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Nicole Cosgrove

June 18, 2021

Dachshund and Japanese Chin

The Doxie-Chin is a small to medium sized dog with two different purebred parents, the Dachshund and the Japanese Chin. He is multi-talented participating in military work, sighting, herding and racing. He has a life span of 12 to 14 years and is a very friendly and cheerful little dog.

Here is the Doxie-Chin at a Glance
Average height Up to 11 inches
Average weight 10 to 25 pounds
Coat type Fine, wiry
Hypoallergenic? No
Grooming Needs Moderate
Shedding Low
Brushing Two to three times a week
Touchiness Fairly sensitive
Tolerant to Solitude? Low to moderate
Barking Rare
Tolerance to Heat Moderate to good
Tolerance to Cold Low to good depending on the coat he has
Good Family Pet? Good to very good
Good with Children? Good with socialization – better with older children
Good with other Dogs? Good with socialization
Good with other Pets? Good with socialization – may chase small animals
A roamer or Wanderer? Low to high – depends on which parent he takes more after
A Good Apartment Dweller? Excellent due to size
Good Pet for new Owner? Good but best with someone with experience
Trainability Moderately hard
Exercise Needs Slightly active
Tendency to get Fat Above average
Major Health Concerns IVDD , Epilepsy, Eye problems, Bloat, Cushings, Diabetes, Deafness, Heart problems, Patellar Luxation, Legg-Calve-Perthes,
Other Health Concerns Back Problems
Life Span 12 to 14 years
Average new Puppy Price Unknown
Average Annual Medical Expense $460 to $560
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $355 to $455

Where does the Doxie-Chin come from?

The Doxie-Chin is a designer dog, one of many dogs who are part of a popular trend. These are dogs that are the offspring of usually two different purebreds, who have been bred with the intent of achieving the first generation offspring. Sometimes they have a name that is made up of syllables or sounds from each parent. Though some claim they are just overpriced mutts if you get them from a good breeder they are more than that. However there are sometimes more ignorant or bad breeders and puppy mills than decent and knowledgeable breeders so care when buying must be taken. As with many if not most of these dogs origins of specific types cannot always be found so we look at the parents for some background information on them.

The Dachshund

The Dachshund is a German bred dog where he was used to hunt badgers and other den animals like foxes. In packs he also would hunt larger animals like deer or even wild boar. He comes from around the 15th century and back then he varied in size. Over many years he was altered to create a dog who was fearless and elongated so he could dig into burrows. During the 1800s he also started to be bred to be a companion not just a hunter, particularly in England. At the end of the 19th century he arrived in America.

The Dachshund now is a bold dog still and is lively and intelligent. He can be too bold sometimes and is also quite stubborn. They like to cuddle when not trying to get his own way. Some can be shy but that is a sign of a poor line. Coat type can be an indicator of personality too with wirehaired ones being more mischievous, longhairs being more even tempered and smooths being in the middle.

The Japanese Chin

The Japanese Chin is a very old breed of dog who probably began in the Chinese court and was given as a gift to visitors from other countries. Japan received it and back home they saw him as a separate being not a dog! He was crossed with other native small dogs to become what he is now. It was not until the mid 1800s that he became known to other countries and he became a popular import to the US and to Britain.

Today he is a happy and affectionate dog who can be chatty and is intelligent too. He is good at charming people and is sensitive to his owner’s emotions. Should he live with people who are quiet and reserved that is what he will be like, if he lives with people more outgoing then that is what he will be like. He does suffer from separation anxiety and can be shy so socialization is important.


The Doxie-Chin is a very friendly and social dog, he loves to have people around him and he is a very happy soul. He has an independent side to him and is quite intelligent. He is fairly alert and very loyal. Sometimes he can become more attached to one family member but he is still loving and playful with the rest of the family. He is a great family dog and can be quite courageous. He is keen to please and can be quite entertaining.

What does the Doxie-Chin look like

He is a small to medium sized dog weighing 10 to 25 pounds and standing up to 11 inches tall. His coat can be fine or wiry and common colors include black, tan, white, brown, grey, merle and golden. His ears are droopy.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Doxie-Chin need to be?

This is a slightly active dog so he will not need a lot of exercise and walking to keep him healthy. Take him out for a couple of 15 minute walks a day and make sure he has toys to play with indoors which will give him more physical as well as some mental stimulation. His size make him perfect for apartment living as long as he still gets out each day. A trip to a dog park would be a good idea to allow him off leash time where he run free, play with you and socialize with other dogs.

Does he train quickly?

He is moderately hard to train as he can be stubborn and willful. Some are easier than others as some are more keen to please. Results will likely be gradual so you will need to have patience about it. Keep sessions engaging and positive using treats, rewards and praise but also remain firm so you are pack leader, and be consistent. Early training and socialization are very important for all dogs to help them become the best dog they can be.

Living with a Doxie-Chin

How much grooming is needed?

There will be moderate grooming needs for the Doxie-Chin. He sheds a low to moderate amount and will need brushing two to three times a week. This will remove debris and tangles while also get his natural oils stimulated and moving around his body. When it comes to bath time it is important to keep your dog clean but not to the point where you are bathing too often as that can damage those natural oils. When he gets dirty and smelly give him a bath or if he gets himself into something pretty dirty or nasty on an outside trip. His nails will need clipping if they do not get worn down naturally but take care as there are live nerves and blood vessels in them. His ears should be checked for infection and wiped clean once a week and his teeth should be brushed at least two to three times a week.

What is he like with children and other animals?

He is very good with children, he will happily play with them or offer affection towards them. He is best with older children though just because the smaller ones can be rough in their handling. Teach the children how to be careful with him. He gets on well with other pets with socialization but may try to chase small animals. He can also get on well with other dogs but socialization really helps.

General information

He barks only rarely but is likely to bark to alert you if there is something wrong or someone is trying to get in. He will need to be fed a good quality dry dog food and will eat between ¾ to 1½ cups a day but it should be divided into two meals at least.

Health Concerns

To have a more healthy dog buy from a good breeder, one who can show health clearances for both parents and is happy to welcome you to visit the puppy before you buy, which will give you a chance to check on the property, owner and how the puppy is kept. There are health concerns the Doxie-Chin can inherit from his parents such as IVDD, Back Problems, Epilepsy, Eye problems, Bloat, Cushings, Diabetes, Deafness, Heart problems, Patellar Luxation, Legg-Calve-Perthes.

Costs involved in owning a Doxie-Chin

A Doxie-Chin puppy is hard to find so prices for one are currently unknown. However we can give you guidelines on initial and annual costs. Initial medical costs like blood tests, check up, shots, neutering, micro chipping and deworming come to between $270 to $300. Initial non-medical costs like getting him a collar, leash, bowls, carrier and crate come to about $200. In terms of yearly expenses, on the non-medical side basics like food, treats, toys, license and training come to between $355 to $455. Medical basics each year like flea prevention, vaccinations, check ups and pet insurance come to between $460 to $560.


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The Doxie-Chin is suited to most owners even those who are not so active, couples, singles, families with or without children. He does need socialization and training, and he can be stubborn so he would be best with experienced owners who have patience. He is very happy and friendly and will be a great companion and best friend.

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Featured Image Credit: Left – Masarik, Shutterstock; Right – Goran Horvat, Pixabay

Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.

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