The Golden Retriever Dachshund Mix, also known as the Golden Dox and the Golden Wiener Dog, is a medium sized mixed-breed that comes from a Golden Retriever parent and a Dachshund parent.
In this article, we’ll be doing our best to help you make a smart informed decision about whether or not you should be adding one of these dogs to your family, or help you get to know this dog a whole lot better if you already have one at home.
Golden Wiener Dog Appearance
It’s never easy to determine exactly how a mixed dog will look like in terms of appearance, and this is the case as well for this dog, given the fact that one Golden Wiener Dog can take more of its appearance from its Dachshund parent, while another Golden Wiener Dog can take more of its appearance from its Golden Retriever parent, while yet another Golden Wiener Dog can take its appearance from both its parents in equal percentages.
Size, Height & Weight
Depending on which of its two parents the Golden Wiener gets its size genetics from, it could either be a smaller-than-average dog (in case its more like its Dachshund parent) or a medium to large sized dog (in case its more like its Golden Retriever parent).
On average, this dog will weigh anywhere from 35-55 lbs and will stand at around 24 inches tall.
Much like its Golden Retriever parent, this dog is fairly lean, has an athletic body and loves to be physically active throughout the day.
Both its Golden Retriever parent and Dachshund parent love to be active throughout the day, which means that so will their offspring.
In general, 1-2 walks a day along with adequate playtime and a wide variety of toys for it to play with should be more than enough.
The high energy levels this dog has means that it won’t be suited to live in an apartment, but would be much better suited living in a property with something like a large backyard in it.
Given the fact that this dog’s parents have coats that don’t have much in common, it’s fairly difficult to estimate what their coat will look like, because this will largely depend on which of the two parents it takes its coat from.
Golden Retrievers are very well known for their long and glossy coats while Dachshunds have significantly shorter coats than Golden Retrievers.
Some very common colors the Golden Dox’s coat comes in are black, brown, tan, gold, yellow, cream, white and red.
Golden Wiener Dog Temperament
Golden Wiener Dog is one of the most social and outgoing dogs you’ll ever come across, as you’ll notice that they warm up to you and other family members of yours in no time.
In fact, some owners that have/have had this dog at home say that it’s a little TOO sociable at times, wanting to always be the center of attention and physically being right there next to the people it loves.
For some people, that’s just heaven summarized in one sentence, while for others that’s not too practical.
If you don’t have enough time in a day to spend with this dog, then this is probably not the dog for you.
If you’re adding this dog to a family that has young kids at home, then make sure it has been properly socialized so that it can play around with young kids without harming them.
Also make sure that you teach your kids how to play and interact with this dog without harming them as well.
Stuff like violent play thinking it’s cute and the dog likes it, ear pulling, tail pulling, attempting to ride on their backs and the like are all unacceptable ways of interacting with dogs, and are ones that will more than likely elicit a negative response from the dog.
So before we go ahead and blame our dogs for each and every aggressive act they make, we should revise ourselves and see whether or not we taught our kids how to properly interact with these dogs in order for them not to exhibit an aggressive REACTION to the action that was done to them.
The same holds true for any other household pets/animals you have at home, as this dog will need to be socialized and know that these animals are pets, just like them, and not pray for them to eat, not targets for them to attack and not there just so they can cause problems with them.
Watchdog VS Guard Dog
Given the fact that this dog is very protective (in nature) when it comes to whoever and whatever it loves, this dog is capable of being a reliable watchdog you can have at home that will let you know of any potential danger they sense.
They’re very alert dogs that are much more sensitive than other dogs to people they don’t know being around in suspicious ways, which is a very good characteristic in watchdogs, even if that means false-positives alarms happening sometimes.
The best way to avoid these excessive false positives is if you live in a calm neighborhood without too much action and noise going on that your dog could mistake for danger.
If you live in a fairly high-traffic neighborhood which is always filled with passer by’s coming and going near your house, then you could face some issues with this dog’s excessive barking.
However, this dog isn’t the best guard dog out there mainly because its so small in size that it won’t be able to take on and cause any harm to someone like an intruder.
Very similar to its Golden Retriever parent, this dog is a highly intelligent dog that’s eager to please its owner, and will show you exactly that when you’re trying to train it.
This makes your job not nearly as difficult as it would have been with other dogs that aren’t exactly as clever or as eager to please you.
When training this dog, you’ll find out that it learns new tricks fairly fast and is happy to listen to your orders and follow them accordingly.
There are some instances where this dog takes some of its stubbornness from its Dachshund parent, in which case you could possibly run into some difficulties during training.
However, that’s generally the exception to the rule, and training will most of the times be a breeze when coupled with some of the fundamentals of CORRECT ways of training.
Just like we recommend when talking about any other pure-breed or cross-breed dog, training and socializing this dog when they’re still at an earlier age will be much easier to do than doing so at an older age.
Golden Weiner Dog Health
The Golden Wiener Dog is known to be more prone than other dogs to suffer from certain health problems that their Golden Retriever and Dachshund parents suffer from, most common of which are:
- Obesity and rapid weight gain
- Mite and flea bites – which is one of the reasons why you’ll want to make sure that you keep their flea medications and treatment always in check and on time.
- Cushings disease
- Heart disease
- Eye disease
- Joint problems
In order to best make sure that your dog’s chances of suffering from these health problems are at a bare minimum, only buy one of these dogs from a reputable breeder that’s able to supply you with the health clearances of these dogs themselves as well as their parents.
This way you can know beforehand what health problems its parents used to suffer from, what health problems it’s hence more likely to suffer from, and what health problems it already suffers from as of the time the health clearance was shown to you.
Assuming that you provide this dog with the healthy lifestyle it needs and everything that comes with it, the Golden Dox will go on to live for an expected lifespan of around 12-14 years.
Golden Dachshund Care
Depending on which of its two parents the Golden Wiener Dog gets its coat from, it can vary quite a bit.
Golden Retrievers are known to have fairly long coats that need to be brushed 1-2 times each and every single day to maintain them and make sure they remain in good quality, so if your Golden Wiener Dog takes its coat from its Golden Retriever parent, you’re going to have your work cut out for you on this one.
Meanwhile, Dachshunds are known to have fairly short coats (fairly shorter than those of Golden Retriever dogs, at least), so if your Golden Wiener Dog has a coat like that of its Dachshund parent, then you won’t need to brush it and take care of it as often.
Brushing your Golden Wiener Dog’s coat around 3-4 times a week in this case would be enough.
As far as brushing their teeth is concerned, you can go easy on this one because the Golden Dox is notorious for its strong teeth condition and the fact that it rarely suffers from dental problems.
That doesn’t mean that you can go weeks without brushing their teeth, however, as you’ll still have to brush their teeth around 2-3 times a week for maintenance purposes.
Just enjoy the fact that you won’t have to pay as much bills on their dental health as you would have to with other dogs! 🙂
Giving your Golden Dox a bath should only be done when the need arises, and not excessively as there’s really no need to go overboard on this one.
Keep in mind that there’s always the chance that your Golden Dox takes up on its Golden Retriever parent’s love for the water, which means that it will have a blast when being bathed.
Finally, this dog’s ears and nails should be cleaned and trimmed on a frequent basis, and ideally this is done by a professional groomer.
Why a professional groomer? Because this dog’s nails are very sensitive to the least error during clipping, which will cause it tremendous pain.
So while you’re there getting their nails trimmed, get their ears cleaned out properly as well.