Dog Breed Information: Golden Retriever Dachshund Mix
A Golden Dox is a fun loving and affectionate dog making it a brilliant pet for a family. The breed is what is known as a designer dog, which simply means that it's a crossbreed, or a mixture of two different pure breed animals.
What is a Golden Dox?
This is a cross between a Golden Retriever and a Dachshund. Depending on which breeder you choose your puppy might be the offspring of two Golden Dox parents, but it could also be the product of one Golden Retriever parent and one Dachshund parent. But whichever parents it has the puppy should combine the traits and characteristics of both these breeds.
What Should I Know About Designer Dogs?
If you buy a pure breed dog it's very easy to guess the future size and temperament of your pet, since these dogs have been bred over a long time to strict standards. With a designer dog, things are a little more complicated. A crossbreed inherits different traits in different amounts from each parent, so we can only make generalisations about size and temperament based on what we know about the parent breeds.
How Big Will My Pup Grow?
Golden Retrievers are medium sized dogs. They usually grow to between 20 and 24 inches, and can weigh between 55 and 80 pounds. Dachshunds, on the other hand, tend to be smaller animals. They generally grow to between 8 and 12 inches and weigh anywhere from 11 to 15 pounds.
A Golden Dox is generally smaller than a Golden Retriever but larger than a Dachshund, so it will probably be a small to medium sized dog.
What Will My Pet's Coat Be Like?
Retrievers are long haired dogs, with shiny, wavy coats. Dachshunds vary a little more, with some varieties having short, straight hair, whilst others have longer, wavy coats similar to that of a Golden Retriever. Short haired Golden Doxes are very unusual, and most probably your dog will have long hair and look similar to a Golden Retriever.
Are There Any Coat Concerns for Golden Doxes?
You probably won't need to visit a groomer for coat cutting and styling. However, because these are long haired dogs you will need to brush your dog regularly to prevent tangling, especially if your dog spends plenty of time outside. You will also need to shampoo your dog's coat to keep it looking shiny and silky. Your dog will shed a fair amount of hair, especially when the seasons change.
What Will My Puppy's Personality Be Like?
Golden Retrievers are well known for being friendly, loyal and affectionate dogs, and they're also very trainable and enjoy working. Dachshunds are also very affectionate and are curious and lively dogs, but they can be difficult to train. Golden Doxes are usually faithful, active dogs who enjoy being around people, especially children, and who do well with other dogs too. They generally don't have the training problems found in Dachshunds.
How Much Exercise Will My Pet Need?
As a generally medium sized animal with plenty of energy a Golden Dox is going to need a fair amount of exercise. Daily walks are a must, and twice daily would be even better. They'll need plenty of space to run around in too, so they're not the best choice if you live in an apartment.
Does this Designer Breed Have Any Specific Health Concerns?
Golden Retrievers are particularly prone to hip issues, skin diseases and cancer. Dachshunds tend to suffer from back and kidney problems. Both breeds have a tendency towards obesity. As a crossbreed a Golden Dox should be healthier than a pure breed, but you'll want to keep an eye on these issues and be especially careful not to overfeed your dog.
Is this Cross Breed Dog a Good Choice for Me?
Golden Doxes are great family pets, but they do need plenty of space and above average amounts of exercise. Your best plan is to phone around local breeders to see if you can visit with one of the breed. You might also want to consider signing up for specialist forums online so that you can read about other owner's experiences with this breed of dog.