Meow0, who works over on the blog site Talented Tails, found the post last week with pictures of Mandy, Stella and Sawyer and wanted to know more about the buskey “breed,” so I thought I’d go over the characteristics all of you have helped me identify in buskeys that we have found so far.
1) Geneology . Buskeys are not an official breed, nor are they even an official mix like goldendoodles. However, to classify as a buskey, a dog must have a basset hound and a husky as parents.
Mandy, The Quintessential Buskey
2) What does a buskey look like? A buskey has the long body and short legs of a basset hound, with hair about the length of a husky’s, and a beautiful curved fringed tail. A buskey’s coloring is highly variable – so far, I’ve seen colors that range from typical husky colors (Mandy) to pure black. Their eye color can range from two blue eyes, to one blue eye and one brown, to both brown. Mandy’s eyes are enthralling – she has one blue and one brown eye, but if you look at the brown eye closely, you can see that even it has a patch of blue in it!
Mandy – One Blue Eye, One Brown Eye
3) What does a buskey do? Nothing it does not want to. If you look at lists about how “trainable” dogs are, huskys (surprisingly) are close to the bottom of the list, and basset hounds (not surprisingly) even lower. It’s not that they can’t learn to do things; it’s just that they’re only motivated to work on the things that interest them. A buskey is highly independent. Even when one is chastised for something, its nose never gets out of joint. The buskey simply looks thoughtful for a minute, as if to say to the chastiser, “You have an interesting point of view” and then returns to doing whatever it was that got it into trouble in the first place. Buskeys do love to run – and in spite of their short legs, they are amazingly fast.
Sawyer dives for something
4) What is a buskey’s temperament like? A buskey has the most infectious joie de vivre of any dogs I have seen. Imagine a dog that smiles all the time, much like a dolphin, and you have a good idea of the look on a buskey’s face 99% of the time. The buskey I have, and the buskeys I have learned about are, without a doubt, the happiest, most content dogs the owners have ever had. My Mandy, for example, is simply never in a bad mood. Ever. Unless you mess with her food bowl.
Bo, a black and white buskey, exhibiting the joie de vivre characteristic of the mix
5) Is there anything buskeys are exceptional at? Yes. Foraging. Mandy grazes the counters and tables at my house regularly, unless we stop her. Trash cans pose no obstacles to her, either. I once spent $65 to buy a large kitchen trash can with a pedal and a self-closing lid to try to thwart her garbage foraging habit; she had it figured out in 30 seconds, and turned around to look at me, wag her tail and thank me for my thoughtfulness, since the self-closing lid was slower than the previous trashcan’s lid, so she had time to be more selective in the scraps she chose to pursue. If there is an apocalypse, and Mandy and I survive it, I am following her to the nearest feeding ground.
6) Is the buskey a family dog? In spite of its independent streak, yes, a buskey is a fabulous family dog, loving, sweet and happy. They do well with children, and other dogs. I have yet to encounter a buskey owner with a cat, so I’m not sure how they do with animals besides dogs.
Tyra and Mandy Share a Walk
Mandy and Darwin confer
7) Where can I find a buskey? Beats me. Every single one I know of so far was adopted from a rescue shelter, so it appears to be pretty much luck of the draw. If you ever see one, though, you’ll recognize it instantly.
Stella as a Puppy – the only buskey puppy picture I have!
8) Why bother writing about them in this blog? It’s a basic consumer demand type thing – my first post on Siberian husky/basset hound mixes, which I used to highlight my Mandy, is one of my top 5 posts of all time – it gets viewed continually, and many people now are kind enough to tell me why they are looking and all of them either have or are considering getting a buskey.
Have a great day!