Mixed breed dogs come in a variety of interesting combinations and some are bred intentionally to achieve specific traits and characteristics. A popular hybrid is the Beagle Dachshund mix. There are several reasons why this particular mix is so appealing to pet lovers as well as a few things that new owners should be aware of. Here are five things that you probably didn’t know about these popular and amazing dogs.
What is a Beagle Daschund mix called?
Most of us have heard about the other common mixed breed dogs such as the Labradoodle or Cockapoo, but the Beagle Dachshund hasn’t been as widely promoted. The name most commonly assigned to this mixed breed is a Doxle. It is short and simple and once heard is easy enough to remember. Because of the growing popularity of the Doxle, we’re sure to hear more about them in the future. Doxle is the official name that is recognized by the American Kennel Club. A few other names used to classify this unique breed are Beagle/Wiener or Beaschunds but these fall more into the nickname category.
Doxles have a quite unique appearance which can throw you off if you’re not familiar with the breed. You can expect the majority of Doxles to assume the shape and size of the Dachshund. They usually feature the long body with shorter legs, but the faces are generally those of a beagle along with the stoutness of their bodies. On average, they measure between nine to twelve inches in height and the weight is somewhere between twenty to thirty pounds when they are fully grown. The colors range from white with a variety of different markings to brown, black and tan or simply black.
When choosing a pet, it is helpful to know on average how long the dog is expected to live. For this particular breed, the life expectancy is between twelve to fourteen years. These are under normal conditions and for Doxles born with no major health issues to begin with. Doxles are much like other pets and will thrive under the proper living conditions and when given love, care, the right amounts of exercise and a healthy diet. The expected life span is an average and some may live a few years longer.
Common health conditions among Doxles
While this is generally a healthy breed of dog, particularly if the family lines are good, there are a few health issues which surface in this unique mix. Because of their long bodies, Doxles have a tendency toward developing issues with their spines. There simply isn’t enough support for their vertebrae so great care must be taken when the dog is picked up and handled. This can also become an issue if your dog is hyper or excessively active. Not all Doxles have this issue, but it is something to be mindful of. In addition, some Doxles have been known to present with joint issues, especially in the knee areas. Dysplasia can happen and if it does, a veterinary is likely to recommend some type of anti inflammatory treatment such as natural Glucosamine. Eye and ear problems can also occur so it is important to take your Doxle to the vet for regular health checkups, as it is with any other breed or mix.
Doxles have a love for playfulness and are generally adaptable to either small or large environments. Because of their small size, most would do well with apartment living, but they also love to run in the yard. They love to fetch and play with their owners and this is an excellent activity to help them get their daily exercise when walking isn’t possible for weather or other reasons. They are an intelligent mixed breed and also need to have mental stimulation.
They love to learn new things and they respond well to commands when they are properly trained. In general, they are easy to train if the right amount of time and effort are given. The temperament of the Doxle breed is one of the reasons that they are becoming so highly popular. They tend to be loyal and loving which makes them good as companions, but only for people who enjoy spending time with a nosy little dog that takes an interest in what is going on in the house. Most Doxles have an inquisitive nature and will want to be included in family activities. This is an endearing quality for most but some might find it to be a bit annoying so be forewarned.
These are the five things that many of us probably didn’t know about the Beagle Dachshund mix. They are a relatively new hybrid but they are starting to catch on. If you’re looking for an affectionate pet that likes to be a part of the action, then you may want to consider a Doxle.