Whether you call them ‘doxie’ or ‘wiener dog’, you can most certainly recognize a dachshund anywhere they go. These muscular little pups are a feisty and affectionate dog breed that are loved by many across the globe. If you are interested in adopting a dachshund, here is everything you need to know about the breed!
Characteristics of the Dachshund
Dachshunds are stout dogs known for their signature long body and short, muscular legs. Although they are tiny, dachshunds are confidence and alert dogs – this may have something to do with their origins as German hunting dogs. Dachshunds can have one of three different coat types: short hair, long hair or wire hair. Their most common colours are light tan or black with brown markings, however, dachshunds come in a wide variety of colours. The breed has big loving oval brown eyes, long noses and ears and a strong jaw.
Temperament of the Dachshund
Dachshunds are the doggy definition of small but mighty. They are vigilant watchdogs that keep their nose to the ground and have a strong sense of smell. Their intense prey driven, and protective nature means that dachshunds fair better in households without young children. Dachshunds are a great dog for first-time dog owners. Their energy levels can be high, but they will also love to snuggle on the coach with you and usually only need two walks a day. That being said, dachshunds are big eaters – they will eat basically anything they see. Unfortunately, obesity can cause strain on their backs and joints so make sure you don’t overfeed your pup.
Quick Facts About the Dachshund:
- Dachshunds have long life spans. The oldest dachshund, Chanel from New York, lived until she was 21 years old.
- Dachshunds love to jump! These little doggies are known for jumping out of people’s arms which can hurt their backs. It is important to be mindful of this and make sure you keep them safe while holding them in your arms by tucking one hand around the hind end and the other hand on his chest.