Doxiepoo is the common name for one of the latest designer dog breeds. Also known as a Doxiedoodle, Dachshundpoo, or Dachshundoodle, the Doxiepoo is a cross between a Dachshund and a Poodle. This crossbreed is extremely popular in the United Kingdom as well as the United States.
These adorable little dogs are becoming increasingly popular as companion pets, especially in the U.S. where more dedicated breeders are turning their attention to this cute crossbreed.
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When is a Doxiepoo Full-Grown?
Since the Dachshund is such a small dog, they are most commonly bred with either a Toy or Miniature Poodle, resulting in a dog that stands between 8 and 23 inches when fully grown. At what age is a Doxiepoo full-grown?
A dog is considered mature at 12 to 15 months of age and Doxiepoos are no exception. They reach maturity around one year and are at their full size and weight by 18 months. The only exception in size for a full-grown Doxiepoo adult is if it has been bred up in size by crossing with a Standard-sized Poodle.
In that case, your Doxiepoo would still be full-grown at the same age, but larger than the 23 inches indicated above. Full-grown Doxiepoo adults are usually no larger than 23 inches and up to 30 pounds.
Meet the Parents
Dachshunds were developed in Germany in the 1500s and given the name “Dachshund” in the early 1600s. Originally hunters, these tenacious little dogs were developed to go after badgers.
Today, they are still used to hunt, and the breed has evolved to go after other small prey. For this reason, they need additional training to get along with cats, rabbits, and other pets in the home.
These days, Dachshunds are mostly considered companion animals. They are clever, independent little dogs. Dachshunds do have some hereditary genetic health and body issues that can come up, so owners need to be watchful over their dogs for signs or symptoms of problems with legs, hips, and spine.
Are Poodles French?
It might surprise you to learn that Poodles were also developed in Germany in the 14th century, even though they now are considered to be the National Dog of France. They are often thought to be a companion breed, but they have a noble history of being water retrievers.
Poodles love water and are strong swimmers that were used by duck hunters to retrieve birds. Poodles are trainable, lively, active dogs who are protective of their people. Unfortunately, as with many popular breeds, they’ve been overbred which has caused them to develop numerous hereditary health issues.
Why Cross the Two?
The crossbreeding of Dachshunds and Poodles has helped to alleviate the genetic issues of each breed. “Hybrid vigor” is created by crossing breeds and it leads to healthier puppies and full-grown adult Doxiepoos.
Aside from the cuteness factor, another great benefit to crossing breeds is the chance Doxiepoo offspring may inherit the curly hypoallergenic single-hair coat from the Poodle parent, which is great for families who are allergic to dogs.
When searching for a Doxiepoo puppy, you will want to make sure that the breeder you choose has done their due diligence regarding health panels and testing of both dog parents. Regular veterinary care and proper feeding are crucial so your full-grown Doxiepoo can thrive.
Another benefit of this hybrid breeding is longevity. The average lifespan of a Dachshund is around 13 years, and a Poodle has a longer life and can live up to 16 years of age. With the reduction of hereditary problems, your Doxiepoo is more likely to have a long and healthy life.
Feed Your Doxiepoo
Proper feeding of your Doxiepoo is crucial to their health and well-being. Doxiepoos are small dogs, even when full-grown, and they love to eat, so it’s common and very easy for them to become overweight.
When your Doxiepoo is full-grown, the feeding requirements will change. He will need regular exercise, which is great because these dogs love playtime and going on walks.
Feed your dog high-quality dog food without fillers, avoid empty calories, and do not feed table scraps. Regular visits to your veterinarian will also help you monitor your dog’s weight.
It doesn’t matter what size dog you have; it’s important to keep them on a healthy diet and exercise plan from puppyhood through adulthood. It’s much easier to avoid them gaining weight than to try to slim them down. Carrying too much extra weight places undue strain on the dog’s joints, back, and hips.
How Big Will My Doxiepoo Get?
Remember, the size of your Doxiepoo depends on the breeding. If you want a small Doxiepoo when fully grown, you’re going to want a puppy bred from a Toy or Miniature Poodle parent.
The larger Moyen (medium-sized Poodle between a Miniature and a Standard size) and Standard Poodles will produce a larger dog when full-grown, over 23 inches tall at the shoulder.
It’s always a good idea to visit or get a video of the Poodle parent so that you can gauge the future size of the puppy.
Will My Doxiepoo Be Like a Poodle?
Doxiepoos have a wide variance in size, even when bred with Miniature or Toy Poodles so you need to be prepared for anything. There’s no surefire guarantee about size, hair coat, or temperament. It all depends on what your puppy takes from their parents.
She may have the curly single coat of the Poodle parent or the smooth Dachshund fur. Long-haired Dachshunds in the pedigree can also pop out with long-haired Doxiepoo puppies.
The same goes for personality. Some puppies will take after the Dachshund side and be feisty and independent, while others will be more like their Poodle parent and be smart and easily trainable. It’s a bit of a gamble, but completely worth it to purchase one of these adorable designer dogs.
Choose a Breeder
As always, you’ll want to avoid puppy mills and pet stores or services that obtain their dogs from puppy mills. You’re going to want a reputable home breeder that does all the necessary testing on the breeding pair and raises the puppies with socialization as a priority. Look for at least a one-year health guarantee.
Training Your Doxiepoo
Doxiepoos need to be trained with cats and other dogs in the home from an early age to get along well with them. Puppy training is always a good idea to establish a good foundation.
Even small dogs need to learn how to behave with people and other dogs. Responsible dog owners will make sure that their dogs do not jump, chew, dig, or guard resources such as food or toys. Doxiepoos can be protective and potentially aggressive toward strangers.
Be careful taking your puppy to a dog park. Your Doxiepoo is going to be a small dog, and there are often large and rambunctious dogs running off leash that can bowl him over or attack him, even in play, causing serious harm to your Doxiepoo.
By all means, socialize in a protected environment with people whose dogs you know and trust. Puppy classes are also a great way to socialize your Doxiepoo under the supervision of a professional trainer.
Frequently Asked Questions
A healthy Doxiepoo puppy from a reputable breeder can cost anywhere from $1,200 to $6,000.
Like their parents, Doxiepoos can bark quite a bit, especially around strangers.
While Poodles are considered hypoallergenic, Dachshunds are not, so as a result, Doxiepoos aren’t fully hypoallergenic.
Conclusion for “What Is a Doxiepoo”
A Doxiepoo is an all-around great choice. They are happiest when they can participate in whatever you happen to be doing. If you’re outdoorsy, the Doxiepoo will go where you go and play along the way.
Since even a full-grown Doxiepoo is a fairly small dog, you do need to be aware of its limitations and do your best not to push the dog beyond its ability. They may want to go go go, and it will be up to you to say when it’s time to stop. The good news is, your Doxiepoo will be light enough to go into a backpack until they rest up.
Poodles are water dogs, so don’t be surprised if your Doxiepoo takes you to the streams along your favorite hiking trails. They may have inherited their Poodle parent’s love for the water and will enjoy splashing around, especially in hot weather.
Doxiepoos are excellent companion dogs that love to snuggle. So if you’re a homebody, they will be happy to be one as well. They also can be wonderful family dogs. They will play with and guard the children, making them all a part of “the pack.” It’s a great way to not only teach your Doxiepoo puppy to be social but also a great way to teach your kids responsibility and empathy for another creature.
Having a Doxiepoo in the family is a win-win! With some smart planning and selection of a quality-bred Doxiepoo, you are in for a wonderful journey. Doxiepoos are fun-loving, great family dogs that enjoy being snuggly companions as well as active outdoor canines. With proper training, socialization, diet, and exercise, your full-grown Doxiepoo will become a valued member of your home and family.
For more information related to the Doxiepoo dog breed, check out:
- What Is the Price of a Doxiepoo? (2023)
- Doxiepoo Breed: Facts, Pictures, and Characteristics! (2023)
- All About the Dachshund Poodle Mix (Doxiepoo)! (2023)
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Garrett loves animals and is a huge advocate for all Doodle dog breeds. He owns his own Goldendoodle named Kona. In addition, he volunteers at the Humane Society of Silicon Valley, where he fosters dogs and helps animals. Garrett enjoys writing about Doodles and believes that dogs can teach humans more about how to live than humans can teach a dog.
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