A Perky Little Pup
Background and Description
The Dachshund is a hardy breed that has strong abilities for tracking and scenting. Their hunting life began about three hundred years ago when they were bred to go to ground against badgers, hares and stoats. They are still used for hunting in some parts
Affectionately referred to as Doxies or Weiner dogs, the breed comes in two "flavors" - standard and miniature size. Nowadays, they are very popular as family companions.
As far as their ancestry is concerned, there is some evidence that they are descended from a similar looking dog that
existed at a very early time in ancient Egypt.
Standard Color variations:
Solid - red or yellow, 2-color - black, chocolate, gray with tan;
white/yellow; or dappled
Coat and Care:
There are three coat types: smooth-haired, long-haired, and wire-haired.
The long-haired require daily attention to their
coat; while the wires just need to visit the groomer about twice a year; and the smooth will take a regular damp rubdown.
Fortunately, the Doxies are naturally pretty clean dogs with low dog odor.
Personality and Traits:
Dachshunds are sweet, clever, amusing, courageous, and intelligent. But, they can be independent and difficult to train.
Strong leadership and proper training is needed right from the beginning to bring out the best in them.
leadership, this cute little dog will grab the reins and develop a bossy attitude with his family real quick, along with a
host of unwanted behaviors. All can be avoided if he is started out right.
As a family companion, Doxies are considered to be very loyal and make good watchdogs. They do tend to gain weight easily, so
a closer watch on the diet is called for.
The long-haired variety are said to have a more mellow temperament.
This dog is fairly energetic and will enjoy a daily walk - but keep in mind those short legs and don't make him trot too
On the other hand, a Doxie will be quite happy being sedentary, but can get lazy and put on weight if owners are
not diligent about diet and exercise.
This small dog will be comfortable in either a house or apartment but be aware that they can be barkers and need to learn
the quiet command to make a good neighbor.
In their day to day living, it is recommended that the Dachshund not be encouraged to jump on or off of
furniture as they are at risk for spinal injuries due to their long backs.
With older considerate children, they love to play games. But be forewarned, this little dog will defend itself against
young children if they are too rough or mean.
The best policy - no matter what the breed of dog - is to always have an adult should oversee any activities between children and pets.
The Dachshund is a good breed for the elderly as long as they are not overly indulged to be sedentary and allowed to eat too much.
Tell Us About Your Doxie
If you are the proud owner of a Dachshund, or someone very familiar with the breed, would you like to share your
your first hand knowledge of this adorable small dog?
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Covers care, training including some tricks, and health advice. Will
help you anticipate your puppy's unique personality and perhaps even prevent emergency vet visits. Also covers
socialization to people and animals, grooming, diet, exercise, and behavior.
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