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West Highland Doxie Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about West Highland Doxie so you can get to know the breed more.

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West Highland Doxie
OriginGermany Scotland
Other Names
What other names does the West Highland Doxie have? The dog breed also known as...
Dachshund & West Highland White Terrier mix
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Cross Breed
AKC Group
Is West Highland Doxie recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is West Highland Doxie recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the West Highland Doxie breed?
Dog Registry of America Inc.American Canine Hybrid ClubInternational Designer Canine Registry
Price
How much does the West Highland Doxie puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? West Highland Doxie price:
$500-$700
If you choose to purchase the West Highland Doxie, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a West Highland Doxie for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the West Highland Doxie gets to a happy place.
Availability
Average

West Highland Doxie General Appearance & Basic Info

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? West Highland Doxie size:
Small
Weight
How much does the West Highland Doxie weigh? West Highland Doxie weight:
Male: 15-22 pounds (7-10 kg), Female: 13-16 pounds (6-7 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the West Highland Doxie? West Highland Doxie average weight:
Male: 18.5 pounds (8.5 kg), Female: 14.5 pounds (6.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the West Highland Doxie? West Highland Doxie height:
Male: 10-12 inches (25-30 cm), Female: 9-11 inches (23-28 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? West Highland Doxie average height:
Male: 11 inches (27.5 cm), Female: 10 inches (25.5 cm)

West Highland Doxie Hair & Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the West Highland Doxie have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
FineDense
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper West Highland Doxie's coat?
Blue RedWhiteTanBrownSilverBlack
Grooming
How to groom the West Highland Doxie and how often?
Average: The West Highland Doxie requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential. Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes. Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath. If you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of your West Highland Doxie, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do West Highland Doxie dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Dachshund & West Highland White Terrier mix? West Highland Doxie shedding level:
West Highland Doxies shed none to minimal. Having a puppy from this breed you don't have to be afraid of your couch or car covered by dog hair. West Highland Doxie dogs could be the best choice if you don't tolerate dog hair.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the West Highland Doxie need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my West Highland Doxie every day?
3-4 weeks
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, oilier than short-haired breeds. While a good bath every now and then is a great way to keep your buddy from becoming overly smelly, be mindful about overbathing. Bathing will wash away your dog’s natural oils, while a simple brushing every few days should keep them clean.

West Highland Doxie Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the West Highland Doxie have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
CleverDevotedPlayfulCourageousLivelyStubbornAffectionateFriendlyIndependentAlertIntelligent
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the West Highland Doxie? Are they intelligent?
Átlagos: Átlagos intelligenciájú West Highland Doxie. Türelemre van szükség ahhoz, hogy ezt a fajtát bármilyen trükkre és parancsra megtanítsd, ám az erőfeszítés megéri. Megértik és megjegyzik az új parancsokat átlagosan 25–40 ismétlés után.
Trainability
Are West Highland Doxie dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
West Highland Doxies are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The West Highland Doxie is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? West Highland Doxie sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. West Highland Doxies don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits really well. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Are they affectionate?
West Highland Doxies are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Dachshund & West Highland White Terrier mix need? West Highland Doxie social needs:
West Highland Doxies are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do West Highland Doxie dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Dachshund & West Highland White Terrier mix bark?
Nagyon sokat: West Highland Doxie kimondottan hangos fajta. Gyakran élvezik az ugatást és a hangos vonyítást. Ha csendes kutyát szeretnél, nem a legjobb választás. Az ugatás legfontosabb kiváltó okai: félelem, figyelemfelkeltés, riasztás, unalom, üdvözlés, szeparációs szorongás, kényszeres ugatás és védekezés.
Watchdog Ability
Is West Highland Doxie good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
West Highland Doxies are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered as their main job.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do West Highland Doxie dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
West Highland Doxies strongly protect their territory. This breed is a complete security guard, so you don't have to be afraid in case of danger.
Biting Potential
Do West Highland Doxie bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Dachshund & West Highland White Terrier mix? What are the odds of getting bitten by a West Highland Doxie? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The West Highland Doxie has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the West Highland Doxie has a hard bite?
Between 100 and 200 PSI
The weakest: Dogs that have the weakest bite force below 200 PSI. However, it is important to note that despite the fact that their bite force is considered the “weakest” it can still be very dangerous as all dog bites are. They are usually not aggressive and very friendly towards children and other animals.
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the West Highland Doxie do?
West Highland Doxies have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but West Highland Doxies need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the West Highland Doxie to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does West Highland Doxie roam?
Wanderlust potential of the West Highland Doxie is strong enough to escape from home. They have a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does West Highland Doxie have high prey drive?
West Highland Doxies have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that West Highland Doxie dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is West Highland Doxie good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Lakásbarát kutya West Highland Doxie fajta. Legjobb, ha van egy kis kerted, ahová néha kimehet elintézni dolgát, ugyanakkor ez egyáltalán nem fontos. Napi egy-két sétával kellőképpen lemozgathatod, , így komfortosan megoldható West Highland Doxie tartása lakásban.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
West Highland Doxies adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
West Highland Doxies do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Fighting Dog
Where West Highland Doxie dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

West Highland Doxie Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? West Highland Doxie temperament with other people:
West Highland Doxies are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Are West Highland Doxie dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? West Highland Doxie temperament with children:
West Highland Doxies are average friendly dogs towards children.
Cat Friendly
How well do West Highland Doxie dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats?
West Highland Doxies are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is West Highland Doxie good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do West Highland Doxie dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
West Highland Doxies are average friendly towards other dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Is West Highland Doxie breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
West Highland Doxies are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can West Highland Doxie be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). West Highland Doxie is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can West Highland Doxie be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a West Highland Doxie be an emotional support animal?
Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. West Highland Doxie breed is a good choice for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can West Highland Doxie be a sniffer dog?
Yes
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. West Highland Doxie breed is a good choice for detection purposes.
Office Friendly
Are West Highland Doxies good office dogs? Do West Highland Doxies make good office friendly dogs? Can West Highland Doxies be office dogs?
No
West Highland Doxie is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can West Highland Doxie be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The West Highland Doxie is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do West Highland Doxie dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Dachshund & West Highland White Terrier mix temperament with senior people? Are West Highland Doxie dogs good for elderly owners?
West Highland Doxies are commonly okay with elderly people.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can West Highland Doxie be a boat dog?
Not really
West Highland Doxie breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do West Highland Doxie dogs get along with other pets? Are West Highland Doxie dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
West Highland Doxies are generally with other pets.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can West Highland Doxie be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. West Highland Doxie is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

West Highland Doxie Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do West Highland Doxie dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
West Highland Doxies are commonly healthy dogs. Vet costs aren't expensive with this breed.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the West Highland Doxie breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the West Highland Doxie breed? Most common health risks of West Highland Doxie:
Acanthosis NigricansBaldnessBloatCancerCanine Diabetes MellitusCushing's SyndromeDeafnessDemodectic MangeElbow DysplasiaEpilepsyIntervertebral Disk DiseaseLegg-perthes DiseaseLymphocytic ThyroiditisMitral Valve DiseaseNarcolepsyProgressive retinal atrophy (PRA)Atopic DermatitisCataractsCraniomandibular OsteopathyGloboid Cell LeukodystrophyHyperplastic DermatosisInflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)Patellar LuxationPulmonary FibrosisWhite Dog Shaker Syndrome
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the West Highland Doxie breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the West Highland Doxie see the vet?
Rare
The West Highland Doxie should have a complete physical check-up at least every 12-18 months (but preferably once per year). If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do West Highland Doxie dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a West Highland Doxie be? What is the age limit of the West Highland Doxie? How many years can the oldest West Highland Doxie live?
12-16 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the West Highland Doxie breed hypoallergenic?
No
West Highland Doxies don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the West Highland Doxie have? What is the activity level of the West Highland Doxie?
West Highland Doxies have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much activity does this dog need? How much exercise do West Highland Doxie dogs require per day?
West Highland Doxies need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
West Highland Doxies sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the West Highland Doxie need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
1/2 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? West Highland Doxie risk for obesity:
High: The West Highland Doxie breed has a strong tendency to overweight. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you want to keep balance, increase the amount and frequency of your daily dog walk and play with the West Highland Doxie more often. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the West Highland Doxie's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers warm weather
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Low
The West Highland Doxie has a low chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the West Highland Doxie drool?
The West Highland Doxie is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the West Highland Doxie could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the West Highland Doxie. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

West Highland Doxie Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female West Highland Doxie: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
Litter Frequency Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the West Highland Doxie have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
4-8 puppies

West Highland Doxie Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Trainability: West Highland Doxies are easy to train.
  • Health Issues: West Highland Doxies are commonly healthy dogs.
  • Apartment Friendly: Lakásbarát kutya West Highland Doxie fajta.
  • Shedding Level: West Highland Doxies shed none to minimal.
  • Drooling tendency: The West Highland Doxie is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Stinkiness: The West Highland Doxie has a low chance of bad smell.
  • Adaptability: West Highland Doxies adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Therapy Dog: This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
  • Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog: A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: West Highland Doxies don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: High: The West Highland Doxie breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Wanderlust potential of the West Highland Doxie is strong enough to escape from home.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: West Highland Doxies do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Office Friendly: West Highland Doxie is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: West Highland Doxies are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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