As the name suggests, these dogs are a mixed breed of dachshund and the terrier dog breed. They can either be black, brown or tan in color. Sometimes, there also might 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 makes them excellent guard dogs.
Given their sweet and mischievous nature, they love nothing more than being loved. They are great ‘lap dogs’, who love to be cuddled all the time. Do not go by their size, even though they appear petite, these canines possess a very strong voice. When left alone, the dachshund mix bark and cry for their owners.
Since dachshund terrier breed has a long spinal cord with considerably smaller rib cage, these dogs are prone to problems related to the same. If they jump from a higher elevation, such as a desk, they can very easily suffer from slip disc. In some cases, these mix breeds are prone to vomiting and diarrhea.
You can trust the dachshund terrier with your children, as they are truly the best dog breeds for children. Being very active and energetic, especially the puppies, they love going for long walks. You give them open space and they can keep themselves occupied for hours. The parents of these dogs that is, the dachshunds and the terrier too possess similar characteristics.
They are a great company to have at home keeping you busy and entertained all the time with their funny and playful tactics. They usually live up to a ripe old age of 12 years. But if you provide good dog care to them, then the possibility increases to 15 years. 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! So you see, dogs are never materialistic, all they need is our care and affection, in return they give us joy, eternal love and the promise of true and long-lasting friendship.