Acquired: Worked with pet (didn’t own)
Posted October 1, 2015
Dachshunds are curious, lively, and charming creatures. These little clowns love to play and are fun to have around.
Dachshunds are very cute and cuddly. They come in two sizes: standard and miniature. The standard size dachshund was bred to scent, chase, and flush out badgers and other burrow-dwelling animals, while the miniature size dachshund was bred to hunt smaller prey such as rabbits. They also come in three coat varieties: wire-haired, long-haired, and smooth coat.
The temperament of the Dachshund varies from being very friendly to being aloof; especially with strangers. They crave attention and don't do well if left alone. They do well with other pets in the home (especially if it is another Dachshund), but can be extremely jealous and possessive especially with their toys. Dachshunds like to do things their way and can be very stubborn. As a result, they can be hard to housebreak. A kind hand when training is important as they do not take well to harsh reprimands. If pushed too far or feel as if they are in danger, Dachshunds will lash out through biting and snapping. Dachshunds also love to dig due to their genetic breeding. As a result, they can dig holes in your yard. Obedience training is needed to combat this behavior.
Dachshunds are very vocal and have a sharp and persistent bark. It is often heard when strangers enter their domain. They are very good watchdogs, but socialization is a must in order to curb overt suspiciousness.
How easy it is to groom a Dachshund depends on what type you have. Smooth-coat Dachshunds are easy to groom as they only need bathing and brushing. Wire-haired and long-haired Dachshunds will need bathing, brushing, and occasional trimming of their coat.
Dachshunds do not come without some health concerns. They are known to have spinal problems, especially intervertebral disk disease (or IVDD) as a result of having an extremely long spinal column and short rib cage. Obesity, and rough handling can cause this disorder to develop. It is important to provide a balanced diet and minimize extreme running and jumping. Other conditions Dachshunds can develop include patellar luxation, skin allergies, epilepsy, thyroid disease, and eye disorders.
If you love funny, playful, and loving pets, the Dachshund is for you!