Acquired: Breeder (professional)
Training: I’ve taught bird care / training techniques
Posted May 19, 2015
The day I was born, mom said grandma's Dachshund licked me, and I was hooked. I am only joking, but at the age of 60, I can actually say, I have lived with Dachshunds for six decades.
Dachshunds come in three basic sizes; standard-16-32 lbs., the miniature weighs less than 12 lbs., and the kaninchen (German), or Teacup (America) which is about 8-10 lbs. There is another size we call Tweenies, but those are not yet recognized by the Kennel clubs in the United States or UK. They are perhaps the most commonly found in the households of today, and somewhere between a miniature and a standard size.
Tenacity and Temperament & Tools Onboard: Dachshunds are originally a German dog, and their name means Hound dog, and the standards were best known (and bred) to flush out badgers; and you know how mean those are. Almost all hounds love to hunt, and Dachshunds were bred to do just that. Those little noses are not there simply to be cute, and called snouts, have tremendous powers of smell, so they use scent to chase their prey. Their deep chest holds larger than normal lungs for an animal its own size, and supplies more oxygen, for higher stamina for the chase. With their short legs, paddle shaped feet, and long slender body, no hole can stop them…sadly even in your yard. They just follow or dig after the rabbit (or any other burrowing animal), until they reach their target.
Colors and Coats: There are short haired, smooth coat, long-haired, and wire-haired dachshunds, They can come in red, black and tan, chocolate, black and white, solid black, pure white or some with red spots, and even gray with black patterns, or as in the wire hairs, I call it salt and pepper, like a schnauzer. Many agree that each has small differences in their personalities, so research that further to learn more about your own needs.
My Limo is a Black and Tan Tweenie, and weighs in at about 11 lbs. He is a smooth coat, and now beginning to turn gray and white on his snout and feet. At age 12, I know he will probably be with me a few more years yet. Dachshunds, if they stay in good health, live on average of 16 years. I have had them a lifetime, and that seem to be the norm.
Dachshunds can suffer debilitating injuries to their long spines, so take care not to allow them to jump from high places. They are also prone to allergies, as their carriage is so low to the ground and in the path of the pollen. These can also lead to skin problems, itching, bare or hot spots, and of course, fleas and tics.
Dachshunds are not known to be great with children, but there are exceptions to every rule. However, older, more mature dachshunds that are not accustomed to smaller children, should never be permitted near them as they are unpredictable in that respect.
Sometimes I think dachshunds live in a retaliatory mentality of their own, and think the world revolves purely around them. I am not the only one who will tell you that if left alone in the house, they will retaliate because you ‘let them’. This can lead to howling, digging, letting loose at both ends. None of the above are acceptable, but sadly almost never stopped, and a lifetime problem. I have seen one dig through a tile floor, the bathroom door, and get out while they were gone. Fences are obsolete in many cases. Train them firm and strong when puppies, or you may have these problems in the future.