Read on to learn more about the Doxie-Chon temperament, and find out if this Bichon Frise Dachshund Mix is a poor match for you and your family.
But First…. Check out this video with Liam the Doxie-Chon
Bichon Frise Dachshund Mix Temperament and Personality
The Bichon Frise Dachshund Mix temperament is pleasant enough, though it does come with some caveats.
While the Bichon Frise side of her makes her a family dog, the Dachshund side of her personality makes her a bit jumpy.
For this reason, if you have young children, you’re better off sticking with the Havachon or Puchon, rather than the Doxie-Chon.
Younger children are, essentially, bulls in a China shop. The Doxie-Chon does not do well with the unpredictability that comes with young children.
Because children are fast-moving, less-than-gentle creatures, the Doxie-Chon may live in fear whenever the child is around.
Families with older children, however, will do just fine with the Doxie-Chon.
She’s a Barker
The Bichon Frise Dachshund mix has a penchant for barking.
This is especially true if you leave her alone for long periods of time, as she may develop separation anxiety.
One of the things anxious dogs do to relieve stress is bark. The other is destructive chewing.
Neither of these are desirable behaviors in a dog. Make sure someone can be home as much as possible for this dog.
Failing that, you can always ask your vet for anti-anxiety medication.
She’s Curious…Often to a Fault
The Doxie-Chon is a curious dog, and she loves seeking out new things to do. Sometimes, these things aren’t the best ideas, like digging up the flower bed.
Train her out of these bad behaviors early. While it may not be as bad while she’s a puppy, she can certainly do more damage once she’s bigger.
She is Strong-Willed
Some people call strong-willed dogs “independent”; others call them “stubborn.”
Either way, she may look sweet, but don’t be fooled – she’ll stand her ground if you command her to do something she doesn’t want to do.
Remain persistent with her training. If you find you’re not getting through to her, then you need to do whatever you have to in order to get her trained – including hiring a professional trainer.
She Needs Her Space
She would much rather have a huge yard to run around in – provided you fence her in, of course.
It’s not really a surprise that the Doxie-Chon is good at acting like a watchdog, considering how much she loves to bark.
What you have to be careful with, however, is her tendency to become territorial.
The earlier you socialize her, the less you’ll have to worry about her starting fights with other dogs or protecting you from a perceived threat that actually isn’t one.
The Doxie-Chon Appearance
The Doxie-Chon is quite the little dog as far as size goes.
Doxie-Chon Weight and Height
An adult Doxie-Chon’s height is only a maximum of 9 to 11 inches tall.
As for maximum weight, a healthy weight for an adult Doxie-Chon is between 10 and 25 lbs.
So, while she’s tiny, she’s got some heft to her, depending on which parent she takes after more.
As for her coat colors, the Doxie-Chon can come in rust, white, black, tan, or brown.
Whether the Doxie-Chon is hypoallergenic all depends on the parent she takes after.
If she takes more after her Dachshund parent, then no, but if she’s more Bichon? Yes.
A healthy Bichon Frise Dachshund Mix's life expectancy is between 12 to 15 years.
This range is pretty standard for dogs of this size.
A Brief History of the Bichon Frise Dachshund Mix Breed
The Doxie-Chon’s parents have an illustrious history, and if it weren’t for them, she wouldn’t be here!
The ancestors of her Bichon Frise parent ended up in the United States when soldiers brought them back with them after World War I.
Her Dachshund parent’s ancestors were hunters – hence the name, which translates, essentially, to “badger hunter.”
For this reason, while she’s a companionable dog, you should never allow her off-leash.
Her hunting tendencies have passed down through the generations, and she’ll take off after prey, given the chance.
How Do You Train a Bichon Frise Dachshund Mix?
Training is so important because you never want to just ignore bad behavior.
Sure, the Doxie-Chon is a small dog, but puppies still grow into bigger dogs. And bad behavior is much less “cute” when a bigger dog is chewing or digging into something they shouldn’t.
As mentioned earlier, the Doxie-Chon may have a stubborn streak to her, depending on which parent she takes after.
She’s super-intelligent, but that doesn’t mean she’ll be willing to listen to you.
In fact, these dogs are notoriously difficult to housetrain.
For this reason, Doxie-Chons are actually better for those who are not first-time dog owners, and who can assert themselves as the “pack leader.”
If you are a first-time dog owner, though, consider hiring a professional to help.
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How Do You Groom a Bichon Frise Dachshund Mix?
It is often difficult to determine ahead of time the grooming needs of a mixed breed.
It really all depends which parent they take after.
For instance, the Dachshund side of the Doxie-Chon can have wiry, short, or long hair.
The Bichon Frise, on the other hand, usually has longer hair.
Most of the time, this means the Doxie-Chon will end up with a medium-length coat with minimal shedding.
They usually only need a regular brushing each week to look clean and neat.
However, if they take more after their Bichon parent, they may need professional grooming assistance.
Either way, you may still want to bring her in a few times a year for the groomer to give her a touch-up.
Also, brush her teeth weekly to prevent teeth problems from tartar buildup.
The Doxie-Chon has shown a history of suffering from the following health conditions:
- Atopy and other skin issues
- Eye issues
- Hip Dysplasia
- Idiopathic Epilepsy
- Mitral Valve Dysplasia (a heart condition)
- Patellar Luxation (a knee condition)
- Seborrhea (a skin condition)
- Von Willebrand’s disease (a blood disorder)
Sure, many people say mixed breeds are inbred and prone to disease. However, this is not, in fact, true.
Many mixed breeds are healthier than purebred dogs. Every dog is different.
Just because these conditions may affect the Doxie-Chon more frequently does not guarantee you’re going to bring home a sick dog.
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When it comes to exercise, the Doxie-Chon is definitely up for it!
You may have heard that smaller dogs are bundles of energy, and that is certainly true for this one!
However, this doesn’t mean you have to take her for long hikes in the woods. A half-hour to an hour of exercise, even if it’s just several walks around the neighborhood should be enough to satisfy her.
Finding the Perfect Bichon Frise Dachshund Mix
You may find it tough to find a Bichon Frise Dachshund Mix for sale “in the wild,” so to speak.
It’s also tough to find a mixed-breed breeder who is on the up and up. Lots of breeders are less than truthful when it comes to mixed-breed dogs.
Read more to learn how to tell a legitimate Bichon Frise Dachshund Mix sale from a counterfeit one.
Bichon Frise Dachshund Mix Puppies for Sale
The Bichon Frise Dachshund Mix price varies greatly, depending on the breeder.
The price of a Doxie-Chon can be as little as $300 or as much as $1,500 or more, depending on her parents.
It’s good to have a general price range in mind, though, because if anyone tries to charge you $3,000 for a Doxie-Chon, you know to run – not walk – away.
Bichon Frise Dachshund Mix Adoption and Rescue
Adoption is always an option. In fact, adoption should be your first choice inasmuch as there are so many dogs in shelters who need a good home.
You may think the shelters are overflowing with “mutts,” and that may be true.
However, it may still be tough to find a Bichon Frise Dachshund Mix for adoption on your first try.
Your best bet is to leave your information with the shelter so they can call you the moment one comes in.
Else, perhaps consider researching some other similar breeds to see if there are any other dogs in the shelter you’d be able to give a “fur-ever” home to.
Bichon Frise Dachshund Mix Breeders
Choose your breeder very carefully when looking for a mixed-breed dog.
It’s kind of like buying a car. Sure, there are some good salesmen out there, but there are some pretty shady ones out there, too.
Some breeders see you as a (hopefully) perfect parent to one of their pups. Others see you as a dollar sign and nothing more.
Those breeders don’t care about their pups, and they certainly don’t care about you.
To best protect yourself, make sure you get documentation proving the dog is a First-Generation pup first. Any other generation, and you risk potential problems common to inbred dogs.
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