Bo Dach Basics
Small, cute and cuddly- what more could you want in a dog? The Bo Dach is a new designer dog, developed by crossing the Dachshund with a Boston Terrier. The offspring of these two small dogs will also have a petite stature and boast adorable looks and friendly personality. This breed is also known as Boston-Weenie and the Boston Doxie Terrier.
Owing to their compact size and relatively low activity needs, the Bo Dach is a great choice for people who live in an apartment. The only potential downside is their vocal nature, but you can correct this with socialization and training. Having in mind that these hybrids are also quite playful and very loyal to their owners, senior pet owners and singles can find an ideal companion in the “American Gentleman” and Wiener Dog mix.
The Bo Dach is a playful, easy-going dog that fits in well with everyone.
When it comes to the origin of the Bo Dach, there’s not much information. Apart from the parental breeds that go into every individual hybrid mix, there’s generally a lot we don’t know about designer dog history in general. However, knowing the parents of the Bo Dach are the Dachshund and Boston Terrier already tells us a lot about this cute hybrid.
The Dachshund, also known as Doxie or Wiener Dog, was initially bred to hunt badgers and small game. The breed had its start in 15th century Germany, but have since evolved to be a companion dog rather than a feisty hunter. On the other hand, the Boston Terrier or the “American Gentleman” is a newer breed in comparison- it had its start around 1870. All Boston Terriers have one common ancestor of mixed breed lineage (Bulldog/Terrier), which was mated to a French Bulldog to create a dog we all know and love today.
Fast forward to the last 20 to 30 years, these two popular and old breeds are now crossed to develop a new designer dog. The Bo Dach likely had its start somewhere in the United States, not unlike most designer dog breeds. The purpose of this hybrid is to create a pooch that inherits good qualities of its parents and makes a good family pet and companion.
For an official pedigree certification, a dog has to be registered with the American Kennel Club– i.e. the dog has to be purebred. Currently, none of the designer dog breeds are recognized by the AKC or any of its international counterparts. Of course, while this makes it impossible for hybrids to obtain official pedigree papers, it doesn’t mean that the Bo Dach has no pedigree to speak of. After all, pedigree papers are just a well-documented family tree, and the ancestry of the Dachshund and Boston Terrier Mix speaks volumes about the breed’s qualities.
Both of the parental breeds of the Bo Dach are in good standing with the AKC. The Daschund and the Boston Terrier are friendly, intelligent breeds that are ideal for the role of pets and companions. Their mixed breed baby will be the same!
Inadequate nutrition can lead to severe health issues in dogs. This is why it’s crucial to feed a well-balanced diet to your pet. For the Bo Dach, the safest route would be to feed them premium dry dog food. Commercial pet food is usually offers all of the essential nutrients to canines. Of course; there’s also the added convenience of simply serving kibble to meet your pet’s dietary needs. Pick out a high-quality brand that produces kibble suited for your pet’s size (small), age (puppy, adult, or senior) and activity level (low).
In addition, you should pay special attention to the amount of food you give to your Bo Dach. Owing to their stature, they can quickly become obese. Follow the serving size recommendations for the kibble and don’t go overboard with treats- and there shouldn’t be any extra fluff to worry about.
In terms of proneness to genetic diseases, the Bo Dach is a relatively healthy breed.
With parents such as the Doxie and the Boston Terrier, it really is no wonder that the Bo Dach is an intelligent pooch. While their smarts can mean that they’ll understand your instructions with ease, it also means that they can have a mind of their own. If the puppy takes up after the feisty Doxie, it might even be a little stubborn! Nevertheless, Bo Dach is a highly trainable breed, and even beginners could teach them the basics with a little patience and effort.
Basic training and socialization are a must for any dog, Bo Dach included. This will ensure that your puppy grows up to be a pooch on his best behavior, that gets along with people and pets alike. To boot, training will strengthen the bond you have with your pet!
The best way to train them is to rely on positive reinforcement methods. Using treats and praise to motivate your Bo Dach to learn is certain to have better results than any other strategy.
Owing to their affectionate nature and tendency to become velcro pooches, these hybrids could also benefit from crate training. In case they get separation anxiety along the way, having a safe retreat like a crate could do them a world of good. Additionally, you should pay special attention to curbing your dog’s barking tendencies on time.
As a mix of two small dogs, the Bo Dach will also have a compact build. Once fully mature, this designer dog can weigh between 10 to 25 pounds. Females of the breed tend to be smaller than males.
The Bo Dach is a playful, easy-going dog that fits in well with everyone. With proper and timely socialization, they’ll get along with other pets in the household and be patient with children in the family. Their extroverted and charming behavior makes them a favorite with everyone who meets them!
Of course, while they’re quite friendly in general, these designer dogs are alert and will be on the lookout for any suspicious strangers lurking about. (In most cases, that would be the mailman or a neighbor cat.) Their vigilance might make them prone to excessive barking, but their yappiness can be corrected with proper training. In general, their barking issues are not that severe for them to be a bad choice for an apartment. As long as you teach them to tone it down when there’s no need for barking, no one in the building will complain about your pet being loud.
Not unlike all dogs, the Bo Dach is a devoted and loyal companion to his humans. He will bond fiercely with one or few family members and shower them with affection. Loving and sweet, these hybrids will love nothing more than to spend their time around you, preferably snuggled on the sofa or accompanying you to a walk around the neighborhood.
Common Health Problems
In terms of proneness to genetic diseases, the Bo Dach is a relatively healthy breed. As it is the case with all of their other traits, a lot will depend on which parent in the mix puppies favor. If the hybrid takes up after the Doxie mom or dad, there’s a higher chance for issues such as intervertebral disk disease, diabetes, and urinary tract issues. In the case where Boston Terrier genes are dominant, issues such as cataracts, cherry eye, and heart murmur could be a risk. If one of the inherited traits is the short snout, be on the lookout for issues typical for all brachycephalic dogs.
Additionally, small dog breed such as the Bo Dach could experience early tooth loss. To prevent this, make sure to be vigilant about their dental hygiene.
The life expectancy for small dogs is usually much longer for smaller dog breeds, and the Bo Dach is no exception. On average, these hybrids live between 12 to 15 years, but with good care and a bit of luck in the gene department, they can get to have a few birthdays more.
It’s uncommon for dogs of this size to be high-maintenance when it comes to their exercise requirements. Even when they have an energetic personality, they still won’t need hours of walks or intensive playtime to tire. The Bo Dach has a moderate need for activity and will do good with 30 to 45 minutes of daily exercise. Usually, this is spent in walking, often followed by a game of fetch or an occasional visit to a dog park for some mingling.
In addition to physical exercise, these designer dogs need to work out those brain muscles, too. The Bo Dach is an intelligent dog and his bright mind needs a challenge from time to time. If you neglect to stimulate their mind with playtime or puzzle toys, your pooch could become bored and depressed. More often than not, this will result in destructive behavior such as chewing furniture or shoes, or digging holes in the backyard.
The Bo Dach has a moderate need for activity and will do good with 30 to 45 minutes of daily exercise.
The AKC might not bestow recognition on crossbreeds, but there are plenty of canine clubs and organizations that do. Those of them that recognize the Bo Dach include the American Canine Hybrid Club, Designer Dogs Kennel Club, Dog Registry of America, and International Designer Canine Registry.
The appearance of the Bo Dach is their most varying trait. There’s not much deviation when it comes to their loving, friendly temperament, but with their looks- you’re in for a surprise. While usually similar in height and weight, the Bo Dach puppies can sport staggeringly different looks. For instance, some can have long floppy ears and a short snout, others will have perky ears and a longer muzzle- their overall build can also differ. However, their coats are their main difference.
Generally, you can expect a dog with short hair that sheds moderately. The Doxies have different coat lengths, but the Dachshund with short, smooth hair is the type breeders use for creating Bo Dach. The coat colors are where it gets creative, though. Anything is possible, from spotted, merle, speckled, or brindle, to coats in two and three colors.
Grooming a Bo Dach will be an easy feat, as they only need brushing a couple of times a week.
Even though Bo Dach puppies are cute as they come, you’ll have to position yourself as the leader of the pack. To make sure that your adorable fur baby lives to the potential they certainly have, start with basic training and socialization early in their life. Sometimes, you’ll need to have a bit of patience with them until you achieve results, but it will pay off in the long run.
The Bo Dach is a playful, friendly, laid-back dog that does well with families of all shapes and sizes. Whether you want a pet for an apartment, need a companion for a senior, or a family dog for your children to grow up with, this designer dog could be the choice for you.