If you like the hypoallergenic nature of a poodle, but you enjoy small dogs, a doxiepoo might be for you. They’re one of the more unreliable breeds in that offspring can have an endless combination of traits, both physically and as part of their personality. Here are some of the top questions and answers:
What are the parent breeds: Poodle + dachshund
Do doxiepoos shed? Yes, but not much.
How big do doxiepoos get? Depends on the size, but generally between 5-30 pounds.
How much is a doxiepoo? $250-2500
How long do doxiepoos live? 12-15 years
What’s a doxiepoo’s temperament? Affectionate, playful, intelligent
Do Doxiepoos Shed?
Because a doxiepoo is a mix between a miniature poodle and a dachshund, they do shed. However, they don’t shed nearly as much as purebred dachshunds, and compared to other dog breeds, they don’t shed as much.
Because there are different types of doxiepoos (f1 doxiepoos, f1b doxiepoos, f2 doxiepoos, etc.), your dog will shed according to the type of doodle you own. More specifically, it depends on the percentage of poodle vs. dachshund in your dog. If your dog is more poodle, it won’t shed as much as if it was a higher percentage of dachshund.
These dogs generally have two types of coats. They either have the short coat of a dachshund, or they have the longer, curlier coat of the poodle. If they inherit the curly, poodle coat, it may be a bit harder to keep them regularly groomed. However, this type of hair usually sheds less.
Are Doxiepoos Hypoallergenic?
Truth be told, no dog breed is ever truly 100% hypoallergenic. All dogs have fur that can shed, making it a potential issue for people who have allergies. Despite being completely hypoallergenic, they’re are an allergy-friendly dog breed.
This is due to the incorporation of poodles into the breed mix. Pet dander, saliva, and urine are the three elements that produce allergic reactions. Luckily, poodles have only a single coat with low dander, and their fur is non-shedding. Therefore, if your dog is more poodle than dachshund, your pet will be more allergy-friendly. In other words, a F1b doxiepoo will be more allergy friendly than a f1 doxiepoo.
How Big Do They Get?
When it comes to doxiepoo size, there is a lot of unpredictability. Doxiepoo adult dogs can range from 5 to 30 pounds (A 5 pound dog would be considered a mini doxiepoo). They generally stand between 8 to 23 inches tall. This means that they’ll fall in either the small or medium dog category.
How Much Does a Doxiepoo Cost?
Pricing for these puppies depends on a number of factors, although a general price tag will fall between $250-2500.
Due to their hypoallergenic nature and their cute and fluffy looks, these breeds can be more expensive than other purebred dog breeds. There are also a number of factors that affect their price, such as:
Color: There are a number of different doxiepoo colors. In addition to the typical black doxiepoo or white doxiepoo colors, you can find breeders who specialize in breeding apricot doxiepoos or black and white doxiepoos. The more “exotic” the color, the higher the price tag.
Location & Demand: Prices can fluctuate based on where you live along with how high the demand is. Bigger metropolitan cities such as San Francisco or New York will often have higher price tags, both because of the higher general cost of living, but also because these cities usually have a higher demand for allergy-friendly dogs.
Reputation of the Breeder: When it comes to purchasing a doodle from a breeder, you certainly want to do your research so that you purchase from a reputable, established breeder. While it may be cheaper to buy your doodle from an at-home breeder or from Craigslist, a good breeder can mean a world of difference. If you want a healthy, long-living dog, then it can certainly be worth spending the extra money on a reliable breeder who has done their due diligence in producing healthy pups. Keep in mind that you can also find doxiepoos in shelters and other rescue centers!
How Long Do They Live?
In general, your dog will live between 12-15 years. There are a few factors that can result in outliers, however. Smaller dogs, for example, usually live longer than larger dogs. Because of this, a mini doxiepoo will be expected to live longer. An increased lifespan can also be attributed to crossbreeding (crossbred dogs usually outlive their purebred counterparts) along with purchasing a dog from a reputable breeder.
Common Health Issues of Doxiepoos
Like all dogs, Doxiepoos are susceptible to certain common health problems. Some of the most common health issues seen in Doxiepoos include:
1. Intervertebral Disk Disease: This is a condition that affects the disks between the vertebrae in the spine. It can cause pain, paralysis, and even death.
2. Patellar Luxation: This is a condition in which the kneecap (patella) slips out of place. It can be very painful and may require surgery to correct.
3. Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease: This is a condition that affects the hip joint. It can cause pain and lameness.
4. von Willebrand’s Disease: This is a hereditary blood disorder that can cause problems with clotting.
5. Epilepsy: This is a neurological condition that can cause seizures.
6. Allergies: Doxiepoos, like all dogs, can be allergic to certain things such as food, environmental allergens, and medications.
7. Cushing’s Disease: This is a hormonal disorder that can cause a variety of symptoms including increased thirst and urination, hair loss, and weight gain.
8. Diabetes: This is a condition in which the body does not produce enough insulin or is unable to properly use the insulin it does produce. This can lead to high blood sugar levels and can be very serious if left untreated.
9. Addison’s Disease: This is another hormonal disorder that can cause a variety of symptoms including weakness, weight loss, and vomiting.
10. Hypothyroidism: This is a condition in which the thyroid gland does not produce enough of the hormone thyroxine. This can lead to weight gain, hair loss, and lethargy.
Are They Easy to Train?
Doxiepoos are generally easy to train. They are intelligent and eager to please, which makes them quick learners. Potty training may be a bit more difficult since they are small dogs and may have accidents indoors. crate training is often recommended for Doxiepoos to help with potty training and separation anxiety. Socialization is also important for Doxiepoos, as they can be shy around strangers if not properly socialized.
How Much Exercise Do They Need?
Doxiepoos need moderate exercise. A daily walk is sufficient, but they will also enjoy playing fetch or going for a run. Doxiepoos do not require a lot of space, so they are a good choice for those who live in apartments or small homes.
Do They Bark a Lot?
Doxiepoos are moderate barkers. They may bark to alert you of someone at the door or when they want something, but they are not constant barkers.
Do They Shed?
Doxiepoos are light shedders. They will shed more during certain times of the year, but regular brushing can help to control the shedding.
Are They Good With Kids?
Doxiepoos are good with kids if they are properly socialized. They may be too small for very young children, but they typically do well with older kids who know how to handle them gently.
Whether your doodle ends up taking after a dachshund or a poodle, you’re still sure to have a dog that is playful and affectionate. Doxiepoos, though unpredictable, are generally very affectionate. So much so, that they usually do better as the only pet in a household since they can get jealous. They have a tendency to bark, so making training a priority is very important. Plus, they’re are generally intelligent so they’ll love learning new tricks and learning obedience.