The Dachshund comes in three coat types. Smooth, longhair, and wirehaired. They also come in two sizes. The mini and the standard.
These short legged dogs are at first glace very cute and adorable. The puppy stage is far surpassed in being one of the cutest puppies ever. This breed has so much personality that I will go ahead and list the bad side and then the good side to this breed.
As they grow up they still keep their charming looks but can become a problem as they dig up holes in your yard. Bring in small dead animals such as mice, moles and other critters that your dog might see as a prize.
The Dachshund is a hunting breed. They were made for the specific reason of going underground and fighting to the death with badgers. This was their role in their earliest times as a breed. They have carried on with this attribute throughout the years.
This is a huge thing to consider before adopting or buying this breed! Do not take this lightly. Research about the breed is so important. A lot of people do not take the time to find out what makes their breed what they are. And sometimes, that spells out trouble.
Not only are they diggers and hunters, but they can have back issues if they jump on or off high surfaces the wrong way. Their long bodies do not help them in this aspect of their lives. Although its not common, and most dachshunds live happily to an old age jumping on and off couches and beds, its advised to watch them and help them, maybe even get them doggy steps — Just incase.
This breed is good with most living situations. They do require daily exercise and grooming with the long haired types. Very small children should always be supervised with this breed and all breeds, as well as all animals.
The Dachshund is a joy. Aside from its quirky and instinctive nature their personalities are goofy and clown like. They love to play and become close with their people. They are little guard dogs and will let you know when someone is at your door, sometimes whether you want them to or not!
If not given or motivated to exercise the dachshund will become lazy and in turn can become overweight. This is an issue due to their long spines being under constant strain because of excess weight.
Over weight dachshunds are at higher risk of developing other health issues such as urinary tract infections, diabetes, heart disease and of course spinal injury.
Dachshunds are very willful little dogs. They can be stubborn and not easy to train. A consistent training program is needed to maintain a happy relationship between the dog and owner.
Taking a look back into history we will see that this breed can be traced back to its home country of Germany. In the early 1600’s they were first bred and on their way to becoming a full breed.
The main and possibly only goal for making this breed was that they would be sent into the badger burrows and fight to the death. The word Dachshund meaning Badger Dog in German.
The popularity of the breed grew and grew until somewhere in the early part of the 1900’s. It fell greatly due to World war I. Slowly but surely after the war was over the breed began to climb back and breeders rebuilt the gene pool, importing German stock and increasing the breeds popularity once again.
All in all this breed is full of life. They are fun and joyful and will get on your last nerve. To own a Dachshund you will need a calm approach and be willing to put in the work and training that you expect out of your dog.
Owning a Dachshund is a two way street. You get back what you put into it!
For more information on this breed and many others please visit the AKC’s official site!