The Pitbull Dachshund Mix: A Very Odd Breed Combo

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One of the oddest combinations of dog breeds has to be the Pitbull Dachshund Mix.  These funny but cute looking little dogs are so adorable. If you see one it will be hard not to want to give it a big hug.  Often referred to as the Dox-Bull by designer breeders, this dog has become rather popular and some would like to see it certified as its own standard breed.  But you probably won’t be seeing the Pitbull Dachshund Mix winning any competitions in the near future.  So why would someone want to mix these two dog breeds together?  The answer to that question is probably because they are just so darn cute.

So What Are The Characteristics of These Animals?

While some might think because these dogs are breed with a Pitbull that they are going to be large animals but the truth is they take after the Dachshund when it comes to size.  These sausage shaped dogs are very muscular animals and have a lot of stamina. A very playful animal, they love to jump around and play with other members of the family and are quiet loving dogs. One of the best characteristics of this dog is that they almost never bark, making it the perfect pet for those living in apartments.  But always remember to take them for a walk each day because they love to exercise.  As far as color goes, these dogs are typically black or brown and some have brindle colored coats.  These dogs have short hair which makes them a medium shedder so brushing them every few days will keep them looking good.  You wouldn’t have to take these dogs to the groomers very often but they will need their toe nails trimmed occasionally.

What about Their Temperament?  Are They Aggressive?

Even though some believe these dogs to be aggressive, they are really docile animals.  While they can be feisty and are protective of their owners, they are not violent animals unless provoked.  Harassment of these animals may result in a biting event. If you have small children around the house make sure to keep a watchful eye on them.  While these aren’t vicious animals sometimes they do have very short temper when it comes to being picked on.  Proper socialization will help to ease this problem. So make sure to start introducing your dog to different people at a young age.  With proper training these dogs can make very loving and gentle family pets.

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