There are many breeds that are commonly bred together. Standard poodles and golden retrievers resulting in a golden doodle, for example, is a common mix.
Labradors and poodles, resulting in a labradoodle, is also commonplace.
One of the more unusual mixes is the German Shepherd Dachshund mix. The mix isn’t common enough to have a name for the dog mix. But these dogs sure are cute.
What Do You Need to Know?
First off, it’s important to assume that the size difference means that it should be the German shepherd parent that should be the mother, as the size of the pups would be difficult for a Dachshund to carry towards the end of the gestational period.
Other information you should know includes health issues that either breed may bring to the offspring, behavioral issues, temperaments, healthy size and weight, and any grooming, exercise or other care concerns you will have bringing the two breeds together into one offspring.
History of German Shepherd Dachshund Mix Dogs
To better understand this hybrid dog breed, you’ll need to understand where the two parent breeds come from. German Shepherds have a long, solid history as work dogs, while Dachshunds were designed as hunting dogs. These features together will affect the temperament and personality of your German Shepherd Dachshund mix pup.
The History and Background of German Shepherds
If you grew up watching Rin-Tin-Tin or pretty much any other police show, you’ve grown up knowing what a German Shepherd dog looks like. These big, beautiful dogs are extremely hard-working
dogs with a long history as working dogs.
The name makes it obvious, but in case you wondered, German Shepherds originated in Germany. The breed has officially been recognized as the German Shepherd Dog in the English language for a long time, but in Britain and Ireland, this breed is known as the Alsatian.
The origin of this dog is fairly new, compared to many others like Corgis and Chihuahuas who both date back several centuries, but their entire history, since 1899, has been based in the work of herding. They were bred to herd sheep.
Since the early days, it’s become obvious that this breed of dog is suitable for a number of other roles in work, because of their strength, intelligence, trainability, and obedience. They work now in disability assistance, military, bomb squads, police work, search and rescue, and other service work. A good number of German Shepherds are also actors working in film and television.
German Shepherds are the second-most registered breed with the American Kennel Club, and the seventh most registered breed with the Kennel Club in the United Kingdom.
The History and Background of Dachshunds
Dachshunds have been around since the 15th Century. This breed was also developed in Germany, and they were designed to be badger hunting hounds. Their short legs were particularly designed for digging out badgers, foxes, or rabbits from their dens and tunnels.
Dachshunds were originally trained to burrow down into the dens of badgers and were taught to bark and bring attention to their location underground. It’s believed that this is the reason this particular breed is very noisy. It’s also believed that this is the reason these dogs are some prone to burrowing into piles of laundry, bedding, pillows, or other soft materials where they can hide away for hours at a time.
Dachshunds were introduced to the United States during the 1800s and became a recognized breed of hound by the AKC in 1935. These pups are no longer considered hunting dogs and have instead become beloved lap dogs and pets.
Typical Healthy Sizes for German Shepherd and Dachshunds
The two breeds have very different sizes between them, so it’s a little harder to assume the best healthy size for this cross-breed. However, it can be assumed that something that reflects the size of either parent breed will be the correct and healthy size of the pup when he’s full-grown.
German Shepherds are considered to medium to large sized dogs. At their withers, they typically stand between 24 and 26 inches for males, and 22 to 24 inches for females.
German Shepherds are longer than they are tall, which is one thing they have in common with Dachshunds. There is no standard weight
established by the AKC, but commonly weigh between 48 and 88 pounds at full-sized.
Dachshunds typically weigh between 16 and 32 pounds when they’re fully grown. And they stand eight to nine inches high at their shoulders. They’re considered small to medium dogs.
Often the German Shepherd Dachshund mix results in the dog having approximately the body size and shape of the Dachshund parent, with the coloring of the German Shepherd, but this is not guaranteed.
Common Coloring and Appearance
German Shepherds have a two-layer coat that’s close and thick. There are two acceptable variants: medium and long. The long-hair gene is a recessive gene, which makes their long-hair variety far rarer than the medium hair length that we typically see.
German Shepherds are most typically tan and black, or red and black colored. The variations usually have black masks and black body markings, which may range from a classic “saddle” look to an overall “blanket.”
An all-black sable variety is usually acceptable according to most standards, but blue and liver do not qualify a dog in conformation in
Dachshunds usually come in red, cream, black and tan, chocolate and tan, blue and tan, fawn and tan, or black and cream. The patterns they come are usually Dapple, double Dapple, brindle, black and tan Dapple, chocolate and tan piebald, or red brindle.
General Personality Traits
The personality traits of the German Shepherd Dachshund mix will come from either or both parent breed. As your pup grows into an adult, you’ll witness the various traits of either breed show themselves, and you’ll find you have an interesting mix of characteristics in one package.
Dachshunds are highly friendly, affectionate dogs who will follow you everywhere. They desire to be the center of attention, and a strong urge to be your lapdog at all times of the day or night – whenever they can get in there. They’re highly affectionate, love being pampered, and feisty.
Sometimes Dachshunds can be snippy, so beware of this potential issue and be sure to socialize them early on with other dogs and people. Dachshunds are also brave, tenacious, bold, and very much take-charge kinds of dogs.
German Shepherds are large, agile, muscular dogs that are highly loyal, courageous, and exceptionally confident. They’re very obedient, very steady, and quick learners.
German Shepherds make excellent work dogs, guard dogs, and tend to be very curious. They need to be socialized from an early age to prevent them from becoming too protective of their family. They’re also highly intelligent, which adds some interesting challenges to their protective nature.
German Shepherds must also be trained from early on to avoid biting, and persistent barking and howling.
Both breeds may have issues with being left alone for too many long hours. They can become destructive when they’re alone for too long.
Health Issues German Shepherd Dachshund Mix Dogs Have
All dog breeds can be susceptible to specific health issues. Anytime a dog is a purebred, he is at a higher risk for certain health issues. And though any cross-breed is by definition not a purebred, a true German Shepherd-Dachshund mix will have two purebred parents.
German Shepherds and Dachshunds tend to be susceptible to:
- Hip and elbow dysplasia
- Degenerative spinal stenosis
- Degenerative myelopathy
- Von Willebrand disease
- Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency
- Canine Cushing disease
- Spinal issues
- Eye care issues
- Dental issues
- Patellar luxation
Proper diet, exercise, and regular vet appointments can help keep your dog healthy for longer and may help to prevent some of the issues altogether.
When You’re Ready to Bring Home Your Dog
You’re now in the know on a lot of issues that can affect your ability to take care of a German Shepherd/Dachshund mix dog.
Be sure to study up on the right foods for your dog, any special exercise routines appropriate for your dog, and any specific health care concerns you may be able to prevent through proper care from an early age.
Now, you just need to find the puppy to adopt and the right name.