When it comes to adorable mixed breeds, there are few as precious as the Golden Dox – or Golden Weiner.
Part Golden Retriever and part Dachshund, the two breeds of dogs couldn’t look any more different, and that can raise some concerns regarding their health and temperament.
Originally, Dachshunds were bred as tracking dogs, meant to flush out borrow-dwelling animals, and Golden Retrievers were bred to retrieve shot game without damaging the animal.
While the first instance of this mixed breed is unknown, it is continued today by the purposeful cross-breeding of Dachshunds and Golden Retrievers by professionals.
The real question is – are they good pets? Do they suit families or solo owners? What are unique concerns?
If you’re considering the Golden Dox as your new pet, then look no further. We have all the answers you need right here.
Golden Dox Guide
We know you’re wondering. Dachshunds and Retrievers have a notable size difference, so… how?
This breed is made possible through a female Retriever and a male Dachshund, and because there are such drastic physical differences between the two breeds, Golden Doxes can take on a variety of appearances.
Some may inherit the Dachshund’s long muzzle, floppy ears, or short legs, and others may take on traits from the Golden Retriever, including the long coat, the light color, or the folded high-set ears.
On average, the Golden Dox will have a long body with short legs and the coat of a Golden Retriever, but the coat will not always be a warm, golden color.
Sometimes the Dachshund’s genes will dominate instead and create a brown, black, or red coat.
Depending on the type of fur your dog has, daily brushing is recommended to avoid excess shedding or kinks in the fur.
Items to have on hand, for home-grooming your dog, include a pin brush, the slicker brush, scissors, and nail clippers.
Despite the Golden Dox being smaller than their Golden Retriever parent, they eat nearly as much, typically requiring three cups of food split throughout the day.
The Golden Dox is described to be spirited, intelligent, loyal, and alert, but their personality will depend on how much they inherit from either side of their parentage.
While they’re known to be good with kids, this mix might not be the best choice for those with multiple pets in the house, cats included, as the Dachshund in them is inclined towards chasing smaller animals.
However, they do fine with other dogs and people, especially children.
While Golden Retrievers tend not to bark too much (mostly saying ‘hi’ when someone comes home), Dachshunds are prone to barking when alone or upon noticing a change in their environment, such as someone approaching the front door.
As a mix, the Golden Dox will typically be neutral on this front, and the bad habit can be trained out of them at an early age.
This dog requires a lot of exercise, leaning more towards the amount you’d require for Golden Retrievers.
Without ample exercise or a large backyard to run in, your dog may exhibit unruly behavior to burn off that extra energy, including digging up your carpet and tearing at your furniture.
To avoid these mishaps, spend at least an hour of activity with your dog per day.
There’s no unique risk to the dog’s health by being a Golden Retriever-Dachshund mix. However, they do take on their parents’ weaknesses.
Just like the Retriever, there’s a risk of canine hip dysplasia and epilepsy-induced seizures.
On the Dachshund side, due to the long body and short legs, the Golden Dox is at risk for intervertebral disc disease, in which the vertebrae protrude into the spine and cause pain and paralysis.
Lastly, it’s a known and frequent problem for the Golden Dox to be allergic to mites and flea bites, which makes daily grooming and flea treatment essential.
Golden Dox: The Overall Verdict
In the end, there isn’t much to gain other than the cute aesthetic of the Dachshund-Golden Retriever mix when owning this dog.
The Dachshund side lends its long and small body type but may lend a bit of stubbornness, as well as increasing its chances of barking more than desired.
It still retains the high energy of the Retriever, though it does keep its child-friendly and loyal nature.
The Golden Dox is a good fit for families with young children in a house, with access to a large backyard or a nearby dog park.
While they’re small, they’re not meant for apartment living unless you have the time and energy to give them necessary daily exercise.
This dog is not recommended for those with health concerns or problems with mobility, due to the amount of exercise and interaction the dog is known to need.
This is a good crossbreed for those seeking the general, lax personality of a Golden Retriever, but the more compact size of the Dachshund.
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