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Everything you need to know about the Dachshund cross

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The Dachshund is friendly and extremely affectionate so are the Dachshund crossbreeds.

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The Dachshund, also known as sausage dog, is extremely affectionate and fun. This breed is one of the most popular breeds in the UK, not only for its unique looks but also for its great personality, traits that will portray in the Dachshund crossbreeds.

By Dawn Parrish

Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:28

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”.

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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.

Height: 20-27cm
Weight: 9-12kg
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


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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.

Find out more the Yorkshire Terrier

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.

Find out more about the Jack Russell

The Goldenshund: Dachshund cross Golden Retriever


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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.

Find out more about the Golden Retriever

The Chiweenie: Dachshund cross Chihuahua


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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.

Find out more about the Chihuahua

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. 

Find out more about the Weimaraner

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.

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