The Bowzer is the product of the mix between the Miniature Schnauzer and the Basset Hound. The most important characteristics which made the Bowzer well known are intelligence, being social, alertness and loyalty. They are a large cross breed and physical exercising is very important in order to stay fit and healthy. Their natural talents allow them to take part in contests and activities such as hunting, tracking, guarding and jogging.
The Bowzers are recognized by the Designer Dogs Kennel Club, the International Designer Canine Registry, the Dog Registry of America, Inc and the American Canine Hybrid Club, of which the latter two are only in the United States.Most Bowzer puppies inherit the looks of the mothers, the Basset Hound, but also the build: they are heavy, but short dogs. Their muzzles are heavy and deep and bear tapers at the top.
All the various characteristics found in both parents are passed on to the personality of the Bowzers and usually define their personalities. However, their temperaments are different from one litter to another.The Basset Hounds are friendly, gentle dogs which usually find their place very easily within a family. They possess an excellent sense of smell and love to play. Despite their affection towards people and obedience, they can also prove to be very stubborn at times.
The Miniature Schnauzer is also a very intelligent dog, highly energetic and gets along very well especially with children. These dogs have good watchdog abilities, but they need to be socialized properly and their master to be firm in their training.The colors of the Bowzers can vary and they are usually one of black, silver and white, but not limited to these only. Their coat is harsh and rough and can sometimes be wiry. With regards to shedding, Bowzer are normal shedders.
Bowzers inherit their personality traits from their parents, therefore they get their loyalty and sociability from the Basset Hound and the alert behavior from the Miniature Schnauzer. They are friendly and get along very well with children and other pets, thus making very good family dogs.Depending on the shedding characteristics they inherit and from which parent, the Bowzers can require minimal to moderate grooming. The Basset Hounds are constant shedders, while the Miniature Schnauzers are moderate shedders.
Given their intelligence, the Bowzers are highly trainable, but they require a consistent and firm, but gentle trainer.From a physical activity point of view, Bowzers require a medium level of exercising, but outdoor sessions need to take place regularly. Hyperactive in nature, these dogs require quite a lot of space to be available to them. Even if they can adapt to living in apartments, they will require to be taken out on a daily basis, in order to help them burn the excess energy.
The advantages of this hybrid dog have generated some discussions. Some breeders feel and support the idea that breed mixing leads to healthier dogs by providing a broader range of genes, but others suggest that this activity helps perpetuate and strengthen some defects in the genetic background.
For anyone interested in the breeding of dogs and crossing breeds, it is important to note that the mother should be the bigger mating partner, in order to lower the chances of complications when giving birth.Breeders nowadays are not always using only purebred parents for cross breeding and sometimes they use dogs which are already cross breeds. Therefore, a 75%-25% mix between a thoroughbred Basset Hound and a first generation Bowzer is known as a F1B Bowzer. If both parents are purebreds and the mix is 50%-50%, then this is considered a F1 Bowzer.
People need to be aware of all the aspects of a Bowzer in order to establish if these dogs are suitable for them. The key aspects are: the moderate maintenance (regular grooming for healthy and good-looking fur), the moderate to constant shedding (regular brushing will reduce the amount of hair around the house, while preserving a good aspect of the fur), high trainability (their intelligence allows them to learn commands easily, with few repetitions, which leads to quick positive results), pretty active (with a need for regular exercising in order to keep fit) and getting along very well with children and other pets, but with rather low abilities when it comes to watchdog (they are not expected to alert the owners when they sense the presence of intruders).
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