Dachshund Mixes: Which Of These Cute Crosses Makes The Best Pet?
There are many types of dogs out there. Some have a strong personality while others are quiet and shy. There are some that are very loyal and protective of their family members while others would rather not get involved with strangers or other animals at all. However, no breed is without its faults; they just tend to be less obvious than those found in other breeds. For example, the dachshund is known for being a good watchdog and protector of property. While it does so well in these areas, it also tends to bite if provoked too much.
The reason why the dachshund crosses are called “mixes” is because they come from several different breeds. They may look like one particular breed but actually be another. The most common type of dog used in breeding dachshund mixes is the German Shepherd Dog (GSD). Other popular breeds include the Boxer, Bull Terrier, Poodle, Dalmatian and even the Chihuahua. All of them share certain characteristics such as being small, having short legs and long bodies.
While it’s true that these dogs do look similar to each other, they’re still distinct breeds. The best way to tell a dachshund cross from any other breed is by looking at the ears. If they’re long and pointy, the dog is most likely a dachshund or a mix with one. If they’re short and stubby then it’s probably some other breed. Many people believe that all these breeds are just different varieties of dachshund but they’re not.
Dachshund mixes have become popular because people like their cute looks and smaller size. This makes them good pets for city living as well. They’re very playful and get along well with children too. They’re patient and gentle enough to be around young kids. There are several different varieties of dachshund mixes so there’s bound to be one that fits your lifestyle.
Here are some of the most popular:
Dwarf mixes are generally small and compact. They’re not quite as small as the traditional dachshund but tend to weigh only a few kilograms. They’re very playful and energetic dogs that are great for older people or those living in apartments. They get along well with other dogs and pets too.
Tweenie mixes look almost exactly like dachshunds but they’re generally bigger and sturdier. They weigh about 20 to 30 kilograms and stand around 50 centimetres tall. They’re great for people who want a more robust dog without having to deal with the larger breeds. They’re playful, loving and very protective of their family.
The labradoodle is one of the most popular types of dachshund mixes there is. It’s a cross between a poodle and a Labrador Retriever and shares many of the same characteristics. It’s very friendly and playful, particularly with children. It’s fairly active too so it needs a lot of exercise and room to roam. It tends to have a lot of hair so it requires regular brushing and grooming.
The harrier is another great dog for people who want the best of both worlds; the playful energy of the retriever but the size of the dachshund. It stands around 40 centimetres tall and weighs about 10 to 15 kilograms. It’s generally very healthy and has a long life span. It’s very affectionate towards its family but is wary of strangers. It’s a fairly clean dog too so there’s not too much maintenance involved.
The whoodle is another dachshund cross with a poodle. In this case it’s a standard poodle which makes it larger than most other mixes on this list. It generally only weighs around 25 kilograms and stands up to 60 centimetres at the shoulder. It has a long, thick coat that requires regular grooming. It’s a very affectionate dog that gets along well with both adults and children.
It’s fairly intelligent too so it can be trained fairly easily.
Whether you’re looking for a friendly, loving pet or a loyal companion to go jogging with, the world of dachshund mixes has something for everyone.
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Pug Corgi Mix Facts by JP Scott, JL Fuller – 2012 – University of Chicago Press
Pug Husky Mix Facts by PC Mix – thedogdigest.com
Shar Pei Labrador Mix Facts by HP Mix – thedogdigest.com
Doberman Lab Mix Facts by LSP Mix – thedogdigest.com