Understanding the qualities of a hybrid dog before embarking on the journey of buying or adopting one is essential for a good match between dog and owners. The Dachshund Poodle mix, for example, is a very known mixed breed dog. Their adorable looks and distinctive personality have made them a staple of designer dogs everywhere. Not only are they charming and intelligent, but their portable size makes them great for apartment living. Cutely nicked-named the Doxiepoo, Doogle, Dachdoodle, Doxiedloodle, or Doxiepoodle, this breed has been getting a lot of attention from animal lovers that are looking for a wonderful family dog.
Dachshund Poodle Mix Facts
|Weight||15 to 30 pounds|
|Height||10 to 20 inches|
|Coat||Single layered coat|
|Colour||It varies. They can come in white, black, gray, cream, brown, or a combination of either of them|
|Coat length||Short or medium|
|Coat texture||It varies. It can be straight, wavy or curly and dense|
|Eyes||Round, hazel, or brown|
|Temperament||Sweet, affectionate, intelligent, stubborn|
|Life expectancy||12 to 15 years|
|Hypoallergenic||They can be if they inherit the Poodle coat|
The Dachshund Poodle Mix is a Hybrid Dog Breed
When it comes to the popularity of dog breeds, there are quite a few differences when it comes to purebreds and hybrids. While most people would assume that purebreds are more famous and sought after than mixed breeds, that assumption is actually incorrect. The merits of a hybrid mix have been widely studied as more people have started seeing the value of them as family pets, companions, watchdogs, and service dogs.
5 Reasons Why you Should Get a Dachshund Poodle Mix
- Energetic and Sweet: The Dachshund Poodle mix is a lovely family dog. They’re sweet, lovable, and very playful and their personality tends to be a perfect blend of both of their parental lines. Even though they’re a smaller breed, they’re going to love spending time with their family and they’re going to be active enough to keep up with a rather busy lifestyle. They will love to be outside as much as bigger hybrid breeds (note) would and their personality is perfect for people who enjoy the outdoors.
- Adaptable to apartment living: Thanks to their smaller size, the Dachshund Poodle mix is great for places where there might not be a lot of space. Even though they require exercise to be able to be happy and healthy, they can get used to a smaller space very easily as long as they get to go outside occasionally.
- They’re extremely loyal: This is a very particular trait that has been inherited by both of their parental lines. The Dachshund Poodle mix has a deep connection to their owners, usually since the beginning of the relationship, which allows them to form bonds to the family that is very hard to break. This means that they will be very loyal to the people they consider family and that they will try to protect them, despite their size.
- Excellent watchdogs: This relates directly to what was mentioned before. The Dachshund Poodle mix forms incredibly close relationships with their owners and as such, they will try to protect them as much as they can. However, because they’re on the smaller side, they might not be considered as good watchdogs as other larger hybrid dogs (note). This isn’t necessarily true. Thanks to the fact that they can be rather loud and their ability to recognize what can or cannot be considered trouble, this mix will signal their family if they see something odd and they will try to protect them as much as they can.
- They are very intelligent: One of the best traits that this breed has is their incredible cleverness. Not only can they learn tricks and commands with relative ease but they’re also very intuitive when it comes to their owner’s needs. Besides making it considerably easy for new owners, they’re also great for people who want an easy-going dog.
5 Reasons Why You Should Not Get a Dachshund Poodle Mix
- They’re not the easiest to train: Although they’re a very intelligent breed, they can also be too hard to train for some families. This is related mostly to their stubborn streak and their tendency to be playful at all costs. This might make it harder to train them when they’re smaller since they can even more excitable, but if they have a person with a strong hand and a lot of patience, they can get to a point where they listen well enough.
- Not great with other pets or children: The Dachshund Poodle mix is, unfortunately, a very territorial breed. This is a trait that can be attributed to both of their parental lines and it can be exacerbated by low socialization at an early age. They might get jealous that their owners are giving other pets or children their attention and it can cause them to become aggressive, badly behaved, or depressed. Unlike other hybrid breeds (note), it is preferred that this mix lives alone for the most part, though socialization is recommended for situations where they might encounter other people or pets. When it comes to children, they deal well if the kids are gentle and careful with their playing, as this breed can be easily frightened causing them to nip in self-defense.
- They can be rather loud: Despite their size, the Dachshund Poodle mix can be very noisy when they want to, both in good and bad situations. As mentioned before, since they can be very good watchdogs their barking can be beneficial to their owners. However, they also tend to bark at inopportune times and be extremely loud even if the situation doesn’t require it. While training might help with teaching them when they should bark, there’s not a lot to do when it comes to the volume of their barking.
- Not ideal for new owners: This hybrid breed might be considered too high maintenance for those who are not used to having pets around. Not only are they highly energetic, but they can also be very loud and they need a lot of attention that a new owner might not be prepared to deal with. Their training also requires some experience to make sure that they listen properly, as they can be quite stubborn, to begin with.
- They don’t tolerate being alone: This breed has high amounts of separation anxiety that can be very hard to treat. They don’t like spending time alone and would prefer to always be around their humans, even if they’re not doing any activity that involves them. The Dachshund Poodle mix might even become destructive if they’re left alone for long periods of time, so they’re recommended for families who always have at least one person in the household.
Body of the Dachshund Poodle Mix
- The appearance of any hybrid breed can vary greatly thanks to the blend of both of the genetic markings of their purebred parents. This means that knowing for certain how your Dachshund Poodle mix is going to look like can be a little bit tricky. Even though their physical attributes can change considerably between litters, some characteristics can be slightly predicted, based on the general appearance of the original breeds.
- The fact that both the Dachshund and the Poodle are small breeds can help dictate that this hybrid will be on the smaller side too. While their height can vary from 10 to 20 inches, they very rarely grow any more than that.
- Their weight, however, can be a little bit more changeable, going from 15 to 30 pounds depending on their nutrition.
- When it comes to their coat, they can inherit characteristics from either of their parental lines. If they lean more towards their Dachshund lineage, then their coat will be short, straight, or wavy and easy to manage. If it’s their Poodle parentage that they lean more into, their coat will be considerably longer and curlier while also having the big advantage of being semi hypoallergenic (meaning they will have a lower chance to cause allergies to their owners).
- The Dachshund Poodle mix comes in a range of colors including white, black, gray, cream, brown, or a combination of either of them. Their heads are usually round and large compared to the rest of their body, which tends to be longer (a very distinctive Dachshund trait). Their muzzles are usually long as well, with black noses and brown or hazel eyes. Their eyes are floppy, which is inherited from both of their parental breeds.
Temperament of the Dachshund Poodle Mix
The personality of the Dachshund Poodle mix is one of the reasons why this hybrid breed has become so popular in recent years. Not only are they adorable and affectionate, but their intelligence and sweetness make them wonderful companion dogs. This mix can be moderate to highly energetic, so they are recommended for people that lead active lives. Since one of their parental lines is the Dachshund, they may inherit their shyness at times, which is why it’s very important to have them socialize at a very early age. While they’re not necessarily bad with children, you might find that they’re a bit wary around them which could cause them to behave badly. They aren’t the most patient breed and they might be stressed by kids trying to play with them if they don’t want to.
As mentioned before, this hybrid is an extremely intelligent breed. This means their training will be easy for someone with experience, but it might be hard for someone not very used to training dogs as they can be very stubborn. They require someone who is both patient and stern to get them to properly listen and learn their commands, but once they do, they’re both obedient and charming.
This mix is very prone to separation anxiety and they mustn’t be left alone for long periods of time as they might turn destructive. It’s also recommended that they’re emotionally and physically stimulated as much as possible since they might be easily stressed or depressed. They’re an ideal breed for people who spend a lot of time at home and who would like a dog known for been sweet, cute, and affectionate.
Feeding the Dachshund Poodle Mix
Knowing how to feed your pet is an essential part of dog parenting. In the case of the Dachshund Poodle mix, their needs are similar to those of other hybrid breeds (note). The ideal food for them has to be formulated for a smaller breed, focused on their energy spending. If they have a lot of energy that they spend playing or walking, then their nutrition should reflect that, including proteins and vitamins.
A very important condition when it comes to feeding this breed has to be their tendency for obesity. Since they are prone to this disorder, their food shouldn’t have too many carbohydrates or fat, as it might cause them health complications in the future. The recommended amount of food for the Dachshund Poodle mix is 1 cup of food, spread out throughout the day.
To understand what food items you can give your Dachshund Poodle mix, check out Can I Give My Dog?
Grooming the Dachshund Poodle Mix
The grooming requirements of the Dachshund Poodle mix will depend entirely on whether or not they inherit the coat of their Poodle parental line. Overall, the Dachshund has a very easy to manage coat that will only require occasional baths and brushes, so if the mix has a similar coat it’s expected that they’ll have the same characteristics. The Poodle coat, on the other hand, can require a lot more. If your hybrid has a coat more similar to this parental line, they’ll probably need brushes once or twice a week to avoid tangles and baths at least once every six weeks. Neither type of coat tends to shed considerably so that’s a very big plus for the Dachshund Poodle mix.
This breed will also require nails, ears, and oral maintenance. Their nails will need to be filed if they’re not being naturally filed and it’s highly recommended that their teeth and their ears are cleaned at least once a week to avoid any possible infection.
Health Risks of the Dachshund Poodle Mix
- As with most hybrid breeds, the Dachshund Poodle mix can inherit some of the health issues that affect either or both of their parental lines. According to research, mixed breeds have a 41% chance to develop some genetic conditions, which is not a lot lower than the chance purebreds have.
- In the case of the Poodle, they can give their offspring the possibility to develop heart diseases (mostly at an old age), eye conditions (cataracts and glaucoma being the most prominent), and diabetes.
- On their Dachshund line, they can develop patellar luxation, urinary tract problems, and, in rare cases, epilepsy.
- While these disorders can be controlled and treated, it’s very recommended that you that your Dachshund Poodle mix to regular veterinarian appointments, to make sure that everything is well. Prevention is always the best route.
- Have a look at our Dog Health section to understand some more in depth factors to your dogs health
How to Buy a Dachshund Poodle Mix
Buying any kind of hybrid dog can be a little bit tricky since it can be hard to find a reputable breeder, that brings you all the appropriate conditions to make sure that your dog will be healthy and authentic. This is why it’s so important that before you make any purchase, you make sure that everything is in order when it comes to the health of dogs (puppies and parents), the certification required for being a registered breeder, and the certification that you will receive an authentic Dachshund Poodle mix. If everything is in order, you can expect the puppies for this breed to cost between $500 to $700, with the price varying depending on location and season.
Dachshund Poodle Mix Facts
This is a highly known breed, that has been popular all around the world but that has its origins in Germany. The Dachshund is adorable and sweet, and they’re considered excellent family dogs since they’re intelligent and affectionate. They’re very loyal and considered to be excellent watchdogs. There are three varieties of Dachshunds: Smooth-coated, long-coated, and wire coated and they come in two sizes, the standard, and the miniature. The former is usually found between 16 and 30 pounds, while the latter is no heavier than 10 pounds. All of the variants of this breed have the same general characteristics though: droopy ears, long muzzle, long body, and short legs.
Physically, Poodles come in three sizes: Standard (taller than 15 inches and 50 to 70 pounds in weight), the miniature (around 10 inches in height and 12 to 20 pounds in weight), and the toy (less than 10 inches in height and around 7 pounds in weight). All varieties of the Poodle have a long appearance with a long muzzle and long, dropped ears. Their coat tends to be curly and dense. They can come in several colors like black, white, tan, reds and a mix of all of them. The Poodle is a very intelligent and sweet dog. Because they love spending time with people, they’re great family pet. They’re very active dogs, because they are easily trained and their socialization process is very easy.