Did you know that the Dachshund was documented by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1885 together with other fourteen (14) dog breeds?
A Brief History about Dachshunds
Dachshunds were originally bred for hunting badgers in Germany and their history dates back about 600 years ago. In fact, they derived this name from what they were bred to do “Dach” (badger) and “hund” (hunt). This dog breed is available in three different types, including smooth-haired, wire-haired, and long-coated Dachshunds.
Other names for Dachshunds include Doxies, Sausage Hound, Dachie, among others. All the varieties of Dachshunds mentioned above re available in two sizes, including the Miniature and Standard.
The Dachshund features short, stout legs that come in handy when digging out prey and going inside tunnels. And while this dog breed is still used to hunt in Europe, it is one of the most popular family dogs in the US, especially North America.
When it comes to weight, there is a great difference between the varieties. Both the male and female Standard Dachshunds weigh between 16 lbs. to 32 lbs., and 8-9 inches in height. The Miniature Dachshund, on the other hand, weighs up to 11 lbs. and up 5-6 inches in height.
Despite their short size, Dachshunds have a reputation for being brave and even dare to take on animals that are bigger than them.
At the mention of the term temperament, many people think about the physical traits of an animal or person. But that is not the case. When we talk about Dachshund’s temperament, we are referring to the individual variations that are biologically grounded.
Typically, the Dachshund has a lively and intelligent temperament with a self-reliant trait, not to mention stubbornness. As such, training them can be somewhat challenging. This dog breed is highly sensitive and will not respond well to your strict orders or mistreatment. If you want a good and obedient Dachshund, you must exercise patience and consistency.
Being bred as hunting pooches, the focus is their strong suit. This means that your Dachshund can pay attention to something interesting without distraction and will definitely ignore you. If you try to force them out of their concentration, they can be very aggressive.
Did you know that there is a personality difference between the three types of Dachshunds? Yes, there is! According to some Doxie fanatics, the long-haired Dachshund tends to be calmer compared to the smooth-haired Doxies. Wire-haired Dachshunds, on the other hand, are said to be clown-like and friendlier.
If taken care of well, with proper diets and adequate exercise, Dachshunds have a lifespan of between 12 and 16 years. Since their long back is susceptible to disk problems or damage, you should supervise his activities to avoid back damage and do not let him be overweight.
You should also keep his drop ears clean to prevent ear infections.
Is a Dachshund a Good Family Dog?
Yes, a Dachshund is a good family dog that is known to be loyal to their owners and make excellent watchdogs. While they are intelligent, their stubbornness and independence make them somewhat hard to train. However, they are kid-friendly but you have to treat them kindly as well.
Are Dachshunds Aggressive?
Yes, Dachshunds are innately susceptible to aggressiveness. As such, they will be unkind to strangers and visitors and can bite. If they are terrorized with fear, Dachshunds tend to even bite their owners.
Do Dachshunds Bark a lot?
Yes, Dachshunds can bark a lot, especially given they were specially bred for hunting. Like any other small dog breed, their barks can be ear-splitting and unnecessary barking can be augmented by changes in their environment.
Do Dachshunds like to cuddle?
Yes, Dachshunds do like to cuddle with their owners on the sofa and follow you everywhere you go in the house. Even best, you will sleep in the same bed. Doxies are known to be protective over their families and can even choose a specific person in your family tree.
Dachshunds are excellent family pooches with, perhaps, the longest lifespan I’ve seen in dogs. And while they can be aggressive, proper training and patience make them better. If you are thinking about adopting one, you know what you expect and how to deal with him.
All the best with your new friend.