As the name suggests, these dogs are a mixed breed of dachshund and a terrier dog breed. This can be a multitude of mixes, given the amount of terriers out there! They can be a mixed breed between the dachshunds and the Rat terrier dog, with a Yorkshire terrier, White terrier or Silky Terrier. But overall, almost all the dachshunds have the similar temperaments.
The hybrid of Dachshund and Yorkie Terrier is commonly known as ‘Dorkie’, whereas ‘Doxie Scott’ is the name given to the mix of Dachshund and Scottish Terrier.
The dachshund terriers have a dapple coat like the dachshunds but they are longer in size just like in the case of the terrier. Appearance wise they are short like the dachshunds having a long elongated body, like a horizontal cylinder. However, the size of their body is longer than the pure breed dachshunds. The ears usually flop down, as you have noticed in the case of the dachshunds. But some of them might also have ears with fringing standing erect like that of the terriers.
It is often said that a dog wags its tail when it is happy. In that case these terrier mix dogs are always happy as their tail is always wagging nineteen to the dozen! These hybrids love to dig anything. For this they have a slight paddle foot which helps them to dig. These dogs are very friendly by nature and they love to socialize. Leave them alone and their barking will bring the whole place down!
One interesting thing about these dogs is that if they do not like one person on the first meet, they will never like them, ever. They are also very playful by nature and absolutely love to perform tricks. As with all the dogs, the person who trains them, is usually more close to them as they spend most of their time with them. On meeting strangers, they take time to get to know them and be comfortable around them. Their alert nature sometimes makes them excellent guard dogs.
Given their sweet and pleasant nature, they love being loved. They are great ‘lap dogs’, who love to be cuddled all the time. Do not go by their size, even though they are petite, these canines possess a very strong voice. When left alone, the dachshund mix may bark and cry.
Since dachshund terrier breed has a long spinal cord with considerably smaller rib cage, these dogs are prone to problems related to the back. If they jump from a higher elevation, such as a sofa or high step, they can very easily suffer from slipped disc. Depending on the terrier the dachshund is mixed with, it could be prone to eye problems or even digestive issues.
They are great dog breeds for children, if socialized early and if the children are taught to be gentle with them. Being very active and energetic, the puppies, can benefit going for long walks, hikes or ball play. You give them open space and run and have a great time. Both dachshunds and terriers possess similar characteristics and are very active and intelligent dogs.
They are great company to have at home and keep you busy and entertained with their funny and playful tactics. They usually live anywhere from 12 to 16 years, providing you take good care of them. As Agnes Sligh Turnbull rightly said, “Dogs’ lives are too short. Their only fault, really”; but sometimes, they do tend to pleasantly surprise you, for instance, there is a record of a dachshund terrier mix who is 22 years old and is said to be the oldest dog in the world!