Doxiepoo (Poodle and Dachshund mix)
What is a Doxiepoo? Doxiepoo is a crossbreed between the Dachshund and Poodle. Poodle mixes such as the Doxiepoo dog inherit traits from both of their parent breeds. Doxiepoos come in several different sizes, coat colors and even coat textures. In temperament Poodle and Dachshund cross dogs are energetic and full of curiosity. Potential owners need to be aware that some Doxie poo dogs may be more stubborn than others, depending on which parent's character traits are more prevalent in this Dachshund mix dog.
Potential Doxiepoo owners may be delighted to learn that Doxiepoo dogs make excellent watchdogs. Expect your Dachshund Poodle mix dog to raise an alarm if a stranger approaches your territory. Many Doxiepoo dogs have a prominent deep barking that can be easily heard from afar.
Doxiepoos make excellent family companions for a number of reasons. A distinct appearance combined with high intelligence and a loud personality, Doxiepoo dogs have another advantage that comes from the Poodle side of the family - Poodle Dachshund mix dogs shed less and produce less allergens, making this dog more suitable for people who may be susceptible to pet allergies.
Even though Doxipoo dogs are very adaptable to their living conditions, Doxie poo dogs are great for families who have homes with fenced yards. Are Doxiepoos good dogs for apartments? Mini Doxiepoo dogs are more suitable for apartment living than larger Doxiepoo types. Keep in mind that Doxie Poos like to bark and barking tendencies make them less than ideal dogs for apartment living. Doxiepoos require some exercise opportunities during the day and that is another reason why they are very fit for living in a household with a fenced yard where the dog can get some additional exercise during the day and burn off the energy.
Are Doxiepoo dogs suitable for families with other pets? Most Doxie-Poo dogs tend to do well in homes with other pets, especially when socialized early in life. Some Dachshund Poodle mix dogs may have strong hunting instinct and small pets should be introduced very carefully. It is never a good idea to leave small pets such as hamsters, kittens or small birds unsupervised around a Doxiepoo dog, especially without prior socialization as this situation may not end well for the smaller pet.
Depending on the sizes of the parent dogs, Doxiepoos can either be as small as a toy or a medium size. Doxiepoo weight ranges between 10 to 30 pounds, while their height ranges between 8 and 23 inches.
Poodles exist in three types that include Standard Poodle, Miniature Poodle, and Toy Poodle, while the Dachshund exists in two types that include Standard and the Miniature Dachshunds. With such variations is not easy to tell what your Doxiepoo will look like. However, most Doxiepoos will be small to medium size.
Professional breeders breed various generations to have various designer dogs. The F1 doodles will create a designer dog from purebred Poodles with purebred Dachshund, while the F2 will create a dog crossbreed between two F1 doodles. The other generation will emerge from crossing a doodle with either a pure-bred Poodle or Dachshund.
Poodle and Dachshund mix dogs may vary significantly in appearance. Generally, they are small but this will depend on the size of the Poodle and Dachshund parents that were used to breed. Doxiepoos have elongated bodies but not in all cases. While some have the curly coat of the Poodle, others will have the short and harsh coat of the Dachshund or even a wavy coat.
Coat colors of Doxiepoo dogs may include black, tan, white, gold, chocolate, grey, red, apricot, cream and more. While some Doxiepoos feature a solid coat color, others may be tri-colored.
How long do Doxiepoo dogs live? Doxiepoos have a life span between 10 to 15 years. For your Poodle and Dachshund mix dog to fully enjoy a healthy lifetime, it's very important to follow your veterinarian's recommendations in regards to keeping your four-legged friend healthy. Feeding your Doxiepoo a balanced diet is another factor that affects the longevity and wellbeing of your pet.
Origin of Doxypoo
Doxiepoo is a designer dog created from mixing a Poodle and a Dachshund. Having originated from Germany the Poodle was used as a water retriever dog. The Poodle would retrieve shot ducks from the water. Poodles can be mischievous in temperament, easily trainable and they really dislike being left alone.
Dachshunds also originated in Germany and unlike the Poodles who were used to retrieve, Dachshunds were used as a hunting breed. Later the pups were bred to serve as companion dogs.
Crossbreeding to have designer dogs is a practice that has been in existence for the past few decades.
Doxi-poo dogs are very intelligent and easily trainable. However, the extent of this particular trait can't be easily predicted. This is because the Poodles are intelligent and trainable while the Dachshund is a more independent-minded dog and can be quite stubborn. Naturally curious, Dachshund Poodle mix dogs may be caught digging up holes by the fence or chasing small animals in the yard.
Doxipoos are protective, loyal and can sometimes be territorial. Owing to their small short legs, Doxiepoos will not keep up with owners who enjoy running, hiking or biking. Dachshund Poodle mix dogs have moderate exercise requirements.
Are Doxiepoo dogs easy to train? The question of whether it's easy to train a Doxiepoo or not will solely depend on which genes dominate in your pooch. If the Doxiepoo has more Poodle genes then it will not be difficult to train him, since the Poodle is highly trainable and learns quickly. On the contrary, if your Doxiepoo inherited the Dachshund's temperament, training the dog may present some challenges. Training a more stubborn Doxie poo will take patience, consistency and positive reinforcement. Adhere to socialization sessions from puppyhood to adulthood, as sufficient socialization will play a great role in attaining a well-rounded pooch.
Doxiepoos exercise requirements
Given that Doxiepoos have moderate energy levels, 60 minutes of walking and playing per day is usually enough to keep your dog happy. Doxiepoos enjoy walking around the park, playing in the yard. Fetch games can be a lot of fun for your Dachshund-Poodle mix dog.
Are Doxiepoo dogs suitable for families with kids? Doxiepoos do just fine with both children and adults of all ages. Most Doxiepoos are tolerant and gentle with children and offer great affection. Young kids should be taught to be kind and respectful with their family dog and parents play a big role in teaching kids not to approach the dog while the pet is eating or resting. Doxiepoo puppies are small and very lovely. However, extra care should be taken while handling them due to their fragile nature. Supervise your young children while interacting with the puppies. Usually, they don't take lightly when their tails, furs, and ears are being pulled. Kids should also learn not to pick up the puppy to avoid injuring the pet by accident. Always supervise young kids when they interact with a dog.
Doxiepoos are loyal and affectionate pups that love being around their owners. Their curious, protective and territorial nature makes Doxie-poo dogs great watchdogs. They will bark at the sight of any stranger, excessive noise or anything out of the ordinary happening in their environment.
Doxiepoos need to be socialized early with other pets in the house such as dogs and cats so that they learn to coexist peacefully with one another.
Leaving a Dachshund Poodle cross dog home alone will result in frequent digging or barking if they are lonely or bored. Doggie daycare could be one way to tackle this problem, especially if there is no one at home to take care of your pet while you are at work during the weekdays.
How to groom a Doxiepoo
Doxiepoo is low to moderate maintenance pooch. Regardless of which genes these pups may acquire from either parents, they are not referred to as hypoallergenic. This is because one parent is hypoallergenic while the other one is not. This is to mean that your Doxiepoo will produce more or less dander depending on which parents' genes are dominant in your pooch. The level of shedding in each individual Doxiepoo also depends on the inherited coat type.
Doxiepoos coat grooming will vary based on how much Poodle genes they inherit. Those with slightly wavy coats that are short to medium will not require a vigorous grooming routine since this type of coat is easy to care for even at home. On the other hand, those Doxiepoos with long curly coats will require professional grooming every two months.
When grooming your Doxiepoo's coat at home, brush the dog's coat several times per week to help keep it free from mats and tangles. To get through the tangles easily mix some conditioner with a little water for easier detangling.
Also, before bathing your Doxiepoo which should happen after every six to eight weeks, ensure that you brush the dog's coat thoroughly with a slicker or a pin brush to help prevent mats from forming. Add some conditioner after the bath to detangle the coat and to make it feel soft.
Since Doxiepoos are known to have sensitive skin, dog shampoo for dogs with sensitive skin can be used. Brush your Doxiepoos teeth every day using a canine toothpaste to avoid plaque buildups as well as to keep dental health in check.
Clean your dog's ears regularly using a solution approved by the vet, to get rid of any pests or debris that could be stuck inside and to avoid ear infections that may happen more frequently in dogs with floppy ears. Trimming your dog's nails should also happen regularly.
Potty Training a Doxiepoo dog
How to potty train a Doxiepoo? Given that the Doxiepoo is a mix of two very different breeds, potty training your pooch will depend on which side your dog leans towards. As mentioned earlier the Dachshund can be difficult to keep focused while the Poodle easier to train.
If your Doxiepoo leans towards the Dachshund side, then it will not be easy to potty train him, but if he leans towards the Poodle it will be smoother to potty train him. Either way, with patience and consistency your pooch will finally learn.
Here are a few steps to follow while potty training your Doxiepoo.
Learn the potty readiness signs. Your Doxiepoo will give you signs that he needs to go poo. Such signs will include pacing around the house in circles or sniffing the ground.
Take your pooch outside regularly. Normally a Dachshund Poodle mix dog will have the urge to go potty after having a meal, after drinking water, after a nap or after a play session. Place a leash on his neck as you lead him to the designated potty area. Younger puppies will, however, go outside more often given that their small bladders cannot hold much for long hours.
Use cue words. Choose a phrase to use while taking your Doxiepoo to potty. This will help your dog associate the word with the potty business. For example, saying "go potty" could be the cue words.
Provide a reward. Once your dog does the deed in the designated potty location, praise him/her so that the dog can associate the reward with doing the potty business in the correct place.
Clean the mess inside thoroughly using an enzyme-based cleaner to eliminate the poo smell. This will discourage the dog from pooing at the same spot again. Leaving even a trace of smell will encourage your Doxiepoo to use the same spot as his toilet in the future. Enzyme-based cleaners help to completely remove the smell from the area to help prevent future accidents there.
If the dog does the business in the wrong place, which will inevitably happen during potty training, remember to skip the punishment part, since the dog will not associate the punishment with poo business. Instead, the dog will become afraid of you, and this may lessen the bond between you two.
Practice patience. More patience will be required for Doxiepoos leaning towards the Dachshund in temperament. Continue training your pooch until he learns to be potty trained.
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