Facts & Origin
West Highland Doxie (Dachshund and West Highland White Terrier Mix)
The West Highland Doxie, a mixed breed between the Dachshund and the West Highland White Terrier, combines the best of both parent breeds. Both breeds have a long history: the Dachshund was bred in Germany as a versatile hunting dog, while the West Highland White Terrier was originally used in Scotland to hunt rodents and act as a guard dog.
Suitability and attitude
West Highland Doxies fit well in a variety of living situations, including apartments or houses with gardens. They can get along well with children and other animals as long as they are properly socialized. Despite their size, they are active dogs that need regular exercise to stay healthy and happy.
|Origin||Germany - Scotland|
|Life expectancy||12 - 16 years|
|Care requirements||low-maintenance - high-maintenance|
|FCI group||not recognised|
|AKC group||not recognised|
|KC group||not recognised|
Attitude, character and temperament of the breed
Possible Character Traits
The West Highland Doxie is a friendly, energetic and curious little dog that combines the rugged and independent nature of the Dachshund with the playful and loving side of the West Highland White Terrier. They are known for their intelligence and adaptability, which makes them great companions for families or individuals.
In conclusion, the West Highland Doxie is a delightful and versatile mixed breed that adapts well to different lifestyles and environments. With its intelligent, active and friendly personality, it makes a great companion for all ages.
Care and health
Grooming requirements for the West Highland Doxie can vary, depending on the type of coat they have. Some inherit the thicker, wiry coat of the West Highland White Terrier and require regular trimming and brushing. Others may have the shorter coat of the Dachshund and require less intensive grooming.
In terms of health, they are prone to the same conditions as their parent breeds. These includehip and elbow dysplasia, eye problems, and certain skin problems. Regular veterinary checkups and good nutrition are essential to ensure your West Highland Doxie stays healthy.
What does this mixed breed look like?
The size of the West Highland Doxie varies depending on the dominance of the parental genes, but in general it is a small to medium sized dog, standing about 20 to 30 cm tall and weighing 7 to 12 kg. Its coat is usually short to medium length, with a possible range of colors, including black, white, brown and tan. Its appearance can feature the longer Dachshund body with the face of the West Highland White Terrier, making it a unique looking mixed breed.
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Herniated disc in dogs (discopathy). Herniated discs or dachshund paralysis cause dogs severe pain.
Malocclusions of the dentition often occur in dogs with short muzzles.
Problems with the Patellar can be a displacement or weak kneecap, which is one of the most common causes of lameness in dogs, also because of overweight.
If dogs don't get a good food or sugary food, tartar can quickly appear.
A West Highland Doxie is usually between 20 to 30 inches tall.
This mixed breed can be found in black, brown, gray, red and cream.
This hybrid breed is intelligent, playful, cuddly and very loyal. They are also very energetic and need daily exercise.
Yes, this mixed breed is an ideal companion for many families. They are good with children and other pets and are also quite robust.
This hybrid breed requires regular grooming.