dogs or 8 to 14 kg. As for their weight, it should usually be between 9 and 11 inches at the shoulder or 23 to 28 cm.
What is the lifespan of a Beagle Dachshund mix?
Purebred Beagles have a slightly shorter lifespan than Dachshunds but not by much. So, you can expect an average lifespan of this cross of somewhere between 12 and 14 years, potentially more if you’ve got a healthy pup and you take good care of it.
How much is a Beagle Dachshund mix?
As these dogs are a designer cross and not a pure breed, there really is no accurate estimate of their cost. You can find some for free in the dog shelter or you can find a designer breeder charging thousands of dollars because of a unique-looking coat or the supposed “excellent quality” of the two parents.
Finding such a cross in pet stores may not be common but we’d advise you against shopping from pet stores anyway as dogs there are rarely bred adequately and with any consideration for their health. If you don’t find the dog you want from shelters and rescues, you can look for good breeders and expect a price of ~$500 from most. If someone tries to charge you more, ask for detailed and reputable health and hereditary certifications as you would from a purebred dog – otherwise paying hundreds or thousands of extra dollars isn’t worth it.