Dachshund – Friendly and Curious

Dachshunds are small hounds with a big spirit and a unique diminutive shape. Their soulful eyes are so inviting. They are lively, charming and welcoming pets. They love company and wouldn’t mind sharing their personal space with other dogs. Their lifespan ranges from 12-15 years and weighs 11-32 pounds.

Dachshund – Friendly and Curious
Dachshund – Friendly and Curious

The History of the Dachshund

The Dachshund breed was discovered by medieval huntsmen to rid their homesteads of burrowing and badgering animals from their dens. They originally come from Germany and have been in existence for over 500 years. The wild hound was treasured for his miniature size. Also the ability to quickly recognize scents and his courageous trait in the presence of imminent dreadful foes.

The original breeds that contributed to the production of Dachshunds include the Schweisshund; a Bloodhound, Dachsbrackes (pointer dogs) and Beagles. The earliest types had smooth coats and came in a variety of colors.

Long Haired Dachshund
Long Haired Dachshund

The Dachshund ranks as one of the most well-liked dog breeds in America and was imported in 1870 to hunt rabbits. A 2008 study in the Applied Animal Behavior Science found Dachshund hounds the most hostile dogs. The breed descended from fearless bred dogs to hunt prey in underground tunnels.

Those traits make it stubborn, and aggressive with other dogs. The AKC registered the first Dachshund in 1885. The Dachsh is currently ranked 8th among the dog breeds listed by the AKC.

Dachshund Personality

Dachshunds’ are playful little clowns with a good sense of humor. They are loyal and very clingy to their owners and believe that he is entitled to share sleeping space with his master.

Dachshund Personality
Dachshund Personality

Dachshunds are good family pets and make a wonderful house dog. However, they’re fussy attention seekers who will bark endlessly if ignored. On the positive side, these hounds also bark sharply at approaching strangers, warning you of imminent danger or when someone’s at the door. You may need to train them on excessive barking traits. Though intelligent, Dachshunds prefer doing things their way. They’re stubborn, proud dogs who oppose force and they may growl or snap if handled harshly.

Comparing Dachshund Varieties:

1. Wirehaired Dachshunds: most energetic, mischievous, and the most stubborn.

2. Longhaired Dachshunds: quiet and sweet-natured.

3. Smooth Dachshunds: Aloof with strangers, and loyal to their ma

Dachshund Exercise Needs

The Dachshunds love to walk and be in the outdoors for long hours. They’re feisty little energetic dogs that love to play. Due to this wild nature, it’s good to secure small ramps near sofas and beds to prevent the dog from hurting his back while jumping around the house.

Dachshies are born to dig. If possible, provide your hound with a place to dig in the yard. If a digging spot is unavailable, he may burrow aimlessly in your blankets, or tear down your sofa, happily look for…well nothing.

Dachshund Exercise Needs
Dachshund Exercise Needs

They have a voracious appetite. This trait makes them prone to musculoskeletal problems if overfed. To prevent obesity and a clogged gut, measure his food and give treats sensibly. Do not leave food where he may be tempted to get it.

Dachshunds need moderate half-mile walks, but he’s capable of four-mile walks. This is a dog that likes to sniff and pee on things. He greatly enjoys tracking rabbits and tunnel rats (safely-caged). Protect the hound’s back by correctly holding him while playing. Put one arm tucked underneath his rear end and the other arm supporting his chest area.

Dachshund Known Health Issues

All Dachshunds shed hair; many have a noticeable doggy stench. If your dog sheds excessively, you may want to change his diet to prevent the over shedding. Many Dachshunds live a happy long life, but some will grow to be crippled mid age from disk disease. The vertebrae in their backs become stretched to breaking point and gets weak with age. Dachshunds also suffer from eye diseases, epilepsy, heart disease, urinary diseases, and itchy skin diseases among others with advanced age.

Dachshund Known Health Issues
Dachshund Known Health Issues

Dachshund Suitability as a Family Pet

Dachshunds make excellent family dogs if brought up with kids, but under constant supervision, so that children don’t hold them improperly. Their flexible nature and modest training needs make them suitable for young people, couples or seniors.

Dachshund Suitability as a Family Pet
Dachshund Suitability as a Family Pet

Before buying a Dachshund hound, consider whether the dog will suit your lifestyle and needs. Puppies are fun, but they require time and effort before they grow up. A grown Dachshund will most likely be less active and demanding than a puppy. Either way, you can find the perfect dog at shelters, breeders or an already trained dog in need of a new home.

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16 thoughts on “Dachshund – Friendly and Curious”

  1. We have had several doxies, our last one “INDIA” we just had to put down, she thought I was her mother, so swwet—Oh I miss her so much.

  2. We got our doxie from a rescue shelter, she was 6 lbs. ribs showing, not 18 lbs. and very lazy. Does not know how to play, Tried throwing toys for her to retrieve but she just started at them. We were told that she was born in 2007, we adopted her in 2008. We wonder if something is wrong because of the fact she does not play and very inactive. She does bark to let us know if someone is at the door, which is good. We try very hard not to let her jump down from our laps.
    Do you have any advice?

      • Please be extra patient and kind and loving to her. You have no idea what she may have been put through and I suspect she was not socialized or played with. Give her time to adjust and trust her new family. If you find that she is just not working out for your family please contact me before taking her back to the shelter . ~ Deyonna denverchampions50@gmail.com

    • Hi Jeannine, I’ve had Dachshunds for 35 years. I actually have two litter mates that have just turned 2. One, Lilli I’ve had since she was 10 weeks old. She happily plays with toys and balls. However, I adopted her brother, Oggee when he was almost one. He has no idea, doesn’t play with toys at all. He does play with Lilli though. I think you pup just hasn’t grown up with toys either like my Oggee. It doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with him, he may learn later if he sees something he likes. As for jumping, mine have a ramp that I bought from Sausagedog Central. They are made especially for Dachshunds. I have it at the end of my bed and mine learned to use it very easily. I just used a few treats to train then. Now they never jump. You could perhaps put one in your lounge room to stop yours jumping down.
      In all my time with daggies I’ve only had one hurt his back and that was back in 1992. Best of luck with you baby. If all else fails, get a second one. They really love to run madly up and down my hall and around the room. Lilli didn’t do it when she was the only pup. Above all, Good Luck
      Oh and her weight… depends on her bone structure and size. If your vet thinks she’s overweight go to rice and chicken or turkey mince. The rice will help keep her full while the mince is very low in calories.

    • Came from a shelter saids it all! Continue playing and encouraging the pup.so it immense love. It’ll eventually loosen up.it does not know how to play..left mine in a shelter once.itll never happen again!!!

    • When I rescued my Teddy he had to be taught how to play. He was three, and had never even seen a toy. It took us almost a year for him to become the adorable little clown he is today, so my suggestion would be patience and consistency.

  3. I made the mistake of not training my first doxie to use ramps onto beds or furniture from day one. So with my second I trained her to use steps or a ramp from early on. Because if they can jump it they will try! My vet once said they need capes. ;)) Both my girls loved fetching, retrieving, and playing from early on. As far as the over weight pup mentioned above have you tried weening meal amounts down and increasing exercise?

  4. Our doxie Murphy was what we called a rescue dog. We rescued him from a nice family who had small children who had no idea how to raise a dachshund from puppy to adult. He was very protective of his ears , tail and paws as I took him years to let us rub and play with them. Murphy knew he was going to be OK after about an hour in our car going to his new forever home. He loved us both but loved his “Glenn” my hubs the best as I nurtured that relationship.They went fishing, hunting, boating, 4-wheeling, traveling and lounging together for the 10 years we had him. He passed away 9 months before Glenn passed away. I know where those two are and what they are up too…funfunfun but I miss them both.

  5. I would suggest patience. Weiner’s do things when they want. Stubborn!!! A lazy 1 year old is odd?!? Maybe she needs adjustment time. I have had several Dachshunds throughout my life. I swore after losing 2 as a kid mid age to back problems I would never own another. Now, I am owned by a 32 pound 12 year old that is sleeping comfortably in 3/4 of my bed at the moment. I have NEVER been brought more Joy from an animal than I have from him these past 12 years. Again, be loving and patient and you won’t find a more loyal companion! He’s blind now and it’s ok, his tail still wags and he adjusted. If her ribs stick out, please feed her more until she has a sleek look. There are so many pictures of the way one should look. Mine is over weight now but again, he’s blind and 12!! At this point, I do not deny him extras only because I know my time with him is limited. Good Luck!! You will be amazed how smart a Weiner can be!!!

  6. One more thing I forgot to advise you about. All dogs have @ doggy breath” but if you find her breath is atrocious, she needs to get to the vet ASAP , as dachshund’s are terribly prone to tooth decay. It might be that she just doesn’t feel well 😕. I sure hope not !!! Your vet will be able to advise you on a proper dental hygiene schedule to keep her healthy and happy💕 because we all know how awful it feels to have a toothache and have infected teeth. Best wishes for you and your doxie and thank you kindly for rescuing her ❤️
    ~ Deyonna 🌸🌼💕

  7. We have a Very sweet and lovable “tweenie” dachhund. Her name is Chilidog! She does, however bark when anybody comes, especially if she barely knows them. No one can talk until she stops, and some are afraid of her. Any suggestions to curb this trait?

  8. my daughters dog, a one and a half year old dachshund, is chewing on her own front legs so bad, the vet advised a color around the neck…But that hasn’t stopped her..Shes chewed till there’s blood showing…What can they do to help this dog, Mia is her name…

  9. I have 2 doxies myself. They came from the same litter. I got them at the same time. One likes to play with toys the other like to watch. Could be just personality.

  10. I have a miniature Dachshund (12.5 pounds), and he can hike over four miles without a problem. We go camping every year in the rocky hills of the Hoosier National Forest, and Chester can handle a hike anywhere between six and ten miles every day. Actually, at the end of the hike, my 93-pound Cane Corso and I are more tired than Chester. I was shocked when I first discovered that such a tiny dog could not only keep up but do so with ease. The moral of the story is not to underestimate what a Dachshund is capable of just by its looks.

  11. I have had doxies for over forty years, and currently have four. Most of my doxies I got as pups, but have adopted three older ones, and I’ve learned that they don’t all play with toys, even those I got as babies and tried to play fetch with. My two older ones that I have now were both used as breeders, and I adopted them when they were five and seven years old, and are now 13 and 14. Neither knew what toys were, but Sapphire, now 14 quickly learned to play with them, while Joy, now 13 has never had any interest. My Maddie, who I got as a baby lived to be almost 17 years old, and never played with toys despite everyone in my family trying to get her to do so, and two other dogs who she played with trying to get her to play tug of war. My Zeke is now four, and while he loves playing with Gabby, who is a year and seven months old, has no interest in toys; as a pup he would sometimes play fetch, but bored of it very quickly. He loves going for walks and hiking, and regularly does a 6.4 mile walk with me and Gabby that includes chasing squirrels. My point is that dogs, especially doxies are like people with different personalities, likes, and dislikes, and prefer life on their terms. Keep in mind that it’s his/ her world and you are just living in it, plus you are your doxie’s servant and are not the one in charge.
    Love and take care of them, and you will be loved more than you can ever know.

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