Origins and history of the Dachshund breed
The Doxie or Dachshund has been around for a very long time. With his pointed muzzle, short legs and long body length, he used to be known as a “badger dog”. This was due to his ability to dig into the earth in the search of badgers, rabbits and foxes. The breed became very popular in Germany and later in America too. In fact, during World War I, they were known as “Liberty Hounds”.
Physical characteristics of the Dachshund
The UK Kennel Club recognises six varieties of Dachshunds:
- Miniature Smooth Haired
- Long haired
- Miniature long haired
- Smooth haired
- Miniature Wire Haired
- Wire haired
The six types have three probable coat deviations; either wire-haired, long-haired or smooth-haired.
The Dachshund is also called sausige dog because of its short legs and long body. This breed is quite robust and muscular. They carry their heads held high and look very proud.
Lifespan: 12 to 13 years
Personality of a Dachshund
These loyal pets, generally have outgoing personalities. Although they become quite attached to family members, they’re not really sociable around strangers and other canines. However, if they undergo socialisation training from an early age, they can be trained to be tolerant. As they are relatively independent creatures, they don’t usually worry too much if left alone. Even though very small, Dachshunds are brave pets and although not really used as a guard dog, they will alert you with a warning bark.
Training your Dachshund dog
Of course, because the Dachshund breed has short legs, this doesn’t mean that they don’t love to play and take walks outside. Training needs for individual crossbreeds will, of course, depend on the parents’ agility levels. The parent Dachshund is prone to back injuries, so for this reason, it’s important to take care when lifting them.
Certainly, just like most other puppy breeds, Dachshunds can be quite destructive. Boredom and inactivity might result in a chewing episode, so provide a young puppy with plenty of toys to divert his attention.
Common health issues of the Dachshund
The majority of Dachshunds live to an old age, but a high percentage of this breed suffer from intervertebral disc related problems. The vertebrae of their long backs appear to be quite weak. This problem can be inherited by any Dachshund cross breeds too, so any potential owners are advised to research the parent’s health. Other health conditions affecting these dogs include itchy skin, heart problems, urinary conditions and sometimes epilepsy.
As mentioned, there are plentiful Dachshund cross breeds. Here are some of the most popular canine pairings:
The Dachshund crossbreeds
We can all agree that Dachshund are just too cute, and they have a unique personality. They love to play, are very affectionate and sometimes they can be sometimes a bit of a handful. They are not the best choice for first time owners. But what about the Dachshund mix? Could they be suited for first time owners? Well let's find out.
The Dorkie: Dachshund cross Yorkshire Terrier
This cross between a Dachshund and a Yorkhire Terrier inherits some of the best qualities of both parent breeds. They are loyal, calm and love to get all the attention. This breed would be a perfect match for a senior companion. The Dorkie is small and doesn't require long walks because of their short legs. They are fun to be around and will enjoy running around kids in the house.
The Dach Russell: Dachshund cross Jack Russell
Also known as a Jackshund, this isn’t a purebred cross dog. With various talents, including tricks, guarding, watchdog and hunting, the Dach Russell mixed breed will make a great companion. These pups make very affectionate and loving pets, but be aware of their stubbornness too.
The Goldenshund: Dachshund cross Golden Retriever
Not a standard Dachshund cross, but the Golden Retriever is also one of the most well-liked pet breeds. This affectionate and friendly crossbreed has such gorgeous eyes and a fluffy coat that you can’t resist them. These Goldenshund pets are quite energetic and need plenty of exercising.
The Chiweenie: Dachshund cross Chihuahua
If you love Dachshunds but are looking for a pet with more swagger and confidence, the Chiweenie could be the one for you. Very affectionate, easy-going and adorable, the tiny pups are so cute. Depending on the parent’s looks, the offspring can have either short or long hair, with varying head shapes too.
The Daimeraner: Dachshund cross Weimaraner
How cute are these Dachshund cross breeds with their mournful looks? These Daimeraner pups take characteristics and personalities from both parents. They are an extremely rare mixed breed.
How to get a Dachshund crossbreed?
When you are planning on a new canine addition to your family, do your investigations first. Research the physical qualities, the possible health issue and also the general, daily care requirements. Even better if you can meet both parent breeds before you make your choice. Finding a new pup to add to your family should be undertaken with a great amount of care and attention to detail. The same rules apply when looking for a Dachshund crossed with any other breed of dog.
Check out these other mixed breeds:
- The Beagle cross
- The Border Collie cross
- The Border Terrier cross
- The Chihuahua cross
- The Dalmatian cross
- The French Bulldog cross
- The German Shepherd cross
- The Golden Retriever cross
- The Husky cross
- The Jack Russell cross
- The Labrador crossbreed
- The Pomeranian cross
- The Poodle cross
- The Pug cross
- The Rottweiler cross
- The Shih Tzu cross