Crestoxie

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14-22 lbs
10-12"
Unknown
Crested Doxie

The Crestoxie, also known as the Crested Doxie, is a small dog, a cross between the Chinese Crested dog, a vermin hunting ship’s dog, and the Dachshund, a tunnel digging dog designed to hunt and kill badgers. These little dogs typically have backs that are elongated to some degree but their legs are frequently longer than that of the Dachshund. This crossbreed is intelligent, animated, and person-oriented canine, but they can also be willful, manipulative, and jealous. This can make training difficult, but ensuring proper socialization and starting training at an early age will help bring out the best in your Crestoxie. 

Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Chinese Crested, Dachshund

Crestoxie Health

Average Size
Height: 10-12 inches Weight: 14-22 lbs
Height: 10-12 inches Weight: 14-22 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Allergies
  • Eye Problems
  • Acanthosis Nigricans
  • Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
Minor Concerns
  • Deafness
  • Urolithiasis
Occasional Tests
  • Eye
  • Spine
  • X-Rays
  • Eye Examination
  • Skin Evaluation

Crestoxie Breed History

The Crestoxie is a designer dog, an intentional crossbreed of a Chinese Crested, a ship’s dog used to eliminate parasite carrying vermin, and the Dachshund, a badger hunting dog believed to be developed in Germany sometime in the 1600s. The Dachshund was developed in Germany to hunt and kill animals that went into the ground, particularly the badger, and it had to be small enough to fit in the tunnels, brave enough to go in after an angry badger, and tough enough to dispatch the badger once it got there. The first Dachshund clubs began forming in the late 1800’s and eleven of the tough little dogs were registered in the American Kennel Club registration in 1885 and the breed quickly grew in popularity; by 1914 they were one of the top ten most popular breeds. The Chinese Crested dog is even older and despite its name, it was not actually developed in China. They got their name from the Chinese traders who obtained these small dogs from far away ports at some point in the 1500s and began selling and bartering with them, trading them to other sailors to hunt parasite ridden vermin. Unfortunately, we can only speculate as to which ports they were originally obtained because it didn’t take long before they were distributed throughout the world. They were popularized in America in the 1900’s and were initially allowed in the miscellaneous class competition of the American Kennel Club in 1955, but dropped from eligibility just ten years later. It took twenty years for the Chinese Crested breed to regain that status and another six to be further recognized as a breed in the toy group. Although they have not yet managed a Best in Show win at the prestigious Westminster Dog Show held in New York each year, Chinese Crested dogs both purebred and mixed have taken the top place in ten of the World’s Ugliest Dog competitions since it started in 2000.

Crestoxie Breed Appearance

The Crestoxie is a very small dog, generally standing under a foot high, with a back that is longer than the animal is tall, though this difference will be more obvious in dogs that favor the Dachshund’s structure. Crestoxies may inherit either the long slender legs of the Chinese Crested or the short, piston-like legs of the Dachshund, or they may even end up with something in between, although shorter, longer bodies appear to be more prominent. Their head is likely to be slightly narrower than most, with a long tapered muzzle and almond shaped eyes, and although the ears should sit high on the sides of the head, they may either be erect and triangular in shape or rounded and hanging down to the sides. The gene that leads to hairlessness in the Chinese Crested is a dominant gene which also happens to be fatal in gestation if the animal carries two copies of the gene, so each living Chinese Crested dog carries both the dominant hairless gene as well as the recessive gene that produces the Powderpuff variety of dog which is fully covered with a thick, silky double coat. This means that the coverage of this canine’s coat could range anywhere from being fully covered to only having the head crest, tail plume, and socks of the hairless Chinese Crested. The outer coat can vary in length from short to medium and can be soft and shiny like the smooth and Long Haired Dachshund, silky like the Chinese Crested, or even wiry like the Wire Haired Dachshund. 

Crestoxie Breed Maintenance

The grooming requirements for this particular hybrid will depend somewhat on which kind of coat they inherited. Crestoxies that are mostly hairless will require more frequent baths, though brushing takes just a very short amount of time, whereas the full coated variety typically requires fewer baths, but will need combing and brushing on a more regular basis to remove dead hair and to prevent tangles and mats from forming in the fur. The skin of the Chinese Crested dog is prone to irritation, particularly the exposed skin of the hairless variety, and the Crested Schnauzer may inherit this trait as well. This means that finding a good shampoo that does not irritate your pet’s skin is essential for their health, as is checking for any problems like rashes, acne, or swollen skin whenever you bathe your pet. If the outer coat resembles that of the Wire Haired Dachshund, then hand stripping may also be needed to keep this wiry outer layer clean and healthy. These dogs may encounter more dental problems than many breeds and regular dental maintenance, like tooth brushing and dental exams, may help to prevent some problems, or catch them early.

Crestoxie Temperament

The Crestoxie is a clever and animated animal, who typically displays the bravery of the Dachshund and the high-spiritedness of the Chinese Crested. This particular hybrid is most content with they are fully integrated into family activities, and as both parent breeds are inquisitive animals, mental stimulation will be needed throughout the day to keep them from finding trouble. They are intelligent but tend to be stubborn and willful during obedience training sessions and both parent breeds are notoriously difficult to housetrain. Training sessions should remain consistent with this breed throughout their lives in order to engage their mind and curb destructive or manipulative behaviors. Although they will do quite well with well-behaved older children, the Crestoxie is an inappropriate companion for very small or rowdy children. Not only is the risk of injury to the dog due to unintentionally rough or clumsy handling by the child higher due to the canine’s size and elongated back, but both the Chinese Crested and the Dachshund breeds are prone to nipping due to jealousy and possessiveness.

Crestoxie Activity Requirements

The Crestoxie has relatively simple needs when it comes to daily exercise and they are typically content with just twenty to forty minutes of vigorous activity a day. Activity that is broken up into smaller, more frequent sessions is most beneficial for this pet’s health and many enjoy indoor games of fetch and scenting activities, along with a few leashed walks each day. These little canines are typically well suited to living in smaller spaces due to these lowered exercise requirements, however, some individuals will be prone to excessive barking, particularly if they are in groups, which can make them noisy neighbors. They are curious and active animals and mental stimulation should be provided throughout the day in order to prevent destructive behaviors from occurring. It is important to be cautious when this hybrid is in their growth phase to ensure that they do not play too hard or jump from high surfaces as this can injure the developing back. 

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