Old Doxie Sheepdog:Dachshund and English Shepherd Mix

Hybrid Breed

Dachshund + English Shepherd


Origin and history

The Old Doxie Sheepdog originates from the USA and is a relatively new crossbreed, created from the English She pherd and the Dachshund . Thus, one cannot give an exact history of the breed. However, both parent breeds are very well known. Dachshunds were originally bred in Germany for badger hunting (hence the name), while English Shepherds originated in Great Britain, where they were used for farm work.

In summary, the Old Doxie Sheepdog is a fantastic all-around companion that magically combines the best qualities of its pedigrees.

Alternate Name -
Origin Germany - UK
Life expectancy 12 - 16 years
Care requirements low-maintenance - high-maintenance
Activity level average - high
FCI group not recognised
AKC group not recognised
KC group not recognised

Characteristics and Suitability

The Old Doxie Sheepdog inherits a number of admirable traits from his parent breeds. He is intelligent, affectionate and courageous. These dogs do well in families with children as well as those living alone. They are active animals that need regular exercise, but their Dachshund roots also make them perfect lap dogs for intimate snuggles.

Although they are very adaptable, some Old Doxie Sheepdogs are observed to be somewhat stubborn - a legacy of their Dachshund ancestors, perhaps. Therefore, a little patience during training sessions won't hurt.

Personality and Temperament

The Old Doxie Sheepdog is friendly, loyal and protective. He is a great family breed that gets along very well with children and other pets. At the same time, he has a strong protective instinct, which makes him an excellent guard dog. In addition, the Old Doxie Sheepdog is very intelligent and capable of learning, which makes it well suited for dog training and agility classes.

  • Intelligence and learning ability: the Old Doxie Sheepdog is very undemanding and can learn a variety of commands and tricks.
  • Adaptability: this breed can adapt to a variety of living conditions, including apartments, houses, and farms.
  • Family Bonding: Old Doxie Sheepdogs form deep bonds with their families and are extremely loyal.

Care of the Old Doxie Sheepdog

Grooming this breed of dog requires moderate effort. With its medium length coat, the Old Doxie Sheepdog requires regular brushing to avoid matting and skin problems. Bathing should only be done when necessary to avoid stripping the natural oils in his coat.

Dental care should not be neglected as both parent breeds are prone to dental problems. Daily brushing is recommended. The eyes and ears must be checked and cleaned regularly for signs of infection.

Health of the Old Doxie Sheepdog

The Old Doxie Sheepdog is generally healthy, but may inherit genetic health problems from both parents. These include spinal problems, eye disease, and hip dysplasia.

Regular veterinary exams, a balanced diet and adequate exercise can help minimize these problems. A healthy Old Doxie Sheepdog can reach an age of 12 to 15 years.

Breeding the Old Doxie Sheepdog

Breeding an Old Doxie Sheepdog requires expertise and a sense of responsibility. It is important that both parents are healthy and well socialized. A responsible breeder will perform genetic testing to prevent health problems and pay attention to puppy socialization.

You may find it difficult to find an Old Doxie Sheepdog puppy, as this mix is relatively rare. You may want to consider rescuing a mixed breed dog from the shelter.

The Old Doxie Sheepdog is a medium-sized dog. Their muscle structure is well defined, giving them a rugged appearance. Thanks to the English Shepherd heritage, this mixed breed dog has a thick, wavy coat in many cases. Coat colors can vary, based on the genetic contribution of both parent breeds, but they usually have black, brown and white hues.

Fur length short - long
Fur rough-haired - flat coated
Ear shape Floppy Ear - Tilt-ear
Tail short - fanned out
Anatomy strong, slim
Size ♀ 17 - 55 cm
Weight ♀ 7 - 23 kg
Size ♂ 17 - 58 cm
Weight ♂ 7 - 28 kg
Suitable For -
  • Dachshund Paralysis

    By dachshund paralysis (discopathy) veterinarians mean paralysis of the limbs in dogs.

  • Overweight

    Often, unfortunately, the dogs very much under excess weight. But the dogs themselves are never to blame!

  • Disc problems

    Herniated disc in dogs (discopathy). Herniated discs or dachshund paralysis cause dogs severe pain.

  • MDR1 defect

    The MDR1 defect is a defect in the MDR1 gene that can occur in some breeds of dogs and in humans. This results in the deficient or absent synthesis of a certain protein which is an important component of the blood-brain barrier, leading to hypersensitivity to some drugs.

  • Metabolic diseases (cystinuria)

    Cystinuria is a hereditary metabolic disease. Affected dogs lack a transport protein for certain amino acids (protein building blocks). In the kidney, the task of this transport protein is a return transport of amino acids from the urine into the bloodstream.

  • He needs 1-3 hours of exercise and movement every day.

  • They are attentive, loyal and will be friendly to other pets.

  • The Old Doxie Sheepdog requires regular brushing as they have a double coat and a large amount of undercoat.

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