Pitbull-Dachshund Mix: Everything You Need To Know

The continuous efforts by breeders have resulted in a lot of unique dog breeds over the years. The resulting species generally adopt characters from both the parents and become unique in itself. That’s why it becomes challenging to predict exactly what they will look like in the future. One such unique and rare breed is the mix between a pitbull and a Dachshund.

The Pitbull Dachshund breed is a rare breed that originated naturally in the 2000s as a mix of Pitbull and dachshund breed. This breed is known for its unique looks and is also referred to as pitwee, dox-bull, bulldach, doxie bull, etc. They adopt a muscular body from their pitbull parent. However, their shape is more elongated, and the legs are short. The face of a bulldach is a mix of features from both parents.

The Appearance

Pitbulls are large dogs and very strong and muscular. They may weigh anywhere between 30 to 80 pounds. However, a dachshund has a weight of approximately 32 pounds. Bulldach is medium-sized dogs weighing around 25 pounds.

Usually, a bulldach has a sturdy body with an elongated shape. Their face can have pitbull features with a long nose due to the dachshund genes or a face similar to dachshund with pitbull features. Their coat is short with medium density and has a natural gleam.

The colors may vary, and some of them can have a white patch on the chest. Black, brown, or brindle are standard colors that a bulldach can have. There is an uncertainty associated with a bulldach puppy and their look changes as they grow up.

Grooming Needs

Taking care of a doxiebull is not that difficult. They have a light density coat with short hairs. Hence you don’t have to put much effort into maintaining it. However, their skin can be very sensitive. They shed relatively less compared to other dogs. Brushing their coat once or twice every week can get rid of loose hairs. Frequent or even daily grooming can be opted for if that’s what your pup desires. 

They should be bathed every week to keep them fresh and to avoid infection. As their skin is sensitive, it is advisable to go for grooming products with natural ingredients. Also, along with a bath, clean their teeth once or twice every week to avoid tar or tooth decay. Clip their nails every month or frequently if needed. Also, to maintain proper hygiene, clean their ears gently with a good solution.

Although their grooming requirements are relatively lesser, You must follow a good grooming regime to keep your dog healthy and away from infections. 

Temperament

While we discuss the characteristics of doxiebull it is essential to understand the temperament of its parent breed.

Pitbull is a notorious breed and is known to be aggressive. However, this is not completely true. They love to be around people and are quite friendly. They are loyal and sensitive. They are good companions for both adults and children. They are friendly even to strangers and hence cannot be a security dog. They are aggressive towards other dogs in the family.

Daschunds, on the other hand, are loyal to their owners and do not mingle with strangers. Despite their friendly look, they are an aggressive breed that hunts badgers. They are playful and also very naughty. Socializing a dachshund is very important. 

Doxiebull inherits a lot of characteristics from both its parents. They are loyal and affectionate but also fierce and feisty. This breed is not aggressive or violent but will protect its owner at all costs. They need proper socialization and training to mingle with children and other pets.

Doxiebull is an excellent choice for a family dog, especially a family with older children.

Training

Again the trainability of a bulldach depends on its parents. Pitbulls love to impress their owners, and thus are easier to train. Dachshunds, on the other hand, act stubbornly and are hard to train. You can use food as a treat. However, they can be very persistent while begging for treats. So, make sure you don’t overfeed them.

Bulldach is a smart breed and will learn all the tricks very quickly. However, the block in their training sessions can be their stubbornness. Their dachshund genes can make them act stubbornly, and they won’t follow instructions. Both pitbull and dachshund react nicely to positive reinforcement.

Hence, the best way to train a bulldach is to give them rewards for good behavior. Being patient with your dog and socializing them properly will yield better results than a harsh treatment.

Physical Activity

Pitbulls are muscular and strong. They are very active and require a long duration of training of at least an hour. Dachshund, on the other hand, is less active and won’t need an exercise longer than 30 minutes.

The exercise requirements for bulldach are moderate. A long walk each day would suffice. However, make sure to keep them on a leash as they are jumpers. Also, pitbulls are aggressive towards other dogs, and dachshunds have a hunter instinct. Hence, your bulldach can get aggressive on walks. 

Apart from the walk, they need playtime, either inside or outside. Higher fencing on the yard is recommended as bulldach can be very bouncy. Bulldach can also adapt to apartment living. 

Bulldach is more susceptible to weight gain. Again their dachshund genes need to be blamed. 

Apart from physical exercises, you should also provide them toys for mental activity and stimulation.

Health Issues

Potential health issues that a bulldach can have come from its parents. Pitbulls, like most dogs, are prone to hip dysplasia.

A bulldach can have other diseases: Hypothyroidism, eye problems, heart disease, Epilepsy, IVDD, bloat, Cushings, diabetes, deafness, and allergies. You can ask your breeder to help you avoid these health issues in your pup by getting parental health clearance.

Food Habits

Overeating can be a serious concern for a bulldach; also, they are susceptible to many health issues. Hence a balanced diet rich in nutrition is very important. 

A dachshund should be fed 2-3 cups of dry dog food daily. Dry food is preferable because it contains fewer calories than moist food. This quantity of food should be given in small amounts throughout the day. Dogs have a tendency not to chew their food properly. This can even cause bloating. Hence, smaller doses can be beneficial as it will help digest the food properly.

A few foods that you should avoid for your dog are macadamia nuts, nutmeg, and onions. Even a small amount of macadamia nuts can be poisonous for your dog, while nutmeg can cause seizure, the onions can severely impact the immunity of your doxiebull.

Buy a dog food that is rich in protein and has meat as its main ingredient. A food high in protein will keep your dog energized and active.

Also, keep hygiene in mind while serving food to your dog. Proper hygiene requires serving your dog in a clean utensil and keeping its mouth clean to avoid bacteria growth.

Bulldach as a Family Dog

Bulldach is an excellent choice as a family dog. However, they are not suitable for new owners. The families with previous pet experience will be able to train a bulldach better. Bulldach may not respond well to small children. Hence, early training and socializing is crucial for bulldach to make them a better choice as a family dog.

A bulldach will fit well with a family with old children. They can easily get used to apartment living. However, they need to be taken on long walks every day. A yard can be really nice for a bulldach to play in.

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