Dachsweiler

27-80 lbs
10-23"
Unknown
Dachshund
Rottweiler

The Dachsweiler is a rare hybrid dog which is the result of crossing a Dachshund with a Rottweiler. It is too early to gain any useful data on this new breed, only that the resulting Dachsweiler pups can vary widely in appearance, size and characteristics due to their unusual parentage. It has been said that the Dachsweiler looks like a Rottweiler with short legs. By studying the parent breeds, we can determine to some extent what their nature is like. They are intelligent dogs, even tempered with a touch of playfulness, and yet loyal and protective towards their family. Their coloring tends towards the Bi-color combination of black and chocolate or black and tan but can include other colors. Their body will be typically long like the Dachshund, but solid like the Rottweiler. Affectionate, reliable, and full of energy, they make a good family pet if socialised early in life.

Purpose
Companion, Guarding, Hunting
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Dachshund and Rottweiler

Dachsweiler Health

Average Size
Male Dachsweiler size stats
Height: 12-24 inches Weight: 30-100 lbs
Female Dachsweiler size stats
Height: 10-23 inches Weight: 27-80 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Epilepsy
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD)
  • Gastric Dilation Volvulus (GDV) or Bloat
Minor Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Hip Dysplasia
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Entropion
  • Canine Diabetes Mellitus (DM)
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Physical Examination
  • Urinalysis
  • Optical Examination
  • Neurological Testing
  • Blood Work and Serum Chemistry Tests

Dachsweiler Breed History

There is little data available about the Dachsweilers beginnings because it is a very modern breed. However, the Dachshund and the Rottweiler both have an extensive history that we can draw on to determine how this has shaped the new Dachsweiler. The Dachshund originated in Germany during the 15th Century and was used to hung Badgers and other den animals such as foxes and rabbits. These early dogs varied in size considerably, and this continues today. They can be miniature or standard sizes. The breed's popularity dwindled during World War l but then dogs were imported from Germany into the United States of America, and once again the Dachshund increased in popularity. They have many Terrier characteristics and are versatile and courageous dogs. The Dachshund was recognised by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1885. The Rottweiler is possibly a descendant of the Italian Mastiff, which often accompanied herds that the Romans brought with them when they invaded Europe. In the Middle Ages, it was used to guard and herd stock, became a messenger dog, draught dog and was used in police work. The Rottweiler originated in the German town of its name, in Wurttemberg. It became almost extinct in the 1800s, but enthusiastic breeders made a comeback with breed through careful breeding and selection. Finally, in 1931 the breed was first recognised by the AKC. The Rottweiler has many talents, including tracking, watchdog, search and rescue, guide dogs for the blind, police work and much more. They also make devoted companions and are loyal and affectionate with their family and are known for their calm even temperament.

Dachsweiler Breed Appearance

The Dachsweiler can vary in appearance even in a single litter. Some pups grown to become more like the Rottweiler – with a muscular and powerful body, but still have the shorter legs of the Dachshund. Other puppies may grow to look like the Dachshund with its long body, short legs and sleeper body but may have a head like a Rottweiler. The Dachsweiler is one hybrid dog that it is hard to determine an exact description. Their defined head with a well-developed long muzzle, short but powerful legs, long sturdy tails that extend straight from the spine, and deep chest and ample lung capacity showcase a dog built for action. Some dogs will have the paddle shaped paws thanks to its Dachshund parent, while others will be blessed with firm rounded paws like their Rottweiler parent. Their ears will likely be long smooth and floppy, while their eyes are dark and almond shaped, with an inquisitive glint. The long body/back is the true Dachshund trademark, and part of their wide appeal.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Dachsweiler eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Dachsweiler nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
blue Dachsweiler coat
Blue
cream Dachsweiler coat
Cream
black Dachsweiler coat
Black
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Dachsweiler wiry coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Dachsweiler Breed Maintenance

The Dachsweiler is a low maintenance dog unless it has the longer coat or the wiry coat of some breeds of Dachshund. For the short smooth coat, it just requires a weekly brush, a rub down with a damp cloth and general maintenance chores such as nail clipping and teeth brushing. For the longer or wiry coat, it needs more brushing to eliminate the shed hair and to prevent matting. They don’t need bathing all the time, just when it is needed. This practice will keep the hair coat in good condition. Because they have floppy type ears, take care to clean the inside of the ear to prevent the build-up of debris and check for any infection (often inflamed and smells bad). If you get your Dachsweiler used to the grooming routine it will make it easier to handle them by the veterinarian should you have to visit them. Grooming is valuable bonding time with your dog and a chance to check them for cuts, sores or any parasites such as ticks or fleas.

Brushes for Dachsweiler
Comb
Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Dachsweiler requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Dachsweiler Temperament

The Dachsweiler lineage comes from dogs that have strong instincts to hunt, track and in the case of the Dachshund – kill their prey. These instincts will be passed onto your Dachsweiler in part, along with a personality that is even tempered, brave, courageous, confident and with a little touch of stubbornness. They are not for the inexperienced owner, as if they are not taught to respect their owner and accept them as the pack leader, the dog can become a handful. This problem can then see the Dachsweiler becoming destructive, disobedient, and a dog that will challenge your every order. But if you are a strong firm owner, then once this dog is socialised and trained, it will be one of most reliable, gentle, and loving dogs around. They can be good as family dogs, protective of the family members. They will even accept cats and other household pets - if they have been socialised well and the owner has authority over them. They are deep thinkers, sizing up situations before reacting. They can also become barkers unless trained. With the right training, socialising and a strong owner, these dogs are loving, funny, active and adorable dogs.

Dachsweiler Activity Requirements

The family history of the Dachsweiler includes both parent breeds as active dogs so the hybrid Dachsweiler will be similar to them. They require a daily walk or challenging games at home that will help burn off some of their energy. Their longer body can be prone to back injury, even from jumping off the bed. When holding your dog, make sure you support the back and rear end. Obedience training and socialising of your dog should start when they are young. Keep your dog on a leash until they are well trained and socialised as they may show aggression to other dogs of the same sex. The Dachsweiler can learn anything when given the proper training and some lavish praise and rewards for their efforts. They are best in a house with a secure yard and readily adapt to most climates.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
9 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
90 minutes

Dachsweiler Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2 cups
Daily Cost
$1.00 - $1.40
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $45.00

Dachsweiler Owner Experiences

Stewie
13 Months
1 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Running
swimming
Long walks
Tug o war
Stewie is a very active well mannered dog, he gets bored very easily and needs lots of excercise and mental stimulation. He is very cuddly and thinks that he is a lap dog.
3 months, 2 weeks ago
Coco
6 Months
7 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Walk
Run
Nap
Chase
Playing in the snow
Look out the window
Tug-of-war
Off-leash
She is a pain in the butt, she loves to play, loves to go outside and loves to cuddle at night. Overall she’s very sweet but a brat
8 months ago
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