While it is difficult to say exactly what the traits of the Doxiepoo are due to the huge amount of variance from one individual pup to the next, one thing can be said for sure. This breed is one of the most loving and intelligent ones around. Also known by the names of Dachdoodle and Dachshundpoo, this breed is the result of a cross between a Dachshund and a Poodle. The Doxiepoo is highly unpredictable when it comes to traits but is definitely a wonderful dog to have around. These affectionate and playful pups will make a great addition to any loving home.
Doxiepoos have a past that cannot be traced sufficiently. As is the case with most other hybrid dog breeds, it is difficult to determine exactly when the parent breeds were first crossed. The Doxiepoo likely existed in nature through accidental breeding well before any intentional efforts to bring the Poodle, and the Dachshund began. The breed has existed since at least the 2000s since that is when their popularity increased.
Due to their unpredictable nature, it is difficult to list the exact traits your Doxiepoo may have. They are generally incredibly affectionate, showering their owners in a ton of slobbery kisses. They are slightly jealous in nature and don’t like sharing their owners with other animals. It is because of this reason that the Doxiepoo is best suited for single pet households. The Doxiepoo can either be fairly easy to train because of the Poodle genes or can take after the Dachshund parent and develop a bit of a stubborn streak. Early socialization and training are very important to ensure that your pup grows up to have a well-rounded personality and even temperament. Both of the Doxiepoo’s parent breeds are rather barky in nature, and the Doxiepoo tends to take on this habit. Early training is necessary to make sure your dog does not grow up to be too loud.
While there may be some variation in size due to a lack of set standards, the average Doxiepoo will grow up to be anywhere between 8 to 23 inches tall and weigh around 5to 30 pounds.
When it comes to the Doxiepoo, their unpredictable nature extends to their health as well. While they may remain free of any genetic illnesses due to the hybrid vigor afforded to them through mixed breeding, there is always a possibility that your pup has inherited the worst from both the Poodle and the Dachshund. A good practice is to ensure that the breeder you are getting your puppy from shares the health clearances of both parent dogs with you. Do not buy from a breeder that mates dogs that are younger than 2 years old since that is when most genetic illnesses start to surface. Schedule regular appointments at the vet’s clinic to make sure your pooch is growing healthily and any potential issues are caught and treated early on. Some health issues that the Doxiepoo may be predisposed to include canine crushing disease, hip dysplasia, urinary tract issues, seizures, diabetes, epilepsy, and heart disorders, among other potential illnesses.
The Doxiepoo has quite a bit of energy, and they need daily exercise to burn any excess energy off. However, they are small pups and so do not need exercise that is too intense. A fun game of fetch or a walk will be more than enough. Do not leave your Doxiepoo alone outdoors since they may become the target of predatory animals. These dogs are also very smart and love spending time around people, especially their families. Provide them with a lot of toys to keep boredom at bay and prevent any destructive behaviors. These pups are not as easy to train as some other dog breeds, but positive reinforcements and early socialization and training will go a long way. Treat your Doxiepoo with love and steer clear of harsh punishments like yelling.
Nutritional needs vary from one Doxiepoo to the next. Speak to a professional when designing a meal plan for your pup. Steer clear of free-feeding as this may lead to unnecessary weight gain.
The coat of the Doxiepoo is dependent on which parent they take after. If they take after the Dashchund, their coat will be shorter and relatively easier to groom than if they take after the Poodle parent, in which case their coat will be longer and curlier.
The Doxiepoo’s coat will need regular brushing, especially if the pup takes after the Poodle parent. If they inherit the longer coat, they will need regular trimming to ensure that their fur is not getting in the way too much. Do not bathe them any more than once every six to eight weeks. Make sure you maintain good oral hygiene through regular brushing and keep their ears clean and free of any debris or dirt.
A Doxiepoo can cost anywhere between $250 to $2500.
Here is a list of rescue organizations that shelter Doxiepoos (among other breeds):