The Doxiepoo dog breed is a well-mannered canine that mixes the most popular dog breeds, the Dachshund and the Poodle. And while we here at IndulgeYourPet may not be SUPER CRAZY about the name “Doxipoo,” it’s not the only one used to describe this cute little guy! This is why you may have heard him referred to as a Doxiedoodle, a Dachshundpoo, or even our favorite, Dachshunddoodle! This brings to mind the famous line in William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet, where Romeo states…
“A rose by another other name would smell as sweet.”
Because at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what we call the Doxiepoo; they’re still great dogs. A dog that is intelligent, playful, affectionate, and impossible to predict what they will ultimately look like!
But before you decide to run out and purchase a Doxiepoo puppy, or better yet, adopt a Doxiepoo rescue dog, we wanted to take a moment and discuss the dog breed a little bit more so that you’ll have a better idea of precisely what it might be like to own a Dachshunddoodle!
So, without further ado, let’s dive right in.
Doxiepoo Dog Breed Fast Facts
Country of Origin: United States
Original Purpose: Companionship
Height: 8 to 21 inches (lots of variations)
Weight: 5 to 30 pounds (again, lots of variations)
Dog Breed Classification: Hybrid dogs have yet to be accepted by the American Kennel Club (AKC)
Lifespan: 10 to 15 years
Origins of the Doxiepoo Dog Breed
The Doxiepoo dog is an example of a new “trend” in dog breeding where responsible dog breeders are choosing to mix and match some of the most “popular” dog breeds out there in an attempt to “capture” the traits the folks love them for. While this in and of itself is a worthy reason for choosing to mix and match certain dog breeds, it also has an additional purpose, which we here at IndulgeYourPet feel is much more critical.
By crossbreeding certain “popular” dog breeds, responsible dog breeders can often reduce or minimize many of the inheritable diseases common within these two breeds by being combined. This is because many of the inheritable conditions found in today’s popular dog breeds are linked to “recessive” genes, so by adding new “genetic material” into the breeding pool, many of these “recessive diseases” can be eliminated.
So, while many of these “designer dogs” or “hybrid dogs” may have their detractors, we here at IndulgeYourPet support this trend, provided that the breeders choosing to create these puppies love and care for all of their creations because sometimes you can get really “weird” looking puppies when you choose to “mix and match” very different dog breeds together.
Which is fine by us…
Because we here at IndulgeYourPet love “weird” things. … some might say being “weird” is a requirement for employment here at IndulgeYourPet! And while it may be challenging to know what a Doxiepoo might look like, it only makes sense to take a look at the “parent” breeds of these little guys so we at least have a “sense” of what we’re looking at…. right?
Those unfamiliar with the Dachshund dog breed should know that these dogs were initially bred to hunt badgers and other borrow-dwelling animals. While it is true that their long bodies are cute, the original purpose of their long and lean body was to be able to crawl underground and flush out or attack other animals. So you can bet these little guys will be challenging, courageous, entertaining, and affectionate to their owners.
It should also be noted…
There are both “shorthaired” versions and “longhaired” versions of the Dachshund dog breed, so this will be something that you want to know about when choosing “which” Doxiepoo dog breeder you want to work with. You see, depending on which “kind” of Dachshund is being used could significantly affect what your Doxiepoo might look like.
The Poodle dog breed is another dog breed that has several “versions” to them. Versions such as:
- The Standard Poodle,
- The Miniature Poodle,
- And the Toy Poodle.
Now, the good news is that regardless of what “type” of Poodle is being used to create your Doxiepoo, all three of these “types” are going to be pretty good-natured, intelligent, and hard-working dogs, even if they only weigh up to 9 pounds in the case of a Toy Poodle. After all, you’ve got to be a great dog if you’re going to be one of the most popular dog breeds in the world, with over 200 different breeds.
This is why, as someone looking to purchase a Doxiepoo, the most crucial concern you may have about this side of the family is what “kind” of Poodle your Doxiepoo’s parent because this will give you the best insight on how large your Doxiepoo may be.
As you already know, Doxiepoos are unpredictable little designer dogs. So, it is hard to determine which parent they take would after. In fact [uppies in one litter can have completely different coats, colors, physical traits, and personalities! This is why, when you read about Doxiepoos, you will find that most folks like to give “wide ranges” on what can and will be possible. And we here at IndulgeYourPet are no exception to this rule…
So it’s possible that your Doxiepoo could weigh anywhere around 5 to 30 pounds. It could be as small as 8 inches but as tall as 21 inches. Not very helpful…right?
What we can say…
For sure, your Doxiepoo will have a solid and sturdy, compact body, which will usually “lack” the long and “wiener” like shape so strongly associated with the Dachshund dog breed. These dogs can also have the curly, dense coat of the Poodle or a long and wavy wiry jacket associated with the various types of Dachshund breeds. Plus, your guess is as good as ours as to what color your Doxiepoo might come in because there are tons of possibilities, including:
In addition to that, any combination of the above colors is also possible.
Personality and Temperament
We always like to remind folks that every dog will have their unique personality regardless of what “type” of breed they are. But knowing the breed will certainly give you some “idea” what to expect. The problem with the Doxiepoo is that your puppy might lean towards the stubbornness and boldness of the Dachshund, or he might possess the Poodle’s sense of humor and trainability.
You might get a little “bit” of both; you just never know. We can tell you that most Doxiepoo owners seem to say that their dogs tend to be cheerful and mischievous dogs with a great sense of humor. It also makes excellent companion animals that always like to be near their owner. Surprisingly, owners of Doxiepoos also claim that these guys also make excellent watchdogs and bark at anyone invading their territory.
Given the nature of the two “parent” breeds, the Doxiepoo does well with kids but isn’t always the “most friendly” animal with other pets, which is why it is essential to socialize the Doxiepoo early on in life, which will make them friendlier towards other dogs and animals.
Potential Health Concerns
Doxiepoos are generally healthy dogs because they’re mixed breeds. So, purebred dogs’ common genetic disorders aren’t an issue for the Doxiepoo. However, despite the Doxiepoo dog breed being pretty healthy, they may still be prone to suffering Gastric Dilatation Volvulus (AKA Bloat), which can be deadly if not treated immediately, and developing hernias. And while you may be thinking…
“Wait a second, I thought you said the Doxiepoo was a healthy breed?”
We can assure you that in “general” they are. It’s just that these “issues” that we mentioned are standard issues for many different dog breeds. This is why you need to be sure you want to be responsible for an animal’s health and well-being, regardless of what happens to them, before you decide to adopt an animal.
Which brings us to…
The last topic we wanted to mention in our article about the Doxiepoo dog breed is the importance of purchasing a pet insurance policy. If your little buddy gets sick, you won’t be on the “hook” for 100% of their medical bills.
For more information about who we “feel” currently offers the “best” pet insurance policies, check out our Top 10 Best Pet Insurance Companies article.