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|Here is the Dach-Griffon at a Glance|
|Average height||9 to 11 inches|
|Average weight||10 to 28 pounds|
|Coat type||Dense, rough, wiry|
|Hypoallergenic?||Can be depending on the coat type (Brussels Griffon can be)|
|Grooming Needs||Low to moderate|
|Shedding||Low to moderate|
|Brushing||Brush two to three times a week|
|Tolerant to Solitude?||Low to moderate|
|Tolerance to Heat||Moderate to good|
|Tolerance to Cold||Low – will need care in cold weather|
|Good Family Pet?||Very good|
|Good with Children?||Varies – if more like the Brussels Griffon he is not good with children and socialization will be key|
|Good with other Dogs?||Good to very good with socialization|
|Good with other Pets?||Good with socialization – if more like a Dachshund may have a prey drive to chase small animals|
|A roamer or Wanderer?||Very high – keep leashed or well fenced in when outside|
|A Good Apartment Dweller?||Excellent due to size|
|Good Pet for new Owner?||Good but better with experienced owners|
|Trainability||Moderately hard – can be stubborn|
|Exercise Needs||Somewhat active|
|Tendency to get Fat||Above average|
|Major Health Concerns||Patellar Luxation, Eye problems, IVDD, Back Problems, Epilepsy, Bloat, Cushings, Diabetes, Deafness|
|Other Health Concerns||Skin allergies, Hip Dysplasia, Ear infections|
|Life Span||12 to 14 years|
|Average new Puppy Price||$200 to $450|
|Average Annual Medical Expense||$435 to $535|
|Average Annual Non-Medical Expense||$300 to $400|
Where does the Dach-Griffon come from?
Over the last 3 decades or more deliberately bred mixed or cross breeds have become very popular amongst the public and amongst celebrities. There is mixed opinion on this trend, some saying they are just over priced mutts and that it has drawn in too many puppy mills and terrible breeders. Other saying when you have good breeders there is no harm in it as long as the dogs are looked after. Keep in mind that with first generation breeding there are no guarantees, there can be vast differences in the puppies even in the same litters. A few of these dogs have some purpose and intent behind their breeding and it is known. But most have no origins to tell so we look at the parents to get a better feel for them.
This is a German bred dog and can be traced back to around the 1400s. His name means badger hound or badger dog and he was used to hunt prey like badger who went into the ground or dens, like foxes too. Packs of Dachshund together were even known to be used in Boar hunting, as back then their size really varied depending on what he was being used to hunt. It was not till the 1800s that he was more bred as a small companion dog. In 1885 they came to America but with World War I anti German sentiment led to people disassociating themselves from the breed and that happened again with World War II.
Thankfully it grew to be popular once more after the wars and today is a very popular family dog. It is lively and bold which can make it too rash sometimes. He is stubborn but he is also affectionate and loves to snuggle with his owners. There are three coat types and each tends to reflect a different personality. Long haired are more quiet and calm, wire haired are more mischievous and smooth haired are a mix of the two.
The Brussels Griffon
The Brussels Griffon originally comes from Belgium where they were more terrier like and were bred to hunt vermin in city stables. Over the years they were mixed with the English Toy Spaniel, the Pug and the Affenpinscher and eventually the dog we know today emerged.
Today he is an intelligent and lively dog with an expressive almost human like face. They can be sensitive and high strung, but can make wonderful companions and tend to bond more closely with one person in a family.
The Dach-Griffon’s temperament can vary depending on her parents and which she is more like. She is affectionate and loving though and loves to get attention and be cuddled. She is intelligent and alert to what is happening around her. She can be lively and is a happy dog with quite a brave streak. She loves to be social but she will still like to be close to her owners. She is a quick little thing and has a great sense of smell so keep an eye on her when she is outside. She is sensitive so be careful of harsh words. Some can be okay being left alone for a short time and some cannot.
What does the Dach-Griffon look like
This is a small to medium sized dog weighing 10 to 28 pounds and standing 9 to 11 inches tall. She can have flappy ears that droop down and she has a long body with short legs. Her coat can be fine and smooth but it can also be wiry and rough depending on the coat her Brussels Griffon parent had. Common colors are black, brown, red and tan.
Training and Exercise Needs
How active does the Dach-Griffon need to be?
She is somewhat active and can be lively around the home. She is well suited to living in an apartment due to her size but will need daily walks. Take her out a couple of times a day and if she is still restless, misbehaving and hyperactive you can increase the length of her walks as she obviously still needs more exercise. Take her to a dog park for some doggy games and play time as well as the chance to socialize with other dogs. She is quick so watch her and keep her on a leash.
Does she train quickly?
She is intelligent and can be okay to train but sometimes it can be harder as she can be stubborn and that slows things down. Expect things to slow sometimes and be prepared to be patient about it while using positive techniques. As she is sensitive scolding or punishments are not going to be effective. Be firm but fair and stay consistent. Early socialization and training will help her with her interactions and make her the best she can be.
Living with a Dach-Griffon
How much grooming is needed?
The Dach-Griffon has moderate needs when it comes to grooming. She can shed a low to moderate amount depending on the type of coat she has. She can also be hypoallergenic but that would depend on the coat her Brussels Griffon parent had and whether she inherited it. She should be brushed two to three times a week still to remove loose hair and debris and redistribute the healthy oils in her skin. To avoid hurting those oil levels do not bathe her too often, just as needed and only use a dog shampoo.
Her ears should be inspected for infection signs once a week. They also need cleaning, just the parts you can see using a cleanser and cotton ball or dampened cloth. Do not insert anything into them. Give her teeth a clean twice a week at least and her nails will need to be clipped when they get too long. With live vessels and nerves in the lower section of dog nails a professional should do the trimming if you are not experienced.
What is she like with children and other animals?
Ideally she should be supervised around children as she is not always at her best around them, though some are okay with older children who know when to back off and leave her alone. Socialization will help a lot and being raised with them can too. Some may have a hunting instinct that means she will chase smaller animals as prey and she can be territorial around other dogs so again socialization is needed.
Some can be alert and might bark to let you know of an intruder but not all are like that. She does bark frequently too which could be a problem if you live in an apartment with strict rules about dogs barking. She should be fed ¾ to 1½ cups of good quality dry dog food each day split into at least two meals.
There are health concerns she can inherit from her parents as well as there being other normal dog healthy problems she could run into. Issues to be aware of in particular include Patellar Luxation, Eye problems, IVDD, Back Problems, Epilepsy, Bloat, Cushings, Diabetes, Deafness, Skin allergies, Hip Dysplasia and Ear infections.
Costs involved in owning a Dach-Griffon
A Dach-Griffon puppy can cost between $200 to $450. Initial medical costs for blood tests, spaying, deworming, immunizations, check up and micro chipping come to about $260. Initial non-medical costs for things like a crate, carrier, leash and collar come to about $125. Each year there will also be medical and non-medical basic costs to be prepared for. Food, treats, toys, license, training and other miscellaneous items for the year can be between $300 to $400. Basic check ups, flea prevention, pet insurance and vaccinations can be between $435 to $535.
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The Dach-Griffon is a happy dog with lots of energy and affection for the right owners. She is best on a home with older children or with a couple or single owner who are child free. She is a sensitive soul so needs someone who can be firm with her while still being kind.
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- Where does the Dach-Griffon come from?
- What does the Dach-Griffon look like
- Training and Exercise Needs
- Living with a Dach-Griffon
- Health Concerns
- Costs involved in owning a Dach-Griffon
- Popular Dachshund Mixes