by: Richard Cussons
Dachshunds are loved by everyone. Well, who wouldn’t love these short-legged and elongated dog breed? They are so cute and everybody just loves to have them as pets. But before actually deciding to bring home your new Dachshund, you must carefully understand its characteristics and needs to evaluate if this breed is the right one for you.
Where do they come from? – According to modern history, Dachshund, bred to hunt badgers, originated from Europe with German, French and English hounds and terriers as ancestors. The name Dachshund literally means “badger dog”. They are also called Dackel and Teckel.
Size does matter – Dachshunds come in three sizes, full-grown, miniature and kaninchen. A full-grown dachshund weighs 16 to 28 pounds; a miniature usually weighs less than 11 pounds while the kaninchen weighs 7 to 9 pounds. Because they are low to the ground, they are capable of entering through tunnels.
Temperament – This dog breed is not suited to impatient people because they are known as strong headed dogs. They have loud bark, dislikes unfamiliar people and will usually growl or bark to show their dislike. They enjoy digging holes and chasing other animals such as birds, squirrels and lizards.
Friends for keeps – Despite being strong headed, these dogs are very much devoted and loyal to their owners. They make not only good watchdogs but also excellent companions. Actually, they do not enjoy being alone and will whine until company arrives.
Health Facts – Because of their long spinal column and short rib cage, they are prone to spinal problems especially intervertebral disk disease or IVDD. This disease may result to partial or full paralysis. Obese Dachshunds are more susceptible to this disease. To prevent injury, vets recommend stopping them from jumping and other activities that could add stress on their backs. They should also get regular exercise to prevent obesity and lessen the risk of IVDD. Other health problems include eye abnormalities, urinary tract stones and mammary gland cancers.
Grooming – Dachshunds come in three coat varieties, the smooth coated, long coat and wire-haired. However, this breed is low maintenance and only needs brushing to prevent tangles and mats from forming. Their ears must be kept dry at all times to prevent fungus, bacteria and mites.
It’s time for you to ponder based on these facts. Is this breed really right for me? It’s okay to ask that question. What’s important is you will not make a wrong decision of getting a wrong breed of dog.