Species group: Hound Group dogs
Other name(s): Doxie; Dackel; Teckel
There's something endearing about the spunky, entertaining Dachshund. Although this German breed comes in a variety of sizes and coat textures, they're all recognizable as classic long-bodied, short-legged "weiner dogs." They do have the core personality of their hunting hound heritage-- loyal to their family, always willing to play, with a tendency to chase and perhaps to dig. As a result, they're a highly regarded family pet that adapts well into many households.
Appearance / health:
There are six (6) varieties of Dachshunds; smooth-haired, wire-haired, and long-haired. Each variety comes in two sizes: Standard and Miniature.
The smooth-haired Dachshund is the original strain. The Dachshund is a long, active, muscular dog with very short legs. He carries himself with pride and should have an intelligent, alert expression. His head is elongated with a slightly convex skull; eyebrows are arched and protruding; his muzzle is long, slightly arched, and his jaws powerful with a scissors bite and extremely strong canine teeth. It is preferred his nose be black; his eyes are dark red or brown-black, almond-shaped, and have a dark colored rim. His ears are long and hound-like with rounded ends and hang long on his cheeks. His body has a protruding sternum, which provides a front end designed for digging, and his abdomen is moderately retracted; he carries his tail in line with its back.
Long-haired Dachshunds require daily combing with a bristle brush; wire-haired need professional trimming twice a year, and smooth-haired require regular rubdown with a damp cloth. Dry shampoo or bathe when necessary. The smooth-haired dachshund has little body odor. This breed is a moderate shedder.
Dachshunds do not require a great amount of exercise, but they do need a good walk every day. A safely enclosed dog park, and close monitoring of your Dachshund while within a dog park, is another enjoyable activity for them.
Dachshunds are particularly prone to spinal disc problems; they have a tendency to become lazy and obese, which adds to their risk of back injury. Additionally, health risks to watch for include: heart disease, diabetes, urinary tract conditions, eye diseases and skin problems. Other health concerns can include: bloat, epilepsy, hypothyroidism, and joint problems. Dappled Dachshunds, and especially Double-dappled Dachshunds, Dachshunds are prone to blindness and deafness.
Behavior / temperament:
For such a little dog, Dachshunds have an impressively loud bark; they make very good little watch dogs. By nature, the Dachshund is brave, loving, friendly, playful, affectionate and intelligent. They can also be willful and tend to have characteristics of the Terrier breed. Believe it or not, many Dachshund fanciers and experts agree that the long-haired variety tends to be the calmest of the three varieties, while the wire-haired variety is the most clownish and out-going.
Dachshunds are lively and affectionate, proud, bold, and tenacious. They can be stubborn and clownish as well as mischievous. They are devoted to their family and some fanciers feel the long-haired variety is calmer than the other two types, while the wire-haired variety is more outgoing and entertaining. All are slightly difficult to train. Sometimes Dachshunds refuse to be handled. They require a substantial amount of interaction and, if you allow them to become bored, they can be very destructive. Because of this destructiveness, crate training as a puppy will make it easier to confine them when you will be away and/or unable to entertain them. Early and extensive socialization is vitally important to the Dachshund, as is obedience training. Try not to spoil your Dachshund as this will lead to demanding behaviors. Dachshunds make great little travel companions.
Dachshunds are rated high in learning rate, medium in obedience and high in problem solving skills. This combination can easily result in a very intelligent dog who isn’t overly concerned with minding you. They require a firm, knowledgeable trainer in order to prevent the Dachshund from training you. It is said that the long-haired variety is much easier to train, but they still have a mind of their own and require firm handling. Due to their tendency toward back injury, they should be trained not to jump beginning while very young. Dachshunds are also stubborn about house breaking, so implementing crate training with house training is a good way to subject your home to less accidents. Puppies should never be allowed free range of your home until they are completely house broken.
avid watchdog, lifelong companion, endearing, lovable, gentle natured dog, sweetest dog
fragile backs, expensive surgery, high prey drive, pet stores, housetraining, puppy mills, barking
Independant Thinkers, game hunting dogs, small game hunting, smooth dachshund, tenacious little beasts
My Elbow-Nibbling, Bubbly, and Loving Dachshund
Oh where do I begin. This dog of mine has so many traits and quirks I wish I could talk about them all. I've always loved this breed but I was certainly not prepared for the high-energy and enthusiasm that my dog has. At 8 years of age he is still as sprightly and feisty as he was at a young age, he practically bounces off the walls and only calms down after a walk (or three!). When the leash comes out oh boy his eyes light up and he becomes so animated, he literally springs up in excitement like he's on a trampoline. Never a dull moment while walking my dog, I'd like to think that he's walking me actually he just bounds ahead all the time. That look of gratefulness and satisfaction he gives me after the walk while happily licking my hand as I take off the leash is just utterly priceless. He likes to play tug of war with his stuffed toys too, vigorously shaking his head from side to side while pulling the toy from my hand in an effort for me to loosen my grip. I let him win after a few minutes because my dog needs to feel like he has triumphed over his human at some point. I love how he proudly prances around with his prize afterwards. Although he has his own bed, I have him sleep with me on the bed as he likes to snuggle up against me. He is also my alarm clock in the mornings as he loves to put his cold wet nose on mine (mine is dry until he starts licking it!), and wiggles his long body on top of me with an ecstatic smile on his face, like I was away for a lifetime and he's so happy to have me back. You can just imagine what he's like when I come home from work! His trademark though is nibbling human elbows! He starts off shrewdly with a few licks while testing the waters. If he sees that he can get away with doing more, then the nibbling commences! He nibbles just enough not to hurt me - like he actually knows the limitations! He could go on for a good half hour even hugging my arm as he gets comfortable with his nibbling. He only gives up when I finally tell him to stop (because at some point, the elbow WILL start to hurt). People say that dogs inherit the traits of their humans, and it's really strange because as a child I also liked fiddling with the excess skin on the elbows of my grandfather! If you want an easy, laid-back, low maintenance dog, the Dachshund is maybe not the right choice for you. However, if you want a dog that is loving, clingy, entertaining, interesting, funny, will give you good exercise, and is overall so adorable, I'd say you should give this breed a go. My dog is the love of my life, and I look forward to many more enjoyable years with him. I wouldn't have him any other way..
From RicaV Oct 2 2016 2:26PM
The way your dog's body was meant to be fed
There are so many misconceptions about raw feeding and I hope to quickly properly educate you so making an opinion for yourself is easier. I am a certified nutritionist for dogs and cats and the moment I finished my education I knew I needed to make better choices for my own personal dogs in regards to how I fed them. There are pros and cons to any feeding method so I cannot say it's going to be easy to know exactly what choices to make. The doubtful mind always says no, so anyone unfamiliar with anything is always hesitant. I see that a lot with other professionals in the field, specifically veterinarians. I am fortunate to have an integrative veterinarian who 100% supports this feeding method. Lets talk about the pros as there are many. There is no possible way to dispute that a dog's (especially cats) digestive system and teeth are designed for a diet of animal tissue, they are carnivores. Having jagged teeth throughout their mouth and a very short digestive tract, their bodies are not equipped to properly process plant material. Think of a cow's or sheep's flat teeth, made for grinding plants, and their 4 chambered stomachs, made to digest and assimilate nutrients from plants. They are herbivores. Feeding a diet of dry dog food, which is very heavy in plant based ingredients of many varieties,synthetic vitamins, and taste additives reeks havoc on their entire body systems over time. Some say feeding raw is expensive and time consuming. I'm part of a group with thousands and thousands of raw feeders around the world and we completely disagree. If you can follow a simple recipe you can make raw food for your pet. Learning how to shop for ingredients on sale and making relationships with local butchers is all you need to make it affordable. I feed two dogs raw cheaper than I wold purchasing an average quality dry food. It CAN be done if your pet's lifetime of health is important to you. There are so many support systems out there for this approach, it truly couldn't be any easier. The shelf life of raw food is far longer than that of dry food. Did you know that the nutrients and quality of dry food diminishes with the passing of each day? My dog's food is kept in a deep freezer and put in the refrigerator for thawing each night, ready for the next day. Freezing locks in all nutrients and can be kept for years without spoiling. Does your dog suffer from chronic conditions like ear infections and skin issues? Did you ever think it could be food related? Well let me tell you that it is. I have assisted with completely eradicating a host of chronic health issues in dogs and cats with diet alone. To most recently include a chihuahua with disc disease and no use of his hind legs. He now climbs steps and runs. He is 12 years old. No other therapy than a raw diet, regular massage, and one veterinary acupuncture visit. Let's talk about the cons. Now, most freeze dried and premade raw can be expensive for the amount you get. Feeding freeze dried is mostly for convenience. I use it when I need convenience like a weekend camping trip. I enjoy making my dog's food. There a lot of satisfaction in it for me. There is so much talk about bacteria like salmonella and e.coli when someone references raw food. Can it be present in raw food? Of course! But, did you know that your dry food can and does have the same bacteria? Dry and canned pet food recalls are a very common for bacteria. I have 100% control over the ingredients, processing, and storing of my pets raw food. Proper handling and sourcing of raw ingredients can and does deeply diminish the probability of bacteria. What about parasites? Again, yes of course raw materials can have parasites. As can dry and canned mass produced pet food. And again, the proper handling and sourcing of these ingredients remove this concern. (As a note: I have been raw feeding for over 5 years and NOT ONE of my dogs or clients have been treated for parasites or bacterial issues) Proper formulation can be a con to raw feeding. Honestly, its ridiculously easy. But without the proper ratio of ingredients you can cause issues. Companies make you think it is hard. They want to make you buy their product. It's a marketing scheme that works and unfortunately affects our pets negatively. I hope this review can shed light into the seemingly scary world of raw feeding. Educate yourselves and don't be afraid to jump in head first. Your pet's health and quality of life will be all the proof you need to know this is without a doubt the best decision you have ever made. .
From Megan S 59 days ago
behavior training tool
All dogs need to learn how to behave and a great "brain-break" and self soothing tool to use between activities or for crate training is a kong. Filled with a treat or small bit of peanut butter, this activity can provide the dog with a reward sensation as well as a much needed chewing activity for "down time" between trainings. We have utilized this with many of our breeds but huskies can be downright destructive to any material, so use of the kong is fabulous (while supervised) once the husky reaches maturity. As puppies are constantly teething and learning what is THEIRS and what is yours, kongs are a wonderful "replacement" tool for your couch, shoes and other destructible items in your home. .
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