Dachshund Breed Information AKA Sausage Dog!

My dad owned a Dachsund in college. And he still talks about what an amazing friend that little guy was!
Dachshund

Well, if you have or haven’t, this is a common name for the beautiful small breed known as the Dachshund.

This small dog breed can have a mix of coat colors such as red, cream, tan, sable, brindle, black and more.

This iconic lap dog has a long body and muscular short legs. Another distinctive feature is their deep chest and long snout.

They can live up to 14-16 years, weigh between 16-32 lbs, and on average grow up to 8-9 inches. Don’t believe these statistics; there are three different types. These are standard, miniature, and kaninchen (German name).

Even though they’re small, they’re perfect guardians of the house. Dachshunds are alert and will come to the rescue, informing you if an intruder enters the house.

Once brought into your home, they will remain a loyal life companion. They love to shower you with affection and are fantastic with children.

Personality

Are you thinking about bringing a dachshund home? If so, you will want to know it has a mixture of characteristics rolled into one. This small breed is not dumb and is a dog that will keep you on your feet.

Due to its innate instinct to hunt, it’s also very curious and loves to explore. Yet, because of their hunting drive, they can have a stubborn streak. This can change if socialized and trained well from an early age.

Dachshund
Sausage In A Chair!

If you have another dog in your home, it may take some time for a dachshund to bond to it. dachshund’s are independent and used to hunting big animals.

When bringing a dachshund into the home, they will be friendly with all the family. But, usually, they tend to only bond to one person and will be fiercely loyal to them. If you devote your attention elsewhere, they can become jealous easily.

History

This small-sized breed originates from Germany. Its name is German, and when translated into English, it means badger dog. If you were to investigate its origins, most likely, it would date back to the 15th century. It was only in the 17th century; it became popular in Germany.

The initial purpose of this breed was to eagerly dig into a badge hole and remove the badger. Their long body low to the ground made them the perfect breed to go underground and retrieve badgers. Their curiosity caused them to burrow tunnels, and long ears kept the dirt from entering their canals.

Yet, that wasn’t the only purpose of the dachshund; they were also bred to hunt on land. Because of this, two sizes arose, one being the miniature and the standard. The standard hunted underground and the miniature overground. The miniature would typically hunt foxes.

The diverse breed sizes this dog came in attracted the attention of a lot of quarry workers. Alongside working on a quarry, this breed was also used to work in a pack to attack wild boar. Later, they were bred to have different coats adaptable to specific climates.

Later on, around 1885, Dachshunds were first brought to the United States. After that, they gained more popularity in WWI and WWIII.

During this period, they became affiliated with Germany and often got the nickname by Americans, Liberty hounds. Today you can find them all over the world. However, they’re very popular and well known within America.

Care

If you’re considering owning a Dachshund, you must be present to feed it and exercise it. When it comes to daily exercise, they must have at minimum one hour of exercise a day. If you’re looking to get a miniature dachshund, they will only need 30 minutes every day.

Dachshund
Always Walk Your Weiner!

Dachshunds need exercise to keep muscles strong, especially their back and core. Plus, they loved to be engaged and stimulate their curiosity. Because of this, it’s best to play agility games, give them obstacles and allow them ample space to run and dig.

Training

To train a dachshund well, you have to put them through positive reinforcement. It’s best to do this while their young, so they can become conditioned to certain behaviors.

Positive reinforcement training involves giving a treats or rewards once good behavior is done.

Grooming a Dachshund

A dachshund has a beautiful coat and needs to be tended to regularly. The type of coat it has will influence how you groom it and the frequency of the grooming.

Generally, you will want to brush it, at least once a week and when time permits, each day. Doing this frequently will stop its coat from getting tangled, and you will be able to help keep it smooth.

To brush its hair well, you may want to separate sections with clips and focus only on one area at a time. This will help with the consistency of your brushing and stop small bits from getting tangled.

Irrespective of this breed having smooth hair, long hair, or wire, they need to be washed every 3 months. Any sooner than that, their hair will become stripped of oils, causing it to go dry and snap.

When it comes to trimming a Dachshund’s nails, they should be cut every 2 months by a professional groomer. You can do it on your own if you’re confident that you’re not going to cut into their nail quick.

Plus, you should brush a Dachshund’s teeth every 2-3 times a week to reduce the risk of build-up of plaque and tartar.

Health problems

While dachshunds are a quirky breed, full of energy, curiosity, and affection, they can be prone to health problems. The health problems they experience are a result of how they’ve been bred. The common health problems they can face are the following:

  • Intervertebral disc disease: This disease is when a disc in their spine deteriorates and causes it to lock or jolt. As a result, they can have serious mobility problems and back pain.
  • Hip dysplasia: When the ball and socket joint of the hip does not line up, causing pain and limping.
  • Flea allergy dermatitis: A skin condition where the body has an allergy, and it reacts, causing a rash on the body.

These are just a few common health problems dachshunds can experience; however, they are prone to more. Before buying a dachshund, you should speak to a breeder to know in full about their parent’s medical history and the dogs before bringing one home. It’s best to ask a breeder to view the results of a health screening or buying from an accredited Kennel Club breeder.

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Food/Nutrition

Always consult the advice of a vet before you bring a dachshund into your home. They will give you information on the right type of food, amount, and how often you should feed it. Dachshund’s food can differ due to their age, weight, health, and lifestyle they lead.

Generally, they should have a combination of wet, dry, and home-cooked food.

Did you know?

Fun Fact #1

According to the American Kennel Club, the first-ever mascot for the Olympic games was the dachshund.

Fun Fact #2

Out of all the different hound breeds, Dachshunds are the smallest.

Fun Fact #3

dachshunds are so diverse they have up to 15 different coat colors.

Final Thoughts

The sausage dog is a lovable dog that loves to cuddle and shower you with affection. Unlike other breeds, this animal tends to stick to one person and becomes fiercely loyal to it. Sometimes it can have a stubborn streak due to its hunting nature.

Likewise, it can be prone to some health problems such as hip dysplasia, progressive renal atrophy, and dermatitis. You can avoid this if the Dachshund is fed and exercised well.

Overall, we reckon with its long slim body and muscular legs; you will find the cuteness too much to handle in the sausage dog.

Judd Albring - Lap Dog Lover, Blogger

Judd Albring - Lap Dog Lover, Blogger

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