Dachshund overview- Owner Should Know

Dachshund Overview


Dachshund Information

Other NamesWorshond, Weenie dog, Sausage dog
Build TypeSmall
Life Cycle12-15 years
CharacterClever, Devoted, Alert, Playful, Stubborn, Independent
HeightMale: 8-10 inches
Female: 07-09 inches
WeightMale: 17-32 pounds
Female: 17-30 pounds
ColorBlack, Blue, Cream, Chocolate, Tan and combinations
Average price600 US$


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Ever ready for adventures Dachshund is a daring and fearless breed. The breed is keen interested in hunting of small games while tracking the scent. They are excessive barkers and diggers in addition to their independent and stubborn nature, however they enjoy playful activities with their family whenever chance is given. They are wonderful with children in their family. On the other hand Dachshunds are wary of strangers, some may snap at strange children while others like to bark vigorously. Long haired Dachshunds may be quieter and less terrier like.

Low level of body and ground covering approach provide flexibility in movements through confined spaces like tunnel or dens, the powerful jaws are able to hold its quarry even underground. The gait of this wonderful breed is smooth and fluent having pleasant and brisk expression. Smooth and sleek coated variants, wiry and coarse coated variants and fine coated variant are all three divisions in this breed. All three coat varieties have particular qualities.

The Dachshund breed was originated in Germany around 1600s, initially the dog was tasked to hunt small games like badger and rabbits, their much suited low at ground body, helped in chasing, hunting and bringing the prey back from confined spaces, narrow passages and possibly tunnels. Smaller variant of Dachshund was bred to hunt hares, foxes and otters. The breed was transported to USA through travelers from Germany. With the increase in gene pool, the dog was registered with AKC in 1885. The breed faced extinction during World War I & II. Extensive breed protection programs helped the breed to survive. Presently the dog is used as an active hunter, vigilant watchdog and family pet.


The personality of Dachshund dog vary from dog to dog, the breed carries some terrier background which is troublesome for trainer. They are stubborn, independent, curious and aggressive to strange personnel as well as dogs, however go along well with family pets but after socialization. The breed is not suited for first time dog owners due to their aggressive and obstinate attitudes. Indoors, the dog is cheerful playmate of family, it enthusiastically takes part in all activities, very gentle to children and harmless to other family pets, however strangers are not allowed to enter in the friendship billet easily.

The breed is quite independent, it tends to decide itself. They are proved hard to housetrain, the job of handler is demanding, it needs a great deal of patience, commitment and devotion. Its stubborn instinct would make it ignorant of orders. 

Socialization is the only agreed solution to increasing issues of this breed. Alike all breeds, housetrain should be started at very early stage and all pets should be introduced during puppyhood. Handler should be ready to face mischievous sometimes annoying attitude from dog. Important to note, the Dachshund builds strong bonding with any one of the family members and extend its loyalty and services to that person mostly.

It is useful to visit at least one of the parents puppy you have adapted, this is what you can understand the temperament of puppy’s ancestor; additionally the fore-breeder can also share some behavioral responses and help in treating the dog for better temperament. The dog is highly energetic and off-course would require extensive exercises to stimulate its mental and physical satisfaction. Meanwhile the dog would feel better in open houses with closed fenced yard, the apartment life would not be suited. Be read to invest more in time then money while adapting this breed.

Owner Should Know

  1. Dachshunds are stubborn natured, crate training is recommended .
  2. Dachshunds are intelligent to decide their own, be patience during training.
  3. Prey drive is strong to tempt the dog for chase of small animals.
  4. The dog was developed to dig small tunnels, this instinct may dig your garden.
  5. The Dachshunds are excessive barkers and fond of listen own barking.
  6. Monitor diet intake, as the dog eats more, it may get clumsy and overweight otherwise.
  7. The dog is prone to backbone injuries, take extensive care during puppyhood.
  8. Dachshunds usually become more attached with any one member of the family and extend their loyalty for that particular person mostly.
  9. Seek for reputed and trusted breeder or supplier to get healthy puppies, ensure puppies are clinically checked and are disease free.

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