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A reliable watchdog doesn’t have to be big or menacing. Take the Dachshund Beagle Mix, for instance. Also called a Doxle, this crossbreed doesn’t let its petite build get in the way of protecting its family.
The Beagle-Dachshund mix has an inquisitive, loyal nature that makes it an excellent pet. Let’s explore more reasons why this hybrid is effective at keeping a watch on your home.
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The proud heritage of Dachshund-Beagle dogs
This crossbreed’s exact beginnings are unclear, but what we know is that each Dachshund-Beagle mix is born from purebred dogs that are known for their hunting prowess.
Since the early 18th century, the Germans have used Dachshunds (or Doxies) for exterminating and baiting badgers. Meanwhile, Beagles have gained popularity in the USA as talented sighthounds with keen noses.
With its parents’ affinity for hunting, it’s no wonder that the Dachshund Beagle Mix retains an excellent sense of smell. It’s sensitive to strange new odors in your home, and it won’t hesitate to bark to alert you of intruders. These qualities make the Beagle Dachshund Mix a reliable watchdog.
The Beagle’s sweet face with the Dachshund’s long body
Judging by its adorable appearance, you’d never guess the Doxle’s courageous qualities. Most Dachshund Beagle crosses have a long muzzle, large round eyes, and floppy ears.
Combine these features with the unmistakably slim body of a Dachshund, and you’ve got the charming Dachshund Beagle Mix.
These dogs tend to be on the small side. A fully grown Beagle Dachshund mix may weigh between 20 to 30 pounds (9 to 13 kg) and be up to 9 to 12 inches (23 to 30 cm) tall.
If you don’t have a lot of space at home, consider a Beagle-Dachshund puppy bred from a miniature Dachshund. Miniature Dachshund Beagle mix dogs are even tinier than the average, since mini Dachshunds weigh only 8 to 11 pounds (3 to 4 kg) and measure 5 to 7 inches (12 to 17 cm) at the shoulder.
Most Doxle dogs have short, smooth coats, though a Dachshund with long hair may make Dachshund Beagle Mix puppies that have long-haired coats. Coat colors greatly vary among white, brown, black, and black and tan.
Reliable watchdogs with a natural curiosity
Just like the Doxie, Dachshund Beagle Mix puppies are naturally brave and curious about their surroundings. They’re inquisitive, so they’ll want to explore every inch of your home. These dogs are also intelligent and eager to please, like Beagles.
A Dachshund can show loyalty to one person, and this devotion to its owners carries on in this Dachshund Beagle mix. Doxles are people-oriented dogs, so they bond closely to their families. The Beagle Dachshund mix is not a breed that will do well on its own.
Their affectionate, loving nature also makes these crossbreeds great pets for people who live alone.
Look how Dachshund-Beagle cross Nomie cuddles up to her owner:
What behaviors should I watch out for in my Dachshund Beagle Mix?
Being aware of these traits will make you more prepared for owning a Beagle Dachshund puppy.
The Beagle/Dachshund mix wants to join all the activities at home, so you’ll have to get used to the small dog being underfoot as you move around. This inquisitiveness may also prove to be a problem when combined with the Dachshund Beagle puppy’s tendency to dig.
The Dachshund-Beagle dog has an extraordinary nose and is always alert to new smells in your home.
Unfamiliar odors may cause your Beagle Dachshund mix to believe that your home is under threat and result in barking and howling. The noise may be an important consideration if you live close to your neighbors.
Deep-seated hunting instinct
Don’t be surprised if your Dachshund Beagle Mix starts chasing or stalking strange animals or even other pets in the household. The good news is that you can train this hunting instinct out of Doxles at an early age.
Keeping your Beagle Dachshund Mix dog well-behaved
Dachshund Beagle mixes are easy to train, but they need a lot of patience. The Dachshund has a stubborn temperament, so your crossbreed may inherit this trait. Beagle-Dachshund puppies are also easily distracted by new smells, so you might find it difficult to get your new pet to focus.
As with many dog breeds, positive reinforcement works best with Doxles. Give your puppy plenty of praise and treats and he will quickly learn commands such as ‘stay’ and ‘sit.’
Early socialization is just as crucial as training for Dachshund-Beagle dogs. You want to familiarize your pet not only with your family members but also with friends and neighbors.
Easy care tips for your Beagle Dachshund Mix
This Dachshund Beagle mix is relatively low-maintenance. With proper care, the lifespan of a Beagle Dachshund mix lasts from 12 to 14 years.
Your small crossbreed enjoys a longer lifespan compared to larger breeds. However, like other tiny dogs, your Dachshund and Beagle mix will also mature faster. If you look at the aging chart of a Dachshund, for instance, you’ll see that a Doxie grows from 15 to 24 dog years between the age of 1 and 2.
A proper diet is a good way to ensure that your Doxle stays healthy despite its fast maturity rate. Feed your dog 1.5 to 2 cups of dry, grain-free dog food spread out into 2 to 3 meals each day. Beagle-Dachshund mixes will also benefit from calcium-rich foods and joint and bone supplements that will help strengthen their spines and joints.
By following the right feeding schedule, you can keep your Dachshund Beagle Mix safe from obesity. If you find that your dog is getting too heavy, you can cut back his food intake by ¼ cup each day until he reaches a healthy weight.
How active is the Beagle Dachshund mix dog?
Active parent breeds mean an equally high activity level for this crossbreed. Help your dog burn off its pent-up energy by walking it at least once a day. You can also take it jogging with you one or two times a week.
Dachshund Beagle mixes love being outside, so try to give your dog at least 30 minutes of outdoors time daily. Let your puppy run around in the yard, but make sure that the yard is fenced-in so he can’t chase after small animals.
Keep in mind that Beagle-Dachshund mixes have weak backs. Excessive jumping and climbing might result in injuries. Playtime with small children should also be supervised, as younger kids may end up hurting the Dachshund-Beagle dog’s back by sitting on it.
Does the Dachshund Beagle mix need a lot of grooming?
This crossbreed sheds no more than the average dog. If your Doxle has a smooth coat, brush his coat once a week to keep it clean and shiny. Long haired or wire haired Beagle Dachshund mixes to need more frequent brushing up to 3 times a week to prevent tangles.
Two or three times a year, your Doxle’s coat needs to be hand-stripped or pulled out by the root so a new coat of fur can grow. The process is painless for your dog once its old coat is ready to go. You can strip off the hair on your own using grooming tools or leave the job to your local groomer.
Keep your Beagle Dachshund’s skin and coat naturally soft and shiny by bathing your dog only every ten days. Wipe down your pet with a damp cloth to freshen up his coat if needed.
Pay particular attention to your Dachshund Beagle mix’s ears, especially if it takes after the Beagle. Make it a weekly habit to clean your dog’s ears using cotton balls and an ear-cleaning solution from the vet. This way, you can prevent wax build-up and ear infections.
Is the Dachshund Beagle Mix hypoallergenic?
Since neither of its parent breeds are hypoallergenic, the Beagle-Dachshund dog is unlikely to have this quality. The good news is that this crossbreed’s coat sheds only an average amount of hair. Groomed properly, even a long haired Dachshund Beagle Mix has a low chance of triggering any allergies or sensitivities in your family.
Are there any health issues Doxles are prone to developing?
Because of their Dachshund parentage, Beagle Dachshund mixes have a predisposition to musculoskeletal conditions such as intervertebral disc disease, patellar luxation, and hip dysplasia. On the other hand, Beagles are prone to cherry eye and glaucoma, and Dachshund Beagle mixes may suffer from these conditions, too.
One way to ensure that your Dachshund & Beagle mix avoids these health issues is to get your puppy from a breeder that does early health screening.
Where to look for Dachshund Beagle Mix puppies
With the popularity of these adorable hybrid dogs, there’s a good chance you’ll find them at shelters. Websites such as PuppyFinder make it easier for you to get in touch with rescue organizations and shelters in your area.
Puppies from rescues tend to be less expensive and may set you back anywhere from $50 to $100. If you have a little more room in your budget, you can also go for Beagle Dachshund mix puppies from breeders. Breeders may charge anywhere from $500 to $1000 for each Beagle-Dachshund puppy.
It may be challenging to locate Beagle Dachshund Mix breeders. You may have better luck finding a Doxle puppy from breeders of Dachshunds and Beagles:
- Breeders affiliated with the Dachshund Club of America
- Breeders acknowledged by the National Beagle Club of America, Inc.
Do your research and choose responsible breeders. Your new dog should come with certification that it’s free from serious medical issues.
Why we love the curious, courageous Dachshund Beagle Mix
The Doxle’s loyalty, innate curiosity, and a superior sense of smell make this crossbreed a natural watchdog.
The Beagle-Dachshund mix needs exercise at least once a day, so it may not be the ideal pet for busy people. However, as affectionate companion dogs, Dachshund-Beagle puppies are perfect for people who live alone.
These hybrid dogs also have strong hunting instincts, but you can train these behaviors out of your Beagle-Dachshund mix with positive reinforcement and socialization.
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