Golden Dox

Canis lupus

Last updated: May 28, 2021
Verified by: AZ Animals Staff

Golden doxes don't have to be tiny. This breed looks different depending on whether the mix includes a regular dachshund or the mini version of the species.



Golden Dox Scientific Classification

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis lupus

Golden Dox Conservation Status

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Golden Dox Facts

Fun Fact
Golden doxes don't have to be tiny. This breed looks different depending on whether the mix includes a regular dachshund or the mini version of the species.
Temperament
cheerful and clever
Diet
Omnivore

Golden Dox Physical Characteristics

Colour
  • Brown
  • Yellow
  • Red
  • Black
  • Gold
  • Tan
Skin Type
Hair
Lifespan
8 to 14 years
Weight
60 lbs

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Golden doxes don’t have to be tiny. This breed looks different depending on whether the mix includes a regular dachshund or the mini version of the species.

Golden doxes are one of the most popular designer dachshund crossbreeds available on the market. A golden dox is created by mixing a dachshund with a golden retriever. These pups have great temperaments and can be found from most rescues for a relatively affordable price. Whether you’re looking to get one of these dogs through adoption or want to buy them directly from a breeder, you’ll love taking home a fluffy golden doxie to call your own.

Owning a Golden Dox: 3 Pros and Cons

Pros! Cons!
Golden coat: Golden dachshunds have some of the most beautiful coats of fur among designer dog breeds. Adopting this mix is a great way to show off to your neighbors. Extra grooming: That thick coat of golden fur needs to be brushed regularly to stay shiny. Expect multiple yearly trips to the groomer and plenty of daily maintenance.
Friendly personality: Golden doxies are sweet, friendly, and great to hang out with. Many families love having a golden dox as their main lap dog. Short attention span: Doxies get distracted easily and are difficult to train. Don’t expect your new dog to learn more than the basic set of commands.
Tiny size: Whether they’re mini or not, doxie hybrids are small enough to be picked up and have an easy time living in small environments. Just remember that these dogs need access to a yard so they have room to run. Separation anxiety: Doxies don’t do well when left on their own. Expect to always need to supervise your dog, and consider taking them with you between locations.

Golden Dox Size and Weight

Golden doxes are small to medium-sized dogs with short legs, long torsos, and floppy ears. The most notable feature of this particular crossbreed is the long coat of fluffy golden fur. Most golden doxes weigh between 30 and 60 pounds and stand between 10 to 23 inches tall. These dogs often look drastically more like either their dachshund or golden retriever parent, and the size is usually apparent.

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Height (male) 10-23 inches
Height (female) 10-23 inches
Weight (male) 30-60 lbs
Weight (female) 30-60 lbs

Golden Dox Common Health Issues

Golden doxes carry the same genetic concerns as their dachshund ancestors. In particular, your vet should look out for back problems, especially if the dog takes more after the dachshund side of the family. Other common issues include joint dysplasia and canine epilepsy. In general, have your veterinarian check for the following conditions:

  • Joint dysplasia
  • Epilepsy
  • Back problems
  • Skin allergies
  • Liver concerns

Golden Dox Temperament

Golden doxes are sweet dogs with some of the best personalities available for lap pets. These dogs are curious, playful, and heavily involved with social interaction. However, because these dogs are small, they get tired easily and may need to be removed from the situation when they start to get irritated. When you can respect their limits, these dogs are very affectionate and are wonderful to have around the house.

If they take too much after their golden retriever parent, these pups may start to engage in destructive behaviors like chewing and scratching. You can solve this problem by providing extra toys and a clean, empty space to run around. Don’t forget to remove floor-level cords to make sure that your golden dox don’t accidentally shock themselves.

How to Take Care of a Golden Dox

Golden doxies need a little extra maintenance to keep them in good condition. In addition to regular brushing and upkeep, you’ll need to pay more attention to your golden dox to keep them happy and entertained. When you get this dog, plan on spending a lot of time with them and taking them with you to different locations.

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Golden Dox Food and Diet

Golden doxes have small, sensitive stomachs and do not need to eat a lot of food. Look for a high-quality kibble intended for small dogs, and make sure to feed appropriately small portions throughout the day. If you feed your dog too much, you can expect them to have too much energy and engage in destructive behaviors throughout the day. Don’t feed these dogs scraps, as there is a good chance of them developing stomach or liver problems and experiencing a shorter lifespan as a result.

Golden Dox Maintenance and Grooming

The fur of a golden dox is fluffy and needs to be brushed regularly to stay in good condition. For best results, get in the habit of brushing your dog’s fur once every few days, if not on a daily basis. You also need to give them a bath twice a month, brush their teeth, and trim their nails.

Golden doxes all have unique coats and likely need to visit the groomer regularly to stay in top shape. Don’t forget to get your pup’s fur trimmed in the summer to prevent them from overheating.

Golden Dox Training

Golden doxes are finicky creatures that are surprisingly difficult to train. Although they love spending time with their owners, they don’t necessarily like taking commands. Try starting with short training sessions that last around 10 to 15 minutes; stop the exercise when you notice that your dog is no longer paying attention. Once your puppy is trained, remember to do refresher exercises at least once or twice a week. Extra training also gives you a great excuse to spend more time with your dog.

Golden Dox Exercise

Although dachshunds are relatively sedentary, golden retrievers need a lot of exercise. As a result, golden doxies need a yard to run around in. These dogs are also small and may not necessarily be a good fit for pure apartment living unless you’re prepared to take them to the bathroom once every few hours. Otherwise, provide plenty of toys and clear roaming space on the floor to make sure that your low-riding dog doesn’t get lost, confused, or injured while roaming around the house.

Golden Dox Puppies

Golden dox puppies are incredibly small and fragile, so make sure to supervise them constantly. It’s usually a good idea to carry the puppies around to make sure that they’re used to being handled as adults; don’t forget to start inspecting their nails and ears early for the same reason.

Golden Doxies and Children

Golden doxies are playful and fun dogs, but they are a little too short-tempered to get along well with children. These dogs are best kept under adult supervision, especially when they are interacting with kids of any age. If you notice that the dog is starting to get tired, make sure to remove them from the social interaction.

Dogs Similar to Golden Dox

Dog owners that enjoy having a golden dox as a pet will probably also enjoy owning other types of dachshund and mini dachshund hybrids. Some of the best choices include

  • Doxle – A cross between the beagle and the dachshund, doxles are sweet and friendly pups with strong prey drives.
  • Doxiepoo – Doxiepoos are a great choice for a hypoallergenic lap dog.
  • Dachsador – Dachsadors is a little larger than normal dachshunds and more capable of playing with their owners.

Popular names for golden doxes include:

  • Bailey
  • Cooper
  • Spock
  • Thunder
  • Doris
  • Roxie
  • Scrappy
  • Pebbles
  • Casper
  • Honey
  • Lotte
  • Gunter
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Golden Dox FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) 

What is a golden dox?

A golden dox is a designer hybrid dog made by crossing a dachshund with a golden retriever. The result is a friendly and playful dog with an adorable coat of golden fur over the distinctive physique of a dachshund. These dogs are usually available from a breeder or for adoption from animal rescues.

How much do golden doxes cost to own?

The average price of a golden dox puppy is around $1,000. This price can vary greatly based on the breeder and the level of consistency they are able to produce. Expect golden doxies that look more like dachshunds to cost slightly more than the ones that lean into their golden retriever genetics.

Are golden doxes good with kids?

Golden doxes are sweet dogs, but they’re too irritable to spend large amounts of time with children. Don’t let your dachshund mix wander around a social scene unsupervised, and be sure to rescue them from tense or hectic situations.

How long do golden doxes live?

Most golden doxes live between 12 and 14 years. You can extend your dog’s lifespan by feeding them a healthy diet and taking them to the vet regularly. Dachshund crossbreeds tend to have longer lifespans if you make sure that they don’t pick up any back injuries. If you got your doxie through adoption, take them to the vet right away to see if they have any joint or spinal problems.

Do golden doxes shed?

Golden doxes shed a moderate to a significant amount. To keep it down, make sure that you brush them at least once every other day.

Sources
  1. Petkeen, Available here: https://petkeen.com/golden-dox/
  2. 101 Dog Breeds, Available here: https://www.101dogbreeds.com/golden-dox-golden-weiner.asp
  3. Wagwalking, Available here: https://wagwalking.com/breed/golden-dox

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