What do you get when you cross a Labrador Retriever and a Dachshund? The answer is a mixed dog breed that is called a Dachsador. These lively and adorable pets have a unique look that takes the best of both breeds and combines them. Dachsadors are becoming more popular with families and we’re highlighting them as one of the newer designer crossbred canines to join the mixed breed category. If you’re not familiar with this mix, here are 20 things you didn’t know about the Dachsador.
1. The Dachsador goes by a few different names
You can find a lot of information about the Dachsador, but if you’re researching this mixed breed, it’s helpful to know the various names that these adorable pups are known. Although officially known as a Dachsador, other references to the crossbred dog include Doxidors, also spelled Doxadors, as well as Weinerdors, according to Dog Time.
2. Dachsadors are good family dogs
Dog Time also reveals that Dachsadors are great cuddlers. They truly enjoy human companionship and they’ll be the first to greet you at the door when you’ve been away. These dogs crave your attention and they will sit on your lap or beside you on the couch for some great one on one bonding time. If you’re looking for a dog that enjoys spending time with his human family, then this is one you may want to consider.
3. Dachsadors are playful dogs
Anyone with an active family is a good candidate for being a Dachsador parent. These dogs enjoy the active play because of their high energy levels. They will happily play fetch and other games with kids and adults. This is the kind of attention that makes them happy. It’s also one of the reasons why they make such great dogs for families with children.
4. Dachsadors need regular exercise
If you’re considering adopting a Dachsador, make sure that you’re up for the task. While they’re not a very big dog, they do require regular exercise. It’s because of the high energy level that most of them inherit from their Labrador Retriever parent. It comes quite naturally, but a daily walk or run, or games of fetch will help them to burn off the extra energy.
5. Dachsadors are small but stout
When you look at a Dachsador, you can’t help but notice that they’re well-built dogs. Most of them have a stocky build with thick, short legs, and the length of a Dachshund with the musculature of a Labrador Retriever. It’s a look that takes a little getting used to, but this impressive pup achieves a mature height for both males and females between 15 to 25 inches, and a weight of between 30 and 40 pounds. The size and weight simply depend upon the genes inherited from the parents so it’s difficult to predict the exact average height and weight they will reach.
6. Dachsadors are prone to hip problems
Wag gives us an overview of health concerns that are known for Dachsadors. The only major concern is hip dysplasia. While this is a condition that can be passed on through genetics, it is the most common in Labrador Retriever breeds. Hip dysplasia doesn’t usually appear until the pup begins to reach maturity, and sometimes, it progresses so slowly that the problem is undiscovered until the dog is up in his years.
7. You should have your Dachsador’s eyes tested
In general, the Dachsador is a healthy dog with few known health problems. Although genetic hip dysplasia is the most common problem, occasionally, diagnoses of eye problems are detected. Another health issue that pops up now and then is epilepsy. These are far less common than hip dysplasia and aside from these, there aren’t any reports of other health conditions that happen at a high rate. It’s best to take your Dachsador to the vet for regular annual checkups for the hips and eyes, to be on the safe side.
8. The Dachsador is a designer breed
Dachsadors are not officially recognized as a dog breed by the American Kennel Club. The classification of the Dachsador is a mixed breed. The history of this cross is not known, and the best guess is that breeders were experimenting with designer breeds to attempt to breed out health problems and undesirable traits in both the Labrador Retriever and the Dachshund, and this was the result. The parentage goes back to the 1400s when Dachshunds became established in Germany. The Labrador Retriever was developed in the 19th century in Portugal, then being adopted into Newfoundland when English aristocrats became fond of the dogs and imported them to England. Both are recognized breeds by the AKC.
9. Maintenance is required
Dachsadors, according to Wag, require daily brushing to remove the moderate shedding of the coat. They also need to have their teeth brushed three times per week to avoid the development of periodontal disease. The toenails grow fast, so you should plan on giving them a trim every two weeks.
10. They’re swimmers
Like their Labrador Retriever ancestors, Dachsadors are great swimmers who do love the water. If yours takes an occasional dip in the pool or pond, it’s necessary to check his ears to make sure that there isn’t excessive moisture trapped inside. If there is, wick it away with an absorbent towel to prevent ear problems from developing. Ear infections in dog breeds that love to swim in the water are common.
11. Dachsadors have gained some recognition
Dog Breed Info informs us that although the AKC does not recognize the Dachsador as an official dog breed, there is an agency that gives them due credit. The Dog Registry of America, Inc, also known as the DRA, acknowledges them as a mixed breed for classification. It is going to be a long time before Dashsadors become an official dog breed, if ever. Not all mixes earn their way into this elevated status. Until breeders take the cross seriously and spend years of multi-generational breeding, it’s not likely to happen. There are strict guidelines for becoming recognized by the AKC, so we’re not expecting them to certify the Dachsador at any time in the near future.
12. Dachsador puppies are always a surprise
While some dog breeds are predictable in appearance, this is not the case with a Dachsador. You can never really guess how the puppies will look. Some resemble the Labrador Retriever more closely, yet others may look more like a Dachshund. It all depends on the genetics that is inherited by each pup. Some of them come out with brown colors with others, black, but all of them are cute. The fairly dependable characteristics are the short legs, the wiry coat, and the stocky build. The factors that affect the appearance depends on whether the breeders use parents that are purebreds of their respective breed or already crossed.
13. Dachsadors are natural hunters
Sausage Dog World draws our attention to the fact that both of the parent breeds of the Dachsador are natural hunters bred for that purpose. Since both Daschhunds and Labrador Retrievers have the inborn nature to be hunters, it makes perfect sense that the Dachsador would inherit this tendency from both sides of his family. He’s more compact than the Labrador but is larger than the Daschund, so he’s an intermediate size that fits in perfectly for crashing through brush and shrubs to stalk his prey or retrieve for his master.
14. You need to monitor his diet carefully
Dachsadors tend to become obese if you don’t keep a line on their diets. A Dachsador loves to eat. Overeating is a tendency that he has inherited from both parents. Dachshunds and Labrador Retrievers are both known for their overeating habits, so it’s up to the owners to provide a healthy, nutritious, and balanced diet. Serve the meals in the right proportions for his age and size. If you free feed these dogs, they will tend to gorge and gain excess weight. Regular exercise can help them burn off extra calories, but the diet is vital.
15. Dachsadors have a long lifespan
This adorable dog will be with you for many enjoyable years if you feed him healthy food, see the vet regularly, and give him enough exercise. The average lifespan of a Daschund is 12 to 17 years. While the Labrador Retriever’s lifespan is between 10 and 14 years, the combination gives you an average of 12 to 15 years, but don’t be surprised if your well cared for Dachsador lives even longer.
16. Dachsadors are loyal dogs
One of the traits that make the Labrador Retriever so popular is his loyalty. This tendency and personality trait passes to the Dachsador. Dachshunds are also known for being loyal dogs. They develop bonds with their human family that lasts for a lifetime. Dachsador gets a double dose of this type of dedication from both sides of their ancestral trees. It’s no wonder than this cut little mutt is becoming so widely popular as a designer breed in the USA. If you properly socialize him and give him love and affection, this dog will be your best friend forever.
17. Dachsadors are good with kids and other pets
According to Dog Zone, Dachsadors are friendly dogs by nature, but it’s wise to introduce them to small children and other pets that live in the home while they are still young. They learn that this is a part of their family, and they will form emotional bonds. They do very well with kids and other pets and usually have a high tolerance level. While it’s still important to supervise their interactions, they are more prone to being affectionate than aggressive.
18. Dachsadors are lousy watchdogs
If the stakes are high and your home or business needs to be protected, a Dachsador isn’t likely to be a big help. He is a pet that is far too friendly to represent a threat to intruders. He’s more likely to wag his tail and try to make friends with a passer-by. This behavior applies to humans as well as to some stray dogs in the neighborhood.
19. Dachsador is an outgoing dog
You won’t need to worry about your Dachsador being shy or reserved. They’re naturally outgoing and love to explore their surroundings. Although not a large dog, he is curious and confident. This dog is not prone to separation anxiety and will be content with other pets around for companionship or a few of his favorite toys to occupy his time while you’re away.
20. Dachsadors are easy to train
When you bring a Dachsador puppy home, it’s time to begin the training process right away. Some Dachsadors are easy to train compared with others, but most don’t offer too much resistance. Because they are intelligent dogs, they do need the instruction delivered in the right way. Food-motivated training provides the best results because they love to eat. They are also easily bribed into doing things that please their owners. These dogs are attentive and sensitive. A firm but a gentle method for training is required. The Labrador Retriever in them makes them want to please you, but their independent streak can sometimes get in the way. Patience and consistency are your best tools when training a Dachsador. It’s best to avoid yelling at this dog or hitting him because it is easy to break his spirit and to undermine his trust in you. When done correctly and consistently, he can become a well-trained dog that will go out of his way to make you happy.