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Doxiepoo: The Dachshund x Poodle designer dog

By Justine Seraphin Country Manager

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Doxiepoos are a cross between a Dachshund and a Poodle. With all crossbreeds, it's hard to predict what they will look or act like - but here’s what we know.

To understand this crossbreed, we must first look at the two parent breeds!

The Dachshund

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Dachshunds are a German terrier breed. Like many terriers, they can be quite stubborn, and definitely don’t realise that they’re a small breed. As such, they need dedicated training to ensure they don’t develop behavioural problems such as excessive barking. They are typically very attached to their owners and are affectionate towards them.

The Poodle

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Poodles are historically a duck-hunting breed. As such, they are very active and athletic dogs. They are also among the smartest breeds in the world! This makes them easy to train, even for first-time owners. Poodles are well-known for their beautiful, curly coats, which need a lot of attention, including a trip to the groomers once every 6 weeks at least.

Doxiepoo size

The physical appearance of a Doxiepoo will largely depend on the parents. Indeed, there are two different sizes of Dachshunds (Standard Dachshund and Miniature Dachshund), and three different sizes of Poodles (Standard Poodle, Miniature Poodle, and Toy Poodle)! As such, Doxiepoos can weigh anywhere from five to thirty pounds, and their height spans from 20 to 60 cm – making them either small dogs or medium dogs.

Doxiepoo temperament

Doxiepoos, much like their two parent breeds, are affectionate, playful, and intelligent. You should start training early in case your dog inherits the Dachshund’s stubbornness and tendency to bark. You should also socialise them well, as they can become very attached to their owners and therefore quite possessive over them.

Doxiepoos and children

Doxiepoos can make great family dogs as long as the children of the household are respectful and gentle towards them. Doxiepoos are not the most patient of dogs, so they’re unlikely to tolerate a lot of ear or tail-tugging. They might do better with teens than with young children.

Doxiepoos and other pets

Because Doxiepoos can be quite possessive of their owners, they might struggle to share your attention with other pets. However, if they’re properly socialised, this won’t be a problem. Remember, one parent breed is a terrier and the other is a hunting breed. This means that small furries might not be the best choice if you’re looking for a sibling for your dog.

Doxiepoo training

Doxiepoos are very intelligent dogs, so they can be trained! However, if they inherit their terrier parents’ personality, they may turn out to be quite stubborn. To avoid any complications, start positive reinforcement training as early as possible.

Doxiepoo exercise requirements

Every dog is different, especially when we're talking about crossbreeds. However, adult Doxiepoos will need a moderate amount of exercise; approximately between 30 minutes and 1-hour a day. Because Doxiepoos are also very intelligent, they require mental stimulation as well. For this, you can purchase puzzle toys and treat-dispensing toys. Trick training is also a great way to get their brains working, and to strengthen the bond between you!

Doxiepoo health

Typically, cross breeds tend to be healthier than pure breeds because the genetic pool is larger. However, Doxiepoos are still predisposed to any of the of the health issues that their parent breeds suffer from, including:

  • hip dysplasia
  • intervetebral disk disease
  • urinary tract problems
  • heart disease
  • patellar luxation
  • seizures
  • Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia (IMHA)
  • slipped stifle
  • diabetes
  • epilepsy
  • heart disorders
  • ear infections
  • skin problems
  • digestive tract problems

Doxiepoo grooming

Poodles have a tightly-curled coat while Dachshunds have three different coat types (rough, smooth, and long). No matter what type of coat your Doxiepoo inherits, it is likely that they will require regular grooming, both at home and by a professional. While shedding is likely to be minimal, you should expect to brush your dog’s coat several times a week and to take them to the groomers at least once every 6 weeks. 

Doxiepoo feeding

As with any dog, a Dachshund x Poodle's dietary requirements may vary slightly based on their size, age, activity level, and individual health considerations. However, there are some guidelines to follow. Firstly, you should choose a dog food specifically formulated for small or medium-sized breeds. Regardless of the price, you should opt for a high-quality dog food with a high protein content, avoiding fillers and additives. Because of the Dachshund parent's long and fragile spine, it is essential to keep the weight off of your Doxiepoo. Only use treats when training and be careful not to overfeed your furry friend!

Doxiepoo price

While they are crossbreeds, Doxiepoos have become extremely popular in the UK. Because of this, you may struggle to find Doxiepoo puppies for sale under £1500.

Doxiepoo puppies for sale

Please remember to be cautious and ethical when buying a dog and make sure to purchase from responsible breeders who prioritise the health and welfare of their dogs. The pandemic gave rise to hundreds of backyard breeders who think only of producing as many puppies as possible, regardless of health concerns. So you must be discerning when choosing a puppy!

Doxiepoo rescues

Alternatively, you may consider adopting a Doxiepoo or any other mixed breed dog from a local animal shelter or rescue organisation. Many adoption platforms filter their results by breed - so you can search for a Dachshund or a Poodle and hopefully find what you’re looking for!

Does the Doxiepoo sound like the perfect match for you? If not, why not check out these other cross breeds:

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