Toy Rat Doxie Breed Maintenance
Overall, Toy Rat Doxies need little grooming as their generally short coats aren’t prone to abnormal shedding, so weekly brushing should do the trick. Their nails are known to be fast growers however, so owners should trim regularly to prevent cracking or splitting. Since tooth problems are also semi-common, regular brushing and dental exams will keep their mouths healthy and prevent future issues from arising. Ear cleanings/care are more often reserved for individual dogs whose lineage highlighted the floppy, hanging type as they are more prone to infection. Although they are generally resilient dogs that can live in a variety of environments, they often need jackets outside in colder climates. Owners should also beware that due to their elongated figures, Toy Rat Doxies can be susceptible to spinal issues, so excessive use of stairs or areas that require frequent jumping up or down can become problematic over time. These scenarios can easily be solved with ramps or lifting the dog (and remembering to support both ends).