Dog of the Day: Cher the American Pit Bull Terrier/Basset Hound Mix

I don’t know this gal’s name, and the dog tags aren’t helping any (unless her name is ‘SF Dog License’) but she’s awesome. I am like 90% sure I’ve taken pictures of her before, and I may even have posted some, but if so I can’t find them.

Edit: Dad weighs in in the comments! She’s a she, she’s Cher, and they think she might be a basset/pit/border collie/lab or something like that. Anyway, I ran into her again recently and she’s just as awesome as I remember.

Black And White Pit Bull Basset Hound Mix With Huge Head Sitting

She has a very dignified expression in most of my pictures.

Black And White Pit Bull Basset Hound Mix With Huge Head Standing Up

She has absolutely perfect ears. Anyone know what that kind of ear is called?

Black And White Pit Bull Basset Hound Mix With Huge Head Being Petted

Se was very serious about her petting.

Black And White Pit Bull Basset Hound Mix With Huge Head Looking Over His Shoulder

Ran into her in Lafayette Park, which explains why I didn’t get her name. Just too many dogs around to get all of their names.

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40 Responses to Dog of the Day: Cher the American Pit Bull Terrier/Basset Hound Mix

  1. Sam says:

    Thanks for taking these photos of my dog! Her name is Cher 🙂 The only part of her mix we can be sure of is Basset Hound – her other half is up for discussion, though we are leaning towards some kind of a border collie, lab, pit sort of mix.

    • Adam Lang says:

      Awesome! Thanks for dropping by. I fixed the gender and name up in the main body of the post.

      I have a huge weakness for long dogs, and she’s a pretty great one.

      • Jodi harding says:

        I left a message this morning. I just might have this dogs brother, and we don’t know much about his background except he is a rescue from SoCal. We are up in Canada on Vancouver Island. I would love to compare notes and show Chers owner pics of Chance. It is spooky how alike they are. My email is

    • Philippe Nusbaum says:

      Nous sommes français et nous avons un chien, dénommé Zazou, qui pourrait être le frère de Cher, la ressemblance est frappante
      Sa page Facebook :

      • Adam Lang says:

        Quelle belle fille !

        • Philippe Nusbaum says:

          Thank you for him :o)
          (I ‘ll try to reply in English, please, be indulgent)
          We found Zazou in a refuge of abandonned animals, we dont know his father and mother.
          We think he is a mixed border-collie and basset, it’s obvious, with some more….He got palmed feet (like the labrador), he jump like a Jack Russel terrier, Someone said he is a teckel,(?) one other he is half Corgi, with the head of a staff….
          Anyway, he is a very funny, gentle, intelligent, sweet dog with a lot of energy,

          I wrote the first comment because it is very funny to find a dog so similar at the other side of the world……

          • Adam Lang says:

            Hah. Okay. So maybe not ‘a beautiful girl’, perhaps ‘a handsome boy’.

            In the US it seems that what you call a teckel, we use the German name (dachshund) for.

            Whatever he is, he sounds like a lot of fun, and I think that you are lucky to have him.

  2. Jodi Harding says:

    She is our dog Chance’s long lost sister! He was a rescue dog from a San Bernardino animal shelter shipped up to Vancouver Island, Canada. He is the most amazing dog ever. We had his DNA tested and it came back half Italian greyhound, half Heinz 57 pittie. He likes to climb like a cat, is very, very smart, and does what he is told, if he decides he wants to. He loves to be chased, snuggled and swaddled in blankets.
    I wish I could figure out how to attach a photo. I am positive these two dogs were litter mates.

  3. Doug Carrigan says:

    She’s the twin of our Charlie. We have a DNA test pending, but we think he’s a Basset Hound mixed with either Pit Bull or Pointer. We found him lost on the side of the road about a year ago. He’s 60 pounds, very friendly to other dogs, and gentle as a lamb. But he is very suspicious of strangers.

    • Adam Lang says:

      Wow. Triplets now! Both your dog and Jodi’s look just like Cher.

    • Jodi harding says:

      Let us know what your DNA test turns up. Ours came back half Italian greyhound, 30%? mastiff, a bit of bloodhound, terrier and spaniel. We figure some kind of pit bull mix was one parent for sure. He has the pit bull snuggle- on-your-lap gene. Just an awesome dog, sounds like your Charlie is too.

  4. Jodi harding says:

    Isn’t it funny that all three dogs names start with ‘Ch’. Charlie looks a little heavier than Chance. What part of the world are you in Doug? Chance is a champion lap dog, and a picky eater too. Chance was a rescue from San Bernardino CA.

    • Doug Carrigan says:

      San Antonio, Texas. I got confirmation today that they’re starting on the lab test for his DNA so it will be 2 or 3 weeks for the online results.

      We’ve always had pedigree Cocker Spaniels, our current one (Charlotte) is 11 years old. When we saw Charlie we didn’t really plan to adopt him, just rescue him from the danger and his obvious distress. My wife said she was smitten by him immediately but I took some convincing.

      His head and jaws are massive and he snarled at me ferociously on the second day when I tried to stop him from eating his vomit after throwing up the food we gave him. On the same day he snarled and went after our old Cocker Spaniel when she went near the chew toy we bought for him. He was close to being taken to a shelter.

      But I’m a very big guy and we had a meeting of the minds. Which meant I pinned him to the ground and made it clear who is boss. Afterwards he’s been an angel for the last year plus.

      • Jodi harding says:

        Wow, sounds like Charlie’s angel was watching over him, so he crossed your path. Or he might have ended up with a one way ticket to the shelter. I wonder what his DNA test will say??

        • Adam Lang says:

          I am super-curious too. Hopefully he’ll let us know.

          • Doug Carrigan says:

            I should hear something in the next week or so from the DNA site.


          • Doug Carrigan says:

            I just got Charlie’s DNA results. He’s a Beagle / Basset Hound / “American Bully” Pit Bull.

            One of his parents was a Beagle/Basset hound and the other was a Beagle/”American Bully” pit bull.

          • Jodi harding says:

            Ok yeah, that makes sense. He looks like those breeds! He is a lot more heavily built than Chance. Thanks for posting!
            Did you use “DNA My Dog”?

          • Doug Carrigan says:

            I used Wisdom Panel. The report they give is pretty neat. It shows a pie chart with his breed combination and a tree of his parentage. They test for genetic defects for the veterinarian (Charlie had no defects or allergies). Lastly they give a description of what he “should” look like, including estimated weight.

            For Charlie it said he should be short haired with a long tail and floppy ears. He should be black with a black nose, some white and possible freckles. Weight should be 39-64 pounds. Pretty much spot on.

          • Adam Lang says:

            Hah. I can see all of that in him. Too awesome.

  5. Caroline says:

    Wow! I think that there are quadruplets! We just adopted our pup, Lambeau, a week ago. We were just googling to try and find out what sort of mix he is and stumbled across your pictures of Charlie and Chase! He is the biggest sweetie and just wants to play and snuggle with everyone.

    • Adam Lang says:

      I love that first picture, especially the grin! Also, funny thing: there’s been a dog named Lambeau posted on here, a while back. Not your most common name, either.

      • Jodi harding says:

        Haha quadruplets for sure! He side sits like Chance! Their bodies are too long and front legs too short to sit straight. And snuggly! Chance is snoozing on my lap as I write this. Nice to know our little rescue pup has family out there! Happy (Canadian) Thankgiving!

  6. Dee Brown says:

    Omg I swear she looks JUST like my Buddy!!! I came home from work one morning and he was on my front lawn! Was about 4 1/2 months old then. He’s going on 10 mos! The best thing that ever happened to me.

    Here’s a few pics of my fur baby! The last 2 pics are the day I found him. Such a difference

  7. Jodi harding says:

    What a sweetie. Lambeau is a little more finely drawn than my Chance, but it is spooky how closely their white patches match. Chance is the best dog we have ever had, and we’ve always had dogs. Personality plus. I am amazed by the fact there are other dogs that look so similar to him, all over the continent. Must be some strong genes!

    • Adam Lang says:

      I could geek out all over you about partial dominance, genetic dwarfism, coat color genetics, and so forth, but I don’t understand half of that stuff, I just think these guys are all totally awesome and there need to be more of them. I wonder if we can clone some? 🙂

  8. Giulia says:

    My javier. Or hobbs. Or hogs. It depebds on who is talking to him

  9. cher is so cute that i love him so much

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