So many Dachshund owners are not shy about saying that once you get a Dachshund, you’re hooked on the breed. They are some of the most adorable puppies on the planet, and they are extremely loyal, smart, and loving. They are also incredibly silly and fun, and you will find so much enjoyment in your ownership of a “Doxie.”
There are a few things you should know about your Doxie dog first, including their breed history and quirky personality traits. The more you know, the more you can train your Dachshund to be a loyal family companion for years.
The Breed History
Dachshunds were originally bred to hunt badgers in their dens sometime in the 1500s in Germany. In fact, Dachshund is German for “badger dog.” As with any hunting dog, this breed was bred for their courage, persistence, and unyielding work ethic which makes them extremely energetic, smart, and sometimes stubborn.
Dachshunds emit loud barks, and they do it often, which makes them great alerters in the home. When they were digging underground for badgers, this bark alerted his owner to his location. Long-haired Dachshunds were developed later on, probably through cross-breeding with Spaniel breeds. These dogs were used to hunt in the water, usually going after small prey such as otters and beavers. In the United States, Dachshunds became popular rabbit hunters in the late 1800s because of their burrowing abilities, and from there, the popularity of the small breed soared.
Short-haired Dachshunds are relatively easy to keep groomed. A simple brushing and washing of their coats keeps them clean and smooth. Owners should take care to check their bellies often because they hang so low to the ground that they get dirtier than other areas of the body more often.
Long-haired and wire-haired Dachshunds require more careful and frequent grooming to prevent matting and tangling. Wire-haired Dachshunds need the dead fur “stripped” at least twice a year.
Because Dachshund ears are so long, they are more prone to ear infections. Keeping their ears cleaned with ear solution and checking them often will help prevent build-up which can lead to infection.
Because they’re hunting dogs, Dachshunds have a lot of energy and want to go out and explore the world around them. Like other hunting dogs, they lead with their nose, and will likely end up taking their owner for a walk– not the other way around.
It’s important to note that while your Dachshund may seem energetic at the beginning of a walk, they actually cannot walk or run for extremely long amounts of time so don’t go too far away from home. Instead, you’re better off making sure they receive several short spurts of exercise throughout the day instead of trying to do long exercise regimens a few times per day. Make sure to invest in one of the many comfy Dachshund beds for them to plop down on for a snooze once their exercise is done.
Dachshunds are incredibly smart and eager to please. This makes them relatively easy to train, although they often get easily distracted or are sometimes stubborn. It will take lots of time, patience, and persistence to train them, but once you do, your Dachshund will be the perfect companion for your home.
Living with a Dachshund
Dachshunds, unfortunately, are well-known for developing a back condition called Intervertebral Disc Disease, or IVDD. This can cause slippage or herniation of the discs in the back and neck, leading to painful symptoms or even paralysis.
It’s important to make sure your Dachshund stays lean and healthy so as not to put undue weight onto those discs. Dachshunds also don’t do well in homes with a lot of stairs, so if you have stairs which access crucial living areas of the house, a Dachshund may not be the best fit for that environment. You will also want to limit jumping on furniture, which can contribute to back problems later on. Consider investing in small dog stairs, or Dachshund beds instead of allowing any jumping on furniture.
A well-trained and socialized Dachshund will serve as an excellent watchdog, and a playmate to your children. The average lifespan of a Dachshund is between 14-17 years, which means that your Dachshund will become a valued member of your family for a very long time.
If you are looking to add a Dachshund to your family pack, they make great loyal, intelligent, and funny companions. Do your research beforehand and talk to your local vet about any concerns you may have. Chances are, once you get a Dachshund, you’ll also be “hooked” on this lovable breed.
I’m Victoria Nelson, article author and owner of Pets Hot Spot website. I have always been passionate about animals. I really enjoy writing about pets, especially when my articles can help people to understand animals better. I hope that you find a lot of useful information and it is been a pleasure for you to read it.