When you see a Dachshund, or “wiener dog” as some like to call it, you can’t help but smile. With its long body and short legs, it makes sense that this dog ranks 11th on the AKC charts. If you own one of these sweet pups, you probably never have a day without loads of laughs and the yearning to give piles of treats just for being so stinking cute!
Important Dachshund Facts:
Let’s start by recognizing this breed’s name and the history behind it. With their small stature and intense sense of smell, this breed was developed to hunt badgers both above and underground. In German “dach” means badger and “hund” means dog, hence the Dachshund. The original German Dachshund was bigger than the one we know today, averaging between 30-40 pounds and was used to hunt many animals including foxes, wild boar, and even deer. While smaller today, its tenacity and fearlessness is still just the same.
By the 1800s, this dog was brought to the United States and Great Britain as a companion rather than a hunter. Even the Queen of Victoria took a liking to this breed, helping to grow their popularity. The trend of this breed led to the decrease in size that we see today.
Dachshunds Come in a Variety of Colors and Sizes
The Dachshund comes in three different coat types, two sizes, and a variety of patterns and colors. There are the smooth, wirehaired, and longhaired coats that come in black, red, brown, cream, brindle, dapple, and many more.
There are also two sizes of dachshunds–standard and miniature. The standard weighs around 16 to 32 pounds, and the miniatures are those that weigh 11 pounds or less. With all the selection that this breed has to offer, there really is one for everyone!
Living with a Dachshund
The Dachshund is curious, brave, and fun-loving, making them the perfect fit for many people and households. This pup is a small dog with a big spirit and a huge heart. The Dachshund is very loyal and protective of his family. Don’t be surprised if the Dachshund takes it upon himself to be the ultimate watchdog, barking excessively at strangers and anything unfamiliar that might pass by the house.
Like most dogs, Dachshunds love to eat. They have a very hearty appetite and can eat up to the point that they make themselves sick. To avoid obesity and health problems these dogs need to have a watchful eye on what they eat, and food portioning might be necessary.
A Dachshund’s stubbornness can make him very hard to train and housebreak. Establishing leadership early on can help avoid problems later. With positive reinforcement and proper training using dog treats, this breed can make a wonderful loving companion.
Once you own a Dachshund, you will be left wondering how you ever went without one! These fun-loving dogs truly are a special breed that everyone needs to know.