The Dachshund is a breed that dates back 600 years. Historical artwork depicts small, long bodied dogs hunting badgers in Germany during the 15th century. At this time, the dogs were used for hunting, and were prized for their hound-tracking ability, their size, and their temperament that closely matched terriers. All of these characteristics made it possible for the Dachshund to effectively track badgers and other small creatures that dwelled in holes.
The German name Dachshund actually means “badger dog” (Dachs – Badger & Hund – Dog), and was applied to the breed in the early 17 th century.
Originally, Dachshunds were bred with two types of coats: long hair and short hair. The third coat variety of Dachshund – wire hair – wasn’t introduced until the late 1800’s. As Dachshunds were being developed, two sizes were being bred in order to accommodate the hunters needs, based on what type of game was to be hunted. The larger sized Dachshund weighed between 30 and 35 pounds and was used to hunt larger animals such as wild boars and badgers. The smaller types weighed between 16 and 22 pounds, and were used to hunt hares and foxes. Today there are still two different sizes of Dachshund – Standard and Miniature.
As time passed, Dachshunds were used less for hunting purposes and more as family pets. The Dachshund was introduced to America in the 19th century, and the standard smooth haired variety continues to be one of the more popular beloved dog breeds today.
Is a Dachshund Right for Me?
Dachshunds have a lot going for them. They must, to be one of the most popular breeds around, and to keep that position for so long. Perhaps the question isn’t why they’re so popular, but why anyone would choose any other dog? But like any breed, the Dachshund isn’t for everyone.
The Dachshund is well known for his lively, charming, sometimes willful personality. The Smooth Coat, Wirehaired Coat, and Longhaired Dachshund share common traits, they differ in some ways, too. Here's a closer look at the temperaments of all three.
The Independent Smooth Coat Dachshund
The smooth-haired dachshund often becomes more attached to one member of the family. Independent yet friendly, they're lovable and energetic dogs that make excellent family pets. The smooth coat on the Dachshund is the easiest of the three coats to care for.
The Spunky Wirehaired Dachshund
The Wirehaired Dachshund is the real extrovert, reveling in games and possessing a clownish sense of humor. With a rough outer coat and a soft, short undercoat, the Wirehaired Doxie needs regular grooming to keep his coat in top condition. Every spring and fall, this Dachshund's coat needs to be "stripped." This simply means you need to pluck out individual hairs in his top coat. While it may sound painful, these loose hairs come out easily when the time is right when you use the proper utensils. You can clip his coat as well.
The Gentle Longhaired Dachshund
They tend to be calmer, with a less terrier-like temperament. While the Longhaired Dachshund is playful, he needs less exercise than both the Smooth Coat and Wirehaired Dachshund. Because of their long wavy locks, this Dachshund needs to be groomed a few times a week to prevent matting. A good brushing in areas where the hair is thick will do. Then simply comb the areas where the hair is a bit thinner.
~ Questions & Answers ~
Common Questions ......
* Are dachshunds easy to housebreak?
* Are they trainable?
* How are they with children?
* I just want a dog for a pet; I don't want to show him.
* Why should my puppy's parents be 'show dogs?'
* Do they bark a lot? What do they sound like?
* Do they have any funny habits?
* Are they clean dogs?
* How much exercise do they need?
* What activities can I do with my Dachshund?
How To Potty Train
A Dachshund Puppy
Patience and consistency goes a long way with housebreaking a dachshund.
For more information visit Modern Puppies website:
Modern Puppies - Indoor Dog Potty - Potty Training A Puppy Fast & Easy
PUPPY SOCIALIZATION: WHY, WHEN, AND HOW TO DO IT RIGHT
Socializing your puppy is key to ensuring you'll have a happy, confident, and well-adjusted dog for life. Click on the "click here for more information" button to learn when the best time to socialize your puppy, how to do it right, and why it's important.
Puppy's Developmental Stages
Understanding how your puppy develops at certain ages
Puppy's Fear Stages
All puppies go through the fear stage a couple of times throughout their life growing up. It's important to understand when & how to handle it.
Each breed can go through fear stages at different ages.
A dachshund will go through theirs when they are 4-6 months old & again at 8-10 months. I recommend keeping your puppy at home with you during these periods.
Obesity In Dachshunds
An important aspect of being a responsible dog owner is being sure your dog is in shape. You may think your fat dog is adorable just the way he is, but the truth is he could already be at risk for health problems.
Dogs gain weight the same way humans do: by eating too much and exercising too little.
Dachshunds and other long and low-bodied breeds that become overweight add strain to their backs and joints, making it painful or difficult for them to walk or sit which can lead to IVDD.
How To Safely Hold A Dachshund
Picking up a dachshund is different than the way you'd pick up other breeds, but it's not especially hard once you learn the right method.
Properly picking up your Dachshund can help prevent long term back problems such as Intervetrabal Disc Disease.
Intervertebral Disc Disease
One of the common canine back problems is Intervertebral disk disease. Learn more about Intervertebral disk disease, one of the most common canine back problems effecting dachshund dogs.
The vertebral column or backbone consists of a series of small bones that protect the spinal cord, any damage to the spinal cord will affect the movement of body and limbs, also feeling of touch and pain.
* You can visit www.dodgerslist.com
* If your dog is experiencing issues now and you would like to go with a more conservative way of care please follow these instructions. Click Breeders recommendation for treatment and read through the document with instructions.
To vaccinate or not vaccinate is the common question alot of pet owners are tossing back & forth. Do your research before you make this decision. To alot of us our pets are like our own children & currently we are discovering that we are over vaccinating kids as much as pets. There are alot of parents who refuse to vaccinate their kids, same as pet owners along with breeders who refuse to either vaccinate or over vaccinate their beloved pets.
Below is links to a common veterinarian schedule they will recommend and the other is information on over vaccinating dogs.
Do your research and vaccinate as you feel fit with your own comfort.
1 in 4 Dachshunds will suffer from IVDD which may be aggravated by High-Impact activities such as climbing and jumping on to and off furniture, which put excessive force on the spine. Obesity is also a contribution to IVDD.
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