A big dog in a small package sums up the tenacious dachshund. He is a hunter, a watchdog, a comedian filled with new antics every day, and a pal to hang out with, all wrapped in the loyalty and love he has for his family.
Information on Dachshund Puppies
The dachshund was bred in 1600 Europe for hunting badgers; hence, the breed acquired its name from the German translation of badger, Dachsen. Becoming popular on American soil in the early 1900s, the dachshund has maintained a top-ten favorite on the AKC list of family dogs for many years.
The dachshund comes in two sizes, miniature and standard; and in three coat types: smooth, wire-haired and long-haired.
An active and intelligent breed, the dachshund is in need of mental stimulation and play. While he is a friendly pup, you should nevertheless supervise small children during interaction. Whatever breed interests, you, do research to be sure it will fit your lifestyle. Sources of dachshund information are available at the AKC website and Dog Fancy's on-line magazine.
Dachshunds with smooth coats have the least-intensive grooming requirements, needing nail trimmings and ear canal cleanings at least every four to six weeks, a degreasing bath (citrus shampoos work well) and a brushing of its coat as needed. As well as the aforementioned tasks, wire-haired and long-haired dachshunds need professional grooming every six weeks to have its pads trimmed; for ease of walking, a sanitary clip and a thorough brushing to rid him of "dead" coat.
Training a Puppy
Start to train your dachshund puppy as soon as she arrives home. Crate training is the ideal setting for housebreaking as well as providing it with a safe zone. Basic commands, such as sit, stay are important. Being a hunter, a dachshund tends to be attracted to movement around her environment and will scout out the source. To avoid the risks of wandering, keep her on a leash when outside.
Health and Longevity
Because of its elongated spine, a dachshund can easily be at risk for back problems. Don't overfeed her, and offer plenty of exercise to lessen the risk of injury. Discourage jumping on and off high furniture.
With proper care and nutrition, a dachshund could live to 15 years.