Table of Contents
- 1 A Tiny Punk with a Lot of Spunk: Meet the Dachshund Pomeranian Mix
- 1.1 History of the Pom-Dach
- 1.2 Three Reasons Not to Adopt a Dachshund Pomeranian Cross
- 1.3 Three Reasons to Adopt a Pomeranian Dachshund Cross
- 1.4 Brains and Booty of a Pomaweenie
- 1.5 Common Health Concerns for a Dameranian
- 1.6 What Food Should You Offer to Your Doxie-Pom?
- 1.7 How Much Exercise Does a Pomeranian Dachshund Mix Need?
- 1.8 How Much Effort Goes into Grooming a Dachshund Pomeranian Mix Pup?
- 1.9 Is It Difficult to Train a Pom-Dach?
- 1.10 Are Doxie-Poms Good Family Dogs?
- 1.11 Check Out These Other Cute Dachshund Mixes
- 1.12 References
A Tiny Punk with a Lot of Spunk: Meet the Dachshund Pomeranian Mix
With cute nicknames like Pomaweenie, Pom-Dach, and Doxie-Pom, Dameranian—a mix of a Dachshund and a Pomeranian—sounds a bit like it will start cheerleading at any moment, with all the poms and fluff. And you know what? They do have kind of a cheerleader vibe going on. They are playful, lively, and outgoing, and they tend to be loud from time to time. One thing’s for sure—you wouldn’t be able to not notice them even if you wanted to.
In their minuscule bodies, these dogs pack quite a punch. Full of life and personality, this cross-breed is one of the most loving and loveable mixes out there. It’s surprisingly easy to fall in love with them, but before you let them into your heart and home, here’s all you need to know about them.
History of the Pom-Dach
This little cross is a relatively new one. There’s no way to know for sure, but the best guess is that they emerged somewhere in the 1990s, probably in the USA, where the designer dog craze was (and still is) at its peak. Because it’s still so new, there are no ways to thoroughly understand the Pomeranian Dachshund cross, but we can get a good idea about it if we take a quick look at its parent breeds history.
Fearless and determined, Dachshunds were bred in Germany more than half a millennium ago to do one thing—hunt the burrowing animals that made the country folk’s lives a living hell. The most fearsome foe was the badger, the beast so mean and stubborn (ever heard the phrase to badger somebody into something?) that a contemporary city-dwelling grown man would run in the opposite direction upon sighting it. Not a Doxie, though. These little fellows would bravely dig into the barrows, navigate the underground tunnels with their conveniently short legs and a fantastic sense of smell, kill the beast, and drag it back out to present it to their human partners.
In the meantime, they would communicate their location to their partners by barking. Considering their small size, it’s an impressive feat. Everything about a Dachshund can be explained if you consider their origins—their pig-headedness, amazing bravery, one-track mind, incessant barking, tendency to utterly wreck your flower beds, you name it.
Despite their shortcomings, they have been among the favorite dog breeds in the USA since World War I, and even found their way to our list of best dog breeds to adopt. If you’re a fan, check out these 10 facts you should know about Dachshunds with pictures, or take a quick look at our collection of Dachshund memes for a quick laugh.
While Dachshunds retained most of their original shape, Pomeranians have gone through some serious changes. Did you know that Pomeranians used to be sled-pulling dogs? They were much larger than today, and their coat was less impressive, but still quite warm.
Today’s version was named after the region in northern Poland and Germany. It was brought to England by Queen Charlotte, the consort of King George III, and reduced to their current size mostly through the efforts of Queen Victoria. Two Pomeranians survived the sinking of Titanic, carried in the arms of their loving lady guardians!
Today, their big working dog origins have been forgotten—by everyone except the Pomeranians themselves. Still persuaded that they’re much larger than they actually are, these pups won’t pause for a second to pick a fight with a much larger dog if they feel it’s necessary. There are many other interesting Pomeranian facts, so check them out if you’d like to know more!
Three Reasons Not to Adopt a Dachshund Pomeranian Cross
Even though they’re cute and fancy, Dachshund Pomeranian cross pups are not everybody’s cup of tea. Here are three reasons to skip this breed.
- They can be terribly loud.
- They are incredibly clingy.
- They usually shed a lot.
They Can Be Terribly Loud
Both Dachshunds and Pomeranians are lively and love to bark. They’ll bark at anything they consider bark-worthy. You may not agree on their views of bark-worthiness, though, but that’s your problem, not theirs. A bird on a window sill, a leaf in the wind, and a fly are all worthy of talking about, and you’re dealing with a blabbermouth here. If barking annoys you, don’t get a Doxie-Pom.
They Are Incredibly Clingy
A Pom-Doch will love you with all the strength their little souls can possibly muster, which is nice, but it also means that they’ll never be happy without you. They’ll show their unhappiness by destroying your furniture, shoes, and other possessions. They’ll howl because they’re lonely, and make all your neighbors plot your and your dog’s demise. If you’re away from home and can’t take your pooch with you, choose a less clingy pet.
They Usually Shed a Lot
If you’re aware of your own neat-freakiness, don’t adopt a Pom-Doch. They shed a lot, especially in season, and you can do little about it other than vacuum all the time. If you’re not prepared to have dog hairs everywhere, do yourself a favor and find a breed that doesn’t shed as much as a Dameranian.
Three Reasons to Adopt a Pomeranian Dachshund Cross
If their downsides don’t frighten you, you can peacefully get one of these cutie pies. Here are three reasons to adopt a Pomeranian Dachshund cross.
- They make great family dogs.
- They can be excellent watchdogs.
- They don’t need a lot of space.
They Make Great Family Dogs
You Doxie-Pom will get along with everyone in the family. They love children and are energetic and playful, so the children will love them right back. They don’t like to be left alone, so living in a household with multiple members can be great for them because the chances of being lonely are much lower. All in all, Dameranians are fantastic family pets.
They Can Be Excellent Watch Dogs
Their barking tendencies can be quite useful if directed well. Pom-Dachs are suspicious of strangers, and will always let you know that somebody is coming. With a little training, you can teach them to save most of their barking for when it matters—but never expect them to be quiet when they want to speak. If you have a need for a watchdog, this is one of the mixes you can consider.
They Don’t Need a Lot of Space
Because they’re so small, Pomaweenies don’t require a lot of space to be happy. As long as you’re there, they are fine living in a small apartment, just the same as if they were living in a mansion. If you have a yard, that can be a place for playing sessions, but if you don’t—a park will work just fine. If you live in an apartment, this might be the dog for you.
Brains and Booty of a Pomaweenie
When it comes to their physical characteristics, a Pomaweenie tends to be a fair mix of its parents. Of course, there are no guarantees because it is a cross-breed. They tend to inherit the short legs of a Dachshund and the luxurious coat of a Pomeranian. The coat is the thickest around the neck and tends to be toned down—but still quite dense—on the rest of the body. The body is longer than that of a Pomeranian, but not as long as you’d expect in a pure-bred Dachshund. Their ears are large as a Dachshund’s and can be both floppy and erect.
Their temperament makes Damerians excellent companions and family dogs. They are fiercely loyal to their people but tend to have a favorite. They can be quite clingy, which is why it’s better for them to live with multiple people, so they’re rarely alone. They like to bark—it’s a trait they inherit from both sides of the family. Combined with a little training and their suspicious nature when it comes to strangers, this trait makes them great watchdogs.
They love people and children and love to play with toys. Because the Pomeranian in them lowers the high prey-drive on the Doxie side of the family tree, they get along with other pets and are not likely to eat your chinchilla. They have a bit of a big-dog attitude, though, and they might pick a fight with a Bulldog in a park. Be aware of this dangerous tendency, and keep your pooch on a leash at all times.
|Temperament||Loving, outgoing, lively, playful|
|Life expectancy||12–15 years|
|Kid-friendly||Yes, but supervision with little children required|
|New owner friendly||Yes|
Common Health Concerns for a Dameranian
Dameranians tend to be healthy little creatures, but they can inherit some conditions from their parents. Here are the most important health concerns for this cross-breed.
- Patellar Luxation. This is just a fancy term for kneecap dislocation in dogs. It is not necessarily painful while the knee is dislocated, but your pooch will suffer quite a bit of discomfort at the moment when the dislocation happens. Your dog won’t want to put any weight on the affected leg, and instead of walking, they’ll be hopping around, carrying the leg. If you notice any such or similar behavior, take your dog to the vet as soon as you can.
- Epilepsy. The most obvious symptom of epilepsy in dogs (and the only one you can notice) is the seizures. Seeing your dog during a seizure can seem terribly frightening, but stay calm and take them to a vet immediately. Epilepsy happens because of some sort of inborn brain defect or for unknown reasons. Your vet will treat it with medicines, but you can only take care of the symptoms, not heal it completely.
- Allergies. Like with humans, allergies in dogs are an adverse reaction of the immune system to the outside stimuli. Your pooch can be allergic to plants, bugs, microorganisms, and do so on. Mild symptoms are coughing, sneezing, and a runny nose, but your buddy could also develop an itch, or even get diarrhea or start vomiting. Make sure you take them to the vet in order to find out what exactly the problem is and how to make your Dameranian’s life a bit more bearable.
Regular check-ups can go a long way in spotting some of these problems before they become even more severe. Occasional tests will allow you to help your pooch sooner rather than later, or, at the very least, put your mind at ease.
|Major concerns||Minor concerns||Occasional tests|
What Food Should You Offer to Your Doxie-Pom?
Due to their small size, Doxie-Poms shouldn’t eat too much. They tend to gain weight easily, so avoid overfeeding them. One cup of high-quality dry food per day should be enough for your pooch, and you should split it into two meals to stop them from overeating. To stay healthy, your pup will need to eat high-quality food, so try to avoid these worst dry dog food and worst dog treat brands.
Some of the best options are:
- Wellness Core® Natural Grain-Free Dry Dog Food. Whenever we’re talking about a Dachshund mix, this brand is a fantastic choice. Glucosamine and Chondroitin that are integrated into the food help maintain the health of the bones and joints, with which Doxies tend to struggle.
- Taste of the Wild Appalachian Valley Small Breed. With a superb selection of high-quality meat, this food is an excellent source of protein and fiber. If your pooch has a sensitive stomach, this should be your go-to dog food.
- Blue Buffalo Wilderness Toy Breed Adult Grain-Free Chicken Recipe. The shape of the kibble helps remove tartar from your buddy’s mouth, and the Omega 3 and fatty acids help improve the health and quality of their coat. It’s based on chicken meat, and it’s grain-free, so it’s another great option.
For some additional high-quality options, check out our list of best dry dog food for small dogs. In case your Doxie-Pom prefers wet food, check out these best-canned dog food brands. You should also adapt the diet to the age of the dog. If your pup is already past their prime, choose among the best senior dry dog food brands to ensure their health and happiness in that trying age.
How Much Exercise Does a Pomeranian Dachshund Mix Need?
Pomeranian Dachshund cross is a cheerful, active, and curious mix. They’ll play a lot—with you, your kids, other pets, other dogs in the park, alone with their toys, and so on. They’ll spend a lot of energy on their own, so you won’t have to go a lot out of your way to provide them with the necessary exercise.
You should spend between 45 minutes and an hour every day walking your dog and playing with them. Two 15–20 minutes’ walks and a 15–20 minutes’ playing sessions should take care of your pooch’s needs. Still, every dog is an individual, so you might end up with a particularly hyper Pom-Dach or a total couch potato, so adapt the daily activities to your dog’s needs.
|Activity level||Recommended miles/day||Activity minutes/day|
How Much Effort Goes into Grooming a Dachshund Pomeranian Mix Pup?
You should brush your Doxie-Pom at least once a week. If their coat is exceptionally long and fluffy, you should do it more often—a minimum of two or three times a week. They shed a lot, especially in Spring and Fall, so you might want to increase the frequency of brushing in those periods.
Clip their nails every two weeks. You’ll need to bathe them occasionally, but instead of making a schedule, do it when there’s an actual need—when they roll in something smelly or get dirty. Pay attention to their teeth. If possible, you should brush them every day. You can get away with brushing three times a week, provided you get some good dental chews. If you need ideas, here is a list of top 10 best dog dental chews. Don’t neglect their ears—they tend to be large like a Dachshund’s, so inspect and clean them regularly.
|Brushing frequency||Brushes for Poodle Dachshund Mix|
Is It Difficult to Train a Pom-Dach?
Training a Pom-Dach is fairly easy. Both parent breeds are eager to please, which can usually cancel out the pig-headedness of a Doxie. They are motivated by food and learn best with a lot of positive reinforcement. It’s important not to lose patience with them and not to use punishment as a teaching method because, that way, you’ll just provoke their stubborn nature.
Are Doxie-Poms Good Family Dogs?
Doxie-Poms are excellent family dogs. They love playing, so your children will adore them. They do have a reasonably strong prey-drive, thanks to the Doxie side of the family, but the Pom in them can reduce it significantly. That means that they can learn to live with other animals, even as small as hamsters, without chasing them around and making them miserable.
Like any other dog, Doxie-Poms shouldn’t be left alone with little children. While the Doxie-Pom is incredibly affectionate and loving, children can easily hurt them if they don’t know how to handle them. Train both your kids and your dog before you leave them together without supervision.
Check Out These Other Cute Dachshund Mixes
It’s okay if you still can’t make up your mind on whether or not you want to open your home to a Doxie-Pom. There are other Doxie mixes that might be just as interesting to you, so check them out!
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