The Baskimo is a medium-sized hybrid dog cross-bred from the Basset Hound and the American Eskimo. As such, they will inherit characteristics from both parent breeds, but not all of them will inherit the same ones. Some Baskimos will have more Hound and some will have more Eskimo, and still others will have a fair mix of both. Not all will be the same, however, including those from the same litter. It's strongly recommended that you learn about both Basset Hounds and American Eskimos if you plan to adopt a Baskimo.
|Hybrid||10-13 yrs.||10-13 in.||22-40 lbs|
- Family Friendly
- Kid Friendly
- Pet Friendly
- Stranger Friendly
- Easy to Groom
- Energy Level
- Exercise Needs
- General Health
- Shedding Amount
- Barks / Howls
- Easy to Train
- Guard Dog
- Watch Dog
- Apartment Friendly
- Can Be Alone
- Good for Busy Owners
- Good for Novice Owners
Below are details and specs for the Baskimo dog breed.
Mature Baskimos weigh from 26 to 40 pounds if male and 22 to 33 pounds if female. Both males and females, however, stand 10-13 inches tall.
Your Baskimo will love children, get along great with most other pets (especially dogs, as they tend to not dominate and has one parent — the Basset Hound — who has centuries of being pack-raised) but will most likely be wary of strangers although they usually warm up to them once introduced.
Expect to perform a moderate amount of maintenance and grooming for your Baskimo, and the kind of either depends on how much Basset Hound and/or American Eskimo they may have inherited. Hounds may impart the possibility of obesity — and more exercise to curb it — whereas the long hair of the Eskimo means longer and more frequent grooming.
The Baskimo is a fairly new hybrid dog that may have first been produced prior to or around the turn of the 21st century; as such, they have very little history. The parent breeds — the Basset Hound and the American Eskimo — have intriguing histories, however.
The origin of the Basset Hound is believed to be in France, although some say that they were present much earlier as it is known that scent hounds were deployed for hunting in ancient Greece and Rome. The Hounds were bred to hunt hares and rabbits, and their short legs allowed them better access to the brambles in which such game lived.
Basset Hounds came to America, it is thought, by way of the young French General Lafayette when he made a gift of a pair to General George Washington. Soon thereafter, the exportation of Basset Hounds to the United States began in earnest, a fact partially prompted by the revolution in France. Basset Hounds were also exported to Britain (as it was on the way to the States), and the breed became popular in the two nations simultaneously. Britain hosted dog shows whereas the Americans preferred to push the dogs to be better hunters. Nevertheless, Basset Hounds were also appreciated in America as show dogs, and by 1935, they were officially recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC).
The American Eskimo — affectionately called the Eskie — is firmly believed to have come from European Spitzes. Like them, the Eskie has a pure white coat and black eyes that sparkle from beneath the long hair. These small, striking dogs were used in circuses during the early 20th century, and their performances dazzled crowds. The breed was originally called the American Spitz but the name was changed to American Eskimo in 1917 so as to eliminate any association with Germany after WWI The American Eskimo Dog Club of America was founded in 1985, and a decade later (in 1995), the breed was formally recognized by the AKC.
The Baskimo is a medium-sized dog with a compact body that may be somewhat long and with relatively short legs if she has more Basset Hound in her; at the most, the legs will certainly be stocky. She may have the short, coarse coat of the Hound or the long, silky hair of an Elkie. The head is sure to be round with a fairly long muzzle, and if she gets the almond-shaped eyes and floppy ears of the Basset Hound, her seemingly sad demeanor will surely melt your heart!
Baskimos tend to have either a tri-color coat of white, black and tan or a bi-color coat of two of the aforementioned colors; they may also be one solid color. They may have intermingled colors in the coat too.
When mature, male Baskimos weigh from 26 to 40 pounds and females are somewhat smaller, weighing 22 to 33 pounds. Despite the disparity in weight between males and females, both tend to stand about 10-13 inches tall.
Your Baskimo should be friendly, intelligent, loyal and very eager to please — which in turn means easy to train. Although Baskimos are not keen to dominate, you should nevertheless establish yourself as a pack leader as house-training can be a bit difficult otherwise — especially if he inherits the stubbornness of the Basset Hound.
While they do like to remain close to family members, they are not the kind of dog that actively seek attention. They do make great watchdogs due to their extraordinary sense of smell (they are classified as scent hounds, after all) and they have a distinguished, deep bark that is difficult to ignore.
The Baskimo gets along great with children, and as they are medium-sized dogs, they have very little chance at causing injury. Still, children should be trained to be gentle so as to not upset the dog, and likewise, your Baskimo should be socialized early so as to not get snippy with kids who may need time to understand.
Although one of the parent breeds has a long history of hunting, Baskimos get along very well with other pets — but there is always the small chance that they may be triggered by much smaller, non-canine pets.
A Baskimo may be wary of strangers, as they are dogs whose parent breeds are very loyal to family and make good watchdogs, but with early socialization and training they should be friendly with people and able to discern threats.
Baskimos are medium-maintenance dogs who may need a little or moderate amount of grooming depending on the coat length, and the amount of exercise may also be moderate or perhaps a lot; if your Baskimo gets more Basset Hound in her, she may be prone to obesity and will require a closely monitored diet as well as more exercise. The usual weekly inspections of eyes, ears and areas in which debris may be caught in the hair (mouth, etc.) — especially if she has the long coat of the American Eskimo — should also be done.
Your Baskimo will most likely require little brushing (twice a week; more if he gets the long coat of his American Eskimo parent) but will shed a fair amount regardless of the length of his coat. Bathing need only be done when his coat requires it (too much bathing destroys the coat's natural oils), and toenail clipping should be done when the click of his nails is constant.
Both parent breeds are very active, so expect your Baskimo to be no different. He'll need somewhat long daily walks and plenty of playtime as well as as several weekly visits to the dog park, especially if you live in an apartment. As Basset Hounds are known to become obese quickly if allowed to do so, exercise is mandatory to prevent this and the related health problems.
While your pet will certainly appreciate all the more having a huge house and ample yard in which to run and play, it will be fine in an apartment so long as she's allowed to get out daily for walks, exercise and the dog park.
Despite his short coat (if that is the case; he may have the long coat that comes from the American Eskimo parent), the Baskimo is fine in cold weather and even snow. Both parent breeds come from regions with plenty of cold weather. In hot weather, they should be fine too, but they may shed much more.
Obesity may not be the worst of the health concerns for your Baskimo, but it may be the most constant if there is a prevalence of Basset Hound traits; a poor diet and lack of exercise can quickly lead to this and related complications. Other problems may be hip dysplasia as well as eye and ear problems. You should regularly check their ears and eyes for an abundance of fluids or bad smells, and gently clean and dry their ears at least weekly as those big ears tend to prevent circulation, which can lead to infections. If kept healthy and happy, expect your Baskimo to live anywhere from about 10 to 13 years.
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The following dog breed registries and organizations recognize the Baskimo as a dog breed:
- American Canine Hybrid Club
- Designer Dogs Kennel Club
- Dog Registry of America Inc.
- International Designer Canine Registry