The Dachsador is a mixed breed dog–a cross between the Dachshund and Labrador Retriever dog breeds. Lively, active, and friendly, these pups inherited some of the best qualities from both of their parents.
Dachsadors are also sometimes known as Doxadors, Doxidors, and Weinerdors. You can find these mixed breed dogs in shelters and breed specific rescues, so remember to always adopt! Don’t shop if you’re looking to add a Dachsador to your home!
Dachsadors are friendly and super social dogs who will be a big hit with families. The breed will seek out human companionship and is always in the mood for cuddle sessions on the couch. A relatively low maintenance dog when it comes to grooming, the Dachsador does have a playful streak that means this high energy mixed breed will require regular exercise. If you’re an active family, this dog will fit in with your routine perfectly.
Contrary to popular belief, small size doesn’t necessarily an apartment dog make. Plenty of small dogs are too high-energy and yappy for life in a high-rise. Being quiet, low energy, fairly calm indoors, and polite with the other residents are all good qualities in an apartment dog.
Some dogs are simply easier than others; they take to training better and are fairly easygoing. They’re also resilient enough to bounce back from your mistakes or inconsistencies.
Dogs who are highly sensitive, independent thinking, or assertive may be harder for a first-time dog parent to manage. You’ll get your best match if you take your dog-owning experience into account as you choose your new pooch.
If you’re new to dog parenting, take a look at 101 Dog Tricks and read up on how to train your dog!
Some dogs will let a stern reprimand roll off their backs, while others take even a dirty look to heart. Low-sensitivity dogs, also called “easygoing,” “tolerant,” “resilient,” and even “thick-skinned,” can better handle a noisy, chaotic household, a louder or more assertive owner, and an inconsistent or variable routine. Do you have young kids, throw lots of dinner parties, play in a garage band, or lead a hectic life? Go with a low-sensitivity dog.
Some breeds bond very closely with their family and are more prone to worry or even panic when left alone by their owner. An anxious dog can be very destructive–barking, whining, chewing, and otherwise causing mayhem. These breeds do best when a family member is home during the day or if you can take the dog to work.
Breeds with very short coats and little or no undercoat or body fat, such as Greyhounds, are vulnerable to the cold. Dogs with a low cold tolerance need to live inside in cool climates and should have a jacket or sweater for chilly walks.
Dogs with thick, double coats are more vulnerable to overheating. So are breeds with short noses, like Bulldogs or Pugs, since they can’t pant as well to cool themselves off. If you want a heat-sensitive breed, your dog will need to stay indoors with you on warm or humid days, and you’ll need to be extra cautious about exercising your dog in the heat.
All Around Friendliness
Some breeds are independent and aloof, even if they’ve been raised by the same person since puppyhood; others bond closely to one person and are indifferent to everyone else; and some shower the whole family with affection. Breed isn’t the only factor that goes into affection levels; dogs who were raised inside a home with people around feel more comfortable with humans and bond more easily.
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Being gentle with children, sturdy enough to handle the heavy-handed pets and hugs they can dish out, and having a blasé attitude toward running, screaming children are all traits that make a kid-friendly dog. You may be surprised by who’s on that list: Fierce-looking Boxers are considered good with children, as are American Staffordshire Terriers (which are considered Pit Bulls). Small, delicate, and potentially snappy dogs such as Chihuahuas aren’t always so family-friendly.
**All dogs are individuals. Our ratings are generalizations, and they’re not a guarantee of how any breed or individual dog will behave. Dogs from any breed can be good with children based on their past experiences, training on how to get along with kids, and personality. No matter what the breed or breed type, all dogs have strong jaws, sharp pointy teeth, and may bite in stressful circumstances. Young children and dogs of any breed should always be supervised by an adult and never left alone together, period.
Friendliness toward dogs and friendliness toward humans are two completely different things. Some dogs may attack or try to dominate other dogs, even if they’re love-bugs with people; others would rather play than fight; and some will turn tail and run. Breed isn’t the only factor. Dogs who lived with their littermates and mother until at least six to eight weeks of age and who spent lots of time playing with other dogs during puppyhood, are more likely to have good canine social skills.
Stranger-friendly dogs will greet guests with wagging tails and nuzzles; others are shy, indifferent, or even aggressive. However, no matter what the breed, a dog who was socialized and exposed to lots of different types, ages, sizes, and shapes of people as a puppy will respond better to strangers as an adult. Remember that even friendly dogs should stay on a good, strong leash in public!
Health And Grooming Needs
If you’re going to share your home with a dog, you’ll need to deal with some level of dog hair on your clothes and in your house. However, shedding does vary greatly among the breeds. Some dogs shed year-round, some “blow” seasonally, some do both, and some shed hardly at all. If you’re a neatnik, you’ll need to either pick a low-shedding breed or relax your standards. To help keep your home a little cleaner, you can find a great de-shedding tool here!
Drool-prone dogs may drape ropes of slobber on your arm and leave big, wet spots on your clothes when they come over to say hello. If you’ve got a laid-back attitude toward slobber, fine; but if you’re a neatnik, you may want to choose a dog who rates low in the drool department.
Some breeds are brush-and-go dogs; others require regular bathing, clipping, and other grooming just to stay clean and healthy. Consider whether you have the time and patience for a dog who needs a lot of grooming, or the money to pay someone else to do it.
Due to poor breeding practices, some breeds are prone to certain genetic health problems, such as hip dysplasia. This doesn’t mean that every dog of that breed will develop those diseases; it just means that they’re at an increased risk.
If you’re adopting a puppy, it’s a good idea to find out which genetic illnesses are common to the breed you’re interested in. You may also want to ask if your shelter or rescue has information about the physical health of your potential pup’s parents and other relatives.
Some breeds have hearty appetites and tend to put on weight easily. As in humans, being overweight can cause health problems in dogs. If you pick a breed that’s prone to packing on pounds, you’ll need to limit treats, make sure they get enough exercise, and measure out their daily food servings into regular meals rather than leaving food out all the time.
Ask your vet about your dog’s diet and what they recommend for feeding your pooch to keep them at a healthy weight. Weight gain can lead to other health issues or worsen problems like arthritis.
Dogs come in all sizes, from the world’s smallest pooch, the Chihuahua, to the towering Great Dane, how much space a dog takes up is a key factor in deciding if they’re compatible with you and your living space. Large dog breeds might seem overpowering and intimidating, but some of them are incredibly sweet! Take a look and find the right sized dog for you!
Easy-to-train dogs are more adept at forming an association between a prompt (such as the word “sit”), an action (sitting), and a consequence (getting a treat) very quickly. Other dogs need more time, patience, and repetition during training.
Many breeds are intelligent but approach training with a “What’s in it for me?” attitude, in which case you’ll need to use rewards and games to teach them to want to comply with your requests.
Dogs who were bred for jobs that require decision making, intelligence, and concentration, such as herding livestock, need to exercise their brains, just as dogs who were bred to run all day need to exercise their bodies. If they don’t get the mental stimulation they need, they’ll make their own work–usually with projects you won’t like, such as digging and chewing. Obedience training and interactive dog toys are good ways to give a dog a brain workout, as are dog sports and careers, such as agility and search and rescue.
Common in most breeds during puppyhood and in Retriever breeds at all ages, mouthiness means a tendency to nip, chew, and play-bite (a soft, fairly painless bite that doesn’t puncture the skin). Mouthy dogs are more likely to use their mouths to hold or “herd” their human family members, and they need training to learn that it’s fine to gnaw on chew toys, but not on people. Mouthy breeds tend to really enjoy a game of fetch, as well as a good chew on a toy that’s been stuffed with kibble and treats.
Dogs who were bred to hunt, such as Terriers, have an inborn desire to chase–and sometimes kill–other animals. Anything whizzing by, such as cats, squirrels, and perhaps even cars, can trigger that instinct. Dogs who like to chase need to be leashed or kept in a fenced area when outdoors, and you’ll need a high, secure fence in your yard. These breeds generally aren’t a good fit for homes with smaller pets that can look like prey, such as cats, hamsters, or small dogs. Breeds that were originally used for bird hunting, on the other hand, generally won’t chase, but you’ll probably have a hard time getting their attention when there are birds flying by.
Some breeds sound off more often than others. When choosing a breed, think about how often the dog vocalizes with barks or howls. If you’re considering a hound, would you find their trademark howls musical or maddening? If you’re considering a watchdog, will a city full of suspicious “strangers” put your pup on permanent alert? Will the local wildlife literally drive your dog wild? Do you live in housing with noise restrictions? Do you have neighbors nearby? Then you may wish to choose a quieter dog.
Some breeds are more free-spirited than others. Nordic dogs such as Siberian Huskies were bred to range long distances, and given the chance, they’ll take off after anything that catches their interest. And many hounds simply must follow their noses–or that bunny that just ran across the path–even if it means leaving you behind.
High-energy dogs are always ready and waiting for action. Originally bred to perform a canine job of some sort, such as retrieving game for hunters or herding livestock, they have the stamina to put in a full workday. They need a significant amount of exercise and mental stimulation, and they’re more likely to spend time jumping, playing, and investigating any new sights and smells.
Low-energy dogs are the canine equivalent of a couch potato, content to doze the day away. When picking a breed, consider your own activity level and lifestyle, and think about whether you’ll find a frisky, energetic dog invigorating or annoying.
A vigorous dog may or may not have high energy, but everything they do, they do with vigor: they strain on the leash (until you train them not to), try to plow through obstacles, and even eats and drinks with great big gulps. These dynamos need lots of training to learn good manners, and may not be the best fit for a home with young kids or someone who’s elderly or frail. A low-vigor dog, on the other hand, has a more subdued approach to life.
Some breeds do fine with a slow evening stroll around the block. Others need daily, vigorous exercise, especially those that were originally bred for physically demanding jobs, like herding or hunting.
Without enough exercise, these breeds may put on weight and vent their pent-up energy in ways you don’t like, such as barking, chewing, and digging. Breeds that need a lot of exercise are good for outdoorsy, active people, or those interested in training their dog to compete in a high-energy dog sport, such as agility.
Some dogs are perpetual puppies — always begging for a game — while others are more serious and sedate. Although a playful pup sounds endearing, consider how many games of fetch or tag you want to play each day, and whether you have kids or other dogs who can stand in as playmates for the dog.
Dog Breed Group:Mixed Breed DogsHeight:15 to 25 inchesWeight:30 to 40 poundsLife Span:12 to 14 years
More About This Breed
- The Dachsador is a mixed breed dog. They are not purebreds like their Dachshund or Labrador Retriever parents.
- The most common Dachsador colors are chocolate brown, black, and yellow.
- The Dachsador is a high energy dog that will need at least two walks a day, ideally between 45 minutes and an hour.
- When it comes to grooming, a quick ten minute brushing session every day or so should be enough to keep the dog’s coat in tip top condition.
- Dachsador dogs and children are a great fit for each other. The mixed breed is friendly and playful and will love to take part in play sessions with the kids. Play time should still always be supervised.
- This dog is smart, so make sure to provide interactive toys to keep them alert and intrigued.
There’s a bit of mystery involved with the Dachsador. It’s believed the breed was invented during the last couple of decades, but their exact origin story is still unknown.
When it comes to the Dachsador’s parent breeds, the Labrador Retriever originates from Canada, where they were originally bred for hunting and retrieving before settling into a role as a guide dog. These days, the Labrador Retriever is one of the most popular dogs in the United States.
The Dachshund comes from Germany, where they gained a reputation as a skilled badger hunter. The breed’s name becomes “badger hound” when translated from German! Since then, the Dachshund has embraced a role as a top notch companion dog.
The Dachsador has become known as a designer dog breed, but many of them unfortunately end up in shelters. So consider contacting your local rescue groups and shelters if you’re thinking about adding the Dachsador to your home.
The Dachsador is usually described as a small dog. Although, as is always the case with newer mixed dog breeds, exact size standards might vary.
Most weigh in at 30 to 40 pounds and range in height from 15 to 25 inches.
The Dachsador is a great family dog and provides excellent companionship for both individuals and families. If you’re lounging on the couch during a lazy afternoon, your Dachsador will happily hop up and snuggle with you.
These dogs are friendly and bond well with adults and small children alike; although, they do come with a reputation for being on the stubborn side, so consider that if you’re new to socializing and training a dog.
Beyond the Dachsador’s friendly nature, the mixed breed proves itself to be a lively and energetic dog. Don’t be fooled by the Dachsador’s relatively small size–this is a canine who loves to be outdoors playing and taking part in exercise sessions.
The dog is smart, too, so make sure to provide interactive toys to keep them alert and intrigued. If you have a fenced-in yard, your kids and your Dachsador will happily engage in play sessions together.
Dachsadors are generally considered to be healthy dogs; although, the breed can be predisposed to some of the same conditions that the Labrador Retriever and Dachshund face. As always, it’s important to schedule regular wellness visits with your dog’s vet.
Some of the more common health problems Dachsadors suffer from include:
- Hip Dysplasia
- Back problems
- Eye conditions
As with all dogs, it’s important to keep up your Dachsador’s regular veterinary checkups to detect any health concerns early. Your vet can help you develop a care routine that will keep your dog healthy.
The Dachsador is a high energy dog that will need at least two walks a day, ideally between 45 minutes and an hour. Such a smart dog will also benefit from obedience training–with suitable rewards, of course!
Outside of exercise, you’ll need to brush the breed’s teeth around three times a week. This is important to avoid any periodontal problems. Ask your regular vet to recommend a brand of toothpaste and offer tips on brushing technique if needed.
You’ll also need to monitor and clip your Dachsador’s nails every couple of weeks. Check their ears for pests and debris regularly, especially after outdoor play. Clean them as recommended by your vet.
An ideal Dachsador diet should be formulated for a small-sized breed with high energy.
Dachsadors need to stick to a heathy diet, as overeating can cause weight gain and associated health problems, especially if adequate exercise isn’t offered.
As with all dogs, the Dachsador’s dietary needs will change from puppyhood to adulthood and will continue to change into their senior years. You should ask your veterinarian for recommendations about your Dachsador’s diet, as there is far too much variation among individual dogs–including weight, energy, and health–to make a specific recommendation.
Coat Color And Grooming
The most common Dachsador colors are chocolate brown, black, and yellow.
The Dachsador’s coat is somewhere between short and medium in length. The texture is usually described as being dense and wiry to the touch. When it comes to grooming, a quick ten minute brushing session every day or so should be enough to keep the dog’s coat in tip top condition.
In general, the Dachsador is a pretty adaptable dog when it comes to climate. Just make sure to provide a fashionable dog coat if the weather gets too frosty. During hotter months, you’ll also want to make sure shade and fresh water are always available during outside times.
Children And Other Pets
Dachsador dogs and children are a great fit for each other. The mixed breed is friendly and playful and will love to take part in play sessions with the kids.
Just be sure to make sure that both the dog and the children have learned how to respectfully behave and interact with each other. This is especially important if your Dachsador shows signs of having a stubborn side. Play time between dogs and kids should always be supervised, even with a well-trained dog.
It’s also imperative that when a Dachsador is introduced to a household with existing pets, proper socialization is undertaken. Smaller pets cannot be viewed as prey to chase. This also applies during outdoor walks–the mixed breed can easily be tempted to dash off and chase after other animals when their hunting heritage kicks in.
Ultimately, early socialization really pays off with this breed. Make sure to reward your Dachsador for good behavior and adhere to a proper training regime when you bring them home to your family.
It may be hard to find a breed-specific rescue for Dachsador because they are a mixed breed. However, you may want to try Dachshund or Labrador Retriever breed-specific rescues, as they often care for mixes, as well. Here are some rescues you can try:
- Dachshund Rescue of North America, Inc.
- Lucky Lab Rescue & Adoption