- Height: 13-16 inches
- Weight: 15-25 lbs
- Lifespan: 11-14 years
- Group: Not applicable
- Best Suited For: Families with children, singles, seniors, people who live in an apartment
- Temperament: Affectionate, friendly, playful, laid-back, energetic, good with kids and other dogs
- Comparable Breeds: Dachshund, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
The dashing Dashalier will steal your heart in an instant. From their graceful- yet adorable- appearance to their friendly attitude, it’s hard not to fall in love with this designer dog. This particular hybrid was developed by crossing the popular Dachshund or Doxie with the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Owing to the parents, the breed boasts compact size, affectionate nature, and a lively temperament.
The Doxie Cavalier mix dog makes a perfect companion and a family pet. This crossbreed has been created for the role of companionship and excels at it. With basic training and socialization, a Dashalier puppy will grow up to be a dog that gets along with everyone- strangers, children, and other animals. To boot, its moderate activity needs and small size make this designer dog suitable for life in an apartment.
The Doxie Cavalier mix dog makes a perfect companion and a family pet.
While designer dogs have been growing popularity in the last few decades, there is still a lot we don’t know about most hybrid breeds. Some, like the in-demand Labradoodle or Bernedoodle, have a well-documented origin story. Others, like the relatively recent Dashalier, don’t boast a recorded time and place of their location. However, based on what we already know about the overwhelming majority of hybrids, we can assume that the Dashalier shares their tale.
Sources indicate that the Dashalier, like other designer dogs, was first bred in the United States, sometime in the last twenty years. And that’s not to say that the Dachshund-Cavalier King Charles Spaniel mix dog didn’t exist before that. There have certainly been accidental matings of the two breeds throughout their long histories. It’s just that when the crossbreeding became intentional, these mixed breed canines became so-called “designer dogs”.
Of course, just because the Dashalier is a fairly recent breed, it doesn’t mean that this dog hasn’t got a rich history to speak of. One look at the centuries-old parental breeds that were used to develop this hybrid tells a lot about Dashalier qualities. Both the Doxie and the Cavalier are tremendously popular pets worldwide- and there’s a good reason for that. Their offspring certainly has a lot of potential to become a popular companion breed!
In some ways, the term ‘pedigree’ is reserved only for purebreds. Or, at least it was, until the hybrids became popular. A pedigree is a recorded lineage of a dog that proves the purity of its line, and shows the owner their pet is not only a purebred but also certain qualities that can be inherited from its ancestors. Mutts had a much more colorful ancestry, with many different breeds in the mix- and many of them unknown to the owner. So what about designer dogs such as Dashalier?
Hybrids are somewhere in the middle. They are the descendants of two purebred dogs, but of different breeds- so they are not recognized by the American Kennel Club. This means that they are not eligible for registration and pedigree papers with the AKC, but sometimes this can be obtained from smaller clubs. Nevertheless, a reputable Dashalier breeder will be able to provide insight into your new puppy’s family tree. Both the Doxie and Cavalier mom or dad will have their own pedigree.
And if you’ve adopted your Dashalier from a shelter or a rescue, you can still count on their impressive ancestry. The Dachshund has been around since the 16th century and has been one of the most recognizable dog breeds since. As the name suggests, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel traces its roots back to royalty- his good manners and graceful looks still give off a noble impression. As their mix, this hybrid will inherit a host of fantastic traits.
Canine nutrition is a hot topic. From constant improvements and innovations in the pet food industry to the rise of holistic diet for dogs, it seems that everyone is trying to find out what’s best for the man’s best friend. And there’s a good reason for that: a well-balanced, healthy diet will be a great basis for your pet’s overall wellbeing.
For the Dashalier, the safest and arguably the best option is a diet based on high-quality dry food for dogs. There are many different types of kibble on the market, but you should choose only one of premium, trusted brands; and in a type that’s formulated for your hybrid’s unique needs. This means getting kibble that’s suitable for your pet’s size (small), age (puppy, adult, senior) and activity level (low).
Another important thing to consider is how much food you’re giving to your new pet. As a small breed dog, the Dashalier doesn’t need much kibble on a daily basis. In fact, if you overindulge your pet with treats and food, they can quickly become overweight, as they’re prone to obesity. Stick to the recommendations of your veterinarian or follow the feeding guide from the kibble bag.
Unlike some small dog breeds, the Dashalier also gets along wonderfully with children.
The Dachshund-Cavalier King Charles Spaniel mix is a fairly trainable dog. The Doxie can be stubborn, but the Cavalier is eager to please: it all depends which parent your puppy favors more. In general, with the right approach, there shouldn’t be any problems with training or socialization. Even if you get a puppy that’s a bit willful, it can all be overcome with just a bit of patience and effort!
To get the best results, rely on positive reinforcement methods. Using treats and excited praise to motivate your pet to learn is the best way to get your training to stick. Aversive or harsh training strategies are bound to be counterproductive. Not only that, but being a bully will be detrimental to your relationship with your dog.
In addition to the basic stuff, such as potty training and learning to walk on a leash, you should pay attention to breed-specific behavioral issues. The Dashalier can inherit both the tendency to be a barker or develop separation anxiety. You can correct their overly vocal nature by teaching them the command stop, whereas timely crate training could help with your pet’s “home alone” issues.
Also, you shouldn’t neglect socialization. Without it, your pooch could grow up to be distrustful of strangers, bossy towards other dogs and nippy with kids. If you take the time to socialize them, though, you’ll have a wonderful, friendly pet on your hands.
The Dachshund-Cavalier King Charles Spaniel mix will weigh between 15 to 25 pounds when fully mature.
The sweet, affectionate behavior of the Dashalier leaves no one indifferent. Loyal and very close to their family, these cuddle bugs will shower you with love. But their loveliness is not reserved for the closest humans alone. These dogs have yet to meet a stranger- everyone is a new friend to them! If you’re at the park or having new friends over, you can rest assured that your pet will charm everyone in an instant.
Unlike some small dog breeds, the Dashalier also gets along wonderfully with children, especially if properly socialized on time. Of course, owing to their petite frame, it’s best to avoid leaving them unsupervised with young kids, as they could easily get injured if the child doesn’t know how to play gently. Similarly, they get along with other dogs- but cats might be a problem if the high prey drive of the Doxie kicks in. Their hunter genes might make them want to chase the neighbor cat or spend hours trying to grab a squirrel in your backyard.
While they’re not high-maintenance when it comes to exercise needs, the Dachshund-Cavalier King Charles Spaniel mix dogs are energetic and lively. They’ll love to play with their owner or with fun toys that could stimulate their bright minds. Just make sure not to let them play in a yard that’s not fenced or let them off the leash- their curiosity and spiritedness might lead them straight to trouble!
Common Health Problems
Like it is with all things about the designer dogs, their health is also quite unpredictable. Most of the hybrids were created in an effort to eliminate the genetic health issues of certain purebreds, but that’s not always the case.
Hybrid vigor, or improved health and resilience of mixed breed dogs, can occur in some, but for others- it’s just combining two “pools” of genetic issues into one. The Dashalier is the same. While this is a relatively healthy breed, it can inherit certain breed-specific problems from one or both parents. These include hip dysplasia, intervertebral disk disease, mitral valve disease, or syringomyelia.
As for general health, as a small breed dog, the Dashalier is at risk for early tooth loss and obesity. A healthy lifestyle and good oral hygiene can prevent both of these issues, though- so make sure to afford good care to your new pet.
The life expectancy for the Dashalier is 11 to 14 years.
The Dashalier is a spunky, energetic pooch, but it doesn’t need a lot of exercise or intense activity to be content. Most dogs of this size are the same- they have periods when they’re running about and playing, but for the most part, they’re napping or snuggling with their owners. On average, the Dashalier will need 30 to 60 minutes of exercise on a daily basis. Usually, this means a few shorter walks, sometimes paired with a fun game of fetch or a visit to the dog park.
In addition to physical exercise, the Dachshund-Cavalier King Charles Spaniel mix will need mental stimulation to stay happy and healthy. These intelligent dogs will become bored and destructive if they don’t have anything to engage themselves with. For this purpose, puzzle toys and interactive toys are ideal.
The Dashalier is a spunky, energetic pooch, but it doesn’t need a lot of exercise.
While the American Kennel Club and its international counterparts don’t recognize designer dogs, there are smaller organizations that do. The Dashalier is recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club and Dog Registry of America.
The Doxie parent comes in 3 different coat types- which opens a world of possibility for the appearance of the Dashalier. While wiry and Doxies with long hair can be in the mix, it’s the smooth, short-haired Dachshund that’s the most common choice. In combination with the long, velvety hair of the Cavalier, this leads to offspring with medium to long hair, that’s soft to touch.
More often than not, the puppies will inherit the trademark Cavalier ears with wavy soft curls.
The color combinations vary from tri and bicolor coats to cream or Blenheim (red and white mix). Grooming involves regular brushing to keep the hair tangle-free and looking lustrous.
In most cases, Dashalier puppies are a rambunctious bunch. While high energy and that trademark puppy curiosity might make them seem like a handful, these hybrids will quickly grow out of their mischievous phase. Even so, you should start with training as early as possible. This will make sure your dog is on its best behavior in every situation.
As dogs with low-exercise needs that have a sweet nature and tendency to grow very close to their owners, these hybrids are ideal pets for seniors. The same reasons make this designer dog a good fit for families with older children. But they might not be the best choice for everybody. Singles who work long hours might not be the best choice, as the Dashalier is prone to separation anxiety.
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