Dameranian Dog Breed

Overview

The Dameranian is a hybrid dog and it is a cross between the Dachshund and the Pomeranian. The Dameranian inherits the affectionate, alert, intelligent, and loving qualities of both the Dachshund and the Pomeranian. They strive to please their owners and are fairly easy to train. They require moderate maintenance because they shed year-round. Their small size and independent personalities make them ideal for apartment life.

Dameranian Breed Details

Breed Specs
TypeLifespanHeightWeight
Hybrid12-15 yrs.5-12 in.8-20 lbs
  • Friendliness
  • Overall
  • Family Friendly
  • Kid Friendly
  • Pet Friendly
  • Stranger Friendly
  • Maintenance
  • Easy to Groom
  • Energy Level
  • Exercise Needs
  • General Health
  • Shedding Amount
  • Behavior
  • Barks / Howls
  • Easy to Train
  • Guard Dog
  • Playfulness
  • Watch Dog
  • Ownership
  • Apartment Friendly
  • Can Be Alone
  • Good for Busy Owners
  • Good for Novice Owners
  • Intelligence
* The more green the stronger the trait.

Below are the details and specs of the Dameranian dog breed.

Dameranian Breed Description

Dameranians are small-sized dogs, with a height that ranges between 5 to 12 inches, and a weight that ranges between 8 to 20 pounds. They have a lifespan of 12 to 16 years.

They require minimal walks and short bursts exercise, due to their moments of high energy. Training Dameranians is easy and does not require too much time and effort. They are very food-motivated. Well-socialized Dameranians get along great with kids, families, and other pets. They make for excellent lap dogs, and love to stay close to their owners.

The breed is considered moderate maintenance dogs. They shed year round, and frequent brushing is needed to maintain their upkeep. They are naturally healthy dogs.

Dameranian Breed History

Dachshunds are among the most popular dog breeds in the United States, and has been since the 1950s. They originated from Germany, where they were referred to as "Teckel." In German, "Dachs" means badger and "Hund" means dog. The original German Dachshunds were larger than the Dachshunds we know today. They were trained to not just retrieve their prey, but to also kill their prey. Dachshunds were then bred more as pets than hunters in the 1800s.

Pomeranians descended from Wolf-Spitz type dogs. They migrated to Pomeranian from the North of Russia and Siberia. They share the same ancestors with the other arctic breeds such as the Samoyed and Keeshond. Pomeranians are though to have acquired their name by association with the area known as Pomerania, located in northern Poland and Germany. It is the area in which Pomeranians were bred down to size.

Dameranian Appearance

Dameranians are small-sized dogs. They have a beautiful, long, smooth coat with an apple - shaped head. They are short in stature due to their short legs, said to have been inherited from the Dachshund. Their body length is longer than that of a Pomeranian's due to the Dachshund's genes. They have big ears that may stand erect or that may lay down. Most Dameranians have the nose of a Dachshund and the look of a Pomeranian, with the coat thickest around the neck.

Dameranian Coloring

The most common colors for Dameranians are black, black and tan, blue, brown, gray, and white.

Dameranian Size

Dameranians are small-sized dogs. Their height ranges between 5 to 12 inches and the breed generally weighs between 8 to 20 pounds.

Average Adult Height

5-12 in
*Height is measured in inches from the front paws to the top of the shoulder while the dog is standing on all four legs.

Average Adult Weight

8-20 lbs

Dameranian Variations

Hybrid dogs tend to vary much more than their purebred predecessors. The most notable difference for the Dameranian will be the coat length and texture. While the Pomeranian always has a thick, fluffy, somewhat long coat, the Dachshund can have 3 different coat types: smooth (short), long and wire-haired. This feature gives the Dameranian the possibility to vary in coat from one puppy to the next.

Reputable breeders will be very knowledgeable about the differences each generation will have on coat type for your new pet. A brief description of the most commonly bred generations is this:

  • F1- purebred Dachshund x purebred Pomeranian
  • F1B- an F1 x purebred Dachshund or an F1 x purebred Pomeranian
  • F2- F1 x F1
  • F2B- an F2 x purebred Dachshund or an F2 x purebred Pomeranian
  • F3- F2 x F2


*A "B" indicates the generation is a back-cross, meaning the hybrid is bred with one of the 2 original breeds in order to enhance or lessen certain traits.

Dameranian Temperament

Dameranians are affectionate, alert, courageous, intelligent, lively, loving, and loyal. They are also playful and social. They are very sweet dogs that are friendly with everyone.

It is very common for Dameranians to bond more closely to one owner rather than two or more owners equally. Nonetheless, Dameranians still remain close to the family as a whole and want to be around their owners at all times. They tend to suffer from separation anxiety when left alone.

They strive to please humans and are quick to learn new commands. Training Dameranians will not require too much attention or effort. Dameranians are food-motivated and can easily memorize feeding schedules. Dameranians bark occasionally, and they are sometimes independent and worn entertain themselves when given toys. They are excellent lap dogs.

Dameranian and Children

Well-socialized Dameranians are overall great with children. It is important that they are socially trained at an early age so that they are more comfortable around others. Due to their small size, Dameranians should always be supervised when playing with children.

Dameranian and Other Pets

Due to the Dameranian's small size, they should not be left alone or unsupervised around larger dogs. Well-socialized Dameranians can get along great with other pets. It is important that socialization and training are introduced early to develop good habits from a young age.

Dameranian and Strangers

Dameranians are very sweet dogs that are friendly with everyone. Well-socialized Dameranians are very comfortable and friendly around strangers, but it is important that socialization and training are important to introduce at a young age to develop good habits. If not socialized well, Dameranians may bark at strangers.

Dameranian Photos

Below are pictures of the Dameranian dog breed.

Dameranian Dog Breed
Dameranian

Dameranian Maintenance

Moderate maintenance is needed when raising Dameranians. Grooming should be performed regularly to keep fur in good shape. Not much exercise is required. Owners who are frequently away may find Dameranians well-suited for their lifestyle. Proper nutrition is needed for Dameranians to grow and thrive.

Grooming Requirements

Dameranians shed all year round and the owner may need to vacuum because of all its constant shedding. Brushing will reduce the shedding and make the Dameranian's coat softer and cleaner.

Exercise Requirements

Dameranians do not require that much exercise. Because they have random moments of high energy, one or two walks should be given to them daily.

Living Requirements

Dameranians do well in apartments or homes with yards, but suffer from separation anxiety when left alone. Since they are small dogs, it is not recommended that they be left outside as they may be targets for larger predators. Owners should are frequently away or busy may find Dameranians perfectly suited for their lifestyle.

Temperature Range

Dameranians do not do well in severe warm or cold weather.

Dameranian Health

Dameranians have an average lifespan of 12 to 16 years. They do not have severe health issues, owners should be watchful of issues like allergies, Hemi-vertebrae, Hip Dysplasia, and Patellar Luxation.

  • Epilepsy

Dameranian Breed Recognition

The following dog breed registries and organizations recognize the Dameranian as a dog breed:

  • American Canine Hybrid Club
  • Designer Breed Registry
  • Designer Dogs Kennel Club
  • Dog Registry of America Inc.
  • International Rottweiler Club
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