The Dachshund dog is one of the dog breeds that do not require introduction since many humans are familiar with it and for good reasons, as it is one of the most popular pets in America. But, under no circumstances should you get carried away with this type of comment or anything else you might read anywhere. Although they are cherished and popular pets, they are not easy to handle and can lead to many problems at home if not done correctly. Breeding is of utmost importance since they are well known for their guardian dog quality despite being a miniature breed, something that helps them stand out among other breeds within this group. Their problem comes precisely because of this quality, which is what some may comment about their behavior in the house and why it is recommended to be very careful when leaving small humans alone with your pet. Note, it is still a good option for a family home, even for humans who are already old they are an excellent choice as companion dogs, but you must know how to handle it to avoid problems with their behavior and something that you have probably read or heard elsewhere, is how annoying and strong their barking can be and how little tolerance they have with strangers … from the outside, oooohhhh.
In this article, I hope to be able to explain to you in the best way the behavior and the way you should handle your Dachshund from the beginning so that both of you can have more than a full life, that you enjoy it by keeping each other company. Without further ado, if you are interested in this dog breed I invite you to read my article to help you make a decision that will be of the utmost importance when adopting a Dachshund puppy.
A little side note; please hoomans, do your potentially new four-legged companion a favor and don’t refer to him as the “Wiener dog”.
Although it is not a pure breed, it is part of a group of dogs that have been somehow “created” by you humans as you require aid from animals to control other animals. It has its origin or lineage from Germany which created some difficulty in terms of acceptance of the breed during World War I. Other breeds were affected by the world wars because the number of pets of those breeds was reduced, but in the case of the Dachshund breed, it was because of a matter that could be said of “envy” or “punishment” towards the Germans. Even so, for the Second World War, this did not represent a problem and this breed maintained its popularity until today. According to the data, the Dachshund is approximately 500 years old and as I mentioned, they come from a mixture of other breeds such as the Basset Hounds, Beagle, Bloodhound, and the Dachsbracke. They will not reach the size of a Weimaraner, which is another German breed and excellent hunter, but they compensate with agility and an incredible desire and energy to fulfill their goal or work, control or hunt those animal species that affect some human activities. Being a breed that was obtained by breeding, it is to be expected that the variations that are known today have been the product of the same.
The Dachshund comes in various coat and size presentations, all being a small adjustment or improvement to help them when hunting other animals, such as the badgers that were part of the reason for their creation. The original version or the first one to become known as the one with short and smooth hair, later on when they moved to another territory they decided to help it a little when it came in contact with water when hunting otters so they made crosses with Spaniels breeds (for example; English Springer or English Cocker Spaniels), and finally, there is the most recent version that has a rough coat to protect it from those bushes that can harm them. In Germany, they have another classification of the breed that varies in terms of their chest measurements and is known as Kaninchenteckel. As much as the presentation of this breed, it has several “nicknames” that you humans usually use to refer to the Dachshund, like one I mentioned at the beginning, Wiener dog, there’s also Hot dog, Sausage dog, Dashie or Tweenie. In Germany, besides having another classification for the breed, they have other ways of referring to them as Dachels, Dachsels, and Teckels, which makes a lot of reference to the way they pronounce their name, which some humans probably mispronounce. Dachs” means badger and “hund” means dog, in German. Its pronunciation is with the K and not with S, Daks-hund, and not Dash-hounds.
The first reports of a Dachshund in America were for the year 1870, however, it took them about 15 years to become registered as a breed. The same happened with the Dachshund Club of America, which was created almost by the early 1900s. In the mid-1900s, they became one of the most popular breeds until the modern-day, so it took them some time to take their place in this part of the world. They were introduced in America to hunt rabbits and even foxes, but besides their qualities and excellence in small-game hunting, it was due to their attributes to a family environment as well.
This breed seems to have everything, but like all great power, it carries with it a great responsibility. By this, I mean the responsibility of breeding for his personality issues, but this is something I will go into detail later on. Now, when I say that it has everything, I am referring to the presentations that you have to choose from. The Dachshund has everything to offer you practical, very good qualities that not all breeds have but will demand good management and discipline from you, both for him and for you humans. The morphology of the breed is undoubtedly something that calls the attention of any human but being the smallest within the group of the Hound, they have a great determination that undoubtedly covers the lack of stature and they have nothing to envy to the other breeds of that group. The miniature version measures up to 6 inches and weighs between 10 and 12 pounds on average, while the standard one reaches 9 inches and 30 pounds approximately (measurements are taken up to shoulder height). Without a doubt, the shape of their body is what stands out and draws attention, something you humans took to recreate in humorous themes. Like its body, the Dachshund’s face is long and is known as dolichocephalic, ears are pendulous, the tail is medium-sized, and limbs are short. The composition of its body is made to hunt and look for those animals that are usually in small holes so other hunting breeds cannot reach, and under no aspect is something that limits this breed athletically.
As I have already mentioned, his coat has three presentations between short/smooth, long-haired, and wired/rough coat, which comes in any color or presentation, therefore you have the freedom to look for the combination that you like the most when adopting your new pet. Regardless of the color or shade of your pet, its personality will be the same, although this varies as with every human, since every living being is unique, I refer here to the common or standard that is known of this breed. His coat does not require so much care and you can expect to have this excellent companion in the family for about 12 to 15 years on average, given that you can get to provide the care and management that both need and deserves.
One way to summarize the behavior of this breed would be with a surprise box. You don’t know what you can achieve in terms of temperament and personality of your new pet but you must take into account what I will describe below so that both your family and yourself as new owner/guardian are fully prepared to receive this small but brave knight at home.
Dachshunds are extremely loyal and excellent watchdogs, as well as being affectionate once you gain their trust. They have a certain touch of independence so they can’t be too demanding in this aspect, whether it’s a somewhat calm or laidback dog, it’s best to keep the little humans under supervision to avoid problems unless both grow up together and can get used to each other. Although some authors agree that the personality of this breed does not vary, there are some fanciers or enthusiasts of the breed who comment on certain differences between them depending on the presentation or version. The wire/rough-coated version is the wilder of the three, meaning he is more goofy and outgoing, meanwhile the long-haired is the calmer among them. In the end, you have to live the experience to be able to determine for sure what kind of Dachshund you are going to get but it is one that will be rewarding if you know how to manage them. His independence along with his immense determination to hunt can prove to be a dangerous asset if you don’t control him in time. It’s a dog that won’t hesitate to go out first to protect or look for anything that might create some kind of disturbance in the house, the problem is that the problem in such may be another larger pet that can easily cause harm to your Dachshund. For this reason, some people classify them as aggressive, and by staying alert to everything, they are also aggressive to humans who are strangers to them. They don’t need an excuse to bark so you should keep this in mind if you want to be a good neighbor and maintain a good relationship with the rest of the compound. Their bark is something that will hardly go unnoticed and although it is ideal for small homes due to its small size, it is something you should take care of as soon as possible.
Intelligence with some independence can create a stubborn being so their training can also be a tedious task but it is something of the utmost importance and you must take this matter with the degree of responsibility it deserves. Another thing you should know is that as hunters and especially those animals that make nests underground, the Dachshund will most likely seek to do the same with your garden or the space you provide. Despite all these “bad” aspects, it all depends on the way you raise it and if it ends up being a problematic pet you have to blame yourself, its owner, and the rest of the family for its good and bad actions. They certainly won’t be an ideal perfect puppy for every home or every family, but for those who can provide them with what they need, they will certainly enjoy the excellent companion and guardian that a Dachshund has to offer in your home. Socialization and exposure to new or strange things can help your pet not be grumpy and can better cope with encounters with both new people and pets, without losing that guardian quality that is so characteristic of them.
CARE & HEALTH
We all desire a healthy puppy, and to have it, you must pay attention to your pet, as the same reason that makes them so conspicuous is one of the reasons they are so prone to suffering from certain complications that may well end up being extremely painful. Even though they were created to keep up with those animals that they hunt, having such a long body without support that helps their spine, increases the chances of presenting disc problems such as intervertebral disc disease (IVDD). The same thing happens with a bridge, if it does not have enough support to help it maintain weight along its path at some point one of its sides will give way. For this reason, the household must be adapted to its needs, helping your Dachshund to move between furniture or beds, as long as they are allowed. Jumping up and down from high places is something that will affect their spine in the same way, so you have to try to reduce these risks as much as possible. It will be useless to mount the circus if you do not teach him how to perform the act. Not all of them will have this problem, some of them will have it before others, and even if you are careful and attentive, it can be something hereditary or a simple accident can trigger all of this.
For this and many other reasons, you must make visits to the vet as a routine to keep this and other complications that can occur throughout your pet’s life out of the way. They can present eye problems, skin problems or allergies, digestive problems, hormonal problems, etc., but although there is no way to prevent all of them, you can know which ones are more likely to occur. You can do this by starting with the Dachshund breeder, the person who gives you your pet is one of the most important sources of information you can have. Your vet may know and be an expert in many things but the lineage or family history of your new puppy will not be available from any institute or website. A reputable breeder will make a difference in this regard since not all Dachshund breeders are the same or treat their pets equally. Not all of them keep track of everything that happens within their herd and they certainly don’t keep in contact with those customers to know how their animals are doing in their new homes. The way they handle these early stages of life can determine certain traits or aspects of your pet’s personality without you being aware of it. Something as simple as the way and the diet they provide can be a drastic and important change in your new puppy’s life. Remember, a responsible breeder is always the best option.
Getting them from the breeder to your home can be a stressful experience and can make it difficult for them to get used to their new home, new people, and interactions. This can cause a decrease or lack of appetite which leads to high risk and danger for your new pet. Although, there are times when the person raising them manages them in such a way that they become accustomed to it and don’t accept or find it difficult to adopt a new one in an environment they don’t even know. For example, at weaning, they are given a portion of food other than dog food, but later at home, you may have a problem if your new Dachshund puppy refuses the concentrated or commercial food. This can be avoided or, rather, prevented by maintaining a good relationship with the breeder but I recommend that you look for those Dachshund breeders that are recognized. If they stand out from others they have their good reasons and whoever will be most affected by all this will be your pet, the most innocent being in this matter.
A pet is a great responsibility and many times the problem does not come from the qualities or temperament of the pet but the very handling that you humans give them and it can be so bad that even among yourselves you do not understand. You can imagine what will be left for the poor pet that does not speak the same language as you humans, which makes it difficult for both of you to understand each other. Socializing with your pet and sharing as much as you can with him will help you get to know him better so that you can determine any changes he may make and know how to handle them so that he doesn’t take things the wrong way. A firm hand does not mean that you will resort to violence, it is simply to maintain a behavior for every occasion. Every home or family is a team, and it is of utmost importance that everyone is in tune so that they can provide the necessary for their new Dachshund puppy to have the quality of life he or she deserves so much. Moroever, the breeder should not be seen as a simple salesperson, since he can give you information about some doubts you may have, but you must consult with your vet before starting any change to ensure that it will not affect your Dachshund’s health in any way.
The rest of the care and handling of your new pet is usually common among all the others. Care and hygiene of their mouth, ears, coat. Balanced and nutritious feeding according to their age. Complete health plan and regular visits to the veterinarian. Provide recreation time and start training as soon as you have permission from your veterinarian and in addition to this, some schools require certain requirements to accept pets.
The Dachshund is an amazing pet but sadly not all homes or families are made for them. They have excellent attributes as pets or allies to control certain “pests” but they are still a bit delicate due to their distinctive morphology. What you need to be able to raise one is the determination and discipline to do so, nothing will overcome this more than the devotion and dedication you can give to your pet that will undoubtedly repay you throughout its stay in your home. Always remember to contact the Dachshund breeder who comes closest to your needs but at the same time complies with everything I have mentioned above so that you can have both a new ally and reliable information about your new Dachshund.
I hope you liked this little guide about this wonderful breed. If you have any doubt or you think I missed something please let me know in the comment section down below.