Dachshunds and Pitbulls are not breeds that many people may think of working well together. A short, but long dog that usually is considered a small breed and a large, muscular, broad-chested dog bred together seems comical.
However, when bred together, they can turn into quite an adorable combination. They tend to look like forever puppy Pitbulls, with short legs, and lanky bodies, but still the broad chest and large head associated with Pitbulls. Doxie-Pits aren’t just cute, they are sweet, loving, and protective.
Keep reading to learn more about Doxie-Pits and their unusual parent breeds, the Dachshunds and Pitbulls.
Pitbull, Doxie-Pit, and Dachshund Comparison Chart
|Height||14-24 inches||8 to 13 inches||5 to 9 inches|
|Weight||30-80 pounds||Up to 25 pounds||9 to 32 pounds|
|Life Expectancy||11-13 years||8 to 12 years||12-16 years|
|Colors||Any (except Merle)||Almost any color Tends to stick to browns, blacks, and chocolates with lighter cream, tan, or white colored markings||Black and cream Black and tan Blue and tan Chocolate and tan Cream Red Wheaten Wild boar Blue and cream Fawn and tan Fawn and cream Chocolate and cream|
|Coat Type||Smooth and short||Short and smooth||Short or medium Smooth|
|Affection levels||Very Loving||Very loving||Very loving|
|Shedding Level||Medium shedding level||Medium shedding level||Lower shedding level|
|Temperament||Playful, Can be protective||Playful, Fairly protective||Fairly playful, Fairly protective|
|Health Issues||Hip dysplasia Cataracts Allergies to grass Congenital heart disease||Allergies Back damage Ear infections Cataracts||Disc damage Ear infections Back problems|
|Trainability||Fairly easy to train||Fairly easy to train||Fairly easy to train|
|Exercise||Need a fair amount of exercise||Average energy level||Average energy level|
|Friendliness to People||Very friendly||Very friendly||Fairly open to strangers|
|Friendliness to Dogs||Pretty good, if properly socialized||Average level of friendliness||Fairly good with other dogs|
|Drooling Levels||Pretty high drooling levels||Fairly high drooling levels||Low drooling levels|
|Mental Stimulation||Fairly high levels||Fairly high levels||Average mental stimulation needs|
|Barking Level||Average levels||Fairly high levels||Very high levels|
Pitbulls are a widely misunderstood breed. To begin with, what most people know about Pitbulls is false. According to the American Kennel Club, there is no such breed as the Pitbull, and it is instead a type of category that dogs are placed in.
Currently, there are four dogs under the Pitbull label according to the American Kennel Club.
- American Bully
- American Staffordshire Terrier
- Staffordshire Bull Terrier
- American Pitbull Terrier
However, despite only four dogs being on this list, roughly 20% of all dogs in the United States can fit into the Pitbull category. Even more, breeds get mixed up and placed under the term Pitbull due to misinformation and misidentification.
Though many dog experts do not like the term, as all dogs should be watched around children, Pitbulls were once classified as Nanny Dogs.
They are gentle, loving, and loyal to a fault. Despite their muscular frame, they are often aware of their surroundings and take care not to hurt their family members.
They are highly feared now by the general public and actually face many bans in various states, cities, and buildings.
However, when conducting temperance tests, Pitbulls regularly reach top scores for their tolerance, and sometimes even come second, only behind Golden Retrievers.
With proper training and socialization, these dogs make excellent family dogs. They are loyal, and protective, and strive to make their owners happy.
Dachshunds are unique dogs. They are often small-sized dogs, but can occasionally get up to more medium size in terms of weight. They are well-known for their long bodies and short legs.
These small dogs are also incredibly popular, having stayed around the lower double digits since they were first recognized by the AKC.
Despite their already small size, Dachshunds also come in a miniature version, which is essentially any Dachshund under 11 pounds. They are also incredibly healthy, only facing back problems and ear infections for the majority of the breed.
Their backs can give them a lot of problems, though. If they have to handle a lot of stairs or are overweight, it is easy for them to hurt a disc.
There are also three different kinds of Dachshunds, there are smooth-coated ones, long-coated, and wire-coated ones.
Studies have shown that each type actually has a different personality. For example, most wire-coated ones tend to be outgoing and clownish, and long-coated ones are usually on the calmer side.
Dachshunds were bred to be hunters and still enjoy digging. They are also pretty prone to destructiveness, so giving them a lot of toys and keeping them busy is a good idea to protect your home and yard.
About The Doxie-Pit Dog Mix
Also known as Doxie Bulls, Doxie-Pits are a unique designer breed. Mixing the muscular, broad-chested Pitbull with the short and long Dachshund makes for a wide variety of unique combinations.
The most popular mix appearance is a Pitbull, but a little longer and on very short legs. When trying for a designer Doxie-Pit, this seems to be what most people are hoping for from them.
How Friendly are Doxie-Pits?
Doxie-Pits are sweet and gentle dogs. They are friendly with other people and dogs outside of their family as long as they get socialized properly at an early age.
When it comes to their own family members, Doxie-Pits are not dogs you have to worry about. Unless terrified, they will never harm their own family. Whether children or other dogs, they will be gentle and patient with them.
Dachshunds do have a history of being hunters. For that reason, they tend to not be the greatest with small animals without proper training. Animals such as rodents or cats that run around a lot can trigger their prey drive.
Do Doxie-Pits Need Frequent Grooming?
The grooming requirement of a Doxie-Pit depends a lot on their Dachshund parent. They may be able to get by with just a quick brush every once in a while if they had a short-haired parent.
However, wire and long-coated Dachshunds tend to need a lot more maintenance, which might be inherited by their offspring.
Also, since both parent breeds are prone to ear infections, Doxie-Pits will need a lot of ear cleaning to avoid any infections.
Any time they get their ears wet or are particularly dirty, their ears should be cleaned out. However, on average, they can just be cleaned about once a week.
With designer dogs like Doxie-Pits, it isn’t easy to tell what kind of dog you are going to get. Not only with grooming, but temperament and personality as well.
If you get to meet both of the parents, such as when buying from a good dog breeder, you can get some idea of what they will be like.
When picking one up from the shelter though, you may not get an indication about this dog until they can relax and get to know you and your home.
Doxie-Pits are cute, medium-sized dogs that usually combine the sweet, loving nature of Pitbulls with the clownish or calm nature of Dachshunds to bring you a dog that is both adorable and a great companion.
They may need a fair amount of grooming and attention, but make excellent family dogs whether you have other pets, children, or live on your own.
Unfortunately, these are still designer dogs, and there isn’t a lot known about them. There also isn’t a lot of consistency. So without knowing the parents of your Doxie-Pit, it is hard to know what the final result will be and their temperament.