A cross between Dachshund and Beagle dog breeds, the Doxle is an adorable family watchdog. Affectionate, playful, and inquisitive, Doxles combine some of the best characteristics of both parents.
Doxles are also known as Beaschunds, Beweenies, and Doxies. Despite their status as a “designer breed,” you can find Doxles at breed specific rescues and shelters. So please opt to adopt!
These sweet pups would make a great addition to a home where their affection can be reciprocated. They don’t like to be left alone for long periods of time. That, plus their high level of energy and need for lots of exercise makes them a better fit for people who have time in their schedules to be home for a good portion of the day. They do well with other dogs, but because both parent breeds are hunting dogs, you’d do best not to incorporate smaller animals, especially of prey size.
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.
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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.
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.
Health And Grooming Needs
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.
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:5 to 15 inchesWeight:11 to 30 poundsLife Span:12 to 14 years
More About This Breed
- Doxles are mixed breed dogs. They are not purebreds like their Dachshund or Beagle parents.
- There are many color combinations a Doxle may have, especially since both parents are often a mix of colors. These colors include solids or mixes of tan, black, golden, chocolate, white, and brown.
- Doxles can tolerate some hot and cold weather, but generally, they will be more comfortable in warmer weather than cold.
- If your Doxle has a short, smooth coat, a weekly brushing should be adequate to keep their coat in peak condition. If the fur is wiry or long, more frequent brushing may be required.
- Doxles are active dogs and need at least 30 minutes of exercise every day. Experts recommend at least two walks per day, as well as ample play time.
- You may want to prepare for their instinct to dig by allowing your Doxle a spot in the yard that you wouldn’t mind being overturned.
- The mixed breed’s Dachshund parents have smaller bodies with long spines that make them especially prone to injury, so Doxles would be a better fit for older or more gentle children.
It’s unclear how long Dachshund-Beagle mixes have been around, but in general, “designer dogs” have grown in breeding popularity over the last 20 years. Combining their funny, cheerful personalities seems an obvious choice when designer dogs came into vogue. Some records show Beagles being kept as pets as early as 55 BC and Dachshunds as early as 1400 AD.
Even though the Doxle breed got its start as a designer breed, some have ended up in shelters or in the care of rescue groups. Consider adoption if you decide this is the breed for you. Check your local shelters, look up Doxle rescues, or check with breed-specific Dachshund or Beagle rescues, as they sometimes take in mixed breed dogs and find homes for them.
Since Doxles are a relatively new mixed breed, their sizes can vary quite a bit. They are generally considered small-medium dogs.
They tend to weigh in at eleven to 30 pounds and range in height from five to 15 inches. Some may be smaller or larger.
Doxles are wonderful family dogs, watchdogs, and companion dogs, all rolled into one. As both Dachshunds and Beagles are hunting dogs, they are curious and attentive–often a charming trait, but you may want to prepare for their instinct to dig by allowing them a spot in the yard that you wouldn’t mind being overturned. They are extremely active, which is good news both for getting your daily steps in, as well as keeping their propensity for obesity at bay.
With so much love in their hearts, Doxles can get lonely if left alone for too long, so make sure you or another dog spend enough time at home during the day before adding one into your family. You may also have to get used to having an adorable shadow, as your Doxle will likely want to follow you around and observe exactly what you’re doing. Although Doxles get along beautifully with other dogs and all ages of humans, it’s not the best idea to add small animals, especially of the prey-sized variety, to the environment, as it will be hard for your Doxle to fight their hunter genetics.
Doxles can tend to bark a lot, especially at people they don’t know (the trade-off for a great watchdog), and the Dachshund side can lend some stubbornness–but both of these can be overcome somewhat with early training. Early training can even decrease their hunting tendency to chase or growl at smaller animals.
Funny, cheerful, inquisitive, loyal, loving–these are just a few traits you will enjoy about your Doxle. Their playful antics will keep you guessing and laughing.
Overall, Doxles are fairly healthy dogs. More common afflictions are luckily pretty easy to keep an eye on, such as ear infections or obesity. The weaker Dachshund back is also something fairly easy to watch out for–mostly, just to be careful children don’t sit on or push on their backs, as well as not encouraging huge jumps or running up and down stairs.
Doxles can be prone to other health issues, as well, from both their Dachshund and Beagle heritage. Some of the more common problems Doxles suffer from include:
- intervertebral disc disease
- patellar luxation
- hip dysplasia
- cherry eye
As with all dogs, annual check-ups are a good way to maintain your Doxle’s health and keep up with vaccinations. Your vet can also help you develop a care plan to keep your pup healthy.
Doxles are extremely active dogs and need at least 30 minutes of exercise every day, which is also a great way to combat their propensity for obesity. Experts recommend at least two walks per day, as well as ample “play time” to explore in the home or, ideally, outside. Because of the hunting instincts in these breeds, you should expect some amount of digging outside.
Brushing their teeth two to three times per week will maintain good dental health. Regular nail trims are also necessary. Because Doxles are prone to ear infections, it’s important to check ears for wax build-up regularly. You can clean their ears with a cloth and vet-approved ear-cleaning solution weekly, or as needed.
An ideal Doxle diet should be formulated for a small- to medium-sized breed with high energy. This mixed breed is prone to obesity, so be careful to keep feeding portions regulated and treats to a minimum.
As with all dogs, the Doxle’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 Doxle’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
There are many color combinations a Doxle may have, especially since both parents are often a mix of colors. These colors include solids or mixes of tan, black, golden, chocolate, white, and brown.
If your Doxle has a short, smooth coat, a weekly brushing should be adequate to keep their coat in peak condition. If the fur is wiry or long, more frequent brushing may be required. Hand-stripping two or three times per year, by you or by a groomer, is often recommended to remove excess loose fur once a new coat has come in. This is painless for the dog, provided the old coat is ready to go.
Doxles can tolerate some hot and cold weather, but generally, they will be more comfortable in warmer weather than cold. If you notice your dog is especially reluctant to go outside in the winter or even shivers, you can try a winter coat or sweater to keep them warm. The short Dachshund profile can make their bellies quick to get cold or wet in winter weather.
Children And Other Pets
This mixed breed’s Dachshund parents have smaller bodies with long spines that make them especially prone to injury, so Doxles would be a better fit for older or more gentle children. It would definitely injure the Doxle if one were to sit on its back, for instance. They are wonderful companion pets.
Doxles are very social and affectionate, so they do well with other dogs. Because of the hunting instinct in their lineage, they should not be mixed with smaller pets, especially of the prey variety.
As with any dog, early socialization is key in bringing out the best manners in your pup.
It may be hard to find a breed-specific rescue for Doxles because they are a mixed breed. However, you may want to try Dachshund or Beagle breed-specific rescues, as they often care for mixes, as well. Here are some rescues you can try:
- Dachshund Rescue of North America, Inc.
- Colorado Beagle Rescue, Inc.