The dachshund has been renowned as one of the most iconic dog breeds of all time. No wonder Dachshund is among the most crossbred pet dog with other purebred like the Rat Terrier Dachshund mix, Australian Shepherd mix with Dachshund and many more. The elongated bodies and short legs make them very recognizable. But, how big do Dachshund terrier mix get?
Between 12 to 17 inches in height. Dachshund cross bred with Terrier dogs standard anywhere between 12 to 17 inches. However as with all cross breeds, a mixed puppy dog most likely takes after the traits and size of one parent’s size than the other, no wonder Dachshund mixed with Terriers are considered a small dog breed pretty much like its parents.
With its size and height at 12-17 inches, the majority of Dachshund Terrier mixes can weigh up to 30 pounds.
While the physical appearance of a dachshund may be stunning, there are many other dachshund mixes that might even be prettier.
One popular dachshund mix is the Dachshund Terrier Mix, which is a cross between a purebred dachshund and a terrier.
Besides their unique looks, people love with this mix because of the fact that they make great friends and they are very entertaining. Before welcoming a dachshund terrier into your home, it is important to know the characteristics of the breed.
One important factor is the size of the breed because this is how you can determine the space that the dog requires, and whether or not they are suitable for apartment or house living. So let’s start there. Later, we will go into the pros and cons of having a dachshund terrier mix
So, how big does a dachshund terrier mix get?
The size of the dachshund solely depends on the particular terrier and the dachshund parents’ traits. In terms of the height, the dachshund terrier mixes can range anywhere between 5 and 10 inches tall, with some reaching 11 inches or more.
Dachshunds can weigh from 5 to as heavy as 32 pounds. Again, those characteristics will depend on the parents. But generally speaking, Dachshund terrier mix breeds are on the smaller end of the spectrum.
With their relatively smaller size, Dachshund terrier mixes are suitable for both house and apartment residents.
These dogs mostly have short legs and a long body (usually longer than their parents). Their coat tends to be long and straight and do not need as much maintenance. This means Dachshund terriers need less grooming.
The Dachshund Terrier Mix
As we mentioned earlier, the Dachshund is the result of crossing a purebred dachshund to a terrier breed. But, it is important to note that since there are different types of dachshunds and terriers, there are also many dachshund terrier mixes out there. Here’s a list of the most common ones:
- Dachshund & Boston Terrier (Bodach)
- Dachshund & Fox terries
- Dachshund & Jack Russel terrier (Jackshund)
- Dachshund & Rat Terriers (Toy Rat Doxie)
- Dachshund & Scottish Terrier (Doxie Scott)
- Dachshund & Silky Terriers
- Dachshund & White Terriers
- Dachshund & Yorkshire terrier (Dorkie)
Pros and Cons of the Dachshund Terrier Mix
Having looked at the various Dachshund terrier mixes, let’s get into the pros and cons of these beautiful breeds.
1) They are charming
The short legs and long noses are what make the Dachshunds famous. Mostly, they are short and have elongated bodies like their Dachshund parents.
Their body is typically longer than that of their purebred dachshund parents. The ears may either be slopping like their dachshund parents or standing erect like their terrier parents.
The Dachshund terrier may inherit a thin coat of their terrier parents or smooth coats of their dachshund parents. Largely, you should expect the color of the coat to be brown, tan, black, white or a combination of these colors.
2) Friendly and Playful
The dachshund terrier mix is naturally friendly, especially since both dachshunds and terriers are friendly to their owners. They are also very playful and entertaining. This is the breed you should get if you want a dog that will perform tricks for you every now and then.
While they are friendly to the rest of the family, dachshund terrier mixes often become attached to one person in the family. Due to this attachment trait, a dachshund terrier mix may suffer from separation anxiety if it is left alone for an extended period of time.
These dogs tend to take on a territorial behavior. They are also wary of strangers. They often take time to get to know about a new person before they can be comfortable around them.
A dachshund terrier mix is a great breed if you have children in your home- that’s if the breed has been socialized early and when children are instructed on how best to interact with the dog.
3) They are Smart, Lively and affectionate
The Dachshund terrier crosses are smart just like their parent breed. They are also very alert, which is why they make excellent watchdogs.
Besides that, they may also be used as therapy and service dogs, especially since they are so affectionate.
4) Excellent Hunters
Both terriers and dachshunds have great hunting instincts. So, a dachshund terrier cross may inherit a strong prey drive, strong senses of smell, and tend to be curious in nature.
If you are a hunting enthusiast, therefore, you may consider owning this cross because, like their parents, they tend to stay focused and follow the trail without distraction.
However, this strong hunting instinct may sometimes prompt them to chase small animals and moving things. So, when they are not somewhere safe, consider keeping them leashed.
5) They are low shedders
The Dachshund terrier mixes shed naturally as a way to get rid of old hair and grow new ones, just like any other dog. But these dogs are considerably low shedders.
While they are not heavy shedders, how much they shed typically depends on the type of coat they have inherited from parents. That said, you should expect some crosses to be more low-shedding while others will be moderate shedders.
6) They have a long lifespan
Compared to other dog breeds, terriers tend to have longer life spans. The average lifespan of a terrier typically ranges between 10 and 20 years.
But the case may be different to their crosses. In terms of crossing, the lifespan of the mix largely depends on the size of the other non-terrier parent. In this case, the Dachshund terrier mix can live anywhere between 12 and 16 years.
1) They are susceptible to spinal cord issues, eye and ear diseases
The Dachshund terrier crosses are prone to spinal cord issues, mostly the intervertebral disc disease (acronym: IVDD). This is largely because the dachshund terrier mix has a long spinal cord with smaller rib cages.
Dogs that are affected by IVDD may also be prone to other conditions such as lameness and paralysis.
Because of this, it is advised that you shouldn’t allow your mix to jump up on high surfaces like furniture, steps, and stairs or any other elevated surface as this might possibly hurt the long spine. Consider buying your dog a bed that has dog-friendly stairs.
They are also prone to eye problems, specifically the disease that are common amongst the parent breeds. Your cross may suffer from eye problems like dry eye, cataracts, lens luxation, and glaucoma.
If your dog has dropped ears, he is prone to ear infections, but this is only if you don’t help him keep them clean.
2) They are very vocal
Despite the fact the dachshund terrier mixes are tiny, they are surprisingly very loud. Above all, they have short barks that are often high-pitched and can sometimes be persistent.
As such, you should be prepared to control this barking behavior, particularly if you are living in an apartment setting because it could cause your neighbors to be vocal as well, so to speak. These dogs are often vocal when they have been left alone.
3) They tend to Dig
Just like their dachshund parents, the mixes love to dig too. As such, they are capable of digging all over your yard which may damaging your lawn and/or destroy your flower bed.
They commonly like to escape by digging under the fence. On top of that, they can dig your furniture. Yikes!
While this instinctive behavior can be difficult to control, it can be redirected by using dog toys that will minimize such instincts.
Dachshunds alone are famed for their short legs and long noses. Once they are crossed with terriers, you have an even cuter, short-legged, and fluffy dog.
The size of the Dachshund terrier mixes largely depends on particular terrier and dachshund parents, which we listed earlier. For the most part though, Dachshund terrier crosses are small dogs.
In terms of their appearance, they are short and have lengthened bodies, which they likely inherited from their Dachshund parents. However, the body of the dachshund terrier cross is longer than that of the purebred dachshund.
The ears in the breed may either be dropping or erect. If they are dropping, they took this from the dachshund parents and if they are standing erect, they inherited this from the terrier parents.
The cross has a height that typically ranges from 5 to 10 inches. However, some mixes can reach up to 11 inches tall. On average, The Dachshund terrier mixes can weigh up to 32 pounds.
If you give the right care and affection, a dachshund terrier mix can make a wonderful pet for the whole family.
Lastly, the dachshund terrier cross is mostly suitable for people who are relaxed and also active every now and again.