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Dachshund Terrier Mix: 7 Pros And 3 Cons (w. Photos)

Dachshund Terrier Mix

Oh, you adored the Dachshund Terrier mix that you came across…

But before you take ’em home, you want to get to know them even better.

Will their maintenance be costly? Are they hard to housetrain? And so on and so forth.

This article can help you decide whether this dog’s your next fur baby.

Read on to discover:

  • How big a Dachshund Terrier mix can get.
  • 5 ways to discourage a Doxie-Terrier’s barking problem.
  • 7 pros of and 3 cons of getting a Dachshund Terrier mix.
  • And much, much more…

Dachshund Terrier mix – 7 pros

#1: They’re absolutely adorable

This must be the first reason you’ve considered taking home a Dachshund Terrier mix…

They’re without a doubt, one of the cutest mixes out there.

Now, these dogs take the body structure of their Doxie parent.

First, they have the recognizable elongated back and charming short legs.

However, other physical attributes depend on the Terrier parent. 

That’s because many types of Terriers can be the parent of the mix. (See ‘What is a terrier dachshund mix called?’ section)

With that said, expect their physical appearance to vary. Here’s what to anticipate:

Body and sizeThey can get longer than purebred Dachshunds. They have an elongated body and short stature.
Average weight13 lbs (6 kg) to 30 lbs (14 kg)
Average height8 in (20 cm) to 17 in (43 cm)
Coat colorBrown, White, Cream, Black, Red, Brindle
Coat densityNormal to Dense, depending on the Terrier parent
Coat textureMight take straight and smooth coat from Doxie parent or wiry coat from terrier parent
EarsCan be standing erect, similar to their Terrier parent. If they take from their Doxie parent, their ears will be drooping.

To convince you of their cuteness, here’s a sleeping Dorkie that’ll warm your heart:

#2: They’re friendly

Mixing together a Dachshund and any Terrier will give you…

Drumroll, please…

A friendly and outgoing pooch!

Your Dachshund Terrier mix dog got it from their sociable parents.

So, if you’re an extrovert yourself…

Then, they can be the perfect dog to add to your circle.

But wait, let me clarify something…

This cute little mix will be wary of strangers first.

That’s because a Dachshund Terrier mix tends to be territorial. With that, they’re prone to be a little defensive during the first meeting.

But you can expect your pooch to give the newcomer a chance.

See, the key is to take it slow with them. Make sure that the new person treats them right. 

Then, little by little, the stranger will earn the badge of friendship from your canine.

They can also work great towards their fellow dogs. So much that they can be the life of the party.

However, here’s the thing…

These social butterflies didn’t get this personality of theirs by total default.

How so?

Well, there’s a crucial factor that ensures your mix will indeed be friendly.

What is it?

It’s none other than proper socialization during their puppyhood.

Importance of socializing your puppy

The early years of every dog are a vital part of their development.

According to research, puppy socialization can establish many positive outcomes in a dog.

It starts immediately from the moment that they’re born.

From there on, you should expose your pooch to as many experiences as possible. 

PetMD tells us how to do so:

  • Enroll them in puppy classes.
  • Engage them in puppy playdates.
  • Take them to frequent quick errands.
  • Invite your friends over to meet them.

And what happens when you do those? The same study says that you’ll reap the following qualities in your pup:

  • Being more courageous (not fearful).
  • Less tendency to become aggressive.

You might also want to know: Why is my dog too friendly to strangers?

#3: They’re loyal and affectionate

Yes, your Dachshund Terrier mix tends to be warm around everyone…

But, you’ll always be the star in their heart.

You can be sure of that.


It’s because your Doxie-Terrier’s loyalty is unmatched.

This is an expected quality of theirs. That’s because both their Doxie and Terrier parents are loyal companions.

First of all, the parents of this mix are affectionate dog breeds. They’re those dogs who’ll be up for cuddles no matter what time of the day.

With that, Doxie-Terriers aren’t definitely “home alone” dog breeds as well.

What are those, and what do I mean by that?

Those dog breeds I referred to are those that have low separation anxiety.

And unfortunately, your little mix isn’t one of them.

A Doxie-Terrier is so loyal and wants to please you all the time…

So much that they can become overly attached to you and develop…

Separation anxiety

In the eyes of your Doxie Terrier mix, your presence and validation are everything.

And because of that, they end up having such a condition.

VCA Hospitals define separation anxiety as:

The result of a dog’s over-attachment to a particular person (among the family).

Continue reading: Why Does My Dog All Of A Sudden Have (Separation) Anxiety?

#4: They’re energetic

Energetic Dachshund Terrier

Dachshund Terrier mix dogs can be such an irony…

How so?

Well, their elongated back makes them not fit for many activities. In particular, distance running and jumping from heights aren’t their strong suits.

However, I did say that they’re ironic…

That’s because, despite that inability, these dogs remain energetic.

They scoff off that weakness of theirs and remain active if you allow them.

With that, they’re considered to be a great companion during hikes and long walks. 

What if you don’t fancy such activities?

Oh, don’t be troubled…

Your mix will be more than happy to play any game with you.

I mean anything. Just as long as they make use of their over-the-top energy.

That’s also why they make the perfect canine if you’re active or planning to be.

Did you know? Research tells us that dog parents are more active than those without a dog.

The data shows that at least 80% of dog parents walk their fur babies.

With that, these people have higher odds of getting enough physical activity.

So, if you’re looking for a companion to support you in becoming more active…

A Doxie-Terrier might just be the pawfect fitness partner!

Managing your Dachshund Terrier’s high energy

First of all, these dogs need about 45 to 60 minutes of activity per day.

You can provide that for them through daily walks and playing games with them.

After that, rest for a little and prepare yourself…

Why and what for?

That’s because their activity needs don’t stop there…

You still have to keep them occupied at home. If you don’t, then that can result to boredom…

And uh-oh…

Such can be a recipe for disaster.


You see, a bored dog will find their own entertainment. And only them will get fulfillment from it…

While you, you might end up cleaning after their mess. You might need to pick up chewed-up pieces of clothes or toys…

Sometimes, you’re gonna need to sweep the soil from the plant pot that Fido knocked.

It can vary, depending on your dog’s destructive mood.

So, make sure they’re well-stimulated even at home.

“How can I do that?”

The key is keeping them occupied enough to bother you less. Here are some ways I recommend:

Method #1: Schedule attention times for them.

This will teach your dog to know when to expect attention from you.

During this time, keep your focus solely on them.

Method #2: Train them to do jobs around the house. Some examples are:

  • Retrieving the newspaper.
  • Handing you your slippers.
  • Helping with taking the grocery bags in.
  • Opening the fridge to get you a refreshment.

Method #3: Keep them busy with interactive toys.

Such toys are made for dogs to kill time and use their energy.

Plus, such is helpful for your dog’s mind. That’s because playing with interactive toys can keep your dog’s brain sharp.

Not sure what to get your Doxie-Terrier? I suggest starting with every dog parent’s holy grail: the Kong Wobbler.

#5: They hunt like crazy

Hunting Dachshund Terrier

Yet another inherited quality from both their parents…

A Doxie and Terrier cross have amazing hunting instincts. 

This quality is also called the prey drive.

Moreover, it’s the reason behind numerous behaviors that you’ll observe.

An example is their tendency to chase down smaller animals. So, the squirrel living in the backyard tree won’t be spared from your Doxie-Terrier.

Then, you can also expect them to run after kids who are riding their bikes. A more dangerous occurrence is when they chase down cars.

Most of all, don’t be surprised if your pooch hands you a dead animal. Which is often some dog parents’ last straw.

That aside, this type of impulse is impossible to remove and hard to control. 

That’s because it’s something that’s written in a Doxie-Terrier’s biology.

“Then what can I do about it?”

The only answer is to try to manage it as much as possible.


Handling your Doxie-Terrier’s prey drive

Here are some ways to handle your dog’s prey drive, so take notes:

How-to #1: Awareness is the most important element.

It all starts with acknowledging your dog’s prey drive.

Then, look out after their behavior when it’s triggered.

You’ll know when your pooch starts to hyperfocus on a small animal or moving object.

Then, they’ll ready themself. As if preparing to be released from a slingshot…

They’ll anchor their feet on the ground, getting ready to sprint after the prey.

This is the kind of situation that you should look after.

Then, that’s where the appropriate response comes in.

How-to #2: Fence the area where your dog plays around.

They still need to burn off their energy and get some playful activity.

So, make necessary adjustments like fencing your front and backyard.

This is so that Fido doesn’t get out of their way. If they do, they might chase something until they’re out of sight.

How-to #3: Avoid encouragement.

When your pooch starts to chase something, don’t cheer for them.

If they’re on a leash, don’t pull them as well.

Lastly, don’t scold them while their drive is triggered.

All you have to do is let out an authoritative word. It can be a simple ‘no’ or a stern ‘sit!’

Then, nothing more.

Once they stop, that’s where you show them validation. This then encourages them to behave.

How-to #4: Always supervise.

You know that your dog is a natural prey, and the urge they have is stronger than others.

With that, avoid leaving them unsupervised with kids and other dogs.

How-to #5: Use a leash when walking around in public. You must follow this, especially in very crowded areas.

#6: Their coat is low-maintenance

Low Maintenance Coat

Hooo, you dodged something on this one…

A benefit of having a Dachshund Terrier cross is that they’re low maintenance.

You see, dogs naturally shed. 

That’s because they need to get rid of their old fur. Its purpose is to make way for new hair that’s growing.

For other dogs, such a process happens almost constantly…

But for Dachshund Terrier crosses?

Oh, you’re in luck…

I say so as they’re low shedders, which means they only undergo the process frequently.

Moreover, because of that, their coat requires less grooming.

Doxie-Terriers only need weekly brushing of their fur. You can use a slicker brush or pin brush in doing so. 

If they take the wiry coat of their Terrier parent, a dog comb would be useful in grooming them.

Note: Don’t let the term ‘low-maintenance’ make you dismissive of your pup’s grooming needs.

Just like any other dog, they need appropriate grooming.

With that, make sure that you regularly clip their nails.

Also, routinely check their ears to see if it’s clean. Ensure that there aren’t any foreign objects inside or wax buildups. Also, note if there’s a smell coming out from it.

Then, brush your dog’s teeth regularly. According to experts, the ideal frequency is daily. 

You can achieve a compliant pooch when it comes to brushing their teeth. It’ll be hard at first, but all it takes is time.

Little by little, your pooch can get used to their being brushed. With that, it’ll be easy for you to take care of their dental health.

Warning: I recommended earlier that you frequently check your dog’s ear. Well, you should do so on your dog’s overall body. Then, if you notice any unhealthy signs, report them to the vet immediately.

#7: They have a long lifespan

Doxie-Terriers sound like the perfect companion, aren’t they?

They’re the ones that you want to love so much until it hurts.

Well, I’m glad to report you some more good news…

I’m here to say that you can feel that tenderness towards your pooch for a long time.

That’s because Dachshund Terrier mix dogs tend to live long.

Yes, they can live fruitfully between 12 to 16 years.

Such a prediction is based on this notion from experts:

Smaller dogs tend to live longer. 

Findings show that smaller breeds can live up to an average of 12 to 15 years.

Then, larger dogs have a shorter lifespan.

For example, a Saint Bernard might only live between 5 to 8 years.

Note: A dog’s predicted lifespan isn’t an automatic occurrence.

You still have to give them the best care that you can provide. Doing so will maximize their life expectancy.

Most of all, take advantage of every moment that you spend with your pooch. 

Have fun with them and love them so much. Those are ways to ensure that they live a fulfilling life.

So, let me leave you with this reminder that AKC repeats over and over:

Having a dog is both a magnificent privilege and a great responsibility.

Dachshund Terrier mix – 3 cons

#1: They tend to be vocal

You’re going to have to prepare for a lot when having this mix…

Aside from the amount of love you’re going to receive from this dog…

What else should you set yourself for?

Well, you must get ready for a possibly vocal dog.

With that, I say:

Don’t be fooled by their small body…

That’s because Doxie-Terriers pack a loud bark that might annoy a whole neighborhood.

Their voice can be high-pitched. Then, expect their barking to be consistent.

And it can go on like that if your pooch doesn’t end up getting what they want.

Now, such can be a concern…

“Right. Is there any way not to let this happen”

Curb your Doxie-Terrier’s barking problem

The best way is not to encourage your dog.

Make it known to them that you don’t tolerate such behavior.

Now, don’t yell at them while they bark. If you do, Fido might see that as a success.

For what?

That’s because you gave them the attention they need. Meaning you’ll then be willing to meet their demands.

So, ignore them instead.

Continue doing that until they’ve exhausted their barking.

Then, that’s when you give them the attention. Let it be known to them that you’ll only recognize them when they behave.

Reading tip: Do Dogs Get Tired Of Barking? The Truth + 7 Anti-Barking Tips

#2: They can be difficult to housetrain

Another thing to expect is this problem in the Dachshund Terriers mix:

They’re quite stubborn and strong-willed.

Apparently, they’re known for going their own way.

Sure, they love pleasing you…

But, they also tend to do whatever they want from time to time.

With that, it might be hard for you to housetrain them.

Moreover, that makes them the less ideal candidate for a first-time dog parent.

Now, among many behavioral issues, these dogs love to dig.

So, don’t be shocked when your yard turns into a mess. Or when your couch suddenly has scratch marks on it…

Such scenarios are likely with having a Doxie-Terrier.

With that, better get your patience intact…

And I’d also like to remind you not to get discouraged.

Sure, it’ll be hard at first. But the goal of having an obedient Doxie-Terrier is attainable.

You’re just going to have to invest more time and effort in them. And in the end, it’ll surely be worth it.

Read also: Top 20 Most Stubborn Dog Breeds That Are Difficult To Train

#3: Their long back creates medical concerns

This is the most concerning with having a Dachshund Terrier mix…

It’s the medical issues that they’re predisposed to.

It’s because of their long backs….

Such makes them prone to spinal cord problems.

Among many is the most common one, which is…

Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD)

This condition badly affects a dog’s spinal cord. Such is a sensitive organ in the body.

What happens in this issue is that the discs in the spinal cord get ruptured.  That’s why it’s also called a “slipped disc”.

According to ASPCA, here the symptoms of IVDD:

  • Sudden paralysis.
  • Raising their paws (when they walk).
  • Change in their strut or the way they walk.

With that, take care of your Dachshund Terrier’s back.

As much as possible, don’t let them jump from heights.  And for extra safety, provide a dog ramp for them. 

People also ask:

How big does a dachshund terrier mix get?

A Dachshund Terrier mix is a small dog. However, their elongated back is usually more lengthy than a purebred Doxie’s. Moreover, their exact size will depend on their specific Terrier parent. 

On average, a Doxie-Terrier mix can weigh 13 lbs (6 kg) to 30 lbs (14 kg).

Then, their height can range from 8 in (20 cm) to 17 in (43 cm).

What is a terrier dachshund mix called?

The name for a Terrier Dachshund mix will depend on the type of Terrier parent. That’s because breeders can mix many kinds of Terriers with Doxies. 

Moreover, some crosses don’t have an official name yet.

But for those common ones that have a name, they are:

Dachshund and…Name
Rat TerrierToy Rat Doxie
Boston TerrierBodach
Scottish TerrierDoxie Scot
Yorkshire TerrierDorkie
Jack Russel TerrierJackshund