What makes a Dachshund so special?

Dog owners absoloutely love their dogs to bits. With Dachshunds owners however that devotion reaches new heights. Dachshunds are especially special in many ways.

Where did Dachshund’s originally come from?

Dachshund’s were bred in the early 1600s to hunt badgers in Germany.  As a result the Dachshund became ferocious himself. That assertive and fearless attitude remains today. That feisty nature can be a positive or negative.

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Bred in Germany in the 1600s to chase vermin, bold and fearless characteristics were selected first and foremost. At the same time, they had to be strong-willed, resourceful and persistent. It does little good to have legs and feet that are excellent for digging if the dog doesn’t have the spirit of pursuit.

Dachshund’s make great companions

Dogs that are independent can make great companions, since that also makes them playful and exploratory. It provides the dog with lots of energy and a willingness to try new things. It also means that training them requires extra patience and skill. The breed is more inclined than many to strive for alpha status in the household. Reminding them that the human is boss may require a long struggle.

The different Dachshund breeds

There are three basic varieties – Smooth-Coats, Wire-Coats and Long-Hairs. But the difference goes beyond the type of fur they sport. The personalities of the three types tend to follow a pattern, as well.

Smooth-haired Dachshunds more often attach themselves to a single family member. While they will tolerate other humans, they tend to be stand-offish and wary of other animals. The Wire-Haired is usually more playful and outgoing. Long-haired Dachshund’s tend to be a little more placid. Though, like any Dachshund, they are up for a game of fetch whenever the opportunity exists.

How much do Dachshund’s weigh?

There are two types of Dachshunds.  The everyday common variety and Toy Dachshunds.

The everyday variety usually weigh up to 14kg and are 23 centimeters high at their shoulder. Toy Dachshunds are a lot smaller – they are usually under 4kg and only 13 cm high.

What is the lifespan of a Dachshund?

A Dachshund usually lives for 14-17 years, on average which is quite a long life

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What medical problems do Dachshund’s usually have?

Due to dachshund’s having long bodies and quite short legs, Dachshunds are much more prone to spinal problems than other dog breeds. Rough handling can cause serious problems to your beloved pet.

Apart from spinal problems which I just mentioned, Dachshunds suffer less from diseases that are more prevalent in other types of dogs.  The types of medical problems that Dachshund’s suffer from usually are:

  • Diabetes
  • Abdominal cancers
  • Urinary tract problems can occur, but they are more likely in special varieties such as Double Dapples and those with blue eyes. These types tend to have more eye and hearing problems, too.

Vaccinating your Dachshund

Vaccines are an essential tool in keeping your Dachshund healthy, but a few do carry some risk of allergic reaction. Knowing which are vital and which are optional can help improve your odds of doing good without doing harm.

Dachshund’s should be vaccinated for:

  • Rabies
  • Canine Distemper
  • Parvo
  • Hepatitis
  • Lepto
  • and Bordatella

Training your Dachshund

Training has to be appropriate to the breed’s mental and physical attributes. Screaming at your Dachshund never works. At best this produces a fearful dog and they can become hostile and aggressive. They may look at their trainer as an enemy badger. Barking is more common in Dachshund’s too, so owners should be prepared. With the right approach, though, they make for excellent pets and companions.

All dachshund training should start young, preferably right after housebreaking, which is itself a form of training. By ten weeks they are fully ready to begin simple ‘sit’, ‘stay’ and other common obedience actions, some even younger. Take care not to overdo the effort. Ten minutes at a time is plenty. Young dogs are like very young children and have limited attention spans. Stressing them only leads to willful disobedience and sometimes even aggression.

The Dachshund’s Temperament

Dachshunds are a naturally feisty breed. Bred to hunt badgers, they had to be tough and resourceful. But that assertive nature should not be allowed to turn against you. You need to be the alpha dog.

Dachshund’s are loyal and loving. The bond between a Dachshund and the person or family it ‘adopts’ is unusually strong. They want to be near people and enjoy interaction. As any Dachshund owner will be happy to tell you…

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What should I feed my Dachshund?

Any commercial kibble food will have a list of ingredients on the package, starting with the one present at the highest percentage listed first. Ensure that the ingredient listed first is some kind of animal protein. Chicken, beef or lamb are the most common. Vegetable proteins are harder to break down into useful components and contain smaller concentrations of needed amino acids.

Like other dogs, Dachshund’s are by nature meat eaters. But fresh meat isn’t required. Anything that provides enough protein is fine, since what is really needed are the amino acids that go to make them up. Any protein consumed is broken down to those constituents then ‘re-constructed’ again by the dog.

Raising any type of dog can be challenging if they are to be healthy and happy. But Dachshund owners commonly report that the rewards in their case are especially large. Dachshunds are highly affectionate and very loyal. The people who live with them tend to return the favor.


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