What is a Dachshund like?
Dachshunds are typically intelligent, courageous, and high spirited. They have a playful streak in them, which makes them a joy to be with. These dogs are also more independent than other dogs, and can be rather fierce. They are not as sociable as some of their counterparts, which results in suspiciousness towards other strangers.
Dachshunds can be fiercely loyal, once they have developed an unbreakable bond with their owners. They might even suffer from separation anxiety, and cannot bear time away from their owners. They are definitely not low-maintenance dog, and lots of time is required if owners choose to adopt these dog
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Coexisting with a Dachshund
Dachshunds are affectionately called “Sausage Dogs” and it’s not difficult to see why. These dogs are much longer than they are tall, and have rather short legs. Yet, despite this, they have quite a compact and well-muscled build. After all, these dogs were used for hunting in the past.
Dachshunds have expressive eyes that are almond-shaped, with ears set at the top of their heads. They often carry with them a self-assured expression.
Their coat can come in three different versions. Short-haired, Long-haired or Wirehaired. Dachshunds come in a variety of different colours, from red and black, to chocolate and tan.
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Basic profile of a Dachshund
01. Exercise Requirements
Dachshunds are small and cute, and would often fit the profile of a lap dog. However, they are more energetic than other small dogs, and hence require a greater amount of daily exercises.Two walks of around 40 minutes in length at moderate pacing would do them much good.
These Dachshunds have fragile backs, so exercising regularly can help them develop the needed muscles to support their backs. Never let these Dachshunds jump off from high ground when playing games with them. It can result in permanent back injury.
03. Potential Health Issues
Their fragile backs is indeed a cause for concern. When not taken care of properly, they are highly susceptible to sustaining permanent back damage. However, in the hands of a firm, capable, and loving owner, these dogs often grow up to become well and healthy.
That is because Dachshunds are generally regarded as a healthy dog breed. They often live long lives, between 12 – 15 years. Keep these dogs exercising regularly, watch their diet to prevent overeating, and take them regularly to the vets. Do these with enough consistency, and you should have no problems with your dog.
02. Obedience Training Style
Similar to the Shiba Inus, Dachshunds are both stubborn and intelligent at the same time. However, a stark difference is that whilst Shiba Inus are naturally housetrained, Dachshunds can be rather difficult to housebreak. Their strong prey drive sees them being easily distracted, and you might lose their focus every now and then. A lot of patience is needed with this dog breed.
They also do not respond well to harsh training methods. Instead, reward-based trainings, where treats are awarded upon the completion of tasks, would fare better with these dogs.
04. Nutritional Requirements
As with most other dogs, Dachshunds have a variety of feeding options. They do well on a diet of dry food, wet food, and home-cooked food.
However, the BARF diet has been gaining popularity amongst Dachshunds owners in recent times. BARF stands for Biologically Appropriate Raw Food and encourages owners to feed their Dachshunds raw meat, bones, vegetables, and fruits with no modern day processing. Dachshunds do indeed love this diet, as it is exactly what their ancestors would have eaten back in those days.