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Honestly, it would be hard to predict what you get after mixing two dog breeds with opposite characteristics. And that is what the Brown Pitbull Hound mix is, a very smart Pitbull and a fairly-intelligent Basset Hound. One of the unique mix-breeds available today, this cross between a Pitbull and the Basset Hound boasts a great personality and friendly nature.

This designer dog is popular among dog owners and fans because of its wonderful disposition and the ability to show affection easily. But before you say you want the hybrid as a family dog or friend, there are factors you should consider.

In this article, we look at the appearance, temperament, nutrition, health concerns, training, and exercise, among other things that you should know.

What is a Brown Pitbull Hound mix called?

The mix between a Brown Pitbull and a Basset Hound is known as the Basset Hound Pitbull mix.

History of the Breed

Although there is increased popularity in designer dogs, there is no info that tells us when the cross between a Basset Hound and Pitbull really started. Our guess, however, is that it has begun within the 30 years or so since designer dogs came to be.


So, what do we know about the parents of the Basset Hound Pitbull mix?

The Basset Hound – This dog breed has its origins in France and is said to have descended from the 6th-century hounds that belonged to St. Hubert of Belgium. They were bred as scent dogs for the purpose of hunting hare. They rank second after the Bloodhound in terms of sense of smell and knack for ground scent.

Basset Hound standing in the garden.
Basset Hound standing in the garden

Like Pitbulls, Basset Hounds can be stubborn but they are sweet-tempered, friendly, gentle, affectionate, and dedicated. However, they are considered fairly intelligent dogs. These hounds are not the easiest to train. The AKC started registering Basset Hounds in 1885 but was officially recognized in 1916.

On average, Basset Hounds are 16 to 21 inches in height with shoulders of 11 to 15 inches, and a body length of 26 to 35 inches. An adult will weigh between 40 and 50 lbs. The breed suffers from major health conditions such as bloat, elbow dysplasia, OCD, and hip dysplasia. Others include otitis externa, glaucoma, entropion, vWD, and thrombopathy. They have a lifespan of 10 to 12 years.

The Brown Pitbull – Also known as Pits, Pitbulls are unfortunate because their past history makes them something to be feared. But in the real sense, they make excellent companions. Pitbulls came from the United Kingdom and were bred from the Old English Bulldogs. They were meant to play a part in a cruel blood sport known as bull baiting. When they arrived here in America in the 1800s, they became farmers’ best friends and working dogs.

Brown Pitbull Dog
Brown Pitbull Dog

Pitbulls are known to have a stubborn streak but possess a sweet, friendly demeanor that makes them good family dogs. They are protective, intelligent, amusing, gentle, bold, compliant, and very excited to please their owners. The AKC has not documented Pitbulls as a breed, but the United Kennel Club (UKC) recognized them in 1898.

Male Pitbulls are around 18 to 21 inches tall and weigh between 35 and 60 lbs. while females stand between 17 and 20 inches tall with a weight of between 30 and 50 lbs. Some common health problems in Pitbulls include congenital heart defects, hip dysplasia, kneecap dislocation, skin problems, and degenerative myelopathy. They can live 8 up to 15 years.


Weight30 to 85 pounds
Height17 to 19 inches
Child-friendly/ Pet-friendlyHigh/Medium
Coat TypeTight/Loose with short & smooth fur
Coat ColorBicolor or tricolor blend of blue, black, red, tan, grey, white, and brown
TemperamentSweet-tempered, kind, obedient & confident
Lifespan12 to 16 years


What does a Pitbull Hound mix dog look like?

It is not easy to tell what this mixed breed between the Pitbull and Basset Hound will be like because physically, the two are extremely different. However, how they appear physically will depend on which parent your mix favors most.

The hybrid will be medium-sized with a height of up to 15 inches at the shoulders and a weight of 45 to 75 lbs.

Basset Hound Pitbull mix
Basset Hound Pitbull mix

Like both parents, a Pitbull Basset Hound mix will have short hair with a coat that is smooth and silky, but very stiff to the touch. The Pitbull parents come in a range of colors while the Basset Hound parent is tri-colored. Your mix, therefore, will have a variety of colors including black, blue, tan, and white. Brindle and red colors are also a possibility.

Temperament and Characteristics

This mixed breed’s parents have very different personalities and habits. So, the temperament will mainly depend on which parent the pup inherits most traits.

The Basset Hound Pitbull mix will love to be around people just like both parents which makes it an outstanding family dog. They can be fiercely loyal and sociable, confident, obedient, calm, and sweet-tempered, but also protective and alert. They are good with kids but can be standoffish with strangers they are not socialized with.

This hybrid dislikes being left alone for long.


Your Basset Hound Pitbull mix should be fed high-quality dog food that is made with premium ingredients and well-balanced. The hybrid inherits the ability to gain weight with excessive or improper feeding habits. Therefore, make sure you visit your vet to know the most appropriate diet for your Pitbull Basset Hound mix.

Training & Exercise

The Basset Hound Pitbull mix is trainable because of its smartness and eagerness to learn. However, it might be very stubborn and training requirements may differ significantly based on which parent they inherit most genes from. They may need plenty of physical activity to thrive well on a more moderate routine.

Basset Hound Pitbull mix
Basset Hound Pitbull mi

During training, try to use positive reinforcement and also be bold or they will rule you due to their tenacity. The Pitbull Basset Hound mix tends to be high-energy pooches that will like being active, especially playing outdoors. So, they will do fine with a 30 to 45-minute walk daily.

Health Issues

While most designer dogs are healthy, they are susceptible to certain health conditions. Pitbull Basset Hounds, for instance, are prone to bloat, panosteitis, cataracts, hip dysplasia, knee problems, vWD, skin infections, obesity, and more.

Make sure the breeder provides you with the health history of the parents in detail. This will help you know what health issues your doggie is prone to.

If your mix-breed pup resembles the Basset Hound much, they might have ear infections.

Life Expectancy

The lifespan of a Pitbull Bassinet Hound mix is 11 to 13 years.

Grooming Needs

Should your Pitbull Basset Hound take from the Basset Hound parent, their coat will require regular grooming. Remember that despite the fur being fairly short, this hybrid may shed copiously. So, they should be brushed weekly.

Unlike some mixes and purebreds, the Basset Hound Pitbull mix needs regular, but not frequent, bathing especially if they play outside daily. Keep their nails trimmed and maintain oral hygiene by brushing their teeth.

Cost and Maintenance

The price of a Pit Basset Hound mix puppy from a reputable breeder range anywhere from $800 and $1,500. Of course, the breeder’s location and reputation are determinant factors. This mixed breed is in between low and high-maintenance dogs. Costs will vary due to food and health.

Where to Adopt

You can adopt a Pitbull Basset Hound mix from animal rescue organizations for a substantial fee of around $300.


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