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The Mauxie is is a mixed dog with two purebred parents, the Dachshund and the Maltese. Sometimes called a Moxie or just a Dachshund/Maltese Mix, she is a small cross who can be found sometimes taking part in hunting and guarding events. She has a life span of 12 to 14 years and she can be a funny and mischievous dog with some tendencies towards being a bit hyper.
|Here is the Mauxie at a Glance|
|Average height||8 to 10 inches|
|Average weight||10 to 20 pounds|
|Coat type||Straight, silky, can be medium to long, can be wiry|
|Hypoallergenic?||Can be (Maltese is)|
|Shedding||Low to moderate|
|Tolerant to Solitude?||Low to moderate|
|Tolerance to Heat||Good|
|Tolerance to Cold||Low|
|Good Family Pet?||Excellent|
|Good with Children?||Good to very good with socialization|
|Good with other Dogs?||Good with socialization|
|Good with other Pets?||Good with socialization but can have high prey drive so may chase smaller animals|
|A roamer or Wanderer?||Low to high – depends on which parent she leans more towards|
|A Good Apartment Dweller?||Excellent due to size|
|Good Pet for new Owner?||Good to very good though may be better for experienced owner|
|Exercise Needs||Fairly active|
|Tendency to get Fat||Above average|
|Major Health Concerns||IVDD, Back Problems, Epilepsy, Eye problems, Bloat, Cushings, Diabetes, Deafness, Patellar Luxation, Collapsed Trachea,|
|Other Health Concerns||White Dog Shaker Syndrome, Reverse Sneezing|
|Life Span||12 to 14 years|
|Average new Puppy Price||$250 to $600|
|Average Annual Medical Expense||$460 to $560|
|Average Annual Non-Medical Expense||$660 to $760|
Where does the Mauxie come from?
The Mauxie probably originates in the United States as most designer dogs do but it is possible she comes from elsewhere in the world. As with a lot of designer dogs there just isn’t any information on her origins or beginnings. Designer dog is a term that has been given to dogs who are being deliberately bred as usually first generation mixed breeds. They tend to have two purebred parents and a name that has some blending of the parent’s names. There is a growing concern though about how many designer dogs are being bred mostly because a lot are coming from backyard breeds, or breeders who are ignorant or even have no care or love for the animals as you will find from puppy mills. Make sure you are very careful over where you get you dog from. Since there is so little information we can take a look at the two purebred parents and their history to have a better sense of where she comes from.
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 Maltese is one of the oldest toy breeds there are and can be traced back for at least 2000 years. His exact origins are unclear but he was popular amongst royalty across Europe up until the 16th century. Attempts to breed him to squirrel size in the 17th and 18th centuries nearly destroyed him. He was saved by mixing with other miniature and toy dogs which in itself led to several new breeds being formed. The Maltese we see today was bred by the English in the late 1800s.
Today he is very successful in dog shows and is a lively dog full of personality. He trains easily and loves people. He is accomplished at getting his own way with everything. House training though can be difficult and because of his size he may not be best suited for families with small children.
The Mauxie is an affectionate dog, she loves to get attention and to snuggle and prefers to be around people all the time. She is mischievous too though, she can be lively and playful, sometimes quite entertaining and sometimes quite frustrating depending on what she is up to! She is courageous and bold so needs watching around larger dog. She is very curious too and can poke her nose where it often has no business being. Some Mauxies unfortunately are prone to snapping so socialization and training are going to be very important to stop that. Some are more even tempered though so that is really something that cannot be predicted. Her energy can become hyper sometimes.
What does the Mauxie look like
This is a small dog weighing 10 to 20 pounds and standing 8 to 10 inches tall. She can have a variety of coats depending on which of the 3 coats she might take after on the Dachshund side or if she is more like her Maltese parent. It can be short to long, fine and silky or wiry or smooth. Common colors are grey, brown, black, white, yellow, tan and chestnut. Most have a single coat.
Training and Exercise Needs
How active does the Mauxie need to be?
The Mauxie is a fairly active dog so she will need a moderate amount of exercise each day to stay happy and healthy and to avoid her hyper side coming out too often. A couple of walks a day 20 minutes each plus play time may be sufficient, but if she still seems to be misbehaving and acting out try upping it a little more. Make sure she has plenty of toys to play with that also offer her some mental stimulation. She would enjoy trips to a dog park and while she does not need a yard it would be another place for to investigate and play. She is of a size that is suitable to apartment living as long as she gets out every day.
Does she train quickly?
She is not an easy dog to train so it will not always be that quick to do so. She has a willfulness to her and she can become easily distracted. You will need to be patient and consistent in your training methods, stay firm with her and use positive not negative techniques. Early training and socialization are very important and should not be neglected for her sake and for yours. If needed you can use professional help in the form of schools or professionals.
Living with a Mauxie
How much grooming is needed?
Grooming will depend on the coat she has. Short haired will need less brushing than long haired. Wiry or long haired will need more visits to a professional groomer for trimming or stripping. Shedding too can vary from low to moderate. Make sure you give her a bath just when she is especially dirty or smelly rather than doing it by rota which could mean you end up bathing her too frequently. When a dog is bathed too often it can dry out her skin as it damages the natural oils she has. Some can be given a rub over with a damp cloth to clean and keep the coat looking tidier. Give her teeth a brush at least two to three times a week and her ears a wipe and check for infection once a week. Dog nails are not like ours, there are live vessels in them. You do not want to nick or cut through the quick as it causes pain and bleeding. If you are not confident about this aspect of grooming have a groomer do it for you.
What is she like with children and other animals?
In general she is good with children, other pets and dogs but she does need help in the form of proper socialization. She can be snappy sometimes and children making sudden moves or tugging too hard at her may make her react this way. With socialization and of course if raised with them she will be a lot better with them.
This is not a dog to get if you want one that will be a great watchdog. She does bark occasionally though. She should be fed ¾ to 1 1/2 cups of good quality dry dog food a day, this should be divided into two meals at least.
There are health issues the Mauxie can inherit from her parents such as IVDD, Back Problems, Epilepsy, Eye problems, Bloat, Cushings, Diabetes, Deafness, Patellar Luxation, Liver problems, Hypoglycemia, Collapsed Trachea, White Dog Shaker Syndrome and Reverse Sneezing.
Costs involved in owning a Mauxie
A Mauxie puppy can cost currently between $250 to $600. Prices will vary according to whether you buy from a respectable breeder or not, or if you opt to adopt from a shelter. Initial costs will also vary depending on what is included or already done with the price of the puppy. Medical costs initially for vaccinations, deworming, a physical, blood test, micro chipping and spaying come to around $300. You will also need at least a crate, carrier, leash and collar. These will come to about $190. Annual medical costs like check ups, vaccinations, flea prevention and pet insurance come to $460 to $560. Annual non medical costs like treats, grooming, toys, food, license and training come to $660 to $760.
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The Mauxie could make a great companion for someone who enjoys pets with some individuality and spirit. But she will need early socialization and training and her nipping is something to be ready for just in case.
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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.
- Where does the Mauxie come from?
- What does the Mauxie look like
- Training and Exercise Needs
- Living with a Mauxie
- Health Concerns
- Costs involved in owning a Mauxie
- Popular Dachshund Mixes