The sweet Golden Dox is a cross between the small Dachshund and the Chinese Golden Retriever. A fiercely loyal dog, the Golden Dox also is also very social. The Golden Dox adapts well and gets on with all of the members of their human family. They are protective of their families and as they are alert, they also make a good watchdog, but not a good guard dog.
The Golden Dox is an attractive dog that is usually on the smaller side if it takes more after its Dachshund parent, but occasionally they are bigger too. Depending on the dominant parentage will depend on how this dog looks in appearance. It is possible that it will take its appearance from either parent. Generally, this dog always looks alert and lively and has the typical drooping ears. They have wide set eyes like the retriever and an average sized flat muzzle. Despite its stature, this is a sturdy and lean dog that is very athletic and energetic like its Golden Retriever parent. Typically, the Golden Dox has excellent teeth with few or no dog dental problems and they generally do not lose their teeth. Their mouths and bite are similar to that of the Golden Retriever, which sometimes looks disproportionate if they have the frame of the Dachshund.
The coat of the Dachshund and the Chinese Golden Retriever are very different, therefore the Golden Dox’s coat can vary greatly from dog to dog. If it takes after the Golden Retriever, it will have a medium length double coat that is very shiny and smooth. If it takes more after its Dachshund parent, it will have a distinctly shorter coat that is wiry. A litter of Golden Dox can provide a variety of different appearances and colors with the most common Golden Dox colors being black, brown, tan, red, yellow, or a mix of the above.
The average litter of Golden Dox will range between 5-8 puppies.
The average Golden Dox will live between 12-14 years, but there have been a number of cases where this dog has passed after just 8 years for no apparent reason.
Golden Dox Sizes
Because this dog can vary so much in size depending on the dominant parent, there is no average size; however, it can reach the height of 23 inches and a weight of 70 pounds if it takes more after the Golden Retriever.
Golden Retriever Dachshund Mix Health Issues
The Golden Dox is a relatively healthy hybrid dog. Sometimes, like their Retriever parent, they are prone to developing fatty deposits and tumors due to their big appetites. Owners of a Golden Dux can reduce the chances of such a thing happening by giving their Golden Dox a healthy diet and regular exercise. The Golden Dox also has the tendency to suffer from allergies related to mite and flea bites, so make sure you update its flea treatment regularly.
Golden Dox Temperament
The Golden Dox is a happy-go-lucky dog that loves human companionship. It is loyal and will protect its family well. It has an innate sense of alertness and a slightly suspicious temperament which makes them excellent watchdogs.
It is a sociable dog that can be demanding at times in terms of attention. It gets along well with young children and likes to play. When socialized well, the Golden Dox will not display problems with other dogs. It is a smart dog and very intuitive just like the Golden Retriever making it an easy dog to train.
It takes the best qualities from its Golden Retriever and Dachshund parents. It is an affectionate and loving dog that has a lot of patience, which makes it an excellent family dog.
Golden Dux Grooming and Exercise
If the Golden Dux takes its double coat from the Golden Retriever it will need more maintenance. These dogs will need their longer coats brushing every day. If it has a shorter coat like the Dachshund, a brushing with a stiff bristle brush will suffice. Bathe your Golden Dux only when needed. If it takes after the Retriever, it will love water and bath time.
Make sure you keep up to date with your Golden Dox’s flea treatment to prevent it from getting breakouts and skin irritations.
The Golden Dox is energetic and no matter what kind of size it comes in whether it is like the Golden Retriever or like the Dachshund, it needs plenty of exercise. It needs a good walk twice daily and a lot of mental stimulation so it does not get bored.
Golden Retriever Dachshund Mix Training
These are smart dogs and respond well to commands. It is important to socialize them with other dogs early on. This dog likes to please and if it takes after the Retriever, it will be easy to teach it tricks. Reward your Golden Dux with praise instead of treats as it has the tendency to put weight on easily.
Golden Dux Suitability and Living Conditions
The Golden Dux has too much energy to be cooped up in an apartment. It needs a yard to run around in and it is not suited to highly populated urban areas where there would be a lot to make them on their guard all the time.
The Golden Dux loves people and wants constant attention. This is an ideal dog for young families and people who have a lot of time to spend with it. It is not a dog that is really suitable for immobile elderly people as it has too much energy and needs a lot of exercise.