The Dachshund comes with three types of coat, the smooth hair, which is the most common coat. The wired haired, which is not smooth and sheds tiny fur; and the long-haired, which is smooth and longer than the short-haired, needs careful brushing to avoid the fur’s matting.
The Dachshund breed originated in Germany in the 15th-century. The Dachshund breed can be described as a miniature dog, although it is known for being a hunting dog.
All dogs from the Dachshund family are small. The Dachshund lifespan ranges from 12 to 16 years old.
Weight Classes of The Dachshund
There are two (actually three) weight classes.
- 11 pounds or less = Miniature Dachshund
- 16 – 32 pounds = Standard Dachshund
Everythin in between is reffered to as “Tweenies”
There are three colors that this breed is available in. These colors are red and tan, black and tan and brindle.
One word comes to mind when talking about the Dachshund breed – loyalty. This dog breeds is extremely well and asks very little of you.
This is a very loving dog but can sometimes be over-demanding. This breed loves their family and is very loyal to them.
It’s like they have an understanding of your needs and aren’t going to let you down.
The 3 Types Of Dachshund
- Standard Dachshund
- Miniature Dachshund
- Rabbit Dachshund
The 3 Varieties Of Hair
To take care of their coat, the short-haired sausage-dogs should get a weekly brushing and a bath every 1-2 months.
As for the Wire- and Longhaired they should receive a brushing more frequently (2-3 per week). A batth is due every 1-2 months.
Dachshunds and Possible Health Problems
- Vertebral Injuries
- Patellar Dislocation
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy
Dachshund Training is Important
You’ve got to start training the Dachshund from day one. If you don’t you will have a nasty and unpredictable dog.
One of my Dachshunds would turn himself into a roaring raging little monster at the sight of the vacuum cleaner.
The Dachshund dog can suffer from spinal disc disease, epilepsy, and metabolic problems.
Careful monitoring of their weight is required. Like most dogs, they can suffer from hip dysplasia, but this is a rare occurrence. Make sure to check with your vet regularly
Factors Affecting Dachshund Training
The dachshund is an amazingly clever dog.
That being said, there are so many aspects of these breeds that make training so much harder, and for a dog lover like you that may sound like they are difficult… but they are not!
Before getting too frustrated, you must realize that they get bored just like people when they are bored.
If you are going to train your dog, you need to make sure that they have enough toys to keep them busy.
This is also a good time to start with their potty training, so you need to make sure that you can devote lots of time to getting them to that point.
Make sure that your dachshund gets many exercises, but especially when they are young and full of energy.
Taking them on long walks almost every day is a good way to let them stretch their legs and get some exercise, but depending on the size of your home and where you may be able to give them their run an exercise with a ball or play fetch with them to let them burn off some of that energy.
You need to let them know that you are the boss, and when they do come back, you need to make sure you include them in the entertaining and fun activities.
For example, if they bring you their toy and want them to play fetch, but they are having fun with a toy, you will reward them, and they will think that they are right to be included in the playtime.
They are going to tune that behavior right away and when they start treating you like their toy boss you are re-enforcing that behavior and they will continue to do it.
Another thing you can do is to not be so strict in your treatment of them.
Be sure to give them plenty of toys of their own that allow them to be happy and allow them to be successful.
Doing this will enable them to keep busy while you are gone and will likely keep them from trying to make trouble whenever you are gone.
Dachshunds need to be successful if you want to keep the behavior problems under control.
Finding a good training program may just be what your dachshund requires to help them be balanced and any behavior problems will disappear.
One way to keep them occupied when you are away is to rotate their toys every few days, it may go against your nature to do this, but it is a great way to keep them entertained and keep them from becoming bored.
You can easily find toys that can be taken apart and put back together again for your dogs.
They will love this activity especially if you give them something that they can play with.
Some things about dachshunds that you need to be aware of are that they are hunters and chase small animals.