One of the most unique designer dogs is the Doxie Pit. If you’re looking for a very different dog, you may want to consider one of these!
When you’re getting ready to adopt a dog, it’s always a good idea to learn as much about the dog as possible. With the right information, you’re able to make an informed decision on whether the dog is right for your family.
So, we’ve put together some of the information you need to know about Doxie Pits. Our information includes background information about this breed, temperament, and more! Let’s get started!
What is a Doxie Pit?
The Doxie Pit is a hybrid dog breed that’s a cross between a purebred American Pitbull Terrier and a Dachshund. As you can imagine, these dogs have a unique look! They usually have the large head of the Pitbull well blended with the body long body and short legs of a Dachshund! We said this was a distinctive dog breed!
Not much is known about the Doxie Pit breed. They are hybrid dogs sometimes referred to as “designer dogs.” Hybrid dog breeds are called designer dogs because breeders make a choice to breed certain dog breeds together. They may be looking for a new hybrid that’s healthier and has all the best traits of purebred parents. Some are just after the novelty of a new dog breed.
Doxie Pits are sometimes also referred to as the Pitwee, Dox-Bull, Bull-Dach, Doxiebull, and Doxbull! So, when you’re out looking to adopt a Doxie Pit, you may find them under these different names.
Because Doxie Pits are a relatively new hybrid mix, there’s no breed standard. However, we can learn some things by taking a look at the purebred parents of these amazing hybrid dogs!
Pitbulls can be fantastic dogs when they’re properly trained and socialized from a young age. They can be wonderful playmates for kids. They’re also friendly with people and don’t make good guard dogs for that reason. Pitbulls are also very loving with their families and will defend them to the death.
The dogs are also highly intelligent and learn queues quickly! Pitbulls also love to play and be involved in everything their families are doing.
The other purebred parent of the Doxie Pit is the Dachshund. The Dachshund originally came from German, where they were bred to hunt badgers, foxes, and even wild boars (in packs of other Dachshunds). Now you may have a better understanding of the determination of these dogs!
Dachshunds are available in three varieties: smooth (shorthaired), wirehaired, and longhaired. Doxies feature a long body with short legs and a long tail. Almost everyone often recognizes their distinctive appearance!
They also come in different sizes, including miniature and standard. No matter what variety of Dachshund, they’re also a delightful addition to the family.
The dogs are highly intelligent, confident, and playful. What’s more, these dogs also love to be close to their pet parents; however, they usually create a strong bond with one person.
With parents like these, the Doxie Pit is surely one of the most unique hybrid dogs around!
The Doxie Pit usually stands between 8 to 13 tall and weighs between 20 to 30 lbs. They have a life expectancy between 8 to 12 years.
Doxie Pit Appearance
The Doxie Pit is a medium-sized dog that’s muscular and highly active. The dogs usually are a nice blend of the Pitbull and the Dachshund. However, these are hybrid dogs, and it’s almost impossible to determine which traits will become dominant in a puppy.
Sometimes the puppy may look more like one parent or the other, while others may look more like a nicely blended mix of both purebred parents. However, most Doxie Pits have the long body and short legs of their Doxie parent and the larger head of their Pitbull parent.
When it comes to their coat, the characteristics may take after one parent or be mixed. If the Doxie Pit has a smooth coat, it’s usually pretty easy to care for. However, Doxie Pits that are the result of a Pitbull crossed with a longhaired Dachshund may have medium or long fur. In that case, the coat requires more grooming and brushing.
These dogs may come in different colors, too, including fawn, brown, or brindle.
Doxie Pit Temperament
As you may expect, Doxie Pits can be a bit feisty, and they love people! These dogs want nothing more than to be constantly with their families. But what about kids? Thankfully these hybrid dogs have patience and plenty of energy for playing with kids and adults. The dogs are also friendly with others and are sensitive to human emotions.
However, these designer dogs may be aggressive with other dogs and animals. The dogs have a high prey drive that may make them go after cats, gerbils, and other small pets. So, Doxie Pits require proper training and socialization from a young age.
These dogs are highly intelligent, which means they can also be somewhat stubborn. So, these dogs are not recommended for inexperienced pet parents. Instead, Doxie Pits thrive with a pet parent who is firm, confident, and calm during training.
And we have to add that Doxie Pits are simply adorable!
Diet & Exercise Requirements
Doxie Pits have a tendency to become overweight or obese because they love to eat! So, it’s necessary to monitor the amount of food and treats you feed your fur baby.
Doxie Pits need a high-quality kibble dog food that’s high in protein. Look for meat as the first ingredient on the list and avoid products that contain animal by-products, fillers, and preservatives. These hybrid dogs require two small meals a day.
When it comes to exercise, these high-energy dogs have plenty to burn! For this reason, it’s essential to give your dog plenty of exercise every day. Otherwise, the Doxie Pit can become destructive and develop other unwanted behaviors. However, be sure not to overdo it on the exercise. These dogs usually have short legs and can’t run for very long or far.
Most Doxie Pits do well with a long walk, though they also enjoy chasing and playing! If you don’t have a backyard, that’s OK. These are great apartment dogs. But be sure your dog gets the daily exercise he needs to burn off all his energy.
Summing It Up
So, there you have it! The Doxie Pit can make a great family companion as long as the dog has been properly socialized and trained from a young age. They also have the energy to burn and need about 60 minutes of exercise a day.
Before adopting a Doxie Pit hybrid, be sure to check the laws where you live. Some locations don’t allow Pitbulls or Pitbull mixes. However, if you do choose to adopt a Doxie Pit, we’re pretty sure you’ll have a loving, fun companion for years to come!