What do you get when you cross a beagle and a dachshund? You get the sweet and playful Doxle! This breed is an adorable dog possessing the best qualities his two popular hound parents. They are also known as Beachunds, if you prefer the beagle to come first. Whatever name you prefer, this mix breed dog is known for its happy disposition and gentle nature and make a wonderful addition to any family. If you are considering adding one to your family, here are 11 things should know about the designer breed.
Doxles are sweet and playful dogs with mild temperaments.
They are an American
It is generally accepted that the breed originated in the United States. A true Doxle will have purebred Beagle and Dachshund parents. His parents, the Beagle and the Dachshund, have a rich European lineage. Originally, they were bred as hunting dogs, valued for their ability to sniff out prey and flush them out of tight, small areas. Both breeds were bred for their small stature and its ability to hunt small game while on foot. They are recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club.
Doxles often have large, dark eyes and floppy ears.
Appearances Will Vary
The appearance of the dog will depend on which of the parent breeds they most resemble. Their coats can range in color from tans, browns, white and their coats can be fine, harsh, wiry, and straight. Most of them tend to inherit the long dachshund body and short legs. They are likely to have long muzzles and long floppy ears. Their eyes are usually dark and big and round.
They are the perfect sized dog–not too big for apartment living and they are still small enough to be lap dogs. The average height from the shoulders down range from nine to 11 inches. They can weigh anywhere between 18-30 pounds.
The coats will vary depending on what parent they resemble more.
They Have Long Lives
The average lifespan for a dog is between 10-13 years. The larger the dog, the shorter the lifespan. The Doxie’s average lifespan in 12-14 years. Daily exercise and keeping your pet’s weight in check will help ensure your pet has a long, healthy life.
They Have Few Medical Issues
Although Doxles tend to be healthy dogs, they can have issues with their spines. Because they often inherit the long body of the dachshund, their spine tends to be weak due to the lack of support of the vertebra. Take special care to prevent your dog from jumping onto a high area and how you pick the dog up.
Keeping your dog at a healthy weight and giving him plenty of exercise will help prevent spinal strain. Also, limit his ability to jump on furniture. Instead, place doggie ramps near sofas or beds to keep your pup from trying to jump.
Doxles are the perfect medium-sized dog.
Grooming Needs Vary
Grooming needs will depend on the type of coat your dog possesses. Longer hair will require brushing more often than short hair breeds in order to keep the coat tidy and shiny. Brushing, for both short and long hair coats, will help remove of any loose hair and will ensure the health of the skin as well. They do not need a lot of bathing unless really needed.
Ear infections are common due to the breed’s floppy ears. Check the ears regularly and wipe them down with a damp cloth. Doxle have a moderate shedding, which is a wonderful trait inherited from their parents.
No Special Diet Needed
Although they do not require any special diet, make measure out the correct amount of your pet’s food. Overfeeding your pet will lead to obesity and other health concerns.
They are Happy, Go-Lucky Dogs
Both parent breeds of Doxles are easy going, happy, friendly dogs, which they passed onto their offspring. That mild-mannered happy temperament makes them the perfect dog for families with homes with and without yards, seniors, singles and also for families with kids.
Doxles are playful dogs that need stimulation to thrive (and keep them out of trouble).
They Will Live Almost Anywhere
Because of their compact size and happy temperament, they adapt to almost any living situation. They are a loyal breed and will easily adjust themselves to the owner’s needs.
They are Natural Hunters
Since Doxles are a blend of two hunting breeds, they tend to have a prey drive. Their parents were bred to hunt small game such as rabbits and birds. Take care to properly introduce smaller animals, like puppies or kittens, to your dog in a controlled environment. With proper training, your dog can learn to accept smaller animals as part of the pack.
They Love to Exercise
They are an active breed and will benefit from regular exercise. A daily walk and play session are needed to keep him happy. The old adage, “a tired dog is a good dog”, is true for the Doxle. Daily physical and mental stimulation will help your dog thrive.
8-month-old Sniper, demonstrates the playful nature and intelligence of the popular hybrid breed.
They Are Smart
Bagels are known for intelligence, gentleness and friendly nature, while the dachshund is known for the affectionate nature, activeness, and playfulness. These traits make them eager learners. However, since the Doxle is bred from two types of scent hounds, they can get easily distracted by scents. With proper training and the right motivation, they can become well-mannered companions.
A Doxle makes a great addition to any type of family.
No matter what type of lifestyle you have, the Doxle is happy to join. These dogs can become wonderful family pets with the right love and training.