Dachshund Mix

Canis lupus

Last updated: December 31, 2022
Verified by: AZ Animals Staff
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This Dachshund mix is generally not suited for multi-pet homes because of their high prey drive.


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Dachshund Mix Scientific Classification

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis lupus

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Dachshund Mix Facts

Name Of Young
Puppy
Group Behavior
  • Social
Fun Fact
This Dachshund mix is generally not suited for multi-pet homes because of their high prey drive.
Other Name(s)
Jackshund
Gestation Period
58 to 68 days
Litter Size
1-6 puppies
Diet
Omnivore
Lifestyle
  • Diurnal
Common Name
Jackshund
Origin
United States

Dachshund Mix Physical Characteristics

Color
  • Brown
  • Fawn
  • Red
  • Black
  • White
  • Tan
  • Brindle
  • Dark Brown
  • Chocolate
  • Tawny
  • Chestnut
  • Black-Brown
  • Light-Brown
Skin Type
Fur
Height
8-13 inches
Age of Sexual Maturity
6 to 9 months
Age of Weaning
6 weeks
Aggression
Medium

Dachshund Mix as a Pet:

General Health
Energy Level
Shedability
Trainability
Intelligence
Tendency to Chew
Size
Family and kid friendliness
Yappiness / Barking
Moderate
Separation Anxiety
High
Preferred Temperature
Average climate
Exercise Needs
High
Friendly With Other Dogs
High
Pure bred cost to own
$800
Dog group
Non-sporting
Male weight
15-28 lbs
Female weight
15-28 lbs

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The Dachshund is a charismatic little dog, originally bred in Germany to hunt badgers. In fact, that’s precisely what their name means, “Dachs” means badger in German, and “hund” stands for dog.

Due to their small size, these pups have become very trendy in recent years, as they are the perfect pets for apartment living, cities, or smaller properties. In addition, their lively and comical nature makes them incredibly desirable. However, Dachshunds can be wary or even aggressive toward strangers but make fantastic family dogs. So, it’s easy to see why Dachshund mixes are so popular. While there are several hybrids, this article will focus on the Jackshund, a Jack Russell and Dachshund mix. But before delving into their personalities, features, and trainability, let’s look at other weenie dog mixes.

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Jackshund baring its teeth

The Jackshund is a cross between a Dachshund and a Jack Russell terrier.

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Types of Dachshund Mixes

Crossbreeding these energetic dogs helps create even more adorable breeds that might not inherit their parents’ genetic health conditions. Take a look at some of these charming hybrids.



Doxle ( Dachshund and Beagle Mix)

The Doxle needs a loving home where their owners will reciprocate their affection. This is why these dogs tend to suffer from separation anxiety and should never be left alone for long periods. In addition, they are extremely energetic and need an active family to keep them fit and healthy. Finally, while Doxles do well with other dogs because both parent breeds are social, they do not like smaller animals because of their high prey drive.

Tri-Colored Doxle Puppy

Doxle puppy with tri-color beagle markings.

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Dorgi (Dachshund and Corgi Mix)

Crossbreeding the Dachshund and corgi generally results in a long dog with short legs with tons of energy! Therefore, owners must provide their Dorgi with plenty of physical and mental stimulation to keep them happy. These intelligent dogs are incredibly playful and have tons of personality, making them ideal for active families looking for loyal and loving pets.

Dorgi puppy with stick in mouth

An adorable Dorgi puppy with a stick in its mouth.

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Doxiepoo (Dachshund and Poodle Mix)

The Doxiepoo is a combination of a Dachshund and a poodle. The features of this hybrid vary widely, but they generally have long, low-slung bodies inherited from the Dachshund. In addition, they usually have the poodle’s curly coat. In a perfect world, your doxiepoo might inherit the poodle’s obedience and sense of humor, which should cancel out the Dachshund’s stubbornness. However, this mix could also be a combination of both the parent breed’s worst traits and health issues.

black and tan doxiepoo puppy

Doxiepoos make great apartment dogs.

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Dorkie (Dachshund and Yorkshire Terrier Mix)

The Dorkie is a Dachshund and Yorkshire terrier mix, and they are fantastic dogs for seniors living in small homes or apartments as they are not overly yappy. However, they also thrive in larger family settings with older children because they need a lot of attention.

Dorkie lying on red blanket

Dorkies are a cross between a Dachshund and a Yorkshire terrier.

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Pros and Cons of Owning a Dachshund Mix

ProsCons
Jackshund make great watchdogsCan suffer from separation anxiety
They are suitable for large families, seniors, or singlesThis hybrid is stubborn and requires a lot of patience during training
The Jackshund is good with bigger dogsThey have a high prey drive and won’t get along with smaller pets

The Best Dog Food for a Dachshund Mix

Determining what dog food to feed your pet can always be challenging, and it can be even tougher for a mixed breed, as they can take after either parent. However, opting for high-quality dry dog food is always a safe choice. Therefore, premium kibble is a good option for your Jackshund, but ensure to purchase a brand suitable for its small size, age (either puppy, adult, or senior), and energy level (moderate or active).

It’s not only important to choose the right dog food, but you also need to ensure you are feeding your pup the correct quantity. Unfortunately, this Dachshund mix is prone to obesity, so overfeeding them is detrimental to their health. Therefore, to prevent rapid weight gain, avoid free feeding. Instead, feed your Jackshund three to four small meals a day.

Dachshund Mix Size and Weight

The Jackshund varies in size but generally weighs between 15 and 28 pounds. Depending on the parent they take after, they can be either small or medium-sized dogs, so their height ranges from 8 to 13 inches.

Jackshund with large ears

The Jackshund has a lot of energy and requires active owners.

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Dachshund Mix Common Health Issues

While Dachshund mixes are generally healthier than their purebred parents, they are prone to a few health conditions. However, it’s always best to find a reputable breeder as they ensure there is no inbreeding and fewer congenital health issues. But this doesn’t make the Jackshund invincible, and they are still susceptible to diabetes, Intervertebral disc disease, and epilepsy. In addition, if they take after Jack Russells, the Jackshund may be plagued by eye issues, hip dysplasia, patellar luxation, and Legg-Calve-Perthes syndrome.

Life Expectancy

Since the Jackshund is a relatively healthy breed, they have long lifespans and can live between 12 to 15 years.

Dachshund Mix Temperament

A Jackshund does really well in environments with lots of adventure due to its playful and intelligent nature. However, their innocent curiosity can often land them in trouble. Their favorite activities are exploring the outdoors, playing with puzzle toys, or running around with children. However, they are generally not suited for multi-pet homes because of their high prey drive, which they inherit from both parent breeds. Therefore they will likely chase any animal smaller than them, like squirrels, cats, birds, and rabbits.

While these Dachshund mixes have plenty of energy, they also enjoy relaxing on their owner’s laps and will insist on lots of cuddles. In addition, they are devoted to their families and will usually attach themselves to a particular person. However, if socialized from a young age, they can form strong bonds with the entire family.

How to Take Care of a Dachshund Mix

Taking care of a Jackshund is relatively easy for active pet owners. However, this does not mean they don’t need any assistance. These dogs still need grooming, exercise, training, and lots of affection.

Grooming

Jackshunds’ grooming routine will depend largely on what coat type they have. For example, the long-haired Dachshund mix requires daily brushing to prevent debris buildup and matting. However, the short-haired Jackshund only needs a quick brush once a week. In addition, brushing their teeth with dog-friendly toothpaste at least three times a week will keep their teeth clean and healthy. Lastly, their nails must be clipped every three months or once they start touching the ground.

Training

Due to the Jackshund’s intelligence, they are always up for a challenge and are extremely easy to train. They can thank their parents for their smarts, as both breeds started out as working dogs due to their intelligence and grit. However, this Dachshund mix also inherits some negative traits from its parents, including stubbornness. But luckily, this characteristic does not make it harder to train them; it only takes a bit more patience. Therefore, to successfully train this hybrid, you need to rely on positive reinforcement using treats and praise as motivation.

If your Jackshund pup is similar to the Jack Russell, it will likely be an overachiever and will excel at training. It will learn new tricks extremely fast and really enjoy the sessions. Therefore, start with basic training and obedience, then move to tricks or sports like flyball and agility. In addition to training, these hybrids need socialization from an early age to ensure they get along with other family pets, children, and strangers.

Exercise

These Dachshund mixes are lively and playful, which reflects their active natures. However, their abundance of energy needs to be released every day, and if they do not get rid of this energy supply, they can develop destructive behaviors.

Generally, Jackshunds need around 60 to 90 minutes of vigorous exercise a day, which will keep them content and tired. This could include long walks, high-intensity games like fetch, or playtime in a dog park. In addition, these hybrids need their exercise to be challenging and intensive, which is why they excel at dog sports like agility and flyball. However, while the Jackshund is more active than most medium-sized breeds, they are not one of those high-maintenance active breeds. Therefore, they are perfectly happy living in apartments, but only if their owners commit to a regular exercise program and lots of outdoor time. They are even great dogs for seniors as long as they receive daily walks, games of fetch, and lots of affection.

Puppies

Female Jackshunds can give birth to litters of one to six puppies. These pups are lively, full of energy, and ready for action, which is the ideal time to start training, as these dogs are prone to chewing or climbing all over you and your guests. Furthermore, this will give your pup the attention they so crave and help you bond.

Dachshund Mix and Children

The Jackshund is a great breed to have around children as they are incredibly loving, and their high energy levels allow them to keep up with rambunctious kids. In addition, their curiosity and need for adventure will keep your children busy for hours on end.

Dachshund Mix Cost

The minimum cost of a Jackshund from a reputable breeder is $800. However, this price can vary based on your geographical location, the breeder, and pedigree. Therefore, red flags should go up if you find this Dachshund mix for less than $800. Puppy mills will often charge less, but they do not screen their breeding pairs for congenital health issues and don’t have any problem inbreeding, which results in sickly puppies. Because the Jackshund is such a rare breed, you will not likely find one in a shelter. However, you can visit your local rescue and ask them to contact you if they come across one. Alternatively, you can try and contact dedicated Dachshund or Jack Russell rescues, as they focus on those breeds and their hybrids.

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About the Author

Chanel Coetzee is a writer at A-Z Animals, primarily focusing on big cats, dogs, and travel. Chanel has been writing and researching about animals for over 10 years. She has also worked closely with big cats like lions, cheetahs, leopards, and tigers at a rescue and rehabilitation center in South Africa since 2009. As a resident of Cape Town, South Africa, Chanel enjoys beach walks with her Stafford bull terrier and traveling off the beaten path.

Dachshund Mix FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) 

What is the best dachshund mix?

This will come down to personal preference, but there are several Dachshund mixes that are incredibly cute, like the Doxle, Dorgi, Doxiepoo, and Dorkie.

Is a dachshund mix a good dog?

Crossbreeding these energetic dogs helps create even more adorable breeds that might not inherit their parents’ genetic health conditions.

Do Dachshunds bark a lot?

Yes, since Dachshunds were bred as hunting dogs, they tend to bark a lot.

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  1. Dachshund Station, Available here: https://www.dachshundstation.com/best-names/
  2. Pet Guide, Available here: https://www.petguide.com/breeds/dog/jackshund/
  3. Alpha Paw, Available here: https://www.alphapaw.com/dog-breeds/jack-russell-dachshund-mix/#They_Can_Be_Great_Family_Dogs

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