Dachshund

Dachshund information

The Dachshund breed originates from Germany. He belongs to the hound family. The Dachshund is a small hunting dog which can be used to flush out small prey. His sharp senses can track animals in their burrows. As most hunting dogs, the Dachshund can be quite stubborn and if needed will not hesitate to dig to catch their prey.


Dachshund characteristics

The standard Dachshund measures between 7 to 10 inches at the shoulder and weights between 7 to 13 Kilos whereas the miniature Dachshund measures only 5 to 7 inches and weight 5 Kilos or even less. Dachshunds have very short legs and a long back.

The Dachshund coat can be short haired, long haired or wire haired. The colour of their coat can be tanned or red. The most common kind of coat colour is black and tanned.


Dachshund grooming

The short-haired Dachshunds do not need much grooming. Like most dogs, he will only need to be brushed twice a week. However, the wire haired and long haired Dachshund coat needs more maintenance and needs to be brushed and combed regularly. It is best to get your Dachshund used to grooming from an early age so that he does not express any fearful behaviour in his later life.


Dachshund temperament

The Dachshund is a very courageous dog who is not afraid to chase badgers. When trained properly, he is a good family companion. Dachshunds usually bond more closely with one person, also they will need to be well socialized with other members of the family at an early age. If not socialized properly Dachshunds can become snappy and aggressive. Families with children should think very carefully before adopting a Dachshund as this little dog will not hesitate to snap at children if being teased.

Dachshunds can also be very stubborn and, as a result, difficult to train. It is important that owners remain patient and firm with them.

Being hunting dogs, Dachshunds love to track animals. On the walk, it is recommended that owners keep them on lead. Once in a hunting mood, most Dachshunds do not respond to the calls of their owners, so remember to be vigilant.


Dachshund training

Dachshund puppies need consistency in their training. At times, they can be very stubborn and it is important that Dachshund owners establish themselves right away as the pack leader. Dachshund puppies will need to be socialized around people as they can become protective of their owners. In families with children, it is important to supervise the children and give them strict rules with the dog. If teased, Dachshunds will not hesitate to snap or even bite. Not to forget that miniature Dachshunds need to be carried with care due to the way their body is built.

As a new Dachshund puppy owner, you might consider to enrol your dog in an obedience school where he will meet other dogs. Dachshunds have a reputation to be noisy. Their bark is very strong and they are used to bark in front of new situations. Therefore; a good socialization around dogs and people is necessary.


Dachshund food habits

Dachshunds can gain weight very easily therefore, it is important to control their diet. To remain healthy, they will need to be fed a good quality aliment with all the nutrients necessary for their growth and given enough exercise.

Overweight Dachshunds are prone to many health problems. The most common one being spinal injury.


Dachshund Health

The life expectancy of standard and miniature Dachshunds varies between 12 to 15 years. A good diet and regular exercise is often the key to owning a healthy and well balanced dog.

The long back of Dachshunds predispose them to spinal injuries. To minimize the risk of spinal injuries, it is important not to encourage your dog to climb up the stairs or jump. Owners should also be careful when carrying their dog.

Epilepsy is also a common disease affecting the Dachshund breed.


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