The Dachshund, also known as the “wiener dog” or sausage dog due to its long and low body shape, is a beloved breed that originated in Germany over 300 years ago. This breed was originally bred for hunting badgers and other small animals, but today they are popular family dogs.
Dachshunds are a small breed with an average height of 8-9 inches (20-23cm) at the shoulder and weight ranging from 16 to 32 pounds (7-14 kg). Their coat comes in three different types: smooth, wirehaired and longhair. They have oval-shaped eyes which can come in various colors such as brown, green or blue. Their most distinctive physical feature is their short legs compared to their elongated bodies.
Dachshunds tend to be loyal and friendly towards their owners but may initially appear shy when first meeting strangers. Due to being bred for hunting purposes, dachshunds tend to possess high energy levels and make excellent watch dogs – alerting owners if there is any danger present.
Like all breeds of dogs Dachsies can face certain health problems throughout their lifespan including back problems due their unique build.. As well it’s important that they don’t become overweight which might cause joint issues such as hip dysplasia or arthritis.This breed has a relatively long lifespan expectancy; typically living up between 12 -16 years when properly cared for . Prevention measures like regular checkups , preventative medication should help your pet live healthy life
While Dachsies do not require extensive exercise regimens thanks to low activity level,, it’s still vital for them receive daily playtime adequate social interaction either via walks outside home without putting extra strain on their joints
Special Grooming Needs:
Due tot heir smooth thick coating,Dachshunds don’t need much grooming outside basic brushing every few days to keep loose hairs at bay and bathing on an as-needed basis is enough.
Dachshunds are highly intelligent dogs which makes them great for basic obedience training or housebreaking tasks. As bred hunting animal, they respond well to positive reinforcement techniques., its important to socialize them early with other pets, strangers or children.
Compatibility with children/pets:
Due their small size Dachsies make a perfect companion for families,. They are loyal and affectionate toward their owners but need proper introduction &socialization towards the family members including children and household pets such as cats
Despite being affectionate, dachsies tend be stubborn that may cause problems in training if handled poorly. However when trained positively , they can learn new things easily . Having a yard where your pup can run around will be good especially since their tendency to bark lots sometimes.
– Famous Dachshund examples include Waldi -the official mascot of 1972 Munich Olympics and Oscar from “The Secret Life of Pets” movie. These smart pups have always been popular among celebrities like Napoleon Bonaparte & David Bowie who were both known to adore the breed!