Cross the medium-sized Labrador Retriever with the small Dachshund, and you will get a designer dog breed that is known by many names, including the Doxidor, Dachsador, or Weinerdor.
This adorable bundle of energy is super intelligent and could be the perfect addition to your family.
Discover all you need to know about the Dachshund Lab mix, including what they look like, their personality traits, and health concerns.
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What is a Dachshund Lab mix?
The Dachshund Lab mix is an adorable family companion. This mix breed dog combines some of the best traits of its parent breeds.
Both the Labrador Retriever and Dachshund come from hunting backgrounds, but the Doxidor is bred as a loveable friend.
To better understand this breed, let’s take a closer look at its much-loved parents:
The sausage-shaped Dachshund dog
The Dachshund breed is the twelve most popular breed in the USA. As a member of the hound group, Dachshunds were originally bred as hunting dogs to help with the hunting of badgers and other little critters.
This German breed, also known as the Doxie dog or Sausage dog, is known for its elongated body. Although small in stature, these dogs have large personalities and a louder bark than you might expect!
Dachshunds typically weigh between 16 and 32 pounds (7 and 14 kg) and stand between 6 and 10 inches (15 and 24 cm) tall. They are available in a variety of colors with cream, red and black being the most common.
There are also three variations on the coat, resulting in longhaired, smooth or wirehaired Dachshund varieties.
The popular Labrador Retriever breed
Labrador Retrievers are part of the sporting group of dogs and were originally bred to retrieve ducks during hunting. An easy to train breed, Labradors are often used as service or guide dogs.
This breed also makes for excellent companion animals and today is the most popular breed in the States and many other places around the world.
High energy levels match their friendly and sociable temperament, so they require quite a bit of exercise to stay trim and slim.
Healthy labs typically weigh between 55 and 80 pounds (25 and 36 kg) and reach between 21.5 and 24.5 inches (55 and 65 cm) tall when fully grown.
These dogs have a short, straight, thick coat that comes in three colors, namely chocolate, black or yellow.
What does a Dachshund Lab mix look like?
As Dachshunds and Labradors are quite different looking dogs, the cross of these two breeds can vary greatly, depending on which of their parent’s characteristics is more dominant.
Typically the Dachshund Lab mix will have a body that is longer than it is tall, much like the Sausage dog; however, their legs will be slightly longer than the tiny Dachshund.
They will also be somewhat more muscular and athletic than a Doxie dog.
The face of the Lab Dachshund mix will be pointed with long floppy ears and dark, emotive eyes. A long tail finishes off their adorable body with a slight curl to it.
How big will a Lab Dachshund mix get?
With their legs at around three-quarters of the length of their Labrador parent and a leaner body, the Labrador Dachshund can range from being a small- to a large-sized dog.
However, this breed has a wide range of sizes, varying from 15 to 25 inches (38 to 64 cm) tall and 30 to 40 pounds (13 to 18 kg) in weight.
That said, Dachshund Lab mixes can be smaller or bigger than this, and a few have even been known to weigh as much as 80 pounds (36 kg)!
That said, breeders should be able to predict the full-grown size of your Lab Dachshund puppy by the time they are around eight or ten weeks old.
Due to their size and tendency to be vocal, as inherited from their Dachshund parent, these dogs are not well suited to apartment-style living.
They will be much happier in a home with a yard where the neighbors aren’t too close, and they have space to roam!
Here the loud bark of the Daschador in this video:
The coat of your Lab Dachshund mix
There is no guarantee of how the fur of the Dachsador will turn out. Some have long, wavy coats while other Dachshund Lab mixes will boast a short, dense coat.
Also, the coat of this crossbreed can come in a variety of colors, including solid black, yellow, or brown; however, the most common coat color for the Doxidor is a black and white tuxedo style.
Are Dachshund Lab mixes good family dogs?
Combine the hardworking, energetic temperament of the Dachshund breed with the loyal friendliness of the Labrador Retriever, and you’ll end up with a crossbreed that is the perfect blend of both.
These outgoing, friendly dogs will love to play with family members, other animals, and strangers alike, but they will also be extremely devoted to your family.
You need to be prepared to share your couch or bed with your Dachsador as they will never want to leave your side.
That said, due to the hunting history of both parent breeds, you may find your Dachshund Lab mix has a heightened prey drive, which could lead them to chase small animals such as cats, squirrels, or rabbits.
If they have inherited their Dachshund parent’s personality, they may also have a mean streak, which can lead to biting when they feel threatened.
As a result, children need to be supervised when playing with this breed, and training should start when your Dachshund Lab mix is still a puppy.
You might also find when training that your dog has a stubborn, snooty attitude, which makes this a bit of a challenge.
Also, housebreaking the Lab Dachshund mix is difficult due to their small bladders, making it difficult for these dogs to hold it in.
Caring for a Dachshund Lab Mix
As the Dachshund Lab mix is unique, you may need a bit of patience to deal with this breed’s often unpredictable behavior.
Generally speaking, though, if you are prepared to give your dog the attention and love it deserves, then the Lab Dachshund cross doesn’t require too much maintenance.
They can adapt well to a range of situations and environments; you may just need to invest in a doggie jersey for the colder weather as your Doxidor will still love to be outside despite the chilly temperatures.
Exercising your Labrador Dachshund
Due to the Doxidor’s parent breeds’ hunting and sporting backgrounds, the Dachshund Lab mix will need plenty of outdoor exercises. Your dog will enjoy playtime and crave daily walks.
Try and walk your Labrador Dachshund mix at least eight miles or 45 minutes every day. Bigger dogs may be able to go longer or enjoy a more strenuous route than a smaller Daschsador.
When walking, always keep your dog on a leash as their high prey drive could send them scrambling after other animals they come across on their outing.
Due to the Labrador Retriever parent, you may also find that your dog loves the water and may want to swim.
Apart from daily walks or swims, you will also want to give your Dachshund Lab mix plenty of interactive playtimes. Their high level of intelligence means these dogs will love puzzles and brain teasers and toys that squeak, flash, or move.
Do Dachshund Lab mixes shed?
As moderate shedders, the Dachshund Lab mix will require regular brushing and is not considered a hypoallergenic breed. Make sure to brush your dog at least twice a week to remove dead hair and debris.
You may find that the Doxidor sheds more than other dogs with a single-coat because their hair is quite dense.
While these dogs won’t need trimming a bath now and again will help keep them clean. Just be sure to use a natural dog shampoo or one formulated for dry skin as this dog is prone to this.
Also, be sure to trim your Dachshund Lab mix’s nails bi-monthly and brush their teeth three times a week alongside regular dental checkups at the vet.
Feeding your Labrador Dachshund mix
Due to the Labrador Retriever parent, the Daschador can be prone to overeating and obesity. Thus be sure to avoid raw meats and wet foods, which can include too many extra calories.
Stick to a dry kibble that includes a right blend of fats, vitamins, and proteins and stick to feeding your dog about two cups of food or the equivalent of 800 calories a day.
Dachshund Lab mix health problems
A Dachshund Lab mix has a life expectancy of between 12 and 15 years. During their life, some health concerns include hip dysplasia and intervertebral disc disease, which can affect your pup’s movement.
Another health concern with this breed is eye problems such as progressive retinal atrophy while you may find your Lab Dachshund mix is also prone to stress and anxiety.
Dachshund Lab mix price
The price of a Daschador can vary greatly, and you can expect to pay between $500 and $1,000 for your Lab Dachshund mix puppy.
Before buying your dog, be sure you’ve factored in the additional costs of pet ownership, such as insurance, grooming, food, vet visits, and more.
Before you buy a Dachshund Lab mix, make sure you ask to see the puppy’s mother and father and ask for all documentation and health checks on the parents.
A reputable breeder will understand the needs that occur when breeding these two dogs because of the size differences.
Artificial insemination is often needed, and the male parent needs to be the Dachshund as it would be unsafe for a small female Dachshund to carry a litter of bigger puppies.
If you are looking for a Dachshund Lab mix here are some sites to get you started on your search:
Dachshund Lab mix for adoption
It isn’t common to find a Dachshund Lab mix for adoption at a shelter or rescue organization due to how this breed is created. However, you may be lucky enough to find a rescue dog whose owners, unfortunately, had to give it up.
Here are some adoption sites where you can look for a Dachsador in need of a home:
Should you get a Dachshund Lab mix?
If you are looking for a Dachshund Lab mix to call your own, make sure you can handle this dog’s crazy personality and high energy levels.
If you are prepared to put up with the quirks of this furry friend, you’ll find yourself with a loyal companion that will love you and your family.
Do you have an amusing Doxidor at home? Let us know in the comments below.