Mauxie: A Playful and Hyperactive Companion

“Maltese Dachshund Mix”

The Mauxie is an affectionate dog that is a crossbreed of the Dachshund and Maltese. She is a small and energetic breed that loves the outdoors and can be a bit hyperactive. Socialization and training are important for this breed as she tends to be high-strung and temperamental at times. If you plan on adopting a Mauxie, keep reading and you’ll find some facts that will help you and your dog lead a happy life together.




Parents

The Mauxie came from two purebred parents, Dachshund and Maltese. Her natural hunting instincts came largely from her Dachshund side of the family, while her regal stature and love for attention are from her Maltese parent. Though both dogs were initially bred for very different purposes, both Dachshund and Maltese possess great affection for people and their companionship, which makes both breeds and their offspring great household pets.

Dachshund

The Dachshund is a German hound breed that was used to hunt preys like badgers and rabbits. It is now quite popular as a family dog. They can be very bold and stubborn at times, but are also very affectionate and snuggly.

Maltese

The Maltese’s history goes back to around 2000 years ago. Their exact origin though is a bit vague, but they were popular among European royalties up until the 16th century. Today, they are among the most popular show dogs with their lively personality and natural affection for people.

Appearance

The Mauxie is a small dog that weighs around 10 to 20 pounds and stands from 8 to 10 inches tall. Her appearance depends largely on whose side of the parents she mostly takes after from. Most have a single coat that can be any of the three coat types she can inherit from her Dachshund side, or the glorious and fluffy coat of her Maltese parent. She can have short or long, fine or silky, and smooth or wiry coat. Most common colors are black, grey, chestnut, white, yellow and tan.

Life Expectancy

A Mauxie can be expected to live from 12 to 14 years. As with all pets though, their life expectancy is highly dependent on how we take care of them, their environment and their diet.

Behavior

A Mauxie is a great bundle of joy and energy that comes in a small package. She enjoys the company of people. She is affectionate, playful and basks in the attention of the entire room. She can be a bit bold and may end up poking her nose on other pets’ business, so she needs a watchful eye when larger dogs are present. Note also that she may still possess some of her Dachshund instincts and may end up chasing after smaller pets. If you’re looking for a great watchdog, a Mauxie is not recommended, although she does bark from time to time.mauxie pippy

Mauxies also known to have a bit of temper at times and don’t be surprised to hear them barking at people and other pets alike. Generally, she is a sweetheart with small children, although too much roughhousing may trigger her to snap. Kids making sudden moves or handling her too roughly may cause her to react this way. Early training and socialization are important in keeping this behavior in check.

Her playfulness and hyperactivity are due to the dog’s great energy, so it is a good idea to have regular walks and playtime with her. If she still misbehaves and acts out, you can increase the time for her physical activities as this will make her happy. Giving her plenty of toys to play with will also help her mental stimulation and will satisfy her natural curiosity.

Ideal Environment

A Mauxie does not require a yard. Her size makes her an ideal apartment dog, but she needs to be taken outside at least once a day to keep her happy. Due to her natural playfulness and curiosity, it is best to keep sharp and pointed objects out of her reach. Regular walks and visits to the park can help you with her daily physical activity needs. Her coat can be a magnet for dirt and dust, though. A gentle rub with a damp cloth after her walks will take care of this.

Since most Mauxies have single coat, they are ideal for warmer climates. Their tolerance for cold is a bit low, so it is best to keep them warm in the comfort of your home during the cold and wet seasons.

Diet

Since a Mauxie’s tendency to get fat is above average when compared to other small breeds, a careful diet plan is necessary to ensure that she is getting the nutrition that she needs at appropriate amounts. She can be fed three-quarters of a cup to one and one-half cups of high-quality dry dog food a day, divided into at least two meals. This can be slightly adjusted depending on the amount of her activity on a given day.

When introducing a new type of dog food or when switching from dry dog food to wet ones, it is best to consult your vet first. Some dog food, specially wet food, may cause an upset stomach. Look for any unwanted reaction from your pup when feeding a certain type of food for the first time. You can also observe her poo to check if she has properly digested the food. The color and consistency of her waste product is a good telltale sign not only of how well she has adjusted to the new food, but also of her general health as well.

It is also helpful to check the nutritional requirements and food allergies of both Dachshund and Maltese since she is a crossbreed of these two. Remember, when unsure on what and how to feed your dog, you can always visit your vet for some advice.

Exercise

Due to her lineage, the Mauxie needs a bit more physical activity compared to other small dogs in order to stay happy and healthy. She also needs a moderate amount of exercise to prevent her from being hyperactive and grumpy. A 20-minute walk in the morning and another one at dawn, plus her usual playtime may be sufficient, although this can be adjusted based on how she behaves. You can try upping her exercise time if she still acts out, but lessen it if she appears to be too exhausted at the end of the day.

Training

As the saying goes, there are no bad dogs, only lousy owners.  But due to her inherent willfulness and short attention span, training a Mauxie can be moderately to downright difficult. Being firm with her and being consistent with your training methods are the keys to ensuring that she understands your commands. Positively reinforcing your commands by giving her treats or by affectionately patting her head when sufficiently followed will help her associate her attentiveness and obedience with rewards. With enough repetitions, these commands will become second nature to her.

Early socialization and training are very important in ensuring that both you and your Mauxie are always on the same page. These will also ensure that she will have a full and complete life not only with you but also with your loved ones. If you’re having problems with her training, don’t be afraid to seek professional help through dog trainers or schools.

Grooming

The grooming requirement of a Mauxie depends on the type of coat she has. The long haired variety will need more brushing than short haired ones. Wiry coats will need more maintenance from professional groomers for detangling and trimming. Shedding is from minimal to moderate, depending on her coat.

Take note, though that bathing your pet will only have to be when she is specially dirty or smelly rather than by doing it routinely, which more often than not could end up bathing her too frequently. Bathing her too often will damage her natural oils and dry out her skin. On regular days after her daily walks, gently rubbing her coat with a damp cloth will keep it clean and shiny.

Brushing her teeth two to three times a week is recommended. Always make sure to use toothpaste that is appropriate for her breed as human toothpaste is toxic to some dogs. Her ears have to be checked at least once a week to ensure that there are no ear infections. You can clean those by using Q-tips. Also, very gently wipe her tear stains (if there’s any) with a soft damp cloth.

Be extra careful when cutting her nails. Cutting it too short can cause a lot of pain and bleeding. You can always take your Mauxie to a professional groomer if unsure on how to perform certain aspects of her grooming.

Health Concerns

Right now, there are no health issues attributed to Mauxies alone. But since they are a crossbreed, there are major health problems that they can get from the parents. Among these are IVDD, epilepsy, back problems, eye problems, Cushings, deafness, diabetes, bloating, hypoglycemia, patellar luxation, collapsed trachea, liver problems, reverse sneezing, and White Dog Shaker Syndrome.

The best way to avoid these health issues is to make sure that you are dealing only with reputable dog breeders when obtaining your Mauxie. Make sure to check the medical history of the parent dogs and that they have complete vaccinations. Even if you’ve received a puppy in excellent health condition, it is always a good practice to have it checked by a vet first. Ask your vet to guide you on properly caring for your puppy, including proper nutrition, vaccinations, vitamins, booster shots and the amount of exercise needed.

Lastly, always be sensitive to your dog’s actions. Remember, they can’t voice out their complaints and more often than not, they’ll prefer to be left alone when feeling sick. Make an effort to familiarize yourself with her actions as some symptoms of illnesses will not always manifest physically on your Mauxie. Observe her poo, look for any sign of vomiting, sudden weight loss and exhaustion as they can be signs that your pet is laboring with an illness. If you are even remotely suspecting that your dog is sick, call her vet immediately.

Where Can You Get a Mauxie?

The Mauxie is considered a designer dog or a first generation crossbreed of two purebreds. There are not a lot of reputable breeders breeding them at the moment so you’ll have to ask around in your neighborhood or search online if you’re looking for one. Just make sure to avoid getting a puppy from backyard breeders or puppy mills as they are generally in poor health and the parents are in worse conditions.

Conclusion

The Mauxie is a great companion dog for city dwellers and country folks alike, as long as you have the energy and time to give her long walks. She is affectionate and funny, and will most likely take your breath away – both with her cuteness and her energy. When exercised regularly and trained properly, she is excellent with kids. If you are looking for a cuddly ball of energy, this little dog is perfect for you.

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