The Dachshund makes an
excellent pet, but new owners often find their new
puppy to be stubborn, willful, and sometimes
downright irritating. By carefully choosing a
breeder and the puppy you bring home, you can make
the Dachshund a wonderful addition to your family.
This breed of dog is intelligent and friendly in the
correct home environment. To help you understand
this long-bodied beast better, we have gathered 10
commonly asked questions about the Dachshund, along
1. What is the
history and background of the Dachshund?
The Dachshund originated in Germany hundreds of
years ago. At that time, it was used to hunt
badgers, even to the point of going into the ground
dens to root them out. Interestingly, “Dachs” is the
German word for badger. The breed’s elongated body
and short legs made it ideal for this purpose. This
little dog is generally tenacious and energetic
because of its history, but also a friendly and
loyal family member.
2. How big does the
There are three varieties of Dachshund –
shorthaired, wirehaired, and longhaired. Each of the
varieties can have different sizes to include
standard, dwarf, and toy. Standard Dachshunds will
stand from 14 to 18 inches and weigh about 20
pounds, whereas Dwarf Dachshunds stand up to 14
inches and weigh about nine pounds, and finally Toy
Dachshunds stand up to 12 inches and weigh about 8
3. I have heard that Dachshunds are stubborn and
hard to train - is this true?
This breed is known to be somewhat stubborn and
willful, and may be one of the hardest to
housebreak. On the other hand, Dachshunds are also
quite friendly and even can be good with children if
properly raised and socialized by a good breeder.
Consistent and firm training is necessary, but
physical punishment is not recommended.
4. Where should I buy my Dachshund?
Just about every place you look for information on
purebred dogs will tell you that responsible
breeders will never place one of their dogs in a
retail pet shop. Most experienced owners will tell
you to visit at least three breeders and be prepared
with questions about health and training. There are
also very good pet rescue organizations that offer
5. Should I leave my Dachshund outside in the
yard when I am gone?
It is always best to supervise your dog at all
times. A Dachshund should be fine in a small, fenced
yard for a short time, but the best way to exercise
your pet and give it outside time is to take it for
walks and play time in the park. In addition, the
Dachshund is not a good full-time outside dog, doing
much better in a small home or apartment.
6. What health problems should I look for in my
The Dachshund can suffer from back and spine
problems from genetic disc degeneration or form
injury. It is best not to let the Dachshund jump
from furniture or a porch and you may want to
provide a ramp in place of steps or stairways. Hen,
the Dachshund tends to gain weight rapidly so the
right diet is essential and regular exercise is
7. What should I feed my Dachshund?
The Dachshund is also prone to heart disease and
diabetes, especially if the diet and exercise
schedule are not correct for the pet. Generally,
this breed will live 12 years or more, even up to 16
years, if it is properly cared for. Unfortunately,
the wrong diet and too many treats can lead to
obesity in the Dachshund, so the owner should always
be careful about getting away from a regular meal
plan. Typically, veterinarians recommend you use
fresh fruits and vegetables as snacks to include
carrots, celery, bananas, and so on. Some owners
prepare fresh meals for their Dachshund with many of
the same ingredients they use for their own food,
such as vegetables and grains that contain the right
vitamins and the right levels of protein.
8. How do I potty train my Dachshund?
It is true that this breed is one of the most
difficult to housebreak so crate training is highly
recommended because it will teach the dog restraint
and provide a safe haven for the pet. Start by
taking the dog out early in the morning and praise
him for doing the right things. You should also be
prepared to take your pet outside regularly during
the day and remember that prevention is the best
9. Do Dachshunds get along with other dogs?
Dachshunds can be tenacious and a bit aggressive
because they have some of the terrier personality.
They can be fine with other pets, but some owners
have found them to be jealous and irritable,
especially before any training or length of time
with the family. Starting with well-socialized
puppies from a good breeder is always recommended.
Consistent supervision is best.
10. Are there really, different kinds of
Yes, there are shorthaired, wire haired and
longhaired Dachshunds. In addition, there are
“normal” size Dachshunds, Dwarf Dachshunds, and Toy
Dachshunds, with the type separated by weight and
average height. Each can be found in solid color or
two colors, as well as streaked or speckled coats.