As I have already mentioned, the Dachshund is a very popular little pup in many different countries around the world. They are commonly known for their appearance and are mostly known as ‘sausage dogs’ due to their long body. They are extremely affectionate and loyal little dogs that have high intelligence and an eagerness to please making them quick learners. They are fun-loving pups by nature meaning they absolutely love to play with their human companions, their energetic personality means they can get bored easily, but are great for homes that can provide them with the playtime that they long for. Obviously, as with all dog breeds, you must socialise and train your pup properly from a young age in order to have a well-balanced dog that gets along with all. Socialisation is key if you are bringing your dog into a relatively busy household where there’s new people coming round, other animals and small children.
Unfortunately, the Dachshund is known to suffer from quite a few health issues so vet bills can be quite expensive. Pet insurance is incredibly important to have for anyone owning a Dachshund. As with all dog breeds, they can be more prone to particular health conditions, which is incredibly important to be aware of before bringing a Dachshund into your home. For this breed, you should expect to see health clearances from the breeder which have been completed by a certified scheme. There are many Health Tests available for all dog breeds in order to understand potential risks and the level of those risks which includes Progressive Retinal Atrophy for Dachshunds in particular. Certain health conditions that Dachshunds are more prone to include back problems, epilepsy, degenerative eye disorders, bloat, hormonal conditions, diabetes and deafness. Being aware of this prior to getting a dog is significantly important since, as an owner, you need to be able to care for your dog in the way they require which could mean some large vet bills.
As I mentioned earlier, these little pups are very intelligent and so quickly learn new things making them very trainable. They have a great eagerness to please and quickly figure out how to do just that. Although these little dogs can be taught a lot, they are known for often being rather independent and having a mind of their own which, in some cases, can lead to unwanted behaviours or bad habits forming. Although these little dogs are small in size, they do require quite a lot of daily exercise to be happy and healthy dogs. They need a minimum of one hour a day which should be a combination of taking your dog out for a couple walks each day and also plenty of playtime. If they are not given enough exercise and mental stimulation each day then these little dogs can develop bad habits and destructive behavioural issues, as well as suffering from separation anxiety if they are left alone for too long. Dachshunds are energetic dogs that love to be able to run around, so it’s important to have a secure and safe environment for them to do so in order to release their high amounts of energy. Having a secure garden is important as Dachshunds as a breed have been known to be incredibly good at digging their way out under a fence – their front legs are designed for them to be expert diggers.
There are quite a few different variations of the Dachshund in regard to their coats including Smooth, Wirehaired and Longhaired. This breed does shed, but not in majorly excessive amounts and their coat is pretty low maintenance. Wirehaired Dachshunds need regular brushing and commonly need their coats ‘stripped’ two or three times a year to keep them looking their best. The longhaired dogs also need to be brushed regularly to prevent any tangled mats forming in their coats and also need bathing more regularly than other coat varieties to keep their coat healthy. In general, the Dachshund is pretty low maintenance on the grooming front which may be a massive positive for you if you do not think you will have a large amount of time to do this or if you would rather not have to take your dog to a professional groomer you can learn to do it yourself at home.
The Dachshund is an amazing breed with high intelligence, a loving and friendly personality and an energetic, wilful nature. However, it is important to consider both the pros and the cons to a breed before deciding if they are the pup for you.