The spunky, fearless, little Dachshunds are scent hounds. They were originally bred in Germany for hunting Badger.. The name Dachshund actually means "Badger Dog". They were created with short little legs so they could assist in digging fox, badger, and rabbits out of their dens. To Accomplish such tasks, they were bred with a courageous, tough, stick-to-it personality.
In more modern times, Dachshunds have happily taken on the role of companion dog. They are happiest when they are with people. They love to cuddle and be close. If a human lap is not available they like to burrow under blankets. They are very entertaining and tend to be interactive with people they love. A squeaky toy or ball is a huge source of fun and joy for them. They are very clever and will learn to anticipate your every move. These dogs love to be the star of the show and can keep a room entertained with their antics. They like to be included in walks and can cover good distances with their noses to the ground enjoying all the scents before them.
Dachshunds have a typical life span of 12-14 years. Dachshunds are a good watch dog, with a loud bark. Dachshunds are very easy to care for they don't require much. Weekly teeth cleaning, clipping of the nails every few weeks, and a bath from time to time. Exercise is important as some Dachshunds have the tendancy to put on extra weight and become lazy. This could contribute to some health problems. A walk once or twice a day will not only keep your dog in shape but also help to socialize him or her when out in public.
Dachshunds are excellent pets for an apartment or house, in the city or in the country.
Dachshunds come in many colors and patterns. The most popular colors are red and black & tan. They also come in chocolate, chocolate & tan, fawn(isabells) & tan, Black & cream, cream wheaten, and wild boar. There are also several patterns which include dapple, double dapple, brindle, sable and piebald. All of these verieties can be found in the smooth,long, or the wire hair Dachshund.
Dachshunds can be very good with children, provided they are socialized properly when they are puppies. It is a good idea to let your Dachshund meet as many people as possible at an early age, including adults, teenagers, and children. Good experiences with people at an early age will make your Dachshund a very good canine citizen, who gets along with almost everybody.
Children and dogs should never be left alone and unattended even for a moment. Young children do not have proper dog etiquette and dogs do not understand a child's behavior.This can result in tragedy with any breed of dog. This breed tends to not be recommended for young children.This breeds stubborn, no-nonsense nature can result in conflicts with small children. They are also vulnerable to back injuries if mishandled. Generally responsible, gentle, older children that have reached an age that is able to understand the needs and responsibility of caring for this breed will prove compatible. So, each dog and child relationship should be considered as individual.
Dachshunds in general do well with other dogs if they are socialized properly. If you are away much, they prefer to have a buddy to sit with while they await your return. Dog playmates should be selected with care for compatibility. This breed is prone to back injuries if treated roughly. They can also be rather fearless, so a dog with a more gentle nature is best. Dachshunds generally love other Dachshunds, spaying/neutering is one of the big keys to having a friendly animal. There are also numerous benefits to spaying/neutering your Dachshund including significantly reducing the risk of certain cancers and other life threatening ailments later in life, as well as eliminating the chance for an unplanned pregnancy. Spaying/neutering does not alter your dog's personality, nor does it cause them to gain weight; overeating does that!
Dachshunds are very intelligent dogs. They learn fast, but mostly when it suits their purposes. This is where the stubbornness shows itself most clearly, making some a bit of a challenge to train. Although they absolutely can learn, they definitely have their own agenda, which may or may not coincide with yours. With proper motivation (treats) they can be trained. They are also very clever in ways you'd never expect.
Housebreaking can be difficult with Dachshunds. While most Dachshunds do eventually get the hang of it, it is not totally uncommon to hear things like"she's 95% reliable". Most likely it is their independent nature that makes them a little difficult to housebreak. It's not that they don't know any better, or that they maliciously want to be disobedient, it's just that they don't always see the necessity of relieving themselves outside(especially in bad weather), and they are willing to accept the consequences. Unless your a real ogre, the minute you see one look up at you with his inquisitive, adoring expression, capped off with his brown, almond shaped, soulful eyes, you'll understand why they often get away with things. Patience goes a long way with housebreaking a Dachshund.