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You may have heard the name Doxiepoo being thrown around. Perhaps you’ve even come to the correct conclusion that it’s a type of crossbreed.
That being said, there’s probably a whole lot you don’t know about this delightful type of dog. We’re here to fix that.
Our comprehensive guide highlights everything you need to know about the Doxiepoo.
What is a Doxiepoo?
If you’re unfamiliar with this crossbreed, you may be wondering what exactly is a Doxiepoo. Well, a Doxiepoo is a fascinating combination of Dachshund and Poodle (usually a toy or miniature version).
Given that it is impossible to predict the exact genetic composition of a Doxiepoo, they may have more dachshund in them or be more like a poodle. It’s really a lucky dip!
What are other names for a Doxiepoo?
While Doxiepoo is the most common name for a dachshund cross poodle, there are a range of other names that the breed is known by.
If you see any of the above names, you know they are referring to a Dachshund cross Poodle mix.
What is the history of the Doxiepoo?
The Doxiepoo dates back to the early 2000s when it first became popular as a designer breed. Before this time, the Dachshund Poodle hybrid wasn’t a common (or even intentional) crossbreed.
The Poodle itself has been a popular dog breed since the 1500s. Originally from Germany, the Poodle’s breeding was refined in France during the 1600s.
The name Poodle comes from the German word ‘Pudel’, meaning puddle or splash about. Poodles were given this name because they loved water. Poodles then became the most popular breed of dog in America following World War II.
It remained this way for approximately 20 years and is now a common breed all over the world.
Dachshunds, on the other hand, were originally hunting dogs. They were often used to track and hunt rabbits and badgers, even being called the ‘German Badger Hunter’ at one point.
Their name soon evolved to Dachshund as did their purpose, becoming beloved little companions of people across the globe.
What temperament does a Doxiepoo have?
Doxiepoos are loving dogs that make loyal companions. They are likely to enjoy the company of people, lavishing all family members with kisses.
These dogs are most comfortable curled up on your lap and have a tendency to follow their people around the house.
They are likely to make good watchdogs (despite their small size!) and usually bark at strangers. They are also likely to bark at things that scare them such as large vehicles and this may be annoying to deal with.
Remember to use positive reinforcement and consistent training to manage their behavior.
What is the life expectancy of a Doxiepoo?
A Doxiepoo typically lives for 10-15 years. It is important to maintain their health with a healthy diet, regular exercise and appropriate stimulation to ensure an enduring quality of life.
How big is a Doxiepoo?
As mentioned above, there is no way of predicting the exact outcome of a Doxiepoo. Will they have soft fur like a Poodle or short fur like a Dachshund? Will they have a Poodle’s trainability or a Dachsund’s long body?
Nobody knows until the puppies are actually born. In fact, Doxiepoos are one of the most unpredictable crossbreeds.
Even puppies in the same litter can possess vastly different characteristics from their siblings, but this makes it all the more exciting!
In general, a Doxiepoo is likely to be either a small or medium dog. They typically weigh between 5 and 30 pounds and stand between 8 and 23 inches tall. These ranges are quite large given the diversity of the crossbreed.
What does a Dachshund cross Poodle look like?
Well, given that the individual genetic composition of one Doxiepoo can differ significantly from the next, a dachshund cross poodle mix can have varied appearances.
They typically have rounded heads with a proportionately long snout, with many having long bodies like a Dachshund and the soft coat of a Poodle. Most Doxiepoos have medium-length coats that are extremely dense.
While the texture can vary, most have wavy fur.
Doxiepoos usually have one of two eye colors (hazel or brown) and either black or brown noses. The color of their coat, however, can vary greatly.
Depending on the parents and family bloodlines, a Doxiepoo might be predominantly one color or a mixture of colors. The range of coat colors typically include brown, cream, white, grey or black.
Is a Doxiepoo hypoallergenic?
Yes, given the Poodle component a Doxiepoo is a hypoallergenic breed of dog. Doxiepoos tend to be low shedders given the coat nature of both the Poodle and short-haired Dachshunds.
If the Dachshund parent is long-haired, your Doxiepoo might have a longer coat that requires regular grooming.
What grooming and maintenance is required for a Doxiepoo?
It really depends on the coat of the specific Doxiepoo as to how much grooming they require, but most will have soft coats that will benefit from daily brushing.
This will ensure that the hair remains tangle-free and does not get matted. They may also need the odd trim to keep their coat looking clean and neat.
Like all dogs, they should have a regular check-up by the vet to keep them in top condition. Your vet will be able to check their teeth and ears to avoid any infections. They will also need their nails trimmed regularly.
What are the feeding requirements of a Doxiepoo?
Doxiepoos, thanks to the Dachshund in them, have the tendency to become overweight. With a dog this size, it’s not that difficult. A little too much food and a few extra treats and your little companion can be headed right for obesity!
To control a Doxiepoo’s weight, stick to a regular food schedule. The amount of food they need will depend on their size but should consist of 1.5-2 cups of dog food each day.
You can feed this in one sitting or spread it over three meals – whatever suits your pup and your lifestyle.
Treats are an effective reward for training but too many can contribute to weight gain. Remember that treats are for special occasions and should be fed in moderation!
How much exercise does a Doxiepoo require?
As with all dogs, Doxiepoos require regular exercise to keep them fit and healthy. They have moderate energy levels and benefit from daily walks. Try to take different routes to keep their minds thinking and avoid boredom.
While Doxiepoos need daily exercise, they do not require vigorous physical activity. A walk will more than meet their exercise needs.
Do Doxiepoos have any specific health concerns?
There are certain ailments that are more common among Doxiepoos than other breeds. A combination of both Dachshund and Poodle, Doxiepoos are open to developing the conditions of either breed.
For Dachshunds, things like hip dysplasia and intervertebral damage are common. They are also more at risk for canine Cushing’s disease, seizures, heart disorders and urinary tract problems.
Poodles, on the other hand, are more prone to conditions like diabetes, epilepsy and Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia (IMHA). They can also suffer from ear infections, heart disorders, digestive track issues and skin problems.
While the Doxiepoo might inherit any of these ailments, it is also quite possible that they will inherit none of them. Every dog breed is prone to certain conditions but many live happy, healthy lives.
Just remember to pay particular attention to your dog as they get older and become more susceptible to these conditions.
Are Doxiepoos good family dogs?
Doxiepoos can make great family pets! They typically enjoy the company of both adults and children, although may be less tolerant than other breeds when it comes to rough behavior.
Keep an eye on small children as Doxiepoos may not take kindly to having their tails or ears pulled and may even respond with a nip if they feel threatened.
While it is good to be aware of this with small children, Doxiepoos are loving companions overall and arelikely to form strong bonds with the whole family.
Do Doxiepoos get along with other pets?
Doxiepoos can live harmoniously with other pets, especially if they have been socialized with other animals from a young age.
It’s probably best to introduce other pets when they are young so they will grow up accustomed to the shared environment.
If your Doxiepoo is quite isolated for a period of their life, introducing new animals will be more difficult as they will be used to living independently and having all of your attention!
It really does depend on the specific dog and their personality. Even with regular socialization, some Doxiepoos will be easier to integrate with additional pets than others.
How much are Doxiepoos?
A Doxiepoo is much cheaper than a purebred Dachshund or purebred Poodle. In fact, you are likely to pay half as much to secure a little Doxiepoo to become your newest family member.
Some larger Doxiepoos may be more expensive, ranging up to three-quarters of the typical prices for a purebred Dachshund or Poodle.
A Doxiepoo can make a great addition to your family. These affectionate little canines will worm their way into your hearts and bring endless entertainment.