Dachshunds are sweet and brave with a big personality. They are a german breed from around 300 years ago and their name means “badger hound”. Dachshunds are short, stout, and long. They were bred for certain types of ground and tunnel hunting, particularly for badgers. The dogs would drive the badgers out of their holes to be caught by the men. One of their best tools for this kind of hunting is their thunderous bark which they still love to use to this day. They’re tremendous diggers with a hound level sense of smell. They’re natural ratters so they’re great for pest control. These wonderful little dogs are very loyal and protective. They are also notoriously stubborn and tenacious. If you’re not careful a dachshund will try to push you around with that huge bark they have. They are quite vocal in other ways too. They whine, grunt, and yowl to get attention or to ask for things.
Dachshunds love cuddling and tunneling in blankets. They hide under furniture and dart from hiding place to hiding place. They’ll have a couple of favorite places where they’ll stockpile toys. Dachshunds aren’t built for long distances, so they don’t go on traditional walks. They’d much rather investigate and sniff around a park than go on a straight walk around the block. They are very intelligent dogs and so they need stimulation to avoid boredom. A bored dachshund can get very loud and very destructive. They are great chewers and can tear through most dog toys fairly quickly.
There are a few variations of the breed; the smooth, wire, and longhair. They have a wide variety of colors and patterns. Smooth Dachshunds are usually black or brown with a firm straight coat and a sleek profile. These are the most common types in the US. The wirehaired dachshunds have a springy and tight coat that comes in several color combinations. The standard smooth dachshund was bred with wire terriers or schnauzers to make this mix. This type is most popular in Germany. Long-haired Dachshunds are a mix of smooth dachshunds and spaniels. They have a very soft coat with much longer hair on the ears, feet, and tail. These are the most affectionate and cuddly of the dachshund family.
It’s very important that dachshunds don’t become overweight. Their long body already puts extra strain on their backs and knees. It is also best to avoid stairs and jumping as much as possible. There are little ramps and step cushions to give them a way on and off the couch or bed. They’re also vulnerable to certain genetic eye diseases and narcolepsy. Regular vet and grooming appointments will help to keep your dachshund happy and healthy for their 15-year life span.
Dachshunds are great family dogs, but they do need a lot of care and attention. They’re quick to bond, and they’ll happily follow you around all day. They’re as sweet as they are stubborn and I’m not sure that they could get much cuter.