If you were the type of kid who wasn’t afraid to choose the “mystery” flavour of candy in a bag, a Dachshund Poodle — or Doxiepoo — may be for you. While this mixed breed can have famously endless combinations of traits, they are known for being affectionate, intelligent, and playful.
The list of names the Doxiepoo is known by is as long as the parent Dachshund: Doodle, Dachdoodle, Doxiedoodle, Doxiepoodle, Dachshunddoodle, and Dachshundpoo. This is one of the most unpredictable pairings among mixed breeds, even within a single litter. This means they often end up in shelters. However, with such winning traits, they are wonderfully adoptable dogs. And, as one of the most affectionate mixed breeds, they’ll fall in love with you before you leave the shelter.
Because they’re so loving and loyal, Doxiepoos work best with families who don’t mind spending plenty of time with them. They do well with children, but they do best in single-pet homes. Vigilant watchdogs, Doxiepoos may be “yappy,” so owners should be prepared. Also, because it’s hard to know how this mix may turn out, owners who need “hypoallergenic” dogs should probably meet this mixed breed before bringing one home. Doxiepoos are energetic but adapt well to both apartments and houses, provided they are given enough exercise time.
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. And you can find an awesome crate for your dog here to give them a little more personal space in your apartment.
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
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:8 to 23 inchesWeight:5 to 30 poundsLife Span:10 to 15 years
More About This Breed
- Doxiepoos are mixed breed dogs. They are not purebreds like their Dachshund or Poodle parents.
- Doxiepoos can have a range of fur colors, including white, cream, gray, black, and brown.
- Grooming needs depend on which type of coat the Doxiepoo inherits. If they take after their Dachshund parent, their short coats will be low maintenance. If they take after the poodle, they may need more frequent brushing but may also be better for allergy sufferers.
- Doxiepoos can tolerate any climate, but they do prefer warmer temperatures. A winter coat may help your dog navigate cold or snowy winter weather.
- Doxiepoos tend to do best in single pet households, but they can get along with other pets, especially if they’re socialized from an early age.
- Because they are small, Doxiepoos can get injured or frightened by children who play rough. These dogs love all people, even kids, but prefer gentle play. Never leave children with dogs of any breed unsupervised.
While the Poodle has been extremely popular in America since post-World War II, Poodle hybrids have come into vogue primarily in the last two decades. The Doxiepoo first became popular in the 2000s.
For Doxiepoos, Toy or Miniature Poodles are usually bred–rarely Standard Poodles. Although the Doxiepoo originated as a “designer dog,” they are commonly available in shelters–opt to adopt!
Because Doxiepoo combinations are so unpredictable, there’s a wide range in size for this mixed breed. They can weigh anywhere from five to thirty pounds, and their height spans from eight to 23 inches–making them either small or medium dogs.
Although it’s impossible to know exactly which parent a Doxiepoo may take after more–Dachshund or Poodle–you can be sure you will get an adorable, affectionate, playful, intelligent family dog.
Both parent breeds can tend to bark a lot, so it’s important to start training as early as possible to temper this habit. Another habit that’s important to temper early is the stubbornness the Doxiepoo may inherit from the Dachshund–it may make training more difficult, but not impossible. Poodles are known for being easy to train, so again, it’s uncertain which temperament you’ll end up with. However, Poodles are also known for being clever and mischievous, so either way, you will have a playful, fun-loving pup.
Doxiepoos are extremely affectionate, known for giving ample kisses, which is a win in our book. So you’re not going to have a mean dog–just possibly a willful one.
However, Doxiepoos can be a bit jealous with all that affection, so they do best in a single-pet home. Although, they can tolerate other pets, if they are socialized early in puppyhood. They do well with children and people in general, and they can adapt to both apartments and houses with yards, provided they are allowed exercise time.
As with all mixed breeds, there is a potential for the Doxiepoo to inherit the worst genetic predispositions from both their Dachshund and Poodle sides–especially as this particular combination is so hard to predict. For the Doxiepoo, possible common health issues include:
- canine crushing disease
- eye care problems
- hip dysplasia
- intervetebral disk disease
- urinary tract problems
- heart disease
- patellar luxation
- Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia (IMHA)
- slipped stifle
- heart disorders
- ear infections
- skin problems
- digestive tract problems
Please note that just because these are predispositions in the Dachshund and Poodle breeds, it does not mean that a singular Doxiepoo will definitely inherit any of these. The reason Doxiepoos end up in shelters so often is based on unpredictable appearance more than anything else, so you shouldn’t be afraid that a Doxiepoo shelter dog necessarily has a health condition.
As with all dogs, yearly check-ups with the vet are important to maintain ideal health.
As Doxiepoos are pretty energetic, they require daily exercise, but it need not be intense. They enjoy walks around the neighborhood or park. They do not enjoy being outside by themselves–indeed, it’s not a good idea, as they are often much smaller and more gentle than predatory animals. Instead, they love being around the family as much as possible, participating in daily activities.
Doxiepoos are very intelligent and can get bored if left alone too much. Walking to new places together stimulates Doxiepoos’ minds and helps them with separation anxiety. They don’t need a large living space, provided they get accompanied exploration outside.
Teeth should be cleaned at least twice a week to maintain dental health. Ears should be cleaned every so often with a veterinary-approved solution to avoid ear infections. Make sure to trim your dog’s nails as needed. They should not click against the floor. Your groomer can help you with this.
An ideal Doxiepoo diet should be formulated for a small or medium breed–depending on your individual Doxiepoo’s size–with high energy. Because the Doxiepoo struggles with obesity, be careful not to overfeed your dog. Talk to your vet about specific food portions and treat allotments.
As with all dogs, the Doxiepoo’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 Doxiepoo’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
Doxiepoos can have a range of fur colors, including white, cream, gray, black, and brown.
If they inherit the Dachshund hair type, their coat will be short, coarse, and low-maintenance. Poodle fur, however, is longer and curlier, and more regular brushing and trims are required to avoid tangles and keep the fur looking its best. Poodle hair is allergy-friendly. In general, Doxiepoos should be brushed at least twice a week, and they should be bathed every six-to-eight weeks.
Doxiepoos can tolerate any climate, but they do prefer warmer temperatures. A winter coat may help your Doxiepoo navigate cold or snowy winter weather.
Children And Other Pets
Doxiepoos generally do well with children and adults, though they may bark a lot when they first meet them. Doxiepoos tolerate gentle behavior from children very well, and they have a very loving relationship. However, rough behavior with Doxiepoos, like pulling on the ears or tail, will not go well–they can be small and easily frightened, and they may even nip in defense.
Doxiepoos prefer to be the only pet in a home, but they can get along with other dogs or animals if they are socialized at an early age. Every dog is different, but in general, early socializing is key if you don’t want your Doxiepoo to be a solo dog.
With training and care, Doxiepoos can be their best selves–a loving family dog.
It may be hard to find a breed-specific rescue for Doxiepoos because they are a mixed breed. However, you may want to try Dachshund or Poodle breed-specific rescues, as they often care for mixes, as well. Here are some rescues you can try:
- Dachshund Rescue of North America, Inc.
- Carolina Poodle Rescue