Generally, Dachshunds are an active and lively breed. Their temperament stems from their history as working dogs who spent a lot of their time outdoors and with their human companions. This is visible in other traits including their love for playtime and their knack for exploring. However, Dachshunds have some undesirable traits as well including stubbornness and their propensity to occasional aggressive outbursts.
A Dachshund Terrier is a mix between a Dachshund and any one of the breeds under the Terrier family. The key distinction is that the contributing Terrier must itself be purebred. Some of the most popular Terrier varieties used in this mix include the Yorkshire Terriers, Jack Russell Terrier, Fox Terriers, and Cairn Terriers. The appearance and personality depend on the properties of the contributing bloodlines which is what makes this one of the most diverse groups of mixed breed dogs.
The Dorgi is a mixed dog, or what the media call “designer dogs”, obtained from breeding the Dachshund and the Pembroke Welsh Corgi. These are 2 of the most popular lapdog breeds in the market. The result is a small breed with a sausage dog silhouette reminiscent of the Dachshund form. However, there is a bit more proportion as a result of the mix. The Dorgi is also known for its fun-loving temperament and has long been considered one of the best dog mixes for families with children.
The Doxle is a first-generation mixed breed dog that is a result of breeding a Beagle with a Dachshund. It is one of the oldest designer mixes in history and can be traced back to the nineties. It has a characteristic form that can be summarized as being a Beagle’s face on a Dachshund’s body. They are also known for their sharp tracking and hunting instincts, which is to be expected from the hunting bloodlines that formed it.
A Chiweenie is a mix between a Chihuahua and a Dachshund. The result is a small dog with a typical Dachshund silhouette, marked by the long torso and short, stubby legs. This mixed breed is known for being loud, playful, and sometimes aggressive, which is, for the most part, accredited to the Chihuahua bloodline contribution to the mix. The Chiweenie has been around since the 90s and, to date, is still one of the most popular mixed dog breeds available.
The piebald dachshund is a variety of the breed that is characterized by its unique coat pattern that manifests physically as dark color patches or specks on a white coat. It is a result of mating between two dachshunds with the recessive piebald gene. The spots are usually of one color and can either be tan, brown, black, or even blue. The gene mutation on piebalds is also associated with pigment-linked health issues.
A dachshund-pitbull mix as the name suggests is a product of breeding a pitbull and a dachshund. The Pitwee is a medium-sized dog with a combination of aesthetics, physical traits and temperament from both breeds. The head and face resemble those of a pitbull with the wide skull, wide-set round eyes, and muscular jaw. The body, on the other hand, is reminiscent of the sausage silhouette of the dachshund with the long torso and short muscular legs. When it comes to temperament, the dachshund-pitbull mix is known for the feisty yet affectionate personality.
The wire haired dachshund is one of the three classifications of this breed based on coat texture. The others are the smooth short-haired and the long-haired dachshunds. The wire haired variety have a double coat. The outer coat is long and coarse while the inner one is finer. The variety is very rare in the American continent but is the most common of the dachshunds in Europe.
A Dapple Dachshund is a type of Dachshund dog with the merle gene. This results in a unique coat pattern. It manifests as a primary base and a secondary color in the form of patches or speckles over the base. Contrary to popular belief, the dapple variation does not affect the colors of the fur but instead touches more on the patterns on the coat. Other than the merle gene and its set of physical manifestations, the dapple is similar in build and biology to the traditional Doxie.