The Golden Dox, also known as the Golden Weiner Dog, Golden Weenie Dog, Golden Dachshund, and the Golden Retriever Dachshund Mix, is a crossbreed pooch that is created by breeding the wavy-haired Golden Retriever with the sausage-shaped Dachshund.
This playful family dog is great with kids, absolutely adorable, with a fun-loving personality to match. We explore everything you need to know about the Golden Dox below:
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The origin/history of the Golden Weiner
Considered to be a designer dog, the Golden Dox first appeared sometime around the 1980s when the breeding of hybrid dogs became extremely popular.
Due to the hunting and tracking abilities of both parent breeds, the Golden Retriever Dachshund mix is a popular choice for use in hunting and tracking activities such as drug detection.
These dogs also perform really well in competitive agility and obedience training.
The Golden Retriever breed was developed in Scotland sometime in the mid-19th century. These dogs were typically used for hunting of water birds as their tracking and agility skills were just as good on land as they were in the water.
This highly intelligent breed was first listed on the American Kennel Club’s (AKC) sporting group in 1925.
These large dogs are known for their magnificent blonde coats and ideal proportions. Fully grown Golden Retrievers stand between 22 and 24 inches (55 to 61cm) tall and weigh between 55 and 75 pounds (25 to 34 kg).
Their gorgeous coat comes in all shades of gold from dark caramel to a very light white and features a thick undercoat with a water repellent top layer.
This blonde wavy mane is set off by a brown nose, almond-shaped eyes and a wide head with hanging ears and slender muzzle.
The Dachshund has been around for some 600 years with a history dating back to France and Germany where these little dogs were developed as keen badger hunting dogs.
Believed to have origins linked to French Basset Hounds, Dachshunds were first registered in AKC’s hound group in 1885.
This breed was one of the most popular breeds around in the 1950s and has been a favored companion of many royal figures, including Queen Victoria.
The Dachshund is small dog that typically is found in three varieties:
- The smooth or short haired Daschund
- The wire-haired Dachshund
- The long-haired Dachshund
As the names suggest, the coat of the Dachshund depends on which type of breed the dog falls into.
Short-haired Dachshunds have a short shiny coat, while long-haired varieties have sleek long wavy hair and the coat of the wire-haired Dachshund will be short, thick and rough with pronounced eyebrows.
All three varieties of Dachshund can come in a number of colors including red, cream, black, chocolate, tan and blue, while a mixture of various colors on one dog is also common.
In addition to the three types of Dachshund, these dogs are also bred either as standard or miniature.
Standard Dachshunds weigh from 16 to 32 pounds (7 to 14kg) while the miniature variety of this dog weighs 11 pounds (5 kg) or under and is referred to as a Tweenie.
No matter their coat, color or size, all Dachshund’s are characterized by their long, muscular, sausage-shaped body that has a barrel chest, short legs and elongated head with hanging drop ears.
What does a Golden Retriever Dachshund mix look like
The size and build of the Golden Dox vary depending on which characteristics of their parents show to be the most dominant.
Typically the Golden Weenie will inherit the facial structure of its Golden Retriever parent with a broad head, almond-shaped eyes and a black nose.
The Dachshund parent will give the Golden Dox its long muzzle and low-slung, long body.
Owing to this body shaped, puppies of the Golden Retriever Dachshund mix need to be handled very carefully to avoid any possible harm to their elongated back.
As both breeds are characterized by their floppy drop ears, puppies of the Golden Retriever and Dachshund mix will also inherit this trait.
Just take a look at this adventurous video of a Golden Dox named Sandy. She’s not only outgoing, but she’s also adorable!
The size and weight of a Golden Dox
Due to the vast difference and size and weight of their parent breeds, the Golden Weiner can vary somewhat.
Typically this crossbreed will weigh somewhere between 30 and 50 pounds (14 to 22 kg) and stand 10 to 23 inches (25 to 58 cm) in height.
The energetic Golden Dachshund will need a large home with a fenced-in yard where they are free to run around and play.
The coat of a Golden Retriever Dachshund mix
The type of Dachshund parent will affect the coat of a Golden Dox puppy but it is common for this dog to have a wavy, medium-length double-coat.
Thanks to the Golden Retriever parent, common coat colors include cream, white, yellow and tan while the Golden Dox can also have a brown, black or even red coat, depending again on the Dachshund parent.
Temperament: What is a Golden Weenie like?
The Golden Retriever Dachshund mix is a smart, energetic dog that is highly social. These dogs love to be the center of attention and have a super friendly nature.
They thrive on praise and will also be striving to please.
The Golden Dox makes an excellent companion for families and first time bet owners.
They get along great with our dogs and children however their hunting and tracking instinct can lead them to see small animals, such as rabbits, cats and guinea pigs, as prey.
The super fluffy Golden Weiner dog loves a cuddle and if they can share your bed, then that will make this dog the happiest pooch around!
Ignore them, and this could lead your Golden Dox to exhibit destructive behavior such as chewing and digging.
How to care for a Golden Dox
There are a few things you need to bear in mind when looking after the Golden Weenie. This energetic dog has specific exercise needs while their beautiful golden coat will need some time to keep looking beautiful.
Most importantly, the low-slung body and long back of this dog means your Golden Retriever Dachshund mix will always need to be handled with care.
Exercising your Golden Dox
These little bundles of energy still exhibit those hunting traits we spoke about and absolutely love to be busy. They require 45 to 60 minutes of activity every day otherwise boredom can start to set in.
It is recommended that you take your high energy Golden Dox for walks at least twice a day, while also engaging them in some serious playtime.
This smart crossbreed will thrive at interactive games and will love to play fetch while puzzle and hide and seek games will be a great way for the Golden Weenie to burn off any extra energy.
The Golden Retriever parent breed may also mean that your little Golden Dox will love to spend some time in the water and taking your dog to a beach or lake where he can swim will be a great form of exercise for your pooch.
Feeding your golden weeny
Due to its high energy nature, the Golden Dox requires a bit more care when feeding than other small to medium breeds.
These dogs need nutrient-rich food and enjoy a few smaller meals throughout the course of the day. It is recommended to feed your Golden Retriever Dachshund mix 2 or 3 smaller meals during the day consisting of one cup of food at each meal.
However, be sure not to overfeed the Golden Weenie as these dogs do not know when to stop and this could lead to obesity.
When selecting a food for your Golden Dox be sure to look for one that is high in protein and low in fillers. The energetic Dachshund Golden Retriever mix may also benefit from eating a raw food diet or one that is rich with added meats, fruits and vegetables.
Grooming your Dachshund Golden Retriever mix
The Golden Dox is a light to moderate shedder and as a result, is not considered a great pet for anyone with allergies.
In order to keep the Golden Weiner dog’s golden locks looking their best and preventing too much loose hair from falling out around your house, a light daily brushing is required.
This daily brushing is best done with a firm bristle brush for around 10 to 15 minutes.
While brushing your Golden Dox each day it will also be necessary to inspect your dog’s ears and clean them out. If your dog is a keen swimmer, this will need to be done regularly and methodically to prevent yeast infections from occurring.
Alongside daily brushing and ear cleaning, regular visits to the parlor (once every few months) will be required for your Golden Dachshund to get rid of any mats that may form.
Bathing should only be done as needed, however, this can be done at the parlor when you visit every two or three months.
Is the Golden Retriever Dachshund mix a healthy breed?
You can expect your Golden Dox to live between 12 and 14 years. These dogs are generally healthy but can be susceptible to some diseases owing to their parent breed’s characteristics.
The Golden Retriever parent can make this crossbreed experience joint issues such as hip dysplasia and intervertebral disc disease, while the Dachshund parent can lead to ocular issues in the Golden Weiner including cataracts as well as conjunctivitis and retinal atrophy.
Another major concern that is sometimes seen in this crossbred is their predisposition to epilepsy.
In addition, back injuries can occur later in life particularly if the Golden Doxie was mishandled when young or dropped as a puppy.
Where to buy a Dachshund Golden Retriever mix?
This exquisite crossbreed is highly sought after and so finding the perfect Golden Dox puppy can be very expensive. You can expect to pay between $500 and $1,000 for your Golden Retriever Dachshund mix puppy.
Golden Dox Breeders
While finding a breeder that specializes only in Golden Dox puppies can be hard to find, there are a variety of breeders that only sell miniature Golden puppies.
These breeders cross the Golden Retriever with Poodles, Spaniels or Dachshunds to create adorable miniature Golden mixes.
Here are some of these breeders to get you started on the search for your very own Golden Dox:
Adopt a Golden Dox
You will find a number of rescue sites specializing in Golden Retrievers or Dachshunds looking for homes. Most of these adoption centers also advertise crossbreeds of these dogs.
Here are some breed-specific rescue sites where you might find a Golden Dox looking for a loving home:
Similar breeds to a Golden Retriever Dachshund mix
Both the Dachshund and the Golden Retriever are often mixed with a variety of other breeds to create some really cute hybrid dog breeds.
Some of our favorite small Golden Retriever mix-breeds include:
Why get a golden dox?
The Golden Dox is very intelligent, easy to train, and eager to please. This cross breed’s intelligent and friendly nature, combined with its high energy makes him a great choice for companion activities.
The Golden Doxie is best suited to active families with children and other dogs who will keep him entertained, and in return, he is sure to bring many hours of happiness into your home!
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