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|Here is the Doxie Scot at a Glance|
|Average height||Up to 10 inches|
|Average weight||18 to 28 pounds|
|Coat type||Medium, fine, coarse, wiry|
|Hypoallergenic?||Can be (Scottish Terrier is)|
|Shedding||Low to moderate|
|Brushing||Two to three times a week|
|Tolerant to Solitude?||Moderate to good|
|Tolerance to Heat||Good|
|Tolerance to Cold||Low to very good (it depends on which coat she has inherited from which parent)|
|Good Family Pet?||Very good to excellent|
|Good with Children?||Very good to excellent|
|Good with other Dogs?||Good to very good with socialization|
|Good with other Pets?||Good with socialization – may chase small animals|
|A roamer or Wanderer?||Very high – keep in secure area or on leash when outside|
|A Good Apartment Dweller?||Excellent due to size|
|Good Pet for new Owner?||Moderate to good – best with experienced owner|
|Exercise Needs||Somewhat active|
|Tendency to get Fat||Above average|
|Major Health Concerns||IVDD, Back Problems, Epilepsy, Eye problems, Bloat, Cushings, Diabetes, Deafness, Von Willebrand’s Disease, Craniomandibular osteopathy, Patellar Luxation,|
|Other Health Concerns||Scottie Cramp,|
|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 Scot come from?
The Doxie Scot’s origins are unknown though most so called designer dogs have their beginnings in the United States. The term designer dogs has been used in the last decade to refer to the growing number of mixed dogs being purposely bred. Most though not all have two purebreds as parents and a lot have a name that blends sounds or sections of the parents names. There are some doggy people who believe in the value of purebreds only and frown upon this kind of breeding. But in reality all dogs are a result of mixed breeding. A valid concern though is that it has attracted too many bad breeders and puppy mills. Places that treat their animals appallingly and are in it for the money only. Make sure you do your homework on any breeder you are considering. With no information then on the Doxie Scot we can look at the parents to understand her a little better.
The Scottish Terrier
While the Scottish Terrier is an old breed details of his origins are not known. It was a hunting dog and it is thought he has ancestors dating back to the Roman invasion of Britain when reference to a small dog is found in some of the writings. The term terrarii was given to the dogs meaning worker of the earth. In the 1600s James I sent some to the French King. His affection for them increased their popularity in France. The Scottish Terrier is in the Skye terrier group of dogs.
He is serious and independent and can be reserved. While aloof with others though he is loving with his family. His devotion is well known but he is a sensitive dog. He adapts well to whatever his owners are feeling and he is smart. His history of hunting means he still likes to chase smaller animals and if provoked by other dogs he will fight.
Hailing from Germany the Dachshund’s name translates to badger dog which he was used to hunt. His ancestors might have early roots in Ancient Egypt. He was kept by nobles and royals across Europe from the 15th century on. He varied then in size depending on what hunting he was used for. It is thought he came to America in the seventeen or eighteen hundreds. The short-haired version came first, then came the long haired and lastly the wire haired.
Today the Dachshund is a playful dog but has a stubborn streak and still loves to chase smaller animals, balls and birds. Their strong willed nature makes them harder to train and they are wary of strangers and can be aggressive especially with other dogs. Socialization then is important. He is devoted to his owner and hates to be left alone.
The Doxie Scot is an affectionate and warm dog, she loves to be affectionate towards her owners and will enjoy being a lap dog. She is also protective of her family and very loyal. She is surprisingly brave and she is alert to her surroundings too. When she is a puppy she is curious and loves to chew. She is playful and loves to play with her toys. She can be wary or timid with new people so socialization is important. Some Doxie Scots can become very attached to one owner or person in the family.
What does the Doxie Scot look like
This is a small to medium dog weighing 18 to 28 pounds and standing up to 10 inches tall. Her coat can be wiry or fine, medium length and rough. Common colors are brown, red, grey, golden, white, black and tan. Her ears usually hang down.
Training and Exercise Needs
How active does the Doxie Scot need to be?
She is a slightly active dog so she will not need a great deal of outside time and can be happy with owners who are only slightly active themselves and with living in an apartment. Make sure she does get out each day though, a couple of short walks plus her indoor play should give her what she needs. Taking her to a dog park where she can go off leash, run and play and socialize is a great idea.
Does she train quickly?
She is moderately hard to train, as both her parents can be tricky in this respect too. Be positive and stay patient about it though. A firm tone is required to show her who is boss and consistency is key. Results will be very gradual and if needed you can turn to professional help either in the form of a school or a trainer. It is not that she cannot learn, it is just she is willful and stubborn sometimes. Regardless, early obedience training and socialization are very important and need to be done.
Living with a Doxie Scot
How much grooming is needed?
There is a moderate amount of grooming to be done with the Doxie Scot. She will need trimming if her coat is long and brush it two to three times a week to keep it healthy, debris and tangle free. Bathe her when she needs it using a dog shampoo but do not clean her like this too often as it damages her natural oils. Give her nails a trim or have it done by a groomer as there are nerves in them which you do not want to nick. Her ears can be checked for infection and wiped clean once a week and brush her teeth two to three times a week.
What is she like with children and other animals?
She is a friendly dog so she gets on with children well, she is affectionate and playful but usually this is better with older children rather than young and rough toddlers. With socialization she is a lot more confident and better around other dogs and pets.
She is not the best watchdog as she does not always bark to alert you of an intruder, though some owners find she does better at it than others. She barks occasionally and will need to be fed ¾ to 1½ cups of good quality dry dog food each day, split into two meals.
In general she is a fairly healthy dog but there is a chance she could inherit one or more of the issues her parents are prone to. They include IVDD, Back Problems, Epilepsy, Eye problems, Bloat, Cushings, Diabetes, Deafness, Von Willebrand’s Disease, Craniomandibular osteopathy, Patellar Luxation and Scottie Cramp. Buy from a trustworthy breeder who can show you parental health clearances for each parent and you can increase the odds at having a healthy dog. Visiting the puppy too before buying so you can see the conditions it is kept in is a good idea.
Costs involved in owning a Doxie Scot
A Doxie Scot puppy is not easy to find and so prices are hard to source. At the moment there is not a range we can give you. However there are other costs to also be prepared for. Initial costs like micro chipping, check up, spaying, blood tests, deworming, shots, leash, collar, crate and carrier come to around $455 to $500. Each year there will be at least some basic costs to be aware of. Non-medical ones like food, treats, toys, training and license come to between $355 to $455. Medical ones like check ups, pet insurance, vaccinations and flea prevention come to between $460 to $560. .
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The Doxie Scot is a lovely dog if you want a lap dog who does not need a lot of walking. She can be a good family dog but is better with older children. With some early socialization and training she can be a bright dog with a daring spirit who will entertain you and keep you company and be completely loyal.
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- Where does the Doxie Scot come from?
- What does the Doxie Scot look like
- Training and Exercise Needs
- Living with a Doxie Scot
- Health Concerns
- Costs involved in owning a Doxie Scot
- Popular Dachshund Mixes