Dachshunds are small hounds with a big spirit and a unique diminutive shape. Their soulful eyes are so inviting. They are lively, charming and welcoming pets. They love company and wouldn’t mind sharing their personal space with other dogs. Their lifespan ranges from 12-15 years and weighs 11-32 pounds.
The History of the Dachshund
The Dachshund breed was discovered by medieval huntsmen to rid their homesteads of burrowing and badgering animals from their dens. They originally come from Germany and have been in existence for over 500 years. The wild hound was treasured for his miniature size. Also the ability to quickly recognize scents and his courageous trait in the presence of imminent dreadful foes.
The original breeds that contributed to the production of Dachshunds include the Schweisshund; a Bloodhound, Dachsbrackes (pointer dogs) and Beagles. The earliest types had smooth coats and came in a variety of colors.
The Dachshund ranks as one of the most well-liked dog breeds in America and was imported in 1870 to hunt rabbits. A 2008 study in the Applied Animal Behavior Science found Dachshund hounds the most hostile dogs. The breed descended from fearless bred dogs to hunt prey in underground tunnels.
Those traits make it stubborn, and aggressive with other dogs. The AKC registered the first Dachshund in 1885. The Dachsh is currently ranked 8th among the dog breeds listed by the AKC.
Dachshunds’ are playful little clowns with a good sense of humor. They are loyal and very clingy to their owners and believe that he is entitled to share sleeping space with his master.
Dachshunds are good family pets and make a wonderful house dog. However, they’re fussy attention seekers who will bark endlessly if ignored. On the positive side, these hounds also bark sharply at approaching strangers, warning you of imminent danger or when someone’s at the door. You may need to train them on excessive barking traits. Though intelligent, Dachshunds prefer doing things their way. They’re stubborn, proud dogs who oppose force and they may growl or snap if handled harshly.
Comparing Dachshund varieties:
1. Wirehaired Dachshunds: most energetic, mischievous, and the most stubborn.
2. Longhaired Dachshunds: quiet and sweet-natured.
3. Smooth Dachshunds: Aloof with strangers, and loyal to their masters.
The Dachshunds love to walk and be in the outdoors for long hours. They’re feisty little energetic dogs that love to play. Due to this wild nature, it’s good to secure small ramps near sofas and beds to prevent the dog from hurting his back while jumping around the house.
Dachshies are born to dig. If possible, provide your hound with a place to dig in the yard. If a digging spot is unavailable, he may burrow aimlessly in your blankets, or tear down your sofa, happily look for…well nothing
They have a voracious appetite. This trait makes them prone to musculoskeletal problems if overfed. To prevent obesity and a clogged gut, measure his food and give treats sensibly. Do not leave food where he may be tempted to get it.
Dachshunds need moderate half-mile walks, but he’s capable of four-mile walks. This is a dog that likes to sniff and pee on things. He greatly enjoys tracking rabbits and tunnel rats (safely-caged). Protect the hound’s back by correctly holding him while playing. Put one arm tucked underneath his rear end and the other arm supporting his chest area.
Known Health Issues
All Dachshunds shed hair; many have a noticeable doggy stench. If your dog sheds excessively, you may want to change his diet to prevent the over shedding. Many Dachshunds live a happy long life, but some will grow to be crippled mid age from disk disease. The vertebrae in their backs become stretched to breaking point and gets weak with age. Dachshunds also suffer from eye diseases, epilepsy, heart disease, urinary diseases, and itchy skin diseases among others with advanced age.
Suitability as a Family Pet
Dachshunds make excellent family dogs if brought up with kids, but under constant supervision, so that children don’t hold them improperly. Their flexible nature and modest training needs make them suitable for young people, couples or seniors.
Before buying a Dachshund hound, consider whether the dog will suit your lifestyle and needs. Puppies are fun, but they require time and effort before they grow up. A grown Dachshund will most likely be less active and demanding than a puppy. Either way, you can find the perfect dog at shelters, breeders or an already trained dog in need of a new home.