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Dachshund Pit Mix – Everything You Need To Know

The Dachshund Pit mix, also known as Doxie Pits, Dox Bulls, and Pitbull Weiner, is one cute mixed breed dog. These are uncommon designer dogs that are the offspring of two different pure breeds, namely the Dachshund and American Pitbull. These dogs are intelligent, loyal, loving, and clever. Unfortunately, Dachshund Pit mixes are rare, and you will hardly come across them in shelters or rescue organizations.  

  

Dachshund Pit Mix Pros and Cons

ProsCons
Does not shed muchCannot be left alone for longer periods
One of the most playful pups aroundVery rare puppy to find
Have a unique and adorable appearanceCan be noisy to the point of destruction
Very affordable due to low demandSome have their parents’ moody attitudes

Dachshund Pit Mix Basic Information

  • Name: Dachshund Pit Mix
  • Height: 8 to 13 inches
  • Weight: 20 to 30 pounds
  • Size: Medium
  • Color: Fawn, brown, brindle, black, merle, piebald
  • Coat: Short to Medium coat 
  • Hypoallergenic: No
  • Energy: High
  • Activities: Agility, Field Trials, Obedience, Conformation, Tracking
  • Barking Level: Medium to High
  • Shedding Level: Medium to High
  • Group: Mixed Breed Group
  • Litter Size: 5 on average
  • Lifespan: 8 to 12 years
  • Breed Recognition: Unknown
  • Another name: Bulldach, Doxiepit, Dox Bulls, Bull Dach, and Pitwees, Pitbull Weiner

Dachshund and American Pitbull Terrier: A Comparison

FeaturesDachshundAmerican Pitbull Terrier
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OriginGermanyUnited States, United Kingdom
Height8-9 inches (standard), 5-6 inches (miniature)Upto 19 inches
Weight16-32 pounds (standard), 11 pounds & under (miniature)Upto 80 pounds
Size SmallLarge
GroupHound Terrier
Children CompatibilityLowHigh
Family CompatibilityHighHigh
Pets CompatibilityLowLow 
Barking LevelHighLow
Shedding LevelLowMedium to High
HypoallergenicNoNo
Grooming NeedsLowLow
Overall HealthHighMedium to High
EnergyHighHigh
Exercise NeedsMediumMedium to High
TrainabilityMedium Medium to High
ActivitiesAgility Training, Hide and Seek, and ChaseAgility, Conformation, Obedience, Tracking 
Complication inbreedingNoNo
Litter Size5 puppies on average6 puppies on average
Lifespan12-16 years12 to 16 years
Other NamesWiener dog, Badger dog, and sausage dogPitbull, Pitbull Terrier

Dachshund Pit Mix Personality

Both Dachshunds and Pitbulls are unique-looking dogs, so their offspring have a truly distinctive look. Especially, a Dachshund Pit may have the Dachshund’s long body and short legs and Pitbull’s boxy head and broad chest. These are usually solid and muscular dogs. Dachshunds are small and short, but Pitbulls are medium to large dogs, so a Dachshund Pit mix is likely to be a medium-sized dog. Nevertheless, these dogs will probably be powerful, who can pull you around when they’re on a leash.

Friendliness Overview

Affection level High
Family-Friendly High
Kid-Friendly High
Pet-Friendly Low to Medium
Strangers-Friendly Low to High

Adaptability Overview

Suitable for New Pet Owners Medium
Good for Apartment Living Medium to High
Sensitivity Level Medium to High
Tolerates being alone Low to Medium
Cold Tolerance Low to Medium
Heat Tolerance Medium

Dachshund Pit Mix Temperament

The Dachshund Pit mix is a sweet and affectionate dog who loves to cuddle when not feisty and lively. Dachshund Pit mixes are intelligent but can be stubborn. They love to play, so they get on well with children but are better with older ones. A Dachshund Pit mix is not a violent dog;  she is protective, and if provoked or deems a real threat is imminent, she will act. Hence, Dachshund Pit mixes are great watchdogs.

These are good family dogs but do not react well to being teased because they can have a short temper. Dachshund Pit mixes can be gentle, loving, and entertaining pets. However, they have a high prey drive, so it’s suggested not to have other pets at home. They can get along with other dogs if they are socialized at an early stage. However, they always prefer humans to dogs.

Nuisance barking is not very common among these dogs. However, the Dachshund Pit mix always needs attention and will be noisy and aggressive if left alone. In addition, Dachshund Pits suffer from separation anxiety, and hence it is advised not to leave them alone for a long time; You may need to find a dog sitter or ask someone to check in with your pup while you are out.

 

Dachshund Pit Mix Training

Dachshund Pit mixes can be stubborn dogs, so that’s one reason they are generally recommended to only experienced owners to adopt one of these dogs. Pitbulls tend to be eager to please their owners and are relatively easy to train. In contrast, Dachshunds are intelligent dogs and are notoriously stubborn. Therefore, your Dachshund Pit mix may have a temperament anywhere in between, though they will most certainly be smart. You may need a bit of patience for training if your Dachshund Pit mix inherits more of its Dachshund parent heritage, so don’t give up. Positive reinforcement is the key, and keep your training sessions short. Don’t keep pushing your Dachshund Pit mix if you or the dog becomes frustrated. These are sensitive dogs, so they won’t learn much if you overcome your anxiety or irritation.

Trainability Overview

Easy to TrainLow to High
Intelligence Medium to High
Prey Drive Medium to High
Tendency to Chew, Nip & Play-bite Medium to High
Tendency to Bark or Howl Medium to High
Wanderlust Ability Medium to High
Attention/Social NeedsHigh

Dachshund Pit Mix Exercise Needs

Dachshund Pit mixes are high on energy that needs to be burned off to avoid destructive behavior, so you will have to give them their fair portion of the exercise. Fortunately, their stubby little legs make it challenging for them to exercise too much, and a long walk should be sufficient. But, of course, they’ll also love chasing your kids around the backyard.

Don’t worry if you do not have a backyard, as the Dachshund Pit mixes make great apartment dogs if you could take them out at regular intervals.

Due to their stocky bodies, they can put a great deal of strain on their backs. So try to avoid high-impact exercises that include running or jumping on hard surfaces, catching a Frisbee or jumping through hoops, etc. Instead, Dachshund Pit mixes do well with a task-oriented activity, like puzzle toys, a game of hide-and-seek, which are all the best ways to exhaust them mentally and physically.

  • Total Daily Activity: 90+ minutes
  • Activity Level: 5/5
  • Favorite Activity: Running

Exercise Needs Overview

Energy Level                                      Medium to High
Exercise Needs                                 Medium to High
Playfulness                                        High
Intensity      Medium to High

Dachshund Pit Mix Grooming

A Dachshund Pit mix will have a short, smooth coat that is easy to care for unless the Dachshund parent is a long-haired or wire-haired variety. This coat type only requires occasional brushing and bathing. Bathing your dog too often can dry out his skin and irritate any existing skin problems. Even if your Dachshund Pit mix has a slightly longer coat, they may not need brushing more than once or twice a week. 

Both Dachshunds and Pitbulls shed moderately, so be prepared to find some fur around the house. Luckily, neither breed has a double coat that points to extreme shedding, and this dog’s fur will probably be short.

Clean Dachshund Pit’s ears once a week using dog-specific ear solutions. Trim their nails regularly before they grow long. Brush her teeth once or twice a week to prevent bacterial infections, tooth decay, and the building up of tartar. 

Grooming Needs Overview

Amount of Shedding                        Medium
Tendency to Drool      Low 
Tendency to Snore      Low
Easy to Groom      Medium to High

 Dachshund Pit Mix Health

Generally, hybrid breeds tend to have fewer health problems than purebred dogs because of their greater genetic mutation. However, Dachshund Pit mixes may still be susceptible to certain inherited conditions from their parent breeds.

Health Overview

Basic Health     Medium
Weight Gain Possibilities     Medium to High
Size     Medium

The list of diseases that a Dachshund Pit mix is prone to are:

  • Hip Dysplasia: Hip dysplasia is a painful, life-threatening condition caused when the bones of the rear legs don’t fit properly in the joints. Hip dysplasia is primarily hereditary, but injuries, excessive weight gain, wrong exercises can cause hip dysplasia. Some dogs might exhibit symptoms, while some might not. Treatment ranges from medication to replacement of the hip through surgeries. To prevent this condition, avoid breeding Dachshund Pit mixes with hip dysplasia parentage. Regular checkups are suggested.
  • Elbow Dysplasia: An inherent structural defect in the elbow joints because of cartilage damage, inflammation, or disrupted anconeal is Elbow dysplasia. It is common in large breed dogs, causing arthritis and leading to pain or organ malfunction.
  • Legg-Calve Perthes Disease: The blood supply of the femur is decreased, due to which the pelvis begins to disintegrate, and the hip becomes gradually weakened. Symptoms include limping and atrophies of the leg muscle. The diseased femur can be corrected with surgery.
  • Patellar Luxation: Knee Dysplasia, also known as Patellar Luxation, is a condition that affects both parent breeds. The dislocation of the knee cap can be excruciatingly painful, causing the dog to avoid leaning on the injured leg.
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD): Spinal degeneration affects all Dachshund mixes. If they acquire their Dachshund parent’s short legs and elongated body, they are likely to experience a disc eruption at some point. Intervertebral Disc Disease is caused by the lengthy body not providing enough support to the spine. If the problem worsens, it might result in pain and perhaps paralysis.
  • Epilepsy:  Epilepsy is an inherited disorder for which the cause is unknown. Dogs may experience seizures one or the other time but appear completely normal in between the events.
  • Hypothyroidism: A disorder of the thyroid gland that’s believed to cause conditions such as epilepsy, obesity, hair loss, lethargy, dark skin patches, and other skin conditions. Treatment is medication and a proper diet.  
  • Heart Diseases: Heart Diseases can cause abnormal heart murmurs and heart rhythm. The best way to diagnose is through an X-ray, an ECG, or an echocardiogram. Treatment includes medication and weight control.
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA): A group of inherited degenerative diseases involving the retina’s slow deterioration. In the initial stages of this disease, dogs become night-blind. As it advances, they lose their vision during the daytime as well. However, most dogs gradually adapt to their limited or complete vision loss as long as their home surroundings remain the same.    
  • Distichiasis: A condition in which excess hair grows out of the eyelash area. It happens when two or more hairs are growing out of the Meibomian gland opening.
  • Cataracts: As in humans, canine cataracts are characterized by cloudy spots on the eye lens that can grow gradually. Cataracts may develop at any age and often don’t damage vision, although some cases cause vision loss. A board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist certifies the breeding dogs after testing them free of hereditary eye disease before breeding. Usually, you can remove cataracts surgically with good results.  
  • Glaucoma: Glaucoma is an eye condition that can lead to blindness. It can affect both dogs and people. Symptoms like pain, squinting, watery eyes, and redness can indicate glaucoma in dogs. It requires medical attention. Regular health checkups can help identify and cure glaucoma at an early stage.
  • Allergies: Dachshund Pitbull mixes can be allergic to various substances, ranging from food to pollen. If you find your dog licking his paws or rubs his face a great deal, get him checked by your veterinarian. 
  • Demodicosis: It is caused by the presence of Demodex mite in the hair follicles. Demodicosis is passed on to the pups from their mother, and the dogs with compromised or weak immune systems are prone to the disease. The symptoms include scaly patches of red, skin with hair loss on the head, neck, forelegs, or extreme conditions all over the body.

 

Dachshund Pitbull Mix Diet and Nutrition

The amount of food you serve your Dachshund Pit mix will depend on factors like size, age, metabolism, and energy level. As these dogs weigh between 20 to 30 pounds, about 1.5-2 cups of food per day spread over two meals should be sufficient. Choose a food combination based on your dog’s age – puppy, adult, or senior – and be regular with the mealtimes you choose. Usually, once in the morning and evening is recommended.

Pitbulls have a moderate tendency to be overweight, but Dachshunds have a high tendency, so you’ll want to keep an eye on your Dachshund Pit’s food intake. Unfortunately, gaining weight can lead to any joint or back problems, and this goes especially for a short-legged, wide-chested dog like a Dachshund Pit mix. If you use treats for training, ensure they’re tiny and low in calories. No more than 10% of a dog’s daily caloric intake should come from treats.

Dachshund Pitbull Mix Living Conditions

A Dachshund Pit mix does well in any environment, even an apartment, if taken out for breaks at regular intervals. But mostly a house with a backyard is highly recommended as these dogs love to run and enjoy an activity. 

Things to Remember Before Breeding 

Crossing two pure breeds like Dachshund and American Pitbull Terrier can have a terrifying effect on the offspring. In addition, mixed breeding may pass on the health ailments of the parents to their puppies. So, when crossing a Dachshund and an American Pitbull Terrier, check their lineage and health records from a responsible breeder to avoid ending up with a weak hybrid pet. 

Dachshund Pit Mix Puppy Cost

On average, a Dachshund Pit mix puppy may cost approximately around $400 to $600. Being a rare crossbreed, the cost of this puppy may cross the approximated price. The cost entirely depends on the sex of the puppy you chose, the breeder’s location, and the show record of the parent dogs. 

Check for the puppy’s parents’ health clearances before buying. Also, it is suggested to visit the breeder’s place to view the puppy’s parents’ lively and estimate how your dog may look in the future.

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Other Pitbull Mixes

  • Pitbull + Labrador Retriever = Labrabull
  • Pitbull + German Shepherd = German Pit
  • Pitbull + Australian Shepherd = Aussie Pits
  • Pitbull + Beagle = Beagle Bull
  • Pitbull + Bulldog = Bully Pit
  • Pitbull + Rottweiler = Pitweiler
  • Pitbull + Great Dane = Great Danebull
  • Pitbull + Pug = PugBull
  • Pitbull + Husky = Pitsky
  • Pitbull + BullMastiff = Pit Mastiff
  • Pitbull + Golden Retriever = Pitbull Golden Retriever Mix
  • Pitbull + Yorkie = Yorkie Pitbull Mix
  • Pitbull + Corgi = Corgi Pit
  • Pitbull + Rhodesian Ridgeback = Pitbull Ridgeback mix
  • Pitbull + Dalmatian = Pitmatian
  • Pitbull + Chihuahua = Chipit 
  • Pitbull + Basset Hound = Pitbull Basset Hound Mix
  • Pitbull + Spaniel = Springer Pit
  • Pitbull + Poodle = Boodle
  • Pitbull + Shar Pei = Sharpull Terrier
  • Pitbull + Chow Chow = Pitchow
  • Pitbull + Boxer = Bullboxer Pit
  • Pitbull + Rottweiler = Pitweiler
  • Pitbull + English Mastiff = Pitbull English Mastiff Mix
  • Pitbull + Australian Cattle Dog = Pit Heeler
  • Pitbull + Boston Terrier = Pitbull Boston Terrier Mix
  • Pitbull + Alaskan Malamute = Alaskan Pit Bull
  • Pitbull + St. Bernard = St Bernard Pitbull mix
  • Pitbull + Doberman = Dober Pit

Other Dachshund mixes

  • Dachshund + American Eskimo Dog = Doxiemo
  • Dachshund + American Pit Bull Terrier = Doxie-Pit
  • Dachshund + American Rat Terrier = Toy Rat Doxie
  • Dachshund + Australian Cattle Dog = Doxie Heeler
  • Dachshund + Basset Hound = Basschshund
  • Dachshund + Beagle = Doxle
  • Dachshund + Bichon Frise = Doxie-Chon
  • Dachshund + Boston Terrier = Bo-Dach
  • Dachshund + Brussels Griffon = Dach-Griffon
  • Dachshund + Bulldog = Miniature English Bulldach
  • Dachshund + Cairn Terrier = Doxie Cairn
  • Dachshund + Cavalier King Charles Spaniel = Dashalier
  • Dachshund + Chihuahua = Chiweenie
  • Dachshund + Chinese Crested = Crestoxie
  • Dachshund + Cocker Spaniel = Docker
  • Dachshund + Corgi = Dorgi
  • Dachshund + English Cocker Spaniel = Mini English Cocker
  • Dachshund + French Bulldog = French Bull Weiner
  • Dachshund + German Hund Pointer – German Wirehaired Pointer Dachshund mix
  • Dachshund + Golden Retriever = Golden Dox
  • Dachshund + Jack Russell Terrier = Jackshund
  • Dachshund + Japanese Chin = Doxie-Chin
  • Dachshund + Labrador Retriever = Dachsador
  • Dachshund + Lhasa Apso = Dachsi Apso
  • Dachshund + Maltese = Mauxie
  • Dachshund + Mini fox Terrier = Mini foxie Doxie
  • Dachshund + Miniature Pinscher = Doxie-Pin
  • Dachshund + Miniature Schnauzer = Miniature Schno+ie
  • Dachshund + Old English Sheepdog = Old Doxie Sheepdog
  • Dachshund + Papillon = Papshund
  • Dachshund + Parson Russell Terrier mix = Parsonhund
  • Dachshund + Patterdale Terrier mix = Patterdale Doxie
  • Dachshund + Pekingese = Pekehund
  • Dachshund + Pomeranian = Dameranian
  • Dachshund + Poodle = Doxiepoo
  • Dachshund + Pug = Daug
  • Dachshund + Rottweiler = Dachsweiler
  • Dachshund + Scottish Terrier = Doxie Scot
  • Dachshund + Shetland Sheepdog = Shethund
  • Dachshund + Shiba Inu = ShibaDox
  • Dachshund + Shih Tzu = Schweenie
  • Dachshund + Siberian Husky = Dusky
  • Dachshund + Silky Terrier = Silkshund
  • Dachshund + Smooth fox Terrier = Smooth foxie Doxie
  • Dachshund + Toy fox Terrier = Toy foxie Doxie
  • Dachshund + Welsh Terrier = Welshund
  • Dachshund + West Highland White Terrier = West Highland Doxie
  • Dachshund + Wire fox Terrier = Wire foxie Doxie
  • Dachshund + Yorkshire Terrier = Dorkie

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