10-25 lbs
United States
Japanese Chin

The Doxie-Chin is a hybrid dog composed of a Dachshund and a Japanese Chin. Because two registered pure breeds were intentionally bred, the Doxie-Chin is considered a designer breed. The Doxie-Chin is a small sized dog weighing 10 to 25 pounds. His coat can be fine or wiry and will need to be brushed 2 or 3 times a week.  The Doxie-Chin will have physical and personality traits of both his parents.  He will be a sweet, happy and sensitive dog. Because of their small size, the Doxie-Chin may not be a good breed for families with small children. Small children can sometimes be a little rough, which can hurt the dog and cause him to bite. The Doxie-Chin is usually not a barker and can adapt quite well to apartment living if need be.

purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Dachshund, Japanese Chin

Doxie-Chin Health

Average Size
Male Doxie-Chin size stats
Height: 8-11 inches Weight: 10-25 lbs
Female Doxie-Chin size stats
Height: 8-11 inches Weight: 10-25 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Entropion
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Cataracts
  • Hip Dysplasia
Minor Concerns
  • Epilepsy
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Corneal Dystrophy
  • Mitral Valve Dysplasia
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Glaucoma
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Eye Examination
  • CT or MRI scan
  • Electrocardiogram
  • Urinalysis
  • Fluorescein Test
  • Complete Blood Count
  • Thyroid Panel

Doxie-Chin Breed History

The Doxie-Chin is a modern breed. Therefore, documentation on their history is limited. We can take a closer look at his parent's history.¬†It is believed that the Dachshund originated in Germany in the early 1600s.¬† They were used as scent hounds who would flush out game from their den.¬† They were even used to hunt wild boar in a pack of dogs.¬† The Dachshund was bred to be strong, brave and alert. The word Dachshund, literally means ‚Äúbadger hound‚ÄĚ in German. The original Dachshund was larger than today‚Äôs Dachshund; he weighed 30 to 40 pounds and had longer legs. The American Dachshund Club was founded in 1881.¬† The first Dachshund registered with the American Kennel Club was in 1885. During World War I and World War II the Dachshund declined in popularity, due to their association with Germany. Today the Dachshund ranks 13th on the AKC most popular dog list.¬†Dachshunds excel in field trials and earthdog trial tests. In the United States earthdog trials are organized by the American Kennel Club and the American Working Terrier Association.¬†The Japanese Chin is believed to have originated in China. The exact way they made it to Japan is debated.¬† There are different notions, such as they were brought to Japan by Buddhist teachers, or that they were gifted to a Japanese empress by a Chinese ruler.¬† The Japanese Chin were kept as lapdogs by the Imperial family of Japan. They were forbidden to be owned by the common people. The first Japanese Chins were brought to America in 1853 by Commodore Matthew Perry.¬† The dogs were kept as family pets.¬†The American Kennel Club officially recognized the breed in 1888, as the ‚ÄúJapanese Spaniel‚ÄĚ. The AKC officially changed the breed name to the Japanese Chin in 1977. The Japanese Chin have been beloved companions to Blondie, the Osbourne family, Joan Rivers and Shah Rukh Khan.

Doxie-Chin Breed Appearance

The Doxie-Chin will have the physical characteristics of both his parents. He will be a small sized dog weighing 10 to 25 pounds. His coat can be fine or wiry and may be a combination of colors such as black, tan, white, brown, grey, merle or golden. The ears of the Doxie-Chin are usually long and droopy. His body will be longer than the Japanese Chin.  His muzzle will be shorted than the Dachshund's.  The Doxie-Chin’s eyes and nose will be dark.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Doxie-Chin eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Doxie-Chin nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Doxie-Chin coat
white Doxie-Chin coat
brown Doxie-Chin coat
gray Doxie-Chin coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Doxie-Chin wiry coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Doxie-Chin Breed Maintenance

The Doxie-Chin should be brushed out several times a week to remove loose and dead hair. They only need to be bathed every three to four months. You should only use a dog shampoo as human shampoo can dry out a dog’s skin. His teeth should be brushed weekly to prevent tartar buildup and gum disease. Nails should be clipped monthly if they do not wear down naturally. Crate training is helpful when housebreaking your puppy. Puppies can chew things they should not. It is important to provide him with chew toys so that he does not chew dangerous items or consume something that can be harmful.

Brushes for Doxie-Chin
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Doxie-Chin requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Doxie-Chin Temperament

The temperament of the Doxie-Chin will be a combination of the Dachshund and the Japanese Chin’s personalities and characters. Japanese Chins are compared to cats because they love to climb and perch on taller furniture or stairs. They are devoted, sensitive, loving and affectionate.  Dachshunds are very alert and make good watchdogs.  Dachshunds need early socialization with strangers and other dogs. Both the Dachshund and the Japanese Chin do not like being left alone and can suffer from separation anxiety.  Separation anxiety can lead to behavior issues such as barking, chewing and scratching at the door. A professional dog behaviorist may be able to make a few suggestions to help him with his fears. Your hybrid will be a devoted companion in need of plenty of love and attention to keep him content and feeling safe.

Doxie-Chin Activity Requirements

The Dachshund has a moderate energy level and the Japanese Chin has a low energy level.  Your Doxie-Chin will have a low to moderate energy level as far as energy expenditure. He will enjoy daily walks and interactive play. Your Doxie-Chin may also like visiting a dog park and exploring in a fenced yard. He should not be left unsupervised in a yard though, because he can dig easily dig his way out. The Doxie-Chin is sensitive to high temperatures.  During the summer months he should be walked on shady streets. Interactive play in hot weather can include throwing his favorite toy down a long hallway or nose work practice. These activities will also satisfy his cognitive needs. The Doxie-Chin does best in a family that is willing to take the time to stimulate his mind as well as work his body.
Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
7 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
30 minutes
activity minutes

Doxie-Chin Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$0.75 - $1.00
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $30.00
food bag monthly cost

Doxie-Chin Owner Experiences

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