What Is A Dachshund Terrier Mix

From all my obsessive research into these fun designer Dachshund breeds, the Dachshund Terrier is easily the most adorable one. Whether it is a Dorkie or a Jackshund, you simply cannot help but fall in love with them.

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.

There are so many options out there when it comes to Doxie and Terrier mixes. Each has a lot to offer whether it is in terms of personality or aesthetics.

In the sections below, you will learn more about these doggies and what to look forward to if you are interested in getting one of your own.

How Big Does A Dachshund Terrier Mix Get?

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How big a Dachshund Terrier gets depends mainly on the size of the Terrier they are mixed with.

Larger terriers, like Poodles, produce larger mixed pups while smaller ones, like the Yorkshire Terrier, as expected have Doxie Terrier mixes lower on the size range.

However, this is not always a predictable outcome and it is not uncommon for a Doxie bred with a larger breed to produce a relatively small mixed doggy.

Sometimes, the size of the dachshund also plays a role in determining how big the resulting mix can get.

The use of smaller varieties like the rabbit and Miniature Doxies more often than not results in mixed breeds that are smaller than those from standard Doxies mixed with the same Terrier breed.

For example, when small weenies are mixed with small Terriers, the resulting mix may fall into size ranges as small as 8 to 16 lbs.

When standard Doxies on the other hand are mixed with the same Terriers then the size range can be between 16 to 30 lbs with an average height of 11 inches.

Some of the small Terriers used in this case include:

  • Boston Terrier
  • Yorkshire Terrier
  • White Terrier
  • Rat Terrier
  • Cairn Terrier

When standard Dachshunds on the other hand are mixed with medium and larger Terriers, a Dachshund Terrier mixed dog can weigh up to 32 lbs or even more.

Their height at maturity ranges between 11 and 15 inches.

They are also known to have longer legs than your average Doxie. Some of the large and medium Terriers used for this size range include:

  • American Staffordshire Terrier
  • Airedale Terrier
  • Jack Russell Terrier
  • American Pitbull Terrier

Do Dachshund Terriers Shed?

The Dachshund Terrier mix is not considered hypoallergenic.

Depending on the specific combination and the genes that prevail, the mixed breed may either fall into the category of moderate or heavy shedders.

However, with proper and regular grooming practices you can control this amount.

For the most part, Dachshund Terriers take after the Terrier’s side of the family when it comes to coat texture. They tend to end up with wiry coats marked by long and coarse fur.

Although they will shed less as a result, they will also need more effort in terms of grooming to prevent tangling and maintain hygiene.

Sometimes, the mixed pooch will take after the Doxie’s side and end up with long or short but smooth coats.

These tend to shed more and therefore require more care to avoid turning your home into a fur bin.

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It is also important to factor in health conditions that this mix experiences that could contribute to shedding.

Health issues like skin allergies and hypothyroidism are common with Dachshund Terrier mixes and have been known to affect coat health and increase shedding.

One way to reduce the amount of shedding is by brushing the fur frequently. Doing it at least 2 to 3 times a week should be enough to detangle the hair and get rid of any loose fur.

This not only promotes coat health but also reduces the quantity of subsequent shedding.

You should also make sure to use gentle grooming products including shampoos, conditioners, and deodorizers.

Anything too harsh will negatively affect the poochโ€™s sensitive skin and may increase fur loss and cause increased shedding.

What Is The Lifespan Of A Dachshund Terrier Mix?

On average, a Dachshund Terrier mix will live for up to 15 years. For perspective, Dachshunds live for 12 to 16 years while Terriers have a lifespan of 10 to 15 years.

This is largely due to the fact that like most other mixes, these dogs are generally very healthy.

It is also because of the few conditions that affect them, not many are life-threatening.

Another reason for their long lifespans is the fact that they usually eat healthily.

This is because, like their Terrier and Dachshund parents, they are rarely fussy about what they eat. This means that as the parent, your job is to find them the healthiest options out there and they will eat it with little to no fuss.

Despite this reputation and their track record as being some of the most active dogs, Dachshund Terrier breeds are prone to obesity.

They tend to be of short stature with weak bones which with time affects their mobility. The biggest consequence, in this case, is uncontrolled weight gain which eventually becomes obesity.

Obesity itself carries its own set of consequences from heart disease to diabetes.

Whatever the case, it significantly reduces not only the life quality but the expected life span for the pooch.

This is especially the case of Dachshunds with their long torsos. The stress on their back is amplified if they become obese, making them susceptible to intervertebral disc disease (IVDD), where they lose sensation in certain parts of their body.

Fortunately, even with an immobile doggy good nutrition may be all you need to keep them healthy.

Reports have shown that a high-protein and low fat/carb diet is enough to prevent obesity as long as recommended portions are followed. It also makes it easier to deal with intervertebral disc diseases as there are places with less weight on the already weak vertebrae.

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It is formulated using revolutionary fungi-based protein and a nice peanut butter flavor to help the doggy get on board with the animal product-free food.

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Temperament Of A Dachshund Terrier Mix

As with the size, appearance, and coat traits, the temperament of a Dachshund Terrier mix borrows from both parents.

Here are some of the most common traits you may come across with your doggy.

From Doxie Side

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Dachshunds are generally really friendly, and this shows in the resulting mix. All they need is to be exposed to different people, animals and environments for socialization and they are good to go.


These dogs love to show and receive affection. They are known for their awesome cuddles and their tendency to follow around their favorite family members looking for some attention and love.


The Dachshund Terrier mix unfortunately does not escape the stubbornness of their Doxie ancestors.

This may make training them a little difficult but with patience and some nice treats, they should come around.

From Terrier Side

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Terriers are very courageous and are not afraid to stand up for themselves and their loved ones.

They also tend to take on the boss role in the home if you do not assert yourself and this is largely due to terrier temperament contributions.


Whether it is from a small Terrier or a large one, mixes with Dachshunds often produce highly energetic and playful doggies.

This, for the most part, is due to the personality traits from both contributing bloodlines but if you see them playing and jumping around it is pretty similar to living with a Terrier.


There is never a dull moment with a Dachshund Terrier in the home.

They are constantly happy especially when they are surrounded by their loved ones and this beautiful energy is definitely infectious.

Do Dachshund Terrier Mix Make A Good Family Dog?

The answer is an absolute yes.

Dachshund Terriers have the perfect personalities to fit into any home.

They are super friendly and easy to get along with which means that whether it is youโ€™re your family or with guests the pooch will fit right in.

Dachshund Terriers particularly get along fantastically with children and other pets which is important if you are bringing them into a large home with both.

In these cases, it is best to ensure that you socialize them early enough in which case it is always easiest to work with puppies. That way, they get to build trust and take down any walls that may trigger their innate aggressive defences.

Another trick to ensure that your Dachshund Terrier mix fits in well into your home is to get them out of litter only when they are ready.

If you yank them away from their families when they are too young they may not fit in very well with yours. In such situations, they tend to suffer anxiety and mood problems like aggression and stubbornness because they still havenโ€™t learned to get comfortable.

Another perk of having a Dachshund Terrier mix is that they are easy to train.

This is because they are fairly intelligent dogs that pick up pretty quickly on commands and routines. They are also devoted to their owners and intent on getting approval so if you show them what you want them to do they will learn pretty quickly.

Finally, Dachshund Terrier mixes are fantastic family pets because they are generally low maintenance.

This is perfect if you have kids around the house and you want them to play a part in taking care of the pooch without overwhelming them.

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Are Black And White Dachshund Terrier Mix Rare? The black and white dachshund terrier mix is one of the rarest varieties there are. They come from different combinations but the most common is the dachshund and Boston terrier mix. The dog has the long torso and short legs like the Doxie parent and the black and white coat pattern from the terrier side.

How Much Does A Dachshund Terrier Mix Cost? The price of a dachshund terrier mix depends largely on the terrier used in the mix. The higher the value of the terrier, the higher the price you will have to pay. On average, the mixed breed doggies between these two groups go for between $600 to $800. However, it can cost you up to $1,800 or more for a dachshund terrier with expensive terriers like the lakeland.

What Do You Call A Dachshund Terrier Mix? This also depends on the combination. The most common Dachshund Terrier mix is between a Doxie and a Yorkshire Terrier. The resulting mix is commonly referred to as the Dorkie. Another common mix is with the Jack Russell Terrier in which case the mixed dog is known as a Jackshund.

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