The Dachshund Mix is a cross between a Dachshund and another dog breed. Since a mix can end up with any combination of traits from one or both of the parent breeds, it’s important that you talk to the breeder about the other parent breed in the cross.
Dachshunds are intelligent dogs with a spunky, outgoing personality. They tend to do well with children, but they are also naturally wary of strangers. They are prone to barking and will alert you to people or animals on the property. They also tend to be friendly towards other dogs, but will need some extra socialization with smaller pets in the household because of their high prey drive.
Dachshunds are moderately adaptable dogs. Although they do well in both apartments and larger homes, they are sensitive to heat, do not handle cold well, and don’t like to be left alone for long periods of time.
On the Dachshund side, potential health concerns to be aware of include back issues and disc damage. Unfortunately, this is just a natural side effect because they are longer than they are tall. Their floppy ears are also more prone to ear infections. And, as a small dog breed, they are more prone to developing
Although Dachshunds are highly intelligent and eager to please, they are also independent and stubborn at times. This can be difficult for first-time dog owners to navigate on their own, so puppy training classes are recommended.
A Dachshund Mix could inherit a coat similar to one of their parents or a coat that is a combination of both. There are three types of Dachshund coats, which are smooth, wiry, and long.
Dachshunds range from low to moderate energy. Daily walks plus some playtime are usually enough for these small dogs. But, they are prone to weight gain, so it’s important that you give them enough activity every day.
Dachshunds mostly come in two sizes – Standard and Miniature. A fully-grown Standard Dachshund stands 8-9 inches tall and weighs 16-32 pounds while a fully-grown Mini Dachshund stands 5-6 inches tall and weighs under 11 pounds.
Dachshunds tend to live for 12-16 years. Although the other parent breed may affect this slightly, you should be able to expect a similar life span in a Dachshund Mix.