Dachshunds are a toy breed that gives birth to about 1-3 puppies per litter. The breed lives for about 12-15 years. Both males and females typically grow from 14-18 inches and weigh 9 to 20 lbs.
The Dachshund was initially bred as a hunting dog that went after badgers and other small animals. They are known to be lively, clever, and brave. The Dachshund is a social breed that wants to be with people. They love attention and affection so much that they are known to demand it! They make loving and loyal pets.
Dachshunds have a great deal of energy and do require a lot of activity. They are very intelligent, but can get bored quickly. They love to play, go for walks, and enjoy new games. It is important to have plenty of toys on hand to keep them occupied.
With socialization, Dachshunds will do well with other pets in the home. Given their past as a hunting breed, they do like to chase. This is something important to keep in mind when they are out in the yard or on a walk. As a hunter, Dachshunds would frequently dig through brush or ground in search of their prey. Because of this, they are known diggers who will quickly tear up a yard. This is something that should be addressed in training.
This breed is unaware of its size, and will be quite vocal when accounting other, especially bigger dogs. They will also let their owners know when a stranger approaches. The can be fiercely protective little watchdogs.
Dachshunds can become quite spoiled and willful, and somewhat possessive of their toys and territory. They are not recommended for homes with small children, though they do fine with older kids. If they do not receive enough attention or activity, they can become bored and from destructive habits such as chewing or barking incessantly.
Dachshunds have three coat varieties: smooth, longhaired, and wirehaired.
The smooth coat is short and shiny. Smooth coated Dachshunds do not require as much grooming as the other varieties. The coat only needs brushing once a week, and a wipe down with a damp cloth.
The wirehaired coat has a soft undercoat with a thick outer coat. The outer coat has a rough, coarse feel to it. The wirehaired Dachshund features a beard on its muzzle. This type requires frequent brushing to prevent tangles, mats, and to remove dead hairs. The coat needs to be stripped several times a year. This is the process of pulling dead hairs from the coat. Wirehaired Dachshunds also require frequent baths.
Longhaired Dachshunds have a silky coat that is wavy and... Read More