Doxie Scot (Dachshund & Scottish Terrier Mix)

Height: 8 – 10 inches
Weight: 15 – 28 pounds
Lifespan: 12 – 14 years
Colors: Black, tan, white, brown, gray, golden, red
Suitable for: Active families, apartments or houses
Temperament: Energetic, affectionate, intelligent, vocal, loyal

What do you get when you combine the Dachshund and the Scottish Terrier? An adorable and outgoing hybrid that goes by the name of Doxie Scot and brings the best of both parents into one little dog. The Dachshund is a high-spirited, friendly, and intelligent dog, and the Scottish Terrier is independent, feisty, and confident. These two personalities give us a mixed breed that is active, happy, and with a dash of stubbornness.

The Doxie Scot’s appearance will depend on which parent it takes after the most. The Dachshund can be a standard (8 to 9 inches) or miniature (5 to 6 inches) in size and has a smooth, longhaired or wirehaired coat. The Doxie Scot will inherit a similar textured coat in black, tan, white, brown, red, golden, and gray. The Doxie Scot’s body is small to medium-sized with short legs, and longish body (although not as long as its Dachshund parent), and its ears are usually long and floppy.

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Doxie Scot Puppies – Before You Buy…

The Doxie Scot, while small in stature, is a high-energy dog with good overall health and a long lifespan. They are very intelligent dogs but are prone to stubbornness. While a very loving dog at home, they are suspicious of strangers and other dogs.

Energy
Trainability
Health
Lifespan
Sociability

What’s the Price of Doxie Scot Puppies?

If you find a Doxie Scot through a breeder, the price might be $800 to $2000 and, through an adoption group, might range from $300 to $600.

If you decide to purchase a puppy through a breeder, you should find a reputable and responsible breeder to avoid puppy mills.

These are 4 methods that will let you know if you’re working with a good breeder:

  • Meet the breeder: A face-to-face meeting with the breeder allows you to look at the location and how clean and well taken care of the kennels are. Do the dogs seem to be happy and in good health? Does the breeder have a positive relationship with their dogs? If it isn’t possible to meet with the breeder in person, use video chat.
  • Medical background: You should have access to the breeder’s dog’s medical history.
  • Meet the puppy’s parents: Having the opportunity to meet your puppy’s parents will allow you to see how your puppy might turn out as an adult—both in temperament and appearance. Again, use video chat if you are unable to meet them in person.
  • Ask questions: A responsible breeder will be happy to answer all of your questions and will want to form a relationship with you. Ask as many questions as you deem necessary and remember that there’s no such thing as a dumb question if it’s important to you.

You also need to consider some of the additional costs of taking care of a dog.

Puppy upkeep costs:
  • Food
  • Treats
  • Water and food dishes
  • Puppy training pads
  • Collar, harness, and leash
  • Play and chew toys
  • Bedding and crate
Other expenses:
  • Vet appointments
  • Spaying or neutering
  • Grooming
  • Training and obedience classes
  • Microchipping

As previously discussed, there’s also the option to adopt a dog. The fees are usually lower than purchasing a puppy from a breeder. The adoption fee for a dog from a rescue group will go towards the group’s financial support, and your dog will be rehabilitated and vet-checked before going home. Additionally, many rescue organizations will waive the adoption fee if you take home a senior or special needs dog.

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3 Little-Known Facts About the Doxie Scot

1. The Doxie Scot is sensitive to how people are feeling.

They are quite sensitive to how people (even strangers) feel and, therefore, remaining happy and positive around this breed is the best method when approaching this dog.

2. The Doxie Scot is highly protective.

They form strong bonds with their family and can be almost overly protective. They are known to potentially nip at the heels of strangers touching their family while in their home.

3. The Doxie Scot becomes attached to one person in the household.

They will get along with everyone in the family but will form a strong attachment to just one person in the household.

Parents of Doxie Scot
The parents of Doxie Scot. Left: Dachshund, Right: Scottish Terrier.

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Temperament & Intelligence of the Doxie Scot

The Doxie Scot gets its temperament and behavior traits from its parents. Both the Dachshund and the Scottish Terrier are wary of strangers and other dogs and are sweet, devoted dogs that enjoy digging and chasing smaller animals. The Doxie Scot has the same characteristics and is also very affectionate and playful.

The Doxie Scot’s parents are known for their intelligence, so they are also very smart but stubborn dogs. They make excellent watchdogs as they are brave and protective and are known for barking out an alarm.

Are These Dogs Good for Families? 👪

The Doxie Scot makes an excellent family pet but would do best in a home with older children. When around smaller children, there should always be supervision as the Doxie Scot doesn’t do well with rough or exuberant play. They are generally reserved in nature but do enjoy spending time with their family.

Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets?

If the Doxie Scot is socialized young and is raised with other pets, it should get along with other pets just fine. However, they do have a high prey drive and are known to chase smaller animals. The Scottish Terrier is known to be rather grumpy with other dogs, and this is a trait that could be passed down to the Doxie Scot. All play with other animals should be supervised.

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Things to Know When Owning a Doxie Scot:

Food & Diet Requirements 🦴

Doxie Scots can be small or medium in size, so if they are smaller, you should follow a diet for small dogsHow much and how often they are fed depends on size, activity level, and age. Find high-quality dry dog food like this one for adult dogs. The food bag guidelines will help you determine these factors, as will your vet if you’re concerned about your dog’s weight and health. Keeping a close eye on the Doxie Scot’s weight is very important as obesity is known to contribute towards damaging a long spine.

Exercise 🐕

The Doxie Scot is high-energy, but because of their size and tiny legs, they only need a moderate amount of exercise. If you give your dog a 30-minute walk two times a day, along with playtime every day, your Doxie Scot will be healthy and happy. They will do well in an apartment or a house, as long as they get the required amount of exercise, or they will exhibit destructive behavior.

Training 🎾

Training can be a bit of a challenge with the Doxie Scot because of their stubbornness. The Dachshund is intelligent and independent and can be a challenge to train but does well with reward-based training methods. The Scottish Terrier also has an independent nature, and it is challenging to train. If they get bored with training, they will stop responding. The combination of these two breeds will give you an equally stubborn and independent dog. Persistence combined with a firm hand and plenty of praise and rewards will be the best way to train the Doxie Scot.

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Grooming ✂️

Grooming will depend on what type of coat your Doxie Scot inherits from its parents. The Scottish Terrier is a hypoallergenic dog that rarely sheds, and if the Doxie Scot inherits its coat, it will be low shedding as well. They will need regular weekly brushing to help keep their coats tangle and dirt free and should only be bathed about once a month (or when absolutely necessary) with a good dog shampoo.

The Doxie Scot’s ears should be cleaned around once a month, have their nails trimmed every 3 to 4 weeks, and their teeth brushed about 2 or 3 times a week.

Your vet will check your dog’s eyes and ears and run blood and urinalysis tests. If your Doxie Scot has a long spine, like its Dachshund parent, obesity will further strain the spine, and the vet will want to keep an eye on this.

Your vet may run x-rays, blood and urinalysis tests and check your dog’s knees in addition to a physical exam to rule out any possible hereditary conditions. However, the Doxie Scot is much less likely to inherit these conditions as it is a mixed breed and not a purebred like its parents.

Health and Conditions 🏥

Minor Conditions

The Dachshund might experience:

  • Dry eye syndrome
  • Deafness
  • Obesity

The Scottish Terrier might be prone to:

  • Scottie Cramps

Serious Conditions

The Dachshund is prone to:

  • Slipped disc
  • Gastric torsion
  • Seizures
  • Kneecap dislocation
  • Cushing’s disease
  • Diabetes

The Scottish Terrier is susceptible to:

  • Kneecap dislocation
  • Von Willebrand’s disease
  • Jawbone enlargement
  • Cerebellar Abiotrophy

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Male vs. Female

The male Doxie Scot might be a little larger and heavier than the female. The Doxie Scot averages about 8 to 10 inches in height and 15 to 28 pounds in weight. You can expect the male’s height and weight to be on the bigger and heavier side of the range, and the female on the smaller and lighter. The height and weight of the Doxie Scot will also depend on if the Dachshund parent is a standard or miniature.

The males and females differ in the apparent biological way, of course. If you decide to have your Doxie Scot undergo surgery, the female dog’s spaying procedure is more challenging than neutering the male dog and is, therefore, more expensive and will require a longer time to recover from. The advantage of having your dog spayed or neutered helps prevent health issues in the future and might make your dog less aggressive and less likely to run away.

Lastly, some believe another major difference between male and female dogs is in temperament. It is thought that male dogs are generally more aggressive and less affectionate than females, but many debate this. One of the primary determinants in your dog’s personality is how it was raised, trained, and socialized as a puppy and how it is continued to be treated as an adult.

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Final Thoughts

If you appreciate the feisty Scottish Terrier and the loveable Dachshund, you’re sure to enjoy the affectionate Doxie Scot.

Finding one of these puppies could prove a challenge, so start by talking to breeders of Dachshunds and Scottish Terriers. You can also attend dog shows and speak to local and national dog clubs. Posting messages of your interest in the Doxie Scot on social media will be a great way to search for one of these puppies through a much bigger audience.

If you’re looking for an adorable dog that loves to spend time in your lap as much as play outdoors and protect you from strangers, then maybe the Doxie Scot is the right dog for your family.


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