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Height: This is a medium sized dog. Height will vary due to the major difference in size of each parent breed.
Weight: Up to 25 lbs.
Energy Level: Moderate
The Pit Bull Dachshund Mix is found in the following colors:
Health & Longevity
Average Life Span: 8-12 years
The Pit Bull-Dachshund Mix, also known as a Dox-Bull or Bulldach, is less prone to hereditary health problems than his purebred counterparts, but he may still experience any of the wide-ranging health issues common to the Pit Bull and the Dachshund.
The Dox-Bull may experience hip dysplasia, a degenerative condition caused when the hip joint is malformed, resulting in the thighbone being unable to fit properly into place. This can lead to discomfort, pain, and limping. In more severe cases, arthritis or even lameness can result, and surgery may be required. A responsible breeder will not breed a dog with hip dysplasia, so ensure your puppy’s parents have no history of the condition. Although it is hereditary, hip dysplasia can be triggered by rapid weight gain and injury. While your pup’s joints are still developing, monitor his activity to ensure that he is not running on floors that are likely to cause slippage or jumping excessively.
Hypothyroidism can also be an issue for Dox-Bulls. Hypothyroidism is a thyroid condition stemming from the inability of the thyroid gland to produce sufficient amounts of hormone. It can lead to complications such as lethargy, hair loss, obesity, and infertility. This condition can be treated, but it will require daily medication for the remainder of the affected dog’s life.
Gastric torsion, or bloat, can also affect some Dox-Bulls. Bloat occurs when the stomach is overly full of gas, fluid, or food, causing the stomach to expand dangerously and put excess pressure on other organs. The stomach can twist in some instances, trapping blood in the stomach and preventing it from flowing to the heart and other vital areas. Bloat can be deadly, so rush your dog to the veterinarian if you observe symptoms such as pale gums, failed attempts to vomit, rapid breathing, pacing, or a swollen stomach. Your veterinarian may relieve stomach pressure with a tube or a hollow needle, and your dog may require antibiotics, steroids, or intravenous medication. If the stomach has twisted, emergency surgery will be necessary to untwist it and return it to its proper location.
Other health issues the Dox-Bull may experience include allergies, heart disease, diabetes, deafness, and cataracts.
Temperament & Train-ability
The Dox-Bull gained widespread attention in 2015 when a shelter tried to find a home for Rami, a pit bull-dachshund mix who began trending on social media due to his unique appearance. Rami was believed to be an accidental crossbreed, and it is not known if there are many breeders intentionally creating this mix. However, the average Dox-Bull is likely to be spirited, feisty, and playful. Despite his feisty nature, he is still affectionate and enjoys cuddling. He is protective but not aggressive. However, he will not back down from a fight.
The Dox-Bull can live in an apartment, but he needs at least one long walk and some active playtime each day. He loves to run, so a yard would be a bonus, but it is not required. This intelligent breed will also need mental stimulation, such as challenging training, interactive games, puzzle toys, and plenty of time with his family. The Dox-Bull will bark occasionally, and he can be an excellent watchdog. He will most likely attempt to defend his family if the situation escalates, but he may not be large enough or strong enough to do so adequately. When outdoors, it is important to keep your Dox-Bull securely leashed or fenced in, because he is likely to wander if he sees the opportunity. He also loves to dig, so either train him not to do so or provide a designated digging area within your yard.
Proper socialization is essential to ensure a well-behaved Dox-Bull. He can have a short temper and may be easily provoked, so he does better with older children, although he may be good with younger children if properly socialized. Regardless, it would be best to supervise the Dox-Bull around younger children and to teach younger children to respect your dog, his space, and his belongings. Although the Dox-Bull may potentially be good with other animals and dogs, he may be dog aggressive and is likely to pursue small animals. His attitude towards strangers will vary, but training and socialization can help ensure that he acts appropriately. Begin socializing your Dox-Bull at a young age by exposing him often to a variety of sights, sounds, places, people, and animals.
Training a Dox-Bull may be challenging for an inexperienced dog owner. He is clever, but he is also stubborn and can try to assert his dominance if you are not a firm, strong leader. Clearly and consistently enforce all of your rules and expectations, and make it clear that you mean what you say. Do not be harsh, as this will only increase the Dox-Bull’s obstinacy. Use positive reinforcement like treats, playtime, and praise. Be patient and persistent, and you will ultimately be successful in your training endeavors.
The Dox-Bull is likely to have a short coat that will shed moderately, and it should be brushed 1-2 times weekly. Bathe him as needed.
Trim your dog’s nails when they grow long enough to graze the floor, and check his ears weekly for signs of infection like redness, tenderness, and odor. Brush his teeth at least 2-3 times weekly to avoid bad breath and ensure excellent health.
The average Dox-Bull should eat 1-2 cups of high quality dry dog food daily. This breed is prone to obesity, so be sure you are not overfeeding your dog. Remember that the ideal type and amount of food for your individual dog will depend on factors like activity level, metabolism, weight, and age.
Ensure that your Dox-Bull has easy access to clean, fresh drinking water at all times.
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It is difficult to pinpoint a price for the Dox-Bull, as this is a very rare breed. It is not known if there are many breeders who are intentionally and consistently creating this mix.
Paws ‘N’ Pups Ranking
Paws ‘N’ Pups ranks every breed out of 4 with 1 being easiest to integrate into your life and 4 being the toughest – The lower the ranking the better.
Ranking takes into account a few basic factors including cost, skill level needed, high vs low maintenance and how critical regular training is to success. The Dox-Bull ranks a 4. He has more health problems and a much shorter life span than the average hybrid breed, and he requires extensive early socialization to ensure appropriate behavior with strangers, other dogs, children, and smaller pets. He likes to dig and jump, and his stubborn nature makes him difficult to train. Although he needs only moderate exercise and loves his family dearly, this breed requires a great deal of work and will be tough to locate.
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