Owning a Doxiepoo pros and cons
Doxiepoo dogs are a wonderful mix between highly intelligent Poodle and inquisitive Dachshund dogs. In case you are considering getting a Doxiepoo puppy, there are some things to consider before making the final decision. What are the cons and pros of owning a Dachshund Poodle mix dog?
There are many reasons why Doxiepoo dogs are continuing to gain popularity among pet owners. Doxiepoos are naturally curious, very intelligent, courageous and they love to be involved in everything that their family is up to. Doxiepoo dogs make great pets for people who have a lot of time to dedicate to a family pet. From families with older kids to retirees and single adults, Doxiepoo dogs specialize in being fun companions to their owners. One of the positive qualities about Doxiepoo dogs is that they are adaptable and with sufficient exercise can comfortably enjoy life in a city apartment or in a spacious country home. Having a spacious yard where a Doxiepoo can enjoy some exercise or recreational activities like digging in allocated space or just exploring the environment is a big plus.
What are some of the cons to owning a Doxiepoo? Cons to owning a Doxiepoo include the dog's dislike of being left home alone. People who spend most of the day at work and have no one to be with the dog during the day may come home to a lonely pet that may show the displeasure of being bored by barking most of the day or by chewing up the furniture or by other destructive behaviors. If you are considering getting a Doxiepoo, keep in mind that this dog needs to be around his family most of the day and is not ideal for people who work full time and must leave the pet home alone for extended periods of time.
Another pro to owning a Dachshund and Poodle mix dog is that this dog makes a responsible watchdog that will bark when something strange is happening around his home. Whether it is a strange person that is approaching your front door or unusual sound coming from the outside, you can count on your Doxiepoo to make a big noise about that. Doxiepoo dogs will bark at anything that requires your attention. For potential owners who live in an apartment the loud barking may be a con to owning a Doxiepoo because in many cases neighbors in apartment complexes appreciate peace and quiet instead of hearing a loud barking coming from one of the apartments. Of course, it is possible to train your Doxiepoo dog to stop barking on command.
Most Doxiepoo dogs have moderate grooming needs. Since Dachshunds have three different coat types, depending on which coat type your Doxie Poo pup inherits, his coat may need to be groomed once a week or several times a week. Long-haired Doxiepoos require more diligent grooming than Doxiepoos that have shorter hair. Do Doxiepoo dogs shed? Expect some shedding from your Doxiepoo pup. The amount of shedding can be different from one Doxiepoo dog to another, depending on the coat type that the dog inherits.
In terms of exercise needs, Doxiepoos need several walks each day to stay mentally and physically healthy. During walks you may notice that your Doxiepoo likes to pick up scent and follow it, which is a natural tendency inherited from the Dachshund parent. Chasing small animals is another activity that your Doxiepoo may enjoy. And while your dog is at it, Doxiepoo will likely ignore all your attempts to get your pet's attention - the dog is too busy doing what comes natural - sniffing and "hunting". That lack of attention when in outdoor environment that is full of interesting smells is one of the cons to owning a Doxiepoo.
While mixed dogs such as Doxiepoo combines traits of two distinct breeds, it may be difficult to predict the exact appearance and temperament of a Doxiepoo puppy once the dog reaches maturity. Some Doxiepoos may be eager to please the owners and quickly learn new commands, while others may be more stubborn and take a lot more effort to train. One thing is certain with your new four-legged friend - this dog is full of surprises.
Pros of a Doxiepoo
Doxiepoo dogs make good watchdogs
Exercising Doxiepoos is fairly easy
Doxiepoo dogs come in a variety of sizes
Small Doxiepoo dogs are appropriate for apartments and condos
Doxiepoo dogs are affectionate and bond deeply with owner
Cons of a Doxiepoo
Doxiepoo dogs are not hypoallergenic and produce more shedding than purebred Poodle dogs
Doxiepoo dogs are weary or strangers and may be territorial towards other dogs
Doxiepoo dogs tend to bark often and enjoy recreational digging when given a chance
Some Doxiepoo dogs may be challenging during training
Many Doxiepoos have a tendency to chase cats and other small animals
Doxiepoo health problems
Unfortunately, Doxiepoos are known to suffer from a multitude of health conditions. Both their parents the Poodle and the Dachshund have several health issues from which they suffer.
Here are some of the health conditions that may affect Doxiepoos.
Achondroplasia, which is a condition that Doxiepoos may inherit from the Dachshund. It's a condition common in dogs with small stout legs and prolonged back. Intervertebral disc is then a disease that emerges from the condition where the dog's back becomes strained causing a spinal disc rupture or spinal hernia. This then leads to inflammation and severe pain. Puppies should be carefully exercised and low impact exercises are safest for this dog. Walking, for example, is a low-impact exercise while jumping and climbing stairs are exercises that should be avoided because of your pet's sensitive back.
Chronic active Hepatitis which is a liver condition that doesn't usually manifest easily. It may take months or years which later leads to liver failure. The condition affects middle-aged dogs. If early detected long-term medication can be administered.
Entropion is a condition mostly affects young dogs, whereby the eyelids get deformed affecting the dogs' clear cornea. The condition requires corrective surgery to be cured.
Von Willebrand's disease which is a condition that is usually inherited from the Poodle parent. It involves the function of platelets which are the white blood cells responsible for initiating clotting after an injury. Due to their failure the dog may suffer excessive bleeding after a minor cut.
Sudden acquired retinal degeneration syndrome and the condition is usually inherited from the Dachshund parent, which leads to an abrupt of profound vision loss.
Hip dysplasia affects the dog's hip joint by not developing properly. This then leads to painful arthritis, although in severe cases a corrective surgery can be used to treat the condition.
Patellar luxation involves the dog's kneecap sliding out of place and becomes dislocated, which then leads to lameness. In other instances, the affected dog will normally keep the affected leg slightly off the ground, or move in a hinged manner due to the pain emanating from the affected area.
Cataracts affect the eyes, whereby a cloudy membrane forms on the eyes. The condition if not early predicted and treated may lead to total vision loss. Although in severe cases the dog will have to undergo surgery to correct the condition.
Other conditions that Doxiepoos may suffer from include
Canine crushing disease
Urinary tract problems
Digestive tract problems
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