Do you like little dogs that are feisty and also capable of great affection? The Doxiepoo is one of the more popular designer dog brees that will deliver both in spades! Keep reading to learn more about this appealing crossbreed.
Doxiepoo Dog Breed Overview
Doxiepoos are not purebred dogs. They are crossbreeds, Poodle mixed with Dachshund. This mix is sometimes also referred to as Doxiedoodle, Daschdoodle, Daschundoodle, Doxiepoodle, and Dachshundpoo. Whatever you call it, it adds up to a lot of cuteness and a very winning personality. For this article, though, we’re going to stick with Doxiepoo.
Given the mix of colors and coat types in the parent breeds, you might never know what you’re going to get with a Doxiepoo. If your dog takes after the Dachshund, especially if it’s long-haired, you might have to do a bit of grooming to keep shedding under control. If he takes on more of the Poodle characteristics, you could end up with a dog that needs very little grooming, and might be a very good choice if you’re looking for a dog that’s okay for people who have allergies. It’s luck of the draw, and if allergies are a concern, it’s best to look at the parents in order to determine if a particular Doxiepoo is the right choice.
Now, a bit on background. Poodles have been very popular dogs for decades, as have Dachshunds. It wasn’t until the past couple of decades, though, that “designer breeds” exploded in popularity. I’m a dog snob with a passion for purebred dogs, so I’m not sure that this is a good thing. However, you can’t put the genie back in the bottle, and it looks like designer dogs are here to stay.
It all started back in the 1960s with the Cockapoo, a cross between a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle. The Cockapoo is believed to be the first designer dog, and from there, it all went either downhill, or uphill, depending on how you feel about designer dogs.
Once people got the idea of mixing breeds, dogs that might once have been considered to be mutts that should just be given away, or sold for very little, came into their own. Hence the Chorkie, the Yorkipoo, the Goldendoodle, the Labradoodle, the Boxador, and … oh, well, I could go on and on. But I won’t. Suffice it to say that the Doxiepoo has earned a place in the pantheon of designer dogs.
It’s worth pointing out that sometimes when breeds are crossed, health issues and conditions that are common to the parent breeds are “bred out.” Often, it depends on the individual litter and, unfortunately, sometimes the health conditions that either parent breed is prone to ends up being passed down to the crossbred dogs. In the case of the Doxiepoo, these conditions can include the following:
- Hip dysplasia
- Eye problems
- Urinary tract issues
- Intervertebral disk disease
- Heart disease
- Patellar luxation
- Slipped stifle
- Ear infections
- Digestive issues
It’s worth mentioning that some of these issues are common to all dogs, whether or not they’re crossbreeds. It’s also worth noting that you Doxiepoo may never develop any of these problems. They’re just things to keep in mind if you’re considering this particular breed mix.
In order to keep your Doxiepoo healthy, it’s important to have him checked out by a veterinarian twice a year. It’s the same with all breeds – regular veterinary checkups and care are essential to good health and well-being.
Caring for your Doxiepoo is easy – brush his teeth a couple of times a week, clip his nails when they get too long, and check his ears weekly for dirt and possible infection. Feed him a good diet, formulated for a small, moderately active breed. Groom him weekly to prevent tangles. That’s pretty much it.
Doxiepoo are cute and cuddly, but they can be stubborn. Accordingly, it’s best to work on training early on, when your little buddy is at his most cooperative. Begin with socialization – this is the process by which you introduce your Doxiepoo puppy to other people and dogs. Take him places with you where he can interact with humans and other animals – this can mean nothing more than hanging around downtown or at the mall where people will want to come over and find out if your cute little friend would like to be petted! Once his shots are fully up to date, you can take him to the dog park and enroll him in doggy daycare or kindergarten. The more places and experiences your Doxiepoo can enjoy, the better socialized he’ll be.
Next, you need to start on obedience training. Every dog should learn basic obedience – sit, stay, come, and so on. You can do this on your own if you like, with the assistance of any number of books and/or websites, or you can enroll your new best friend in formal obedience classes. This serves two purposes – first, he learns basic obedience, and second, it helps with socialization because he’ll be interacting with other dogs and their humans.
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The hardest part of adopting a Doxiepoo is finding a good breeder. There are any number of Doxiepoo breeders out there, but they’re not all good. Any time that a designer breed comes to the forefront, bad people crawl out of the woodwork. These are people that just want to make money, and don’t care about the health of their puppies or where they end up. They’re puppy mill operators.
I seriously hope that you will not consider buying a puppy from a puppy mill operator. It’s tempting to think that if you do so, at least you’ll be saving one dog, but if you buy from a puppy mill, that one puppy that you took is going to result in the need for the breeder to produce another puppy. You’re creating a vicious circle. Please, don’t ever buy from a puppy mill. And don’t buy from a pet store – they get their puppies from puppy mills.
Most of the time it’s best to buy from a local breeder. If you can’t find Doxiepoo breeders locally, it’s fine to look online, but make sure that you check out the breeders thoroughly. There are tons of scams out there. Make sure that the puppy pictures aren’t showing up on multiple sites. Take blocks of text and run them through Google to make sure that they’re not appearing on multiple sites. And always, always, check the reviews.
If you’re looking locally, make sure to check out the kennel. Never agree to meet a breeder in a parking lot or other public place to pick up a puppy – if they don’t want you to visit their kennel, there’s definitely something wrong. You want to be able to visit a clean, professional kennel where the adult dogs and the puppies are properly cared for.
If a breeder doesn’t want to know anything about you, that’s a red flag. Good breeders care very much about their puppies and where they end up, and if all a breeder seems to care about is when you can hand over the deposit, there’s something wrong.
Of course there are other red flags, but these are the most obvious. If any of them are present, you should bail and look for another breeder.
Doxiepoo for Adoption
This is another area where you have to be careful. There are scammers who want to tug at your heartstrings, telling you that they have Doxiepoos in distress that need to be adopted. They’ll ask you for money, and you’ll never see the dog. Tip-offs are requests for Western Union Transfers, I-tunes cards, and pre-paid credit cards. Any of these requests should cause you to run in the opposite direction.
If you’re looking for a Doxiepoo for adoption, your best bet is to try local shelters and parent breed clubs.
No dog is truly hypoallergenic, since all dogs shed. They have to in order to have good coat and skin health. However, if you’re prone to allergies, the Doxiepoo could be a good choice. These dogs have short coats that don’t shed a lot.
Sometimes, when you’re dealing with a crossbreed dog, it’s hard to determine which parent breed they’ll take after. With the Doxiepoo, though, you can rest assured that either way you’ll end up with a playful, intelligent dog.
On the down side, you might find that your Doxiepoo is barky – both the Dachshund and the Poodle have that tendency. Accordingly, you’ll probably want to begin early training your dog not to bark.
Doxiepoos are very affectionate dogs, and unfortunately, that can mean that they are jealous of other animals that might want some of your attention. They can tolerate other pets, but they thrive in households where they’re the only ones that are getting your attention.
Doxiepoos are a little bit energetic, but will do very well on a couple of 15-minute exercise sessions per day. A quick walk does the job, and then your Doxiepoo will be happy to come inside and snuggle up with you.
Doxiepoos are fairly long-lived – usually 12-15 years.
Doxiepoos can vary a lot in size – anywhere from 5-30 pounds and 8-23 inches high. Accordingly, they are considered small- to medium-size dogs.
Are Dachshunds aggressive?
They can be. They were bred to hunt, and they have a high prey drive. They are not often friendly with strangers, and can even be nasty with their own humans.
Do Poodle mixes shed?
All dogs Poodle mixes typically shed less than other dogs, though.
How big do Pyredoodles get?
The Pyredoodle is a mix of Poodle and Great Pyrenees, and can be anywhere from 40 to 100 pounds. You could end up with a medium-size dog, or a monster!
How do you tell what breed your dog is?
If you have a purebred dog, that’s a no-brainer. If you’ve chosen a mix, then you pretty much have to rely on the breeder to tell you what the breed mix is. You could have a DNA test done if you really feel you need to know.
What is a thatDoxiepoo?
I’m sorry to have to tell you that it’s something that should never have been bred. Teacup dogs are bred for defects, and many veterinarians won’t even work on teacup dogs because of the abnormally small size of the organs. Anytime you see “teacup” in a dog’s description, run in the opposite direction. They’re bred by bad breeders who are hopping on the “designer dog” trend, to the detriment of both dogs and owners.
What is a toy doxiepoo?
A toy Doxiepoo is a cross between a Dachshund and a Toy Poodle.
After reading about the Doxiepoo, do you think you might want to adopt one? These little guys are cute and super-friendly, and fit very well into family environments. They’re also great choices for seniors and shut-ins, since they don’t need a whole lot of exercise and they do very well in apartments. They’re very loving, and easy to care for. If you choose a Doxiepoo, you’ll be adopting a wonderfully caring dog that will love you beyond distraction. You could do a lot worse!
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