Are you looking for a pet that can be both friendly and protective? The Dachsweiler is a dog that is strong, loving, and very intelligent. This is a breed that can be the perfect breed for your family with the personality of both the Dachshund and the Rottweiler.
Comparison: Dachsweiler Vs. Dachshund Vs. Rottweiler
|Type of Breed||Dachsweiler||Dachshund||Rottweiler|
|Type||Hybrid, Companion, Hunting, and Guard Dog.||Hunting Dog.||Cattle Driver|
|History||There is little information about where the Dachsweilers came from.||This breed has been popular since the 1950s but was made in the 15th Century for a Badger dog. 243||This breed descended from the Molossus which was a type of Mastiff dog.|
|Country of Origin||Unknown.||Germany.||Southern Germany.|
|Size||Medium (25-50 pounds) and Large (50 + pounds).||Miniature or Small (0-25 pounds).||Large 50 plus pounds).|
|Height||12 to 25 inches in Height.||13 to 17 inches in Height.||22 to 28 inches in Height.|
|Weight||27 to 100 Pounds.||11 to 32 Pounds.||85 to 135 Pounds.|
|Lifespan||12 to 14 Years of Age.||12 to 17 Years of Age.||8 to 12 Years of Age.|
|Coat||Medium to long, wire-haired, dense.||Medium or long, wire-haired, or smooth coat.||A short, course, and straight coat is a double coat with medium hair as the undercoat.|
|Coat Color||Blue, cream, and black.||Black, gray, chocolate, wild boar, Isabella, if Dappled, it can have a merle pattern.||Always black with rust or mahogany markings around the cheeks and eyes.|
|Shedding||Medium Amount of Shedding.||Medium Amount of Shedding.||Medium Amount of Shedding with heavy shedding twice a year.|
|Grooming||Easy to groom.||Easy to groom.||Easy to groom.|
|Temperament||Brave, stubborn, confident, respectful, good family dogs, protective, active, fun, funny, chase small animals, and affectionate.||Loving, friendly, loves to play, can be stubborn at times, can be socialized fairly easily.||Happy, loyal, confident, brave, calm, loving, protective without aggression, watchful, often stubborn.|
|Trainable?||Hard to train.||Hard to train.||Easy to train.|
|Friendly with Children?||Fairly Good with Children.||Very Good with Children.||Very Good with Children.|
|Friendly with Other Pets?||Great with Other Pets.||Fairly Good with Other Pets.||Fairly Good with Other Pets.|
|Good Family Pet?||Great Family Pet.||Great Family Pet.||Great Family Pet.|
|Apartment Friendly?||Not Good for Apartment Owners.||Very Good for Apartment Owners.||Not great for Apartment Owners.|
|Good for New Owners?||Harder for New Pet Owners.||Great for New Pet Owners.||Not great for New Pet Owners.|
|Solitude Tolerance?||Is Fairly Okay to be Left Alone.||Is Fairly Okay to be Left Alone.||Hates being left alone.|
|Heat Tolerance?||Medium to High.||Medium to High.||Medium Tolerance.|
|Cold Tolerance?||Medium Tolerance.||Low Tolerance.||Low Tolerance.|
|Barking?||Barks Deep and a lot.||Barks a lot.||Barks a lot.|
|Exercise Needed||At least 90 minutes each day.||At least 30 minutes each day.||10 to 20 minutes each day.|
|Prone to Weight Gain?||Average to Prone to weight gain.||Prone to weight gain.||Prone to weight gain.|
|Health Issues||Epilepsy, IVDD, Gastric Dilation Volvulus or Bloat, Hip Dysplasia, Entropion, Patellar Luxation, Canine Diabetes Mellitus.||IVDD spinal and back problems, slipped disks, dental issues, chondrodysplasia, teeth crowding, bad breath, Cushing’s Disease.||Hip Dysplasia, Elbow Dysplasia, Aortic Stenosis or Sub-aortic Stenosis, Osteosarcoma, Gastric Dilation-volvulus Panosteitis, and allergies.|
Best Things About the Dachsweiler
The Dachsweiler has both the personality of two very popular breeds, the Dachshund, and the Rottweiler. You will never be sure exactly what you are going to get with a mixed breed but here are some of the best things about owning a Dachsweiler:
- They are very muscular and strong like the Rottweiler.
- Very loving and admired breed.
- They are considered a mystical breed because they are hybrid and there is not a lot of information on this breed.
- You can figure out what your Dachsweiler will be like by paying attention to the parent breeds.
- This breed will be long like the Weiner Dog but will be strong and sturdy like the Rottweiler.
Pros of Owning a Dachsweiler
There are many pros of owning a Dachsweiler such as:
- Very loyal.
- Very smart.
- Very protective.
- They are easy to groom because they only shed heavily twice a year.
- This is a very intelligent breed and can be easily trained with positive reinforcement and mental stimulation.
- Great family dogs.
- This breed is reliable and caring.
- Socializing early can make this great people dog.
- They are considered low-maintenance dogs.
- Very loving and affectionate.
- Fun personality.
- Accepting of small animals, including cats.
Cons of Owning a Dachsweiler
There are a few cons of owning a Dachsweiler including:
- Can be overly protective of their family and territory.
- Do not do well in small places or apartments. Needs a fenced-in yard.
- Are not great dogs for new owners.
- Can become destructive and have behavioral problems if left alone too much.
- Are often disobedient.
- They are known to bark a lot if not trained correctly at a young age.
- Can show aggression to other dogs of the same sex.
History of Dachshund and the Rottweiler Mix
The Dachsweiler is a mix between the Dachshund and the Rottweiler. Even though we know little about the Dachsweiler, we know that the Rottweiler is a dog that has been around since about 75 AD and was created to help herd cattle. These dogs would later help to pull heavy carts and they were considered to be dogs that were very strong.
When the Rottweiler made its way to Germany, it was called a Rottweil, and it was used to help do military work and to be a guard dog. It eventually became popular in the United States as a working or police dog. This is considered one of the most popular dogs in the world.
The Dachshund on the other hand originated in Germany and was a badger dog. It is a dog that was known to hunt smaller animals and was great at being a watchdog. This dog became less popular doing World War 1 but eventually made its way to the United States where it become more popular.
Dachshunds began to be bred with other smaller dogs, but breeding became more selective after 1910, and Dachshunds were bred with many other kinds of dogs, including Rottweiler, which is where the Dachsweiler came from.
Temperament of the Dachsweiler
The Dachsweiler is a designer dog and so you are not even sure exactly what you will get. This will highly depend on the parent breed.
Both the Rottweiler and the Dachshund are very loyal and caring and so you can expect that the Dachsweiler will have this same personality and will make a great family dog.
The Dachsweiler is a very adaptable dog that can be trained and socialized even though it is often stubborn. It is a dog that can work well in apartments or homes and can work well for new owners if they have a strong personality and are able to take dominance right away.
The Dachsweiler will pick up its hunting instinct from the Dachshund parent and will often chase smaller animals. It is a leader dog and will be very protective of its family and its territory.
This is a loving and gentle dog that is very reliable. This dog loves to be mentally stimulated and is very intelligent.
With the right training, this breed will be great with other people, children, and other animals, even cats. The Dachsweiler is a very cute, active, funny, and affectionate dog.
Is the Dachsweiler a Good Pet for Children?
Yes. This breed is very good with families with children. If you want this dog to be sociable with other people, socialize at a young age.
Remember to teach your children how to touch your dog and make sure that you supervise your dog around any children, even your own, to prevent them from playing too roughly with your dog. This can help you to train and socialize your pet to keep it from getting aggressive.
Is the Dachsweiler a Good Pet with Other Animals?
Yes. This breed will be good with pets inside of your home and is even known to be great with cats that live in the home. This can be even better if you socialize your dog at a young age.
How Long with My Dachsweiler Live?
The life expectancy of the Dachsweiler is between 12 to 14 years of age.
What Will A Dachsweiler Look Like?
The Dachsweiler will get between 12 and 25 inches in height and from 27 to 100 pounds.
Depending on the parent mix, the Dachsweiler can have different looks. Some will have the common coloring of the Rottweiler such as the black and tan combinations. Some will have a black body and a tan and black face where other parts of the body might have some tan markings.
This dog has also been seen in blue and cream colorings as well. This is a shorter dog and will normally not get more than 24 inches in height but can weigh more than 100 pounds.
Even though this dog will be much bigger than the Dachshund breed, it will pick up some of the appearances of the Dachshund such as a longer body and shorter legs. The head will most likely be shaped like the Rottweiler and it will have the strength and the body shape of the Rottweiler.
What Coat Colors Can the Dachsweiler Have?
The Dachsweiler will have a medium to long, dense, and wiry coat. It will have coat colors including:
- Markings of tan and black are often seen.
Is the Dachsweiler a Hypoallergenic Dog? Does this Breed Shed?
No, the Dachsweiler is not a hypoallergenic dog, and it will shed twice a year, once in the summer and once in the winter.
How to Groom the Dachsweiler
The Dachsweiler is considered a low-maintenance dog and it has a longer coat that is wiry or sometimes a short and smooth coat. You can brush this dog once a week to get rid of matting and hair that is loose or shedding.
You should never bathe your Dachsweiler too often because it can cause its skin to become dry and flaky and so only bathe when needed.
Make sure that you brush this breeds teeth at least twice or three times a week because it is known to be prone to gum disease and bad breath. This can help to get rid of tartar buildup and prevent dental problems.
Trimming the nails, a couple of times a month can keep the nails from tearing. This can be less if your dog wears their nails down naturally when going for walks.
Check the ears of the Dachsweiler each day to make sure that there is no discharge or infection. Since this dog will have floppy ears, it is important to check for pests or buildup. If you find that your dog has a foul odor or discharge, visit the vet right away.
Here are some great grooming tips for your Dachsweiler:
- Brush your dog from a young age so that it can get used to getting brushed.
- Always handle this breed’s feet and paws often because this can help you to be able to trim its nails without upsetting it.
- Make grooming fun for the Dachsweiler and offer rewards when it lets you groom it.
- Always pay attention to your dog’s ears, fur, skin and make sure that you do not see anything strange such as redness, inflammation of the skin, sores, rashes, redness, discharge, or any other noticeable health issues.
- As a rule of thumb, groom this breed like you would the Dachshund breed.
Food and Nutrition for the Dachsweiler
Feed your Dachsweiler up to 2 cups of good kibble each day. Make sure that you divide their food into two separate meals so that your dog does not overheat.
It is important to note that a dog that has more energy and burns off more calories will eat more than a dog that is not active. Measuring the food and feeding your Dachsweiler will help to make sure to prevent diabetes and obesity-related sicknesses.
Since the Dachshund breed is prone to weight gain, always pay attention to the Dachsweiler food intake to make sure that it does not get overweight and has a balanced diet.
What Kind of Exercise Does the Dachsweiler Breed Need?
The Dachsweiler is a very active dog and needs to be active for at least 90 minutes each day. You can break this up to take your dog out multiple times per day for walks or for playtime.
Keeping your dog active will help to make sure that your dog does not become overweight and will help with behavioral problems that your dog will have if it becomes boring or does not get enough activity.
Is the Dachsweiler Easy to Train?
The Dachsweiler is not always an easy dog to train because it can be stubborn and sometimes aggressive towards dogs of the same sex. If you choose the Dachsweiler breed, you need to try to start training them immediately when bringing them home.
This breed needs to know that you are the leader of the home and when you train this breed, always use positive reinforcement. Do not yell or use negative training because this is a very intelligent dog and can be very sensitive so negative training can cause it to have behavior problems.
Always be patient with this breed and you will see that you can have a well-behaved dog.
It is important to socialize this dog right away so that it can learn about different places, animals, and people which will help your Dachsweiler to feel confident and safe around other people and animals.
Does the Dachsweiler Have Any Known Health Risks?
Some of the health problems that the Dachsweiler can have include:
epilepsy, IVDD (Intervertebral Disc Disease), Gastric Dilation Volvulus or Bloat, Hip Dysplasia, Entropion, Patellar Luxation, Canine Diabetes Mellitus.
- Intervertebral Disc Disease or IVDD
- Gastric Dilation Volvulus (Bloat)
- Hip Dysplasia
- Patellar Luxation
- Canine Diabetes Mellitus
Always pay attention to genetically passed down health problems that can come from either the Dachshund or the Rottweiler breed.
How Much Does A Dachsweiler Cost?
The cost of a Dachsweiler can range from $400 to $1500 dollars depending on the breeder. The Dachshund will run anywhere between $700 and $1600 dollars and the Rottweiler ranges in cost from $700 to $1500 with the average Rottie mix cost around $1000.
Where Can You Find a Dachsweiler?
When getting a Dachsweiler for your family, you should first look at a rescue or a shelter. If you purchase a Dachsweiler from a breeder, make sure the person you are getting it from is a reputable breeder.
Finding Dachsweiler Breeders
When looking for a Dachsweiler breeder, make sure that you are finding a reputable breeder. If you do this, you will have a better chance of finding a dog that is in good health and that has a good personality.
Make sure that you find a breeder that health tests their animals and that they come to your home with a health check and a vaccine before even leaving the breeder.
What Do You Need to Consider Before Choosing a Dachsweiler Breeder?
Make sure that you are always talking to your breeder. This is important so that you can get the information that you need about the puppies that they are selling.
Look for these things:
- Is the puppy clean and happy?
- Does it have plenty of toys and a nice sleeping area?
- Is the place clean and do the breeder and the dogs seem happy?
Ask to meet the parent breed and you can find out the personality and health so that you will know what kind of puppy you will most likely get. Notice if they are clean, groomed, have nice toys and a comfy bed, and if the breeder and the dogs seem happy.
Always ask about these things before getting a new puppy:
- Papers including a warranty and contract and a copy of parent papers.
- Medicine and vaccinations that the puppy has and is taking.
- How old the puppy is (never take home before 12 weeks).
- If the puppy is being spayed or neutered.
Never purchase a puppy from a puppy mill and make sure that you have paperwork from the breeder that is signed and has a contract to make sure you are getting a healthy dog.
Other Important FAQ’s:
Here are some questions that people often ask about the Dachsweiler breed:
- Is the Dachsweiler predisposed to be aggressive? Yes. Since this dog is a mix of the Dachshund and the Rottweiler, chances are that it can be aggressive because of its protective and hunting instincts.
- Is the Dachsweiler a Protective Breed? Yes. This is a breed that is very protective of its family and home.
- Does the Dachsweiler Bark a Lot? Yes. This dog is known to have a loud and deep bark and will bark a lot when there are strangers or when it becomes bored.
- Is the Dachsweiler Considered High Maintenance? No. This breed is not considered high maintenance and can be easily groomed and taken care of.
- Can You Leave the Dachshund Breed Alone a Lot? No. This dog loves to have socialization with its family and can become bored quickly. Leaving this breed alone a lot can lead to behavioral problems and aggression.
- Does the Dachsweiler Breed Like to Cuddle? Yes. This is a very loving and affectionate breed.
If you wonder if the Dachsweiler is the perfect dog for your family, the problem is that there is not much information about this dog breed as of right now. You can compare the Rottweiler and the Dachshund, both of which are popular breeds, and this can give you an idea of what kind of pet you will have.
Once you are ready to invest your time with a designer dog and give time to train and socialize this breed then chances are that you will find that you have a smart, strong-willed, loyal, and affectionate dog that can make your family whole.
Picking the right breed of dog is not always easy but when you are ready to choose your breed, know that the Dachsweiler could be an excellent choice for you and your family.
Other Popular Dachshund Mixes
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