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The Doxle is a small to medium cross or mixed dog. She is also known as a Beagle/Dachshund Mix, Doxie or the Beaschund. Her purebred parents are the Beagle and the Dachshund and she has a life span of 12 to 14 years. She has talents in watchdog and guard dog and is a social and loyal dog.
The Doxle could be a great addition to the family and a great companion. She does not need a very active owner but she can be quite vocal so you need to be accepting of that though successful training can help. She is very social and friendly and will be completely loyal to you.
|Here is the Doxle at a Glance|
|Average height||9 to 11 inches|
|Average weight||18 to 30 pounds|
|Coat type||Fine, harsh, wiry, straight|
|Brushing||Three times a week|
|Tolerant to Solitude?||Moderate|
|Barking||Occasional to frequent|
|Tolerance to Heat||Good to very good|
|Tolerance to Cold||Low to moderate|
|Good Family Pet?||Very good to excellent|
|Good with Children?||Excellent|
|Good with other Dogs?||Very good with socialization|
|Good with other Pets?||Good needs socialization|
|A roamer or Wanderer?||Very high|
|A Good Apartment Dweller?||Very good to excellent due to size|
|Good Pet for new Owner?||Good – experience would help with the training|
|Exercise Needs||Slightly active|
|Tendency to get Fat||Very high|
|Major Health Concerns||Intervertebral disc disease, eye problems, epilepsy, Bloat, Hypothyroidism, Beagle Dwarfism, CBS, Patellar Luxation, Cushings, Deafness,|
|Other Health Concerns||Hip dysplasia, ear infections|
|Life Span||12 to 14 years|
|Average new Puppy Price||$300 to $700|
|Average Annual Medical Expense||$460 to $560|
|Average Annual Non-Medical Expense||$355 to $455|
Where does the Doxle come from?
The Doxle originates from the USA though not much is known beyond that about her specific origin story. She is a designer dog, so called purposely bred mixed dogs which have grown in popularity over the last 3 decades. Most have two purebred parents and are given a name that blends parts of the parent names together. There is a lot of discussion happening about this trend, some argue mixed dogs re nothing new and nothing to get worked up over, while some point out there are plenty in rescue homes already and that this has attracted a lot more puppy mills and bad breeders. If you decide a designer dog is really what you want make sure you buy from the right place and be prepared for anything from the dog. While breeders try to promise the best of both parents, in fact anything could go into her from either parents, the good the bad and the ugly! Here is a look at the Doxle's parents for a background on her.
You can find Beagle like dogs back in Roman times but the actual Beagle we have now cannot be traced back that far. As with a lot of dogs his history is a little confused. In the mid 1800s you can see the starting of the Beagle we know today when they were bred for their hunting skills.
Today the Beagle has a gentle nature and will often make you laugh with their antics, but will also make you cry from their mischief! They are tricky things that are good at not listening or obeying you. He loves to follow a scent and is great with children – they get up their mischief together!
This is a German bred dog used to hunt badgers and other den animals like foxes. In packs he also would hunt larger animals like deer or even wild boar. He comes from the 15th century and varied in size depending on what he was to hunt. Over many years he was altered creating a dog who was brave and long so he could dig in burrows. In the 1800s he also started to be bred to be a companion as well, particularly in England. At the end of the 1800s he arrived in America.
The Dachshund now is bold, lively and intelligent. He can be too bold and is also stubborn. They like to cuddle when not trying to get his own way. Some are shy but that is a sign of a poor breeding. Coat type can indicate personality with wirehaired ones being more mischievous, longhairs being more even tempered and smooths being in the middle.
The Doxle is an alert and energetic dog who can also be loyal, loving and very friendly. She is so social, she loves people around her and being a part of everything. She can be gentle and sometimes shy so socialization will be important. She loves to snuggle under the blankets with you or on the couch. Unfortunately she is a chewer especially with anything paper. She is a great family dog, curious, playful, sweet and protective. She is alert and adaptable too.
What does the Doxle look like
She is a small to medium dog weighing 18 to 30 pounds and standing 9 to 11 inches tall. She is a stout dog with a long back, short legs, long droopy ears, long muzzle and a long tail. Her eyes tends to be round and big and her coat can be wiry, or fine and rough and is straight. Common colors for her coat are tan, black, golden, chocolate, white and brown.
Training and Exercise Needs
How active does the Doxle need to be?
The Doxle is just slightly active so she will not need very active owners to still be happy and healthy. She can live in an apartment quite happily due to her size and some of her indoor play will go towards her physical needs. She would enjoy trips to a dog park where she can play with a ball, play fetch and other dog games. Give her a walk twice a day and make sure she gets at least a total of 30 minutes outside daily. She does not have to have a yard to play in, but if there is one she would certainly be happy to use it! She does tend to pick up scents and want to follow them. If she is bored, restless, overweight and acting out this may be a sign that she needs more physical exercise. Make sure her toys offer her some mental stimulation too.
Does she train quickly?
How quickly and easily she trains can really vary depending on which parent she takes after more. She is smart and can learn quickly but she can also be stubborn and get easily distracted. House training can also be harder and longer than for some other dogs. Be patient, use a firm tone that clearly tells her you are the boss and be consistent. Positive techniques are best, reward her, use treats and praise to congratulate and motivate. Early socialization and training are important and should not be skipped.
Living with a Doxle
How much grooming is needed?
She has moderate needs for maintenance and grooming, her coat is going to shed a moderate amount so she should be brushed at least three times a week. Avoid over bathing her as it can dry out the natural oils in her skin, if she seems to need it you can always use a damp towel to wipe them down. Brush her teeth two to three times a week and make sure her nails are clipped when they get too long. Avoid cutting down too low if you choose to do this yourself rather than using a groomer. Their ears should be checked for infection and wiped clean once a week.
What is she like with children and other animals?
This dog is great with children and other dogs. She will play with kids, be gentle, loving and protective of them. She does like her rough play so smaller kids should be supervised and training will help too. Early socialization will also help with her interactions with other pets like cats as she does have hunting and chasing instincts that she can turn on other pets sometimes.
She is alert and will bark to let you know of an intruder. She barks occasionally to frequently so watch out if there are problems with neighbors and noise or tight apartment noise regulations. She should be fed 1 1/2 to 2 cups of good quality dry dog food daily, divided into two meals.
There are health concerns to watch out for that she could inherit from her parents. That is why it is important to buy from trustworthy breeders and to ask them to show you health clearances for both parents. Those health concerns include Intervertebral disc disease, eye problems, epilepsy, Bloat, Hypothyroidism, Beagle Dwarfism, CBS, Patellar Luxation, Cushings, Deafness, Hip dysplasia and ear infections. Visit the puppy too before buying to see the conditions she is kept in and possibly even see the health of other animals there so that you can avoid some health problems.
Costs involved in owning a Doxle
The Doxle puppy would cost somewhere between $300 to $700. Other costs for things like a collar and leash, crate, carrier, deworming, shots, chipping, spaying and blood tests come to between $455 to $500. Annual costs for medical essentials like shots, flea prevention, pet insurance and check ups come to between $460 to $560. Annual non medical needs like food, training, toys, license and treats come to between $355 to $455.
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