It’s a Dachshund! It’s a poodle! Actually, it’s called a Doxiepoo, and my goodness, it looks even cuter than its name. Aside from being the ambassador of cute names, the Doxiepoo is also famously known for just how different they can be from pup to pup. These small crossbreeds are relatively new to the world of dog breeds, and as such, they lack the notoriety and distinction associated with other dog breeds like Lhasa Apsos or other crossbreeds like the Puggle. Despite this fact, the Doxiepoo is a loyal, lovable, and beloved little dog breed that has gained worldwide popularity ever since its debut in the late 1990s.
Doxiepoo At a Glance
6 to 30 pounds, and their height spans from 8 to 23 inches
Varies from short/straight to long/curly
White, cream, gray, black, and brown
12 to 15 years
Did You Know?
It is unknown what led the first breeders to intentionally breed Miniature Poodles with Dachshunds as they have very little in common with one another and don’t have much to gain from cross-breeding. It is believed by some individuals that this decision was fueled entirely because their names sound so cute or funny when combined together (though there is not enough substantial evidence to support this claim).
Their unique qualities and appearances make them a great dog for the most experienced of dog owners, yet their typically good demeanors make them a good match for even beginner owners.
These dogs need consistent grooming in order to keep up their cute appearances and to ward off any skin conditions. Being a crossbreed of Dachshunds and Poodles, this dog is susceptible to any health issues of either of their parent dogs, but will usually live happy, healthy, relatively long lives. Doxiepoos have a lot of energy, both physically and mentally, and as such require a fair amount of stimulation to stay fit and content. These hyperactive dogs make great walking buddies, but their small size also makes them a good fit for smaller homes. Clever and sweet, the Doxiepoo is a truly special breed that only continues to grow more interesting the more you learn about it!
History of the Doxiepoo
As the name implies, the Doxiepoo originates from Dachshunds and Poodles, two dogs of European descent that have been popular breeds among pet owners since as early as the 15th Century. That being said, the Doxiepoo itself is a relatively new breed, with the earliest documented Doxiepoos being bred as a Designer Dog as early as the late 1990s.
The hybrid breed first started hitting popularity in the early 2000s and has remained a popular choice among pet owners who know of its cuteness. There may have been earlier instances of the breed existing prior to the 1990s, but these would’ve been accidental cases of crossbreeding that lack proper documentation.
Being that they can have any combination of traits from both Dachshunds and Poodles, it is important to understand both these breeds in order to get an idea of what a Doxiepoo is like.
Dachshunds are the courageous stubborn weiner dogs that many pet owners have come to love. They have a distinct look with their short legs and elongated body, and they’re hard to miss even by the most inexperienced of dog lovers. They are loyal family dogs, but are also stubborn and bold, likely due to the fact that it was originally bred for the purpose of hunting badgers. This is also the reason why Dauchshund’s enjoy burrowing or digging holes so much. Even a homebound Dachshund can frequently be seen digging at blankets or trying to dig holes on carpets. The breed also features three unique types of coats, smooth, long, and wire, all of which come with their own unique needs and brushing regimens.
The equally popular and famous Poodle is the other half of this puzzle. Standard Poodles can weigh as heavy as 70 pounds which is why, in most cases, Doxiepoos will be bred from the much smaller Toy or Miniature Poodle varieties: breeds that are much closer in size to the standard Dachshund. Poodles are largely thought of as dainty or prissy dogs, but in dog circles, they are recognized consistently for their intelligence and trainability. These dogs are beyond smart and are extremely athletic. They usually make fantastic hiking companions! Like Dachshunds, Poodles were originally used for hunting and were used as expert water dogs.
The Doxiepoo bridges these two worlds in a beautifully chaotic and randomized mix of temperments, colors, furs, you name it! Any trait of either of these dogs, physical or otherwise, can be passed down to a Doxiepoo in any number of combinations. Originally, in the early days of breeding Doxiepoos, breeders would use purebred Dachshunds and purebred (Miniature or Toy) Poodles to get their litters of pups. While this is still the most popular way of doing things, larger numbers of the crossbreed have led some individuals to breed two Doxiepoos with each other. These instances are usually pretty rare especially among trusted and reputable breeders who will typically breed specifically selected parents of ideal health and temperament to try and produce an easier to raise litter. Since they are inherently not purebred, the Doxiepoo is, of course, not a showdown, and is instead bred or adopted more for its adorable looks and affectionate nature.
As you can see, there can be huge differences from dog to dog when it comes to Doxiepoos. Some have round faces with curly hair that bounces when they run. Some look like wiry old men with intense glares and even more intense facial hair. Some… just kinda look like funky Dachshunds. In most mixed breed, one can generally expect discrepancies in hair texture and of course coat color, but the Doxiepoo takes this even further. You can get a little sausagey Dachshund shaped dog with bright white Poodle hair, a Poodle shaped pup with short black Dachshund hair and everything else in between! Regardless of the genes they get, Doxiepoos do have one key thing in common when it comes to appearance… They’re all so stinking cute and they all look downright precious!
With such a wide array of appearances, there is practically a Doxiepoo for any dog lover. In some cases, Doxiepoos look so different from one another that it can be difficult to even identify a Doxiepoo in the first place!
What Is It Like Owning a Doxiepoo?
- Doxiepoos have a relatively long lifespan, typically living 12-15 years.
- Weighing anywhere from 10 to upwards of 30 pounds, these dogs are considered small to medium in size.
Often, Doxiepoo’s require daily brushing and regular grooming in order to maintain a healthy knot free coat.
- The exact types of brushes you’ll need also varies on the type of coat your Doxiepoo inherits.
- This breed of dog is sometimes described as “yippy” due to their tendency to bark often. They can be trained to bark less, but they generally still enjoy barking especially if they’re more cautious around strangers. This makes them great watchdogs!
- Doxiepoos are little balls of energy, and as such need daily walks. Chew toys are also a great way to get your pup active and playing for some much-needed energy exertion.
- These dogs are usually applauded for their loving natures. They are often described to form close bonds with their owners and they love receiving pets and attention.
Being a crossbreed, Doxiepoos vary from pup to pup, but can also change unexpectedly as they grow into adulthood.
- It can be near impossible to tell how your dog will grow up if you get one as a puppy.
- Doxiepoos are natural-born hunters. Both Poodles and Dachshunds are excellent hunters (Poodles with water sport and Dachshunds with burrowing critters), making it second nature for Doxiepoos.
- Training is either a bit of a challenge or fairly easy with Doxiepoos. Temperments vary greatly from dog to dog, and you will have to spend time with your Doxiepoo to determine what will work best for them when it comes to behavioral training.
- It is fairly common to find Doxiepoos in shelters or through dog rescues as they are frequently given up for not having desirable physical traits.
Doxiepoo Breed Information
As stated before, Doxiepoos are an unpredictable crossbreed that can have many variations in everything from coat to temperament. In many cases, crossbreeds are bred for the specific purpose of designing a dog that has better traits than their parents. This is where the term “designer dog” comes from. An example of this is the Victorian Bulldog, a stocky mix of Staffordshire Bull Terriers, Bull Mastiffs, Bull Terriers, and, of course, English Bulldogs. English Bulldogs are notorious for the health problems they have from their short snouts and deep facial wrinkles. Victorian Bulldogs are bred with the intent of diminishing the size and depth of these wrinkles to create a bulldog with overall better health.
Despite dawning the title “designer dog,” there is no real goal when crossbreeding Dachshunds and Poodles.
In fact, these two breeds have very little in common, which may be a big part of why there is so much variation between individual dogs. For many, the perfect Doxiepoo blends both worlds into one easy to train, smart, loyal, and courageous little pup. This, however, is not a guarantee with this dog, as it can inherit any traits from its parents. Yes, it would be great to get the best of both worlds, but Doxiepoos risk getting any and all of the negative traits from both its Dachshund and Poodle sides! Doxiepoos are full of surprises! They require a patient owner who’s ready for anything.
Doxiepoo Cost- How Much Are Doxiepoos?
Being that they aren’t purebreds, Doxiepoos can range greatly in price and can be priced as low as a few hundred dollars all the way to upwards of $2000. Since they are so unpredictable, trusted breeders will do their best to minimize the number of health issues or behavioral problems for a litter of Doxiepoos by carefully and meticulously selecting parents with great traits. This can often equate to a higher price tag for the breed.
This dog can also often be found in shelters due to their varying appearances. This especially holds true for breeders as their appearance is highly unpredictable.
If a Doxiepoo is born with less than ideal physical features, then the chances of it getting sold can greatly diminish. Rather than going through the trouble of finding a good owner, some breeders will elect to donate Doxiepoos that don’t have their preferred appearance. This can sometimes hold for Doxiepoo owners as well. In some cases, the full-grown dog will look very different from how it did as a puppy, which is a deal-breaker and cause for donation for some dog owners.
Although this is a trickier way to obtain a Doxiepoo due to the sporadic nature of finding a certain breed at a shelter, it is a solid and ethical avenue nonetheless.
Regardless of how much you spend on getting your Doxiepoo in the first place, be prepared to spend when it comes to maintaining your dog’s coat. Whether you got a Doxiepoo with Poodle hair or any of a Dauchshund’s three types of coats, you’ll need to brush your Doxiepoo daily with the proper brushes as well as invest in regular grooming. Doxiepoo’s can need very specific and meticulous attention when being groomed as they are extremely prone to skin problems. Because of this, many Doxiepoo owners will turn to professional help when considering grooming options for their dogs. While owners do have the option to groom their dogs themselves, the cost of the materials, skills needed, time commitment, and importance to the breed’s overall health typically deter them from trying it. Either way, grooming must have monetary funds set aside to assure your Doxiepoo’s best health.
As noted above, brushing is another huge thing to consider when discussing a Doxiepoo’s coat health and another thing to consider when thinking about the cost of owning this designer dog.
A Doxiepoo with Poodle hair is hypoallergenic and would best benefit from a slicker or a pin brush. Long-haired Dachshund hair requires the use of two brushes working in tandem: slicker brushes and bristle brushes. The slicker brush will work out any matted hair (like it would for Poodle hair too), and the bristle brush does wonders in making your dog look smooth and silky.
Doxiepoos with wirehaired Dachshund hair need a high-quality bristle brush and owners will need to strip and pluck their dogs twice a year to maintain a healthy coat. Doxiepoos that inherit a shorthaired dachshund coat are the easiest to groom, as all their short hair really requires is a rubber mitt or any soft brush.
If you are unsure about what type of coat a Doxiepoo might have, it is always a good option to check with a veterinarian or a professional groomer. While regular brushing is important, using the right tools for the job is key. If a Doxiepoo has short hair, it will not benefit from being brushed with a pin or a slicker brush and, in fact, these types of brushes can be very harsh on any short-haired dog. Always be sure to use the right brushes for a dog’s hair type to get the best results and to avoid irritating a dog’s skin.
Are Doxiepoos Good Apartment Dogs?
Doxiepoos typically make pretty good apartment dogs all things considered. They are relatively small in size so they should be able to fit just fine, but there are a few things to keep in mind before getting one for your smaller space: Their energy, their barking, and their trainability. Raising any dog in an apartment comes with its own unique set of challenges. The Doxiepoo is certainly a strong contender to consider for an apartment dog so long as you’re willing to put in the work to work with your dog and maybe even your neighbors.
First off, energy.
Doxiepoos are extremely hyperactive dogs that need constant outlets for their energy. A medium-sized apartment would be a nice minimum amount of space for this dog to run and play, though it could live comfortably in a smaller space depending on the dog and granted it had enough toys to keep it stimulated and occupied. Frequent walks would also help keep your pup from going stir crazy. They need to burn off their energy, so make sure they’re moving enough.
Your Doxiepoo will bark.
There’s no avoiding it. There are ways to train it to bark less or to become more comfortable with strangers or weird sounds, but chances are, a Doxiepoo will always be on the yappier side. This is especially something to keep in mind if your apartment has strict policies on noise or if your neighbors are sensitive to loud noises. Your dog should be free enough to bark if it feels it needs to, but you don’t want to be getting noise complaints because of your pet.
Make sure you can devote the time to do behavioral exercises with your pup to reduce excessive barking or that your building will be okay with the extra noise. No one wants to get complaints because of their pet.
Lastly, Doxiepoos can sometimes be a bit tricky to train. In most environments, this can be inconvenient, but in an apartment, it can be downright disastrous. If you wish to live with a Doxiepoo in an apartment, you must set aside the time to work on both proper behavioral and obedience training. Apartments are relatively small places and can often be jam-packed with things that are sentimental or important. Doxiepoos are relatively small so you typically won’t have to worry about them knocking things over while they run, but due to their hyperactivity, these dogs can be a menace to anything they can fit in their mouths.
These dogs love to play so if they aren’t properly trained on what they can and can’t chew on, they’ll play with everything. It can be a bit of a challenge, but it will be necessary to properly share the space with your furry friend.
What Are Some Common Doxiepoo Health Issues
The point of crossbreeding dogs is to combine the genetic traits of two dogs with the hope of creating a dog with better behavioral and health standings. Although this is the goal, this doesn’t always hold true as there is limited control breeders have over the genetic makeup of litters, and sometimes, less desirable traits become more prominent in the mix. Much in the way that Doxiepoos can inherit any behavioral traits from both Dachshunds and Poodles, these designer dogs can also get any mix of health issues from either breed. While yes, a Doxiepoo might go their whole life without developing a health issue or ailment, these are generally accepted as some of the most common health issues for the breed.
- Immune-Mediated Hemolytic Anemia (IMHA)
- Heart Disease
- Skin Issues
- Digestive Tract Issues
- Ear Infections
- Slipped Stifle
Again, it is very possible that a Doxiepoo can live a full happy life without developing any of these health concerns These conditions and health issues listed above are most the most common ailments for Doxiepoos. This being said, the breed is also capable of contracting health issues not listed above so an owner shouldn’t rule anything out for good just because they don’t see it on the list.
When getting a Doxiepoo from a source like a puppy-mill or pet store, you can never really know the health of a Doxiepoo’s lineage. Yes, Doxiepoos are an unpredictable breed so they can have parents riddled with health concerns and come out just fine, but having healthy genes generally helps reduce the risk of any health problems. This is why it can be extremely important to find a trusted certified breeder. A good breeder can show a potential owner the health and temperament tests of the parent dogs. If you want to be extra thorough, you can even ask a breeder to show you testimonies from other owners who may have purchased Doxiepoos from them. If you can get an idea of what most of the Doxiepoos are like, you can get an idea of what your puppy might end up like too.
With any crossbreed dog, there will still be variations, and just because someone else’s puppy is in great health, that doesn’t mean yours will be that way too.
Are Doxiepoos Hard to Train?
Training can be extremely black and white with Doxiepoos and the breed is often either extremely difficult or extremely easy to train. Dachshunds are notoriously wary and stubborn dogs and are known to be one of the harder breeds to train. This can, in turn, translate to an extremely hard to teach Doxiepoo, with the added bonus of having highly unexpected extra traits and temperaments. In a worst-case scenario, one could even have a Doxiepoo that is as stubborn as a Dachshund and as skittish and sensitive as a Poodle!
On the other hand, Dachshunds have adventurous personalities, and the Poodle is recognized as being one of the easiest breeds of dogs to train. This killer combo can culminate in a Doxiepoo to create an eager to learn smart as all heck dog that picks things up with ease and grace. Easy to train Doxiepoos are great listeners and pick up commands relatively easy. They will typically need more work than a purebred Poodle so they will still require some patience.
Most Doxiepoos struggle with indoor potty training and require a bit more attention when it comes to this specifically. Buying a good brand of puppy pad can help a great deal, but this will mostly come down to consistency and positive reinforcement.
They are still a good-natured dog, and even the most difficult Doxiepoo can get properly trained with the right amount of patience, care, support, and a lot of treats. Training must be consistent in order to see strong results and it will require a decent amount of time especially in the beginning. Don’t be afraid to be more intuitive when training your dog as well. Since you won’t know what traits your Doxiepoo might have, pay close attention to your dog to make sure you’re always doing what’s right for it.
How Big Do Doxiepoos Get?
Since Poodles can range greatly in size, the Doxiepoo also tends to have a decent size range, being anywhere from 15 to 25 inches in length and weight in anywhere from 10 to upwards of 30 pounds. Its length and weight ranges classify it as a small or medium breed. Because of this range, it can be difficult to predict how big a Doxiepoo puppy will grow to when they reach full maturity. A dog’s parents are typically a good indicator of how large it will grow up to be, but while this may hold true in some cases for Doxiepoos, the hybrid could pull from other genes giving it a different and unexpected size. Luckily, even the biggest of Doxiepoos are relatively small so you won’t have to worry about bringing home a dog the size of a Teacup Chihuahua only to watch it grow into a Chow Chow.
6 Facts You Should Know About Doxiepoos
- This breed has almost as many nicknames as it does variations, and is commonly also called a Doodle, Dachdoodle, Doxypoodle, Doxiedoodle, Dachshundpoo, or a Dachshunddoole.
- The Doxiepoo is a direct result of The United State’s endeavors in the late 1990s to create new breeds of Designer Dogs.
- Having originated in the US, the hybrid still remains a popular choice amongst families in the southern states today.
- Even Doxiepoo littermates can look and act drastically different from one another. This is what makes getting a Doxiepoo so equally challenging and exciting!
- It is unknown what led the first breeders to intentionally breed Miniature Poodles with Dachshunds as they have very little in common with one another and don’t have much to gain from cross-breeding. It is believed by some individuals that this decision was fueled entirely because their names sound so cute or funny when combined together (though there is not enough substantial evidence to support this claim).
- Doxiepoos love to eat! Be sure to watch their food intake because they can put on weight quickly and are sometimes greedy with food.
Full of surprises and love, Doxiepoos are a fantastic addition to any pack, or, with their big personalities, these precious pups make perfect solo family dogs. Since you never know what you’re going to get with a Doxiepoo, it is important to keep a keen watchful eye on your dog at all times to best get to know your dog and its needs. Doxiepoos require intensive and consistent grooming in order to maintain shiny healthy coats and to prevent any skin conditions from developing. These dogs can be a handful to train, but once receive proper training and discipline, they are affectionate loyal companions that are great for any adventure from lazy days to mid-week walks.
If you’re the type of owner that treasures spending time with your pets, the Doxiepoo is a perfect companion for you. Doxiepoos form strong bonds with their owners and are guilty of showering them with loads and loads of doggie kisses. These tiny sweeties are known for their playfulness and, in some cases, curiosity. For Doxiepoos, spending a lot of time with your dog has the added benefit of getting to know your dog’s unique traits and temperaments. Since no Doxiepoo is the same, each one can have strong distinct personalities with nuanced little quirks that set each one apart. Taking the time to get to know your dog on a deeper level is always a good thing, but this can be especially helpful when you’re discovering every aspect of a dog on your own (as is the case with Doxiepoos).
If you’re looking for a guard dog, look no further. If you need an apartment buddy, they’ve got your back. If you want a dog that has a personality so complex you just might mistake it for a roommate, then you’ve found your match. Though they may take a bit of patience and work when you first get one, Doxiepoos are an exceptional breed of dog that are as versatile as they are unpredictable. Their talents know no bounds and they are the perfect dog for anyone looking for a truly one of a kind furry friend.