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I'm looking at a shih tzu/basset hound mix puppy. Am not certain if this is a good mix or not. I can't find much info on internet and was wondering if anyone knows anything about them. Would appreciate any feedback.
 

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The only thing I have to say is when you get it please put up a picture. This has to be to cute.

I would think it would be a fine mix, why not. Both are good dogs so why would the mix not be. Go get it and let the fun begin.
 

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I bet it's cute, but the personalities of a basset and a shih tzu are so different, it seems they would cancel each other out! But it will be the sweetest dog in the world, that's for sure. Definitely post pics of this shihset.
 

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Decided not to go with the puppy. The pictures are adorable..tried to post them here but once again, am having trouble....really don't know what I'm doing. Haven't seen the puppies in person but I was put off alittle when I found out that the mother was the shih tzu (at 10 lbs) and father basset (at 50 lbs). she had 7 puppies. I know absolutely nothing about breeding but that seems somewhat cruel to me but what do I know.....:(
 

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You mean these were not an accident? If these people did this on purpose I don't think I would be getting one ether. I will not help these people that are doing things like this. I will not go off on a rant yet.
 

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Do they have a website? And yes, breeding them on purpose? Grrrrrr.
 

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John and Renae MIller - Home








the website is John and Renae MIller - Home. she evidently is into "designer dogs". go to puppys for sale and then lucy's pups. do you think it's a puppy mill? Michigan has a wonderful basset rescue but they require a home visit and I live too far away so can't qualify. The only dogs up this way in the shelters, which I check every day, are labs. I love them but really want another basset.
 

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I am all for adopting mutts that were accidents. I have one myself, obviously. I don't think they're any worse than a purebred dog. I don't agree with the negative connotation of the word "mutt" and use it lovingly.

I am not opposed to buying a purebred puppy from a reputable breeder.

However, I don't support the practice of making "designer breeds". You made the right decision to not buy a puppy. These people are just trying a make a profit in the "designer" industry by upcharging for a mutt. If you're going to pay a noticeable amount of $$ for a dog at least support a reputable breeder (and therefore the overall health of the breed) or make it a donation to a rescue.

The thing that makes them different from a reputable purebred breeder is there is no standard to be judged against. There is no health history to check or known diseases to test for.
 

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i think it's interesting that these "designer" breeds yield so much $
if you think about it (take a golden doodle for instance just because I know what a friend paid for one) it's pretty silly to fork over $2,000 for what is basically a mutt.
sheesh.
 

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agree w/what's been said so far.

plus we noticed that the bassets/shihtzu puppies were not even that expensive. interesting. also the basset father seems to be missing from the list of "parents." was it an accident or something?
 

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I agree there is one of those horrible pet stores at a mall near me there all random mixes and go for over $1000 each.
 

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Harley is a beabasscordogi. We'll go with that.
 

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i think it's interesting that these "designer" breeds yield so much $
if you think about it (take a golden doodle for instance just because I know what a friend paid for one) it's pretty silly to fork over $2,000 for what is basically a mutt.
sheesh.
Why are dogs of one breed who are mated to a different breed, and who clearly have 'cross-bred' puppies.. now called 'designer' breeds
and cost a fortune? Here in the UK I know people who have paid £800-£900+ for a cross-bred puppy??? :confused:
 

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that is really weird...i do not see how a 10lb dog can have any kind of large breed puppy mix and survive. And to have 7 pups? I wonder if the father was already a shi-tzu basset mix or something. I mean those pups don't even look hardly at all bassety.
 

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that is really weird...i do not see how a 10lb dog can have any kind of large breed puppy mix and survive. And to have 7 pups? I wonder if the father was already a shi-tzu basset mix or something. I mean those pups don't even look hardly at all bassety.

I was thinking the same things, too. I wonder if there is a little bit of "misinformation" going on here.
 

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that is really weird...i do not see how a 10lb dog can have any kind of large breed puppy mix and survive. And to have 7 pups? I wonder if the father was already a shi-tzu basset mix or something. I mean those pups don't even look hardly at all bassety.
Anabelle was pregnant with large breed mix puppies when they found her. One got stuck in the birth canal and every puppy died as a result. So needless to say, yes I do think it is cruel to allow that to happen. Too risky.
 

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I've noticed with all the basset mixes I've seen that the only basset part that conveys is the short legs. So I don't know what a shih tzu would get from being crossed with a basset.

I know this is not a popular stance on this board, but I love golden doodles. They are very popular with horse people, so I see them at horse shows all the time. I think they are adorable and the ones I've met have great dispositions. I wouldn't pay $1000 for one, but I wouldn't pay $1000 for anything. I'll wait until they are so popular that they get their own rescues, then I'll rescue one.
 

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i actually have no problem with mixed breed specialty dogs, or anything! but making a match and having the mother be the smaller dog/breed? that is just...stupid *lol* so risky for her and the pups, and so hard on them.
 

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I have a shih tzu and basset hound mix....they are called a Tzu basset, or at least that is what I found on the internet. I found this site when I was searching about what type of other dogs my dog would get along with.

She just turned 1 and her name is Triton. Her 1 year old picture is the picture I use on here. Unlike the puppy the other person was talking about Triton's mom was the basset hound and the dad was the shih tzu. A friend of mine has both puppies and she didn't think her shih tzu was old enough to father puppies...yep, a 9-month-old puppy can get the job done! LOL!! Triton is only 24 pounds and the vet said she will probably not get much bigger than this. The vet refers her to her a long-haired basset hound, I got her hair shaved this summer, so her hair is not long in her picture. I am finding she has a lot of the characteristics of the basset, her nose is always on the ground and she has those knobby front legs. There will be no more dogs like her around our small town since my friend got the daddy fixed. She looked like a shih tzu puppy when I first got her and was 5 pounds and then she just kept getting longer and longer...LOL!! Her ears are more like the Shih tzu I think.
 
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