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The Bo-Dach is a mixed dog whose parents are the Boston Terrier and the Dachshund. He is a small to medium sized dog with a life span of 10 to 13 years. He is also sometimes called the Boston-Weenie and the Boston Doxie Terrier. He is a funny and spirited dog who has talents in competitive obedience, agility and watchdog.

Here is the Bo-Dach at a Glance
Average height Up to 12 inches
Average weight 10 to 25 pounds
Coat type Short, close
Hypoallergenic? No
Grooming Needs Low to moderate
Shedding Low to moderate
Brushing Once or twice
Touchiness Very sensitive
Tolerant to Solitude? Good – can handle some time alone
Barking Occasional
Tolerance to Heat Moderate to good
Tolerance to Cold Low to good depending on coat
Good Family Pet? Very good
Good with Children? Excellent
Good with other Dogs? Good to very good with socialization
Good with other Pets? Good to very good with socialization
A roamer or Wanderer? Very high – will need to be on a leash when not safely contained
A Good Apartment Dweller? Excellent due to size
Good Pet for new Owner? Good to very good
Trainability Moderately easy
Exercise Needs Slightly active to somewhat active
Tendency to get Fat Above average
Major Health Concerns IVDD, Back Problems, Epilepsy, Eye problems, Bloat, Cushings, Diabetes, Deafness, Patellar Luxation, Heart Problems, Brain tumors,
Other Health Concerns Allergies, Megaesophagus, Reverse Sneezing
Life Span 10 to 13 years
Average new Puppy Price $200 to $450
Average Annual Medical Expense $435 to $535
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $300 to $400

Where does the Bo-Dach come from?

The Bo-Dach is a mixed or cross breed also now being called a Designer dog. Designer dogs are not quite the same as mutts, the former are planned first generation puppies, the latter are accidents. Over the last 50 years there has been an increase in the number of designer dogs being bred, with the last 20 years seeing a surge in popularity. Take care who you buy from though as this has also attracted the attention of back yard breeders, puppy mills and bad breeders looking to make money. The dogs they are breeding or not cared for, parents are not health checked and conditions are worrying in most cases.

As most of these dogs do not have origins known or there is not much to tell we can look at the parents to see more about where they come from.

The Dachshund

The Dachshund is a German bred dog where he was used to hunt badgers and other den animals like foxes. In packs he also would hunt larger animals. He comes from around the 15th century and back then he varied in size depending on his purpose. Over many years he was altered to create a dog who was fearless and elongated so he could dig into burrows. During the 1800s he also started to be bred to be a companion not just a hunter, particularly in England. At the end of the 19th century he arrived in America.

The Dachshund is a bold dog still and is lively and intelligent. He can be too bold sometimes and is also quite stubborn. They like to cuddle when not trying to get his own way. Some can be shy but that is a sign of a poor line.

The Boston Terrier

In the late 1800s this dog came about though it has not really been discovered exactly what his origins are before that. He was one of the first made in America dogs to be recognized by the AKC. He was very popular in the US being in the top ten popular breeds all the way to the 1960s. He is the official dog of Massachusetts.

Today he is a a smart and lively dog with an even temperament. He is very affectionate but can take a bit more work to train because he can be stubborn!



The Bo-Dach is an alert and lively dog who is also very affectionate and loving towards his family. He tends to bond closely especially to one owner and is very loyal. While in general he is even tempered he can be aggressive around other dogs if he feels his territory is being threatened. He is wary of strangers and tends to be watchful of what is going on around him. He is a good family companion, intelligent and playful. He will be happy being with you whether it is snuggling together on the couch or going for a walk.

What does the Bo-Dach look like

This dog is small to medium in size weighing 10 to 25 pounds and standing up to 12 inches tall. He has a muscled and compact body that tends to be like the Dachshund with a round head, short legs and big feet. His tail is pointed and his nose and eyes are dark. His ears are usually droopy though some have erect ones. His coat is short and close and common colors include black, white, brown, fawn, brindle, merle and speckled. Some have eyes that are two different colors.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Bo-Dach need to be?

The Bo-Dach can be just slightly active to a little more active depending on which parent he takes more after. His size makes him appropriate for apartment living as long as he goes out each day. Some will be good on half an hour a day and some will need 1 to 2 hours a day. Some play time indoors can go towards his needs and then going for a couple of walks a day. He would also enjoy trips to a dog park where he can socialize and play. Access to a yard is not a requirement, but if you have one make sure it is well fenced and let him play and be curious out there each day.

Does he train quickly?

This dog is moderately easy to train. He is intelligent and usually eager to please but he can get distracted and can be stubborn. Training will not be as fast as some dogs but will not be the slowest either. Just make sure you are firm and consistent and be positive in your approach. Shorter and more engaging sessions are more likely to be successful and try to avoid too much repetition which makes it boring for him. Early socialization and training are key to having a well rounded, happy, trustworthy and well behaved dog.

Living with a Bo-Dach

How much grooming is needed?

There will be some moderate needs in terms of grooming and maintenance for the Bo-Dach. His coat is short so it is easy to brush and he will likely need brushing with a firm bristled brush once or twice a week. Give him a bath just when necessary using a dog shampoo only. Bathing dogs too often can damage the oils needed in their skin. His ears will need checking for infection and wiping clean once a week, especially if they are the droopy kind. His nails will need clipping if they get too long, and as there are nerves and blood vessels to be aware of in their nails this should be done by an expert you have no experiences. His teeth should be brushed with a dog toothpaste and brush at least two to three times a week.

What is he like with children and other animals?

This is a great dog with children, he tends to love to play with them and will be affectionate. Small children though should be monitored so that they do not hurt him with ear pulling or pushing on his back. He can also get on well with other animals though he may like to chase small ones. Early socialization will help with that and will also play an important role in his interactions with other dogs which can be difficult in some cases.

General information

The Bo-Dach is a very good watchdog. He is alert and watchful and will bark to alert you if an intruder tries to get in. He barks occasionally and will need to be fed ¾ to 1½ cups of good quality dry dog food each day, split into at least two meals. You could also opt to give a mix of dry and wet food each day to get the right nutritional balance for your dog.


Health Concerns

As with any dog there is a chance of coming down with several illnesses common to them, or of inheriting a problems from either of their parents. With the Bo-Dach health concerns that are more prominent include IVDD, Back Problems, Epilepsy, Eye problems, Bloat, Cushings, Diabetes, Deafness, Patellar Luxation, Heart Problems, Brain tumors, Allergies, Megaesophagus and Reverse Sneezing. Ask the breeder to show you health clearances for both parents to lessen the chances of having a sickly dog and visit the puppy before buying to check on the conditions it has been bred and kept in.

Costs involved in owning a Bo-Dach

A Bo-Dach puppy can cost between $200 to $450. Initial costs like a crate, carrier, collar and leash along with medical tests and procedures like micro chipping, neutering, blood tests, shots and deworming come to between $385 to $435. Annual medical costs will start out at $435 to $535 for just basics like pet insurance, shots, flea prevention and a check up. Annual non-medical costs will start out at $300 to $400 for things like training, license, treats, toys and food.


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The Bo-Dach is a great dog to get for a family or for a couple or single owner as long as you are prepared to give it the attention and socialization he needs, and can take him out for a couple of good walks a day. He will bond closely to you and be completely loyal to you. He will also be a great watchdog. Just make sure he is shown how to interact with other dogs.

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