What do you get when you combine a fluffy Bichon Frise with a feisty little dachshund? An adorable little pup, that's what! This cute combo of pups produces a breed known as the Doxie-Chon, a spunky, cute little designer hybrid doggo. Normally, these little angels are all sorts of stubborn, loyal, clever, and devoted to their pack.
You'll need to keep your Doxie-Chon in good shape — as typically tiny dogs (usually between 10 and 25 pounds), they can put on weight pretty easily. As you can probably assume when crossing these breeds, these small pups are wonderful companions and are exceptionally loyal, but they do have a tendency to be frightened easily. Doxie-Chons are well-suited to a slow, gentle lifestyle with very few frights and lots of attention. Here are some furrific activities to keep your Doxie-Chon happy and healthy!
Remember how devilishly clever your little Doxie-Chon is? If their brain isn't properly stimulated, you can bet your pooch is going to get up to some mischief. That's why obstacle courses and agility training courses are such great activities for pups like your Doxie-Chon. Not only will your doggo burn some energy, but this activity will appeal to the side of your tiny pup's brain that craves a challenge.
This activity doesn't have to be overly expensive, either. First, try using household items to set up a makeshift obstacle course to see if your pooch likes the activity. If you find they take direction well, are responding to the challenges, and are relatively energetic about completing the course, you might want to consider investing in some agility course training. Not only will this keep your dog's brain sharp as a tack, it'll help keep off those pesky short-doggo pounds that tend to sneak up on little dogs so quickly!
Your dog is a Doxie-Chon, which means that although they're part feisty dachshund, they're also part charismatic, friendly Bichon Frise. Because of this, Doxie-Chons make great therapy pups. You already know your dog is kind, loyal, friendly, gentle, and trainable, so you might as well challenge them further and try to train them to be a therapy dog.
You know that your pup would master the training, and you also know that your cute little Doxie-Chon would make a great addition to anyone's day, especially those who might need a little encouragement. So long as your dog is willing to learn, has been well-socialized, is friendly, affectionate, and outgoing, it's likely they'll make a great therapy dog — it might just take a little patience, as well as trial and error, on both your part and your pup's. Luckily, training is relatively inexpensive, and you and your pup can bond while learning this new skill.
You have a clever, cunning Doxie-Chon, which means you need to do more than just walk your pup around the block once a day to stimulate them. You likely already know you need an activity that's both physically demanding as well as mentally challenging to fully please your pup — that's where hide and seek comes in.
This free game requires just you, your pup, a great toy, and some patience. Just remember to keep your pup in a safe, fenced-in area if you're planning to play this game outside and off-leash, or simply ensure that you're doing this indoors where they can run around without pause. Once you get your pup on board with the game (it might take a few rounds before they get the hang of it), be prepared to play it pretty consistently. Pick your pup's favorite toy and get ready for tons of fun!
If you've had your Doxie-Chon for more than a day, you know these little buggers are pretty demanding of your time. They definitely do best in a home where they don't have to be left alone for long, but if you can't seem to justify quitting your job to spend the day at home with your pooch (we can't imagine why you wouldn't be able to pull that off!), we suggest spending a lot of extra time with them when you return home. An hour or two every day that's solely dedicated to your Doxie-Chon is going to make them happiest, so make sure you're allotting the appropriate amount of time for exercise and bonding.
Try to take it a step further and tie in some challenging training. Your Doxie-Chon is a clever and cunning pup, and while a game of fetch and lots of running around will certainly benefit them, they need to participate in training and activities that challenge their brains. If you combine all of these elements into a fun activity schedule for your pup, you can bet your Doxie-Chon is going to be perfectly content!