Is the Pitbull Dachshund Mix the Right Companion for You?

Last Updated on April 23, 2023

Did you know the Pitbull Dachshund mix is a fairly new mix puppy? It’s also known as the Pitwee, or Dox-Bull.

This crossbreed will be your new best friend. Only discovered a few years ago, the Bull-Dach is a loveable companion.

A Pitbull Dachshund mix sitting in a bench with pumpkins behind
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Let’s take a closer look at this sweet Doxbull!

History: Where did the Pitbull Dachshund mix come from?

This crossbreed was discovered accidentally in 2015 when Rami, a Pitbull Dachshund mix, wandered into the backyard of a home in Georgia.

It’s assumed he was an accidental offspring, and, as the Moultrie Colquitt County Humane Society tried to find this pup a home through its Facebook page, this dog breed grew in popularity.

Want to learn more about Rami? Check out this video!

It’s not a designer dog since it was bred accidentally, so how exactly did Rami come to be, though? The American Pitbull Terrier and the Dachshund.

Let’s talk about the Pitbull

A portrait image of a strong Pitbull near the white house
A purebred Pitbull standing confidently

The American Pitbull Terrier originally was bred in English for blood sports such as pit fighting and bull baiting. When brought to America, they began farm dogs, guard dogs, and companions.

Despite their background, this sweet breed is gentle and loves people.

Let’s take a closer look at the Dachshund

A portrait of an attentive Dachshund on a grassland
A proud image of a purebred Dachshund

This is another purebred pup. They were initially bred in Germany, where they were used as hunting dogs.

Standard Dachshunds hunt badgers while Miniature Dachshunds hunted rabbits and weasels. They were brought to America in the late 1800s.

Dachshunds are energetic, and they can be stubborn.

Appearance: What does a Dachshund Pitbull look like?

This is a unique dog in terms of which genes they receive from their parents.

An adorable image of a Dachshund Pitbull mix wearing a flower lay
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This crossbreed’s general appearance resembles both of its parent breeds to a T.

There is no guarantee that your Doxbull will look exactly how Rami and other pups of this breed will look. However, a few features are generally standard for this mixed breed.

Usually, these mutts will have a Pitbull head as well as the face shape. The short legs and long body of a Dachshund. However, their long bodies will be muscular thanks to the Pitbull side of the family.

These pups are too big to be lap dogs, but they will pretend they are.

How big do Dox-bull get?

This crossbreed fits into the toy and small breed as they will grow to be between eight and 13 inches in height.

But how much do Bulldachs weigh? Due to their weight, these mixed-breed dogs can be considered medium in size because they can weigh between 20 and 30 pounds, the average being about 25 pounds.

This is partly because Dachshunds shouldn’t weigh over 32 pounds, but Pitties can weigh between 30 and 85 pounds.

A black and white Pitbull Dachshund mix sitting
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What type of coat will the Doxiebull get?

The Dachshund breed comes in three different coat types in many colors and patterns. The coat type will depend on the Doxie side of the family.

For example, if a Pitbull and a smooth-haired Dachshund breed, the puppy will have a short coat.

On the other hand, if a Pitbull and long-haired or wire-haired Dachshund get together, their puppy will have medium-length fur.

The color of the coat can be of the following:

  • Black
  • Brindle
  • Brown
  • Merle
  • Piebald

Temperament: Is the Dachshund Pitbull mix a good family dog?

This Pitwee pup is intelligent, loyal, clever, and affectionate. They will make great therapy dogs or watchdogs.

However, they come from two breeds who can be pretty stubborn, so that the Pitwee may inherit some stubborn traits from its parents.

In terms of being good family dogs, they will stick by their humans and remain extremely loyal to them. With that said, they may do better in families with older kids.

If younger kids know how to play with dogs properly and are introduced to one another well and with correct socialization, they could be okay. However, they should always be supervised just in case.

A Dachshund Pitbull mix wearing a green sweater and orange collar

Is a Pitbull Dachshund mix dangerous?

This mixed breed can be aggressive unless they are trained correctly. For the most part, they are loyal and affectionate with their family and other close humans.

They will get along just fine with other dogs, provided they are socialized and introduced to one another correctly. However, they will always prefer humans to other dogs.

The Pitbull Dachshund mix has a high prey drive. So, having cats, rodents, or other small animals in the house will not be a good idea.

In terms of staying home alone, this breed will become clingy to their humans. They shouldn’t be home independently for too long, or else they may get separation anxiety.

The Dachshund Pitbull will do better when they have someone home most of the time.

Coming from two different breeds that can be stubborn, this breed can be challenging to train. It’s doable, but you need to have a good backbone when teaching your Doxbull.

This also includes potty training. If given an inch, they’ll take a mile.

At this time, the Pitbull Dachshund mix is still a relatively new dog breed. There aren’t too many differences between male and female Bulldachs. However, it seems as though females tend to be more independent.

Caring for your Doxbull

One thing to note about the Doxbull is that they can handle the heat pretty well, but they can be sensitive to the cold. This makes potty training harder in the winter months as they won’t want to go outside.

This breed can be high maintenance in terms of care, and here are a few reasons why.

Exercising: how energetic is your Pitwee?

First, this breed has high energy levels. They will need at least 90-plus minutes of exercise per day.

This includes lots of running, general playtime, and attention, as well as long walks.

Your Pitwee will want to run around in a decently sized fenced-in backyard. However, they will be okay to dwell in an apartment as well. As long as they go on long walks daily, they’ll be okay.

A smiling Pitbull Dachshund mix on a beach
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Grooming: Do Dachshund Pits shed?

This mixed breed will moderately shed, and they are not considered hypoallergenic because of that. Depending on their coat type from the Dachshund side of the family, their grooming needs will differ.

For example, if your Pitwee comes from a short-haired Dachshund, they will need weekly brushings.

If they come from a Dachshund with long hair or wire-haired, they will be regular brushings daily or every other day at the least. The wire-haired pup will shed the most.

Additionally, their teeth should be brushed regularly, and trim their nails often so that they don’t curl up.

They will not need to be bathed often. The American Pitbull Terrier’s skin is known for being sensitive, so only clean them when necessary. A warm, damp cloth will also do the trick most of the time. 

Some grooming products you may need for your Pitbull Dachshund mix will be:

  • Comb
  • Nail clippers
  • Slicker brush

Feeding: how much food should your Dachshund Pitbull consume daily?

Your mixed pup comes from a medium-sized dog and a smaller dog breed. So, how much should a Doxie-Pit eat daily?

They will need to eat a lot of protein. This will keep their energy levels intact with so much running and walks. Additionally, feeding them 1,200 calories per day is ideal for keeping your Pitbull Dachshund mix healthy.

By the time they are 1-year-old, they should weigh between 20-30 pounds. Most of this weight gain will be from two to six months of age.

Health: What are some issues to watch out for with the Pitbull Dachshund mix?

An image of a Pitbull Dachshund mix lounging in a beach chair

This mixed breed, unfortunately, has several health concerns. This mutt may inherit health issues from the Dachshund and the Pitbull.

These health problems may include:

  • Back problems
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD)
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Cerebella Ataxia
  • Leg-Calve Perthes disease
  • Progressive retinal atrophy
  • Patellar luxation
  • Cancer

The major and more common concerns would be IVDD, Hip Dysplasia, and Leg-Calve Perthes disease.

Other health concerns may include:

  • Distichiasis
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Demodicosis
  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
  • Skin allergies

Despite these health issues, how long does a Bulldach live for? They have a lifespan from about 8-12 years of age.

The Pitbull Dachshund puppy: How much are they?

A cute Dachshund Pitbull mix puppy
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Since this is a fairly new dog breed and they’re not in high demand at this time, you can expect to find a Pitbull Dachshund puppy coating for around $500 if you’re getting one from a breeder.

However, there aren’t too many breeders for this unique dog just yet, and you’re most likely not going to find them at the pet store or even a shelter.

Other costs involved when owning this crossbreed aren’t too expensive. For medical expenses, you can expect to spend roughly $460 to $560 per year. Non-medical costs may cost about $355 to $475 per year.

Are there any breeders for the Dachshund Pitbull mix?

At this time, there aren’t too many breeders for this dog. If you do happen to find one, do your research and be sure they’re a reputable breeder.

Unfortunately, Pitbulls are one of the most commonly abused dog breeds, so you need to beware of puppy mills or backyard breeders. This is something new owners should be wary of.

Are there any shelters or rescues for the Dachshund Pitbull mix?

Similar to the breeders, this breed isn’t as well-known as some other crossbreeds, and they’re not too high in demand.

One place to look is the Moultrie Colquitt County Humane Society. This is where Rami, the first Pitbull Dachshund mix, was found a home.

Using their Facebook page and other social media, they found the right home for Rami.

This humane society rescues homeless animals and abusive situations. They can be found through Pet Finder, where you may find some Doxbulls to adopt.

Who should get a Pitbull Dachshund mix?

A Pitbull Dachshund mix smiling for having a football
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If you’re looking for a best friend in the form of a dog, then this crossbreed will be perfect for you.

As long as you’re home most of the time and can cater to their high energy levels, the Pitbull Dachshund mix will make a great companion for your home.

Further reading: other Pitbull mixes

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