Bo-Dach (Boston Terrier & Dachshund Mix): Info, Pictures, Characteristics & Facts
10 – 12 inches
10 – 25 pounds
10 – 13 years
Black, brown, white, brindle, grey
Apartment dwellers, affectionate owners, families of any size
Loving, Loyal, Intelligent, Playful, Friendly
The Boston Terrier and Dachshund mix, commonly referred to as the Bo-Dach, is an adorable small dog breed that has become a popular companion for many owners. Their small size and abundance of affection can make them great dogs for apartment living and families of all sizes, even those with children.
These dogs have a medium energy level are easy to maintain and groom, plus they’re fairly easy to train. These aspects make them good dogs for first-time owners who don’t mind a bit of a challenge.
Boston Terrier & Dachshund Mix Puppies
Before you commit to this hybrid, you should know that they tend to bark more than most other breeds. Their small size and easily-manageable energy requirements may suggest a breed that’s perfect for apartments and indoor living, but their barking can pose a problem for those who need to keep noise to a minimum. The Bo-Dach can be trained not to bark as much, but you likely won’t get rid of this tendency entirely.
You should also be aware that these dogs commonly go through separation anxiety. They’re affectionate and love snuggling, and given how cute they are, you may want to keep them curled up with you constantly. However, you should be ready to train them not to become entirely dependent on your presence starting when they are puppies. You want to be able to leave your dog’s side without them becoming anxious or nervous.
3 Little-Known Facts About the Bo-Dach
1. They Make Good Watch Dogs
You may think that their small size and unassuming build means these dogs won’t do much in the way of protection for you and your home, but you would be mistaken!
While the Bo-Dach is abundantly friendly toward most people, they are alert and will quickly perceive threats to themselves and your family. They may have a small bark, but they’ll use it to warn possible intruders that they aren’t to be messed with.
2. They Have an Extensive Lineage
This mixed breed hasn’t been around long and likely came about when designer dogs became popular in the late 1990s. However, the Bo-Dachs parent breeds have been around for hundreds of years.
The Boston Terrier can be traced back to the 1800s when they were believed to be bred as companion dogs for wealthy individuals in Boston. The Dachshund goes back even further to the 1500s. They originated in Germany where they were bred to flush small game like badgers out of their burrows.
3. They Tend to Be Wanderers
Although the Bo-Dach is a loyal breed, these dogs tend to wander out of curiosity. They should not be allowed off of their leash when outside of your fenced-in yard, and you should invest in a sturdy harness to ensure they don’t escape during walks.
Temperament & Intelligence of the Bo-Dach 🧠
You can expect your Bo-Dach to be intelligent, as they inherit their smarts from both parent breeds. This will usually lead to a dog with a big personality that will feel more like a family member than a pet.
They are very affectionate, and while they love and require daily exercise, they enjoy few things more than snuggling up close to you on the couch or in bed. They love their owners and human interaction, and their energy level when indoors is usually at a minimum.
Are These Dogs Good for Families? 🏡
Bo-Dachs make wonderful family pets. They are extremely loving and welcoming to all family members and even strangers that they don’t perceive as a threat. You can expect your pooch to be gentle and playful with every member of your family. In fact, given their level of affection, they do best in larger families where there’s always someone to give them the attention they crave.
They are playful and get along very well with children, so you’ll never have to worry about your kids when they play with your pup. This is a smaller breed that can get injured if play gets too rough, so keep an eye on younger children who may accidentally hurt your Bo-Dach.
These dogs are also perfectly happy not exerting energy, so they’re great for older couples or retirees who can supply some dedicated exercise in the form of a walk or outside play but want a low-key pup the rest of the day.
Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets? 🐶 😽
Your Bo-Dach’s friendliness will extend beyond humans to other dogs as well. Especially if they are socialized early, you should have no issues at all introducing this breed to a home with one or even several dogs. Just like with children, you should be cautious if you have larger dogs that they don’t accidentally hurt your Bo-Dach during play.
Because this hybrid inherits a lively prey drive from their Dachshund ancestors, you will probably find that they don’t fare too well with cats. They may instinctually try to chase down your cat, which can cause injury. This breed is recommended for families that don’t also house cats or other small animals, and especially rodents.
Things to Know When Owning a Boston Terrier & Dachshund Mix:
Food & Diet Requirements 🦴
The Bo-Dach is a small dog, but it has a moderate energy level, so you can expect to feed your pup around one to one and a half cups of dry dog food each day.
As is common with many small breeds, the Bo-Dach is prone to weight gain and obesity. You should take extra care not to overfeed your pooch, and if you notice any uncharacteristic weight gain, consult your vet for proper daily food volume for your individual dog.
Given how small they are and how low-energy they can be inside, it may surprise you that your Bo-Dach should get around an hour of exercise every day. This can be in the form of a walk or vigorous playtime including fetching in the backyard. Regardless of how you choose to exercise your pup, make sure you don’t take their willingness to rest and snuggle inside as a sign that they don’t want or need the exercise.
These dogs tend to have a mischievous side to them, and while it may be cute most of the time, it can also turn into destructive behavior. Proper exercise will help limit this unwanted behavior.
Boston Terrier and Dachshund mixes are very intelligent, which means your dog will pick up on commands, tricks, and rules quickly. They’re likely to become fully housebroken in a matter of just two or three weeks.
However, Bo-Dachs are also independent thinkers and can be stubborn. It’s necessary to start a training regimen at a young age and continue obedience training consistently. This will help quell the willful side of your pup as they grow older and more independent.
Caring for your Bo-Dach will be fairly simple. Their fur can range from short to moderately long, but regardless of fur length, you should plan to brush your pup about once a week. This will help keep your dog’s coat healthy and shiny.
Only bathe your dog when needed if they find their way into mud or a particularly dirty part of your backyard. Frequent bathing can wash away natural and healthy skin oils and can lead to dry skin and infection.
Aside from coat maintenance, you should keep your dog’s nails trimmed properly, and wipe their ears once a week to prevent wax build-up and ear infections which can be common in floppy-eared dogs.
Health and Conditions ❤️
The Bo-Dach is a fairly healthy dog that doesn’t have many common life-threatening health issues. You should schedule regular vet visits, of course, and keep a watchful eye for the issues that can occur in this breed to make sure your pup stays as healthy as possible.
- Eye issues including “cherry eye”
- Reverse sneezing
- Patellar luxation
- Intervertebral disk disease
Male vs Female
Male Bo-Dachs will usually be a bit more energetic and playful, and they tend to have a higher prey drive, which means you’ll need to be extra careful with them around cats, squirrels, and other small animals. Females are often needier and will be more selective and high maintenance. While these personality traits can vary, you won’t see much of a size difference between the sexes.
The Bo-Dach is a wonderful companion and family pet that has a lot of love, affection, and attention to give. They’re great for owners who are looking for a good balance between exercise and relaxation.
They’re easy to care for, fairly easy to train, and only need a moderate amount of exercise, so these make a good choice for new dog owners who are willing to learn and grow with their pup.
If you’re looking for a big personality in a small package and a dog that will embody the term, “man’s best friend,” the Bo-Dach may be the ideal breed for your home.
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