The Doxie News doesn’t get it, but for whatever their reasons, there are people out there who don’t want a plain old Dachshund. They prefer a Dachshund mix, a wiener dog crossed with another dog breed. For this reason, we’ve put together a list of some of the most popular Dachshund crosses, otherwise known as designer wiener dogs. That’s a Chiweenie on the left.
Toy Rat Doxie/Toy Ratshund Terrier
This designer dog is recognized by the ACHC (American Canine Hybrid Club) as the Toy Rat Doxie and by the DDKC (Designer Dogs Kennel Club) as the Toy Ratshund Terrier. More information can be found here. And you can also watch this video of a two-day-old Toy Rat Doxie litter:
The Basshund is a cross between two long and low-slung breeds — the Basset Hound and the Dachshund. It’s recognized by the ACHC and the DDKC (Designer Dogs Kennel Club), and more information can be found here.
What do you get when you cross a Bichon Frisé and a Dachshund? A Doxie-Chon? We’re not sure where that name comes from either. You’ll have to ask the ACHC or the DDKC. Or look for more information here
You can also check out Jäger, a feisty Chiweenie puppy:
If you cross a Chinese Crested and Dachshund, the result — and it probably won’t be pretty — will be a Crestoxie. Nevertheless, it’s recognized by the ACHC and the DDKC. More information here.
Miniature English Bulldach
No one got too creative with the naming of the Miniature English Bulldach, which is what happens when you cross an English Bulldog and a Dachshund. The mix is recognized by the ACHC and the DDKC. There’s more information here
French Bull Wiener
If you prefer your Bulldogs French, then you’ll want a French Bull wiener (no relation to Dominique Strauss Kahn, btw). This mix is recognized by the ACHC. More information here.
Taken at the South Beach Dachshund Winterfest in Miami, where I really, really would have liked to have been instead of freezing my tush off in frigid Toronto. Here’s a close-up of the crowd and the wiener dogs above along with an account of the event. And here’s some YouTube videos.
I just found out that some of the pictures that I took of my dog Tink with her puppies and Pink (the piglet) were on your site. I read the comments and wanted to let you know that the story is true and the pictures are not fake.
I live on a farm where we raise pigs for our kids for their 4-H projects. The one sow delivered 12 pigs and several were very small. Pink was the smallest and he was born with his eyes sealed shut. That is the first time I’ve had a preemie piglet.
He was breathing well and was making noises, but I really didn’t look for him to make it. Piglets are born with their eyes open and are very active and ready to nurse within a few minutes. He didn’t have any suck reflex, so we placed him under the heat lamp. After the delivery, which took up most of the night, my husband tried to get him to nurse from his mommy. He was too weak to stand up, so he held him up and squeezed some milk down his throat to get him some colostrum.
Two of my dachshunds had had puppies a few days before Tink had only one puppy (the other was stillborn) and Sammi had 7 a few days before Tink. I had taken 2 of Sammi’s puppies and put with Tink for her to foster. I got the idea to bring the piglet up to the house to see if Tink would nurse him since she accepted the other puppies so well. She is a very loving, sweet dog. She immediately loved on him and began licking him and let him nurse.
He is now 2 1/2 weeks old and doing great. He hasn’t grown very well, but we have been trying to get him to eat some formula that our vet recommended. When we took him to the house one of his eyes had come open and the other opened not long after. We are trying to get him to eat pig food (pellets) for baby pigs. I can assure you that this is a true story. I sent a few pictures to my friends at work and now the pictures are everywhere. Here are the most current pictures I have of Tink and Pink.
The Daily Doxie thanks you very much. We would love it if you could keep us posted as this story develops since Tink and the piglet are now Internet superstars.
Update: Tink and Pink were featured on ABC’s Good Morning America, making them TV stars as well as internet celebs.
No, Lump isn’t on our list of great wiener dog names, proving even brilliant artists can make serious mistakes of taste. (Click here or on the image to find out more about this gorgeous book.)
Updated September 2011: Readers have added almost 100 more wiener dog names. Just scroll down to the comments to see them all. Whether you’re looking for something Germanic and traditional or more offbeat — like Brat, short for Bratwurst — we’ve got all sorts of suggestions.
Petfinder.com, the largest online database of adoptable pets, announced earlier this month the 2007 Top 10 Pet Names for dogs. They were gathered from Petfinder.com’s more than 11,000 animal shelters and rescue group members. But because not just any name is suitable for your Dachshund puppy, we’ve also added out own favourite wiener dog names below.
Petfinder.com popular dog names
1. Buddy 2. Max 3. Sadie 4. Jack 5. Daisy 6. Lucy 7. Lady 8. Charlie 9. Rocky 10. Duke
Almost 10 years ago, the Canadian Dachshund site, WienerDogs.org, did a survey of Doxie owners and found Oscar to be the most popular Dachshund name. If you want something Germanic influenced and didn’t find anything to your taste in the selection above, here’s a complete list of German names. The Daily Dachshund and Dog News especially likes Frieda for girls and Sigmund for boys. We’re also partial to Fritz, which is as classic as Oscar although less cerebral.
If you’re looking for a name because you’re about to get a puppy, be sure to visit our section on Dachshund puppies, which tells you how to find a happy, healthy wiener puppy (standard or mini) and bring it up right.
The Daily Doxie has recently had a number of hits from people looking for information on the life expectancy of a dachshund. So here is the answer: 12 to 15 years. But take heart, we have a number of readers whose wiener dogs have reached 17 and 18 years of age.
Apparently, Wiley’s owners have taken some steps to try and get him into the Guinness World Book of Records, where the title of oldest living dog is held by 20-somethings, but no luck. It seems he might have outlived his breeder, who is needed to vouch for his puported longevity.
Without the required papers, Wiley’s not getting much respect for his claim to the aged dog throne. The Waco Tribune declined to print the news of his 30th birthday leaving him to keep on keeping on via the internet where his last blog post, written September 23, is entitled, “I’m alive.”