A Bowser is a hybrid dog which is still not recognized as a separate breed. These dogs have been developed as a mixture between a Basset Hound and a Miniature Schnauzer. Their purpose is purely for being a family dog or a companion dog.
They have different standards based on which parent breed has a dominant gene and is one of the reasons that they have still not been established as an official breed. Nevertheless, their popularity has grown in recent years.
History & Origins
A Bowser is still a fairly young breed. In fact, it is still referred to as a mixed breed or a hybrid and is not really recognized by ay Kennel Club. The only clubs that do recognize it are the ones that are hybrid-dog related ones. Nevertheless, the Bowser is a result of mixing two very familiar pure bred dogs together. These are the Basset Hound and the Miniature Schnauzer.
The idea of joining these dogs together was purely out of designer purposes and also for creating a family dog. The experiment worked as the Bowser has spread quite a lot and has become one of the more favorite dogs among families. But since it is a hybrid, its characteristics are still not firmly established and vary from dog to dog individually.
Bowser Characteristics & Temperament
A Bowser inherits some of the characteristics of its parent breeds. But generally speaking, this dog is a great companion and family dog. They are playful in nature and lively dogs. But they are also intelligent but can be stubborn at times. You will have to train them and although it is not entirely hard to do that you have to approach this matter seriously and with a firm attitude. Training them properly will result in a balanced and well-mannered dog. This also includes early socialization with other dogs and people.
They can be wary of strangers at first and they do not tend to bark so much. Actually, barking depends on every dog individually and is not so much connected with the breed rather than with a dog’s personality individually. They enjoy spending time with people and with human companions. Due to their size and loveable nature, they are great with kids. These dogs are gentle and obedient and they very much enjoy spending time with the person they are tied to.
Appearance, Colors, Size
A Bowser is generally a small type of dog. Their size usually ranges from 13 to 15 inches and their weight is going to be somewhere between 20 and 50 pounds.
They have mostly inherited the characteristics of their parents breeds. But since this is still a hybrid, some characteristics are not standardized yet and cannot be predicted. Most dogs have are short in size and have a long body. Their build is solid and their chests are deep. Their easer usually flap on the sides of their heads.
A Bowser usually has a straight coat. The fur is coarse, dense and wiry. There are a variety of colors that exist and these is purely because of the mixed nature of the breed. But the most common ones are still silver, cream, black, brindle, merle, brown and white.
When it comes to health issues, the Bowser will have similar conditions and issues as its parent breeds have. These are mostly hereditary concerts that one has to think about and be careful with if you own a bowser. Nevertheless, this type of dog can live up to somewhere between 12 and 14 years.
The conditions and problems that you have to be aware of include Eye Problems, Urinary Stones, Von Willebrands, Congenital Megaesophagus, Myotonia Congenita, Panosteitis, Patellar Luxation, Bloat, Patellar Luxation, Thrombopathia, Ear infections, IDD, Allergies and Hip Dysplasia. The dogs are also prone to obesity and one has to be extremely careful when feeding them. If you are getting this type of a dog, it would be best that you check the health of its parents. That way you will know what you need to test for.
Grooming & Shedding
When it comes to grooming, Bowsers can be a handful at times. Based on the type of coats that they have and the conditions that you need to put them through. What you need to know is that these dogs are moderate shedders, but can be handful if their fur grows larger and starts to tangle. This is why you have to brush them on a daily basis, particularly during the shedding season. This keeps their coat neat and clean and it will not get tangled that way.
As with every other dog, a Bowser also requires baths. But this one does not need as many as you may think. You can give baths to your dog when necessary, but you also have to know that doing it too much might damage the coat and skin of your dog. So it is best to give it a both only when absolutely necessary when it gets too dirty. Other forms of grooming include dealing cleaning their eyes, clipping their nails and brushing their teeth.
Bowser Price and Breeders
Bowser breeders are not found in various countries. Even though it can be a little bit inconsistent, there are a lot of opportunities to get one. There are various prices for this breed and it actually depends on different factors when you get one. Generally speaking the price may range from 400 to 600 dollars, depending on the conditions and the breeder.
Rescuing a Bowser is pretty easy to do these days. With numerous organizations and shelters working today, you do not have to go through a hassle of checking different kennels and looking for quality breeders. This is a secure and easy way for you to adopt a Bowser. Check out Midwest Animal Rescue & Services and also the pages of North Star Pet Rescue for more information about how to get a Bowser.