The breed

Dachshund breed is more likely than many other breeds to growl or snap. It may be because they were bred to become more fierce when their prey fought back, i.e. Dachshunds are apt to "return pain" if they "receive pain."

Dachshunds need extensive exposure to people and to unusual sights and sounds. Otherwise their natural caution can become suspiciousness, which could lead to biting.


Beginning in the 1800s, dachshunds were bred more as pets than as hunters, especially in Great Britain, and their size was gradually reduced by about 10 pounds. Eventually, an even smaller version - the miniature dachshund - was bred. Today, most people probably think that the “typical” dachshund is a smooth-coated red miniature. But there really is no such thing as a “typical” dachshund any more; there are two sizes and a wide range of coat types, colors, and patterns.


Dachshunds are almost always in the AKC Top Ten most popular breeds. This is a mixed blessing. The more popular a breed - especially a small breed - the more likely it is that it will be bred in puppy mills. The dachs-hund (badger dog) began as a 25-pound hunter of the 35-pound German badger. Eventually he was bred smaller in order to hunt rabbits. In Germany he is called a Teckel.


Dachshunds are often too quick to sound the alarm at every new sight and sound. You have to be equally quick to stop them. Dachshunds should never be left outside in your yard, unsupervised.


Dachshund dogs are very lively and affectionate. They have an average life span of 12-15 years.


Longhaired Dachshunds need brushing and combing to prevent mats and tangles. Wirehaired Dachshunds need regular clipping.


Smooth and longhaired Dachshunds shed more than you might think. Also note that Dachshunds, particularly the Smooth variety, tend to have a distinctive odor that some people find offensive.


Short & Long



If you are looking for a protector for the family this is your dog. Don't be fooled in his size he is very protective of his family and home. Matter of fact he is protective of the whole block you live on. He feels that anything in site is his territory.



Children and Dachshunds make great companions. Because of the size and energy this little guy has children do well keeping up with them.(This is the way you tire both of them out!)Do be careful though kids a lot of time want to pick up and carry around little dogs. The Dachshund has a predisposition of back injuries. Please teach your child and family the proper way in picking up and holding your bundle of joy.


Dachshunds are a very social animal. They love their family and want to be around them at all times. Keep this in mind when deciding whether to make your Dachshund an in or out side dog. Most of them that are kept outside develop bad behaviors like digging and barking. If a house dog is not want you want then the Dachshund is probably not the right breed to have. Remember they are a small dog that wants to be under your feet at all times. he does not want to miss out on anything including meal time. He loves to sit in your lap and cuddle under covers.


As for other pets, the Dachshund is pretty good. However, you need to watch this breed as they can be jealous or aggressive with other pets, especially other canines. Dachshunds are not good with rodents. This dog was bred to hunt game, and you can not train this instinct out of him. The longer haired type of Dachshund is considered to be the most docile of all the coat varieties.
As time passed, Dachshunds were used less for hunting purposes and more as family pets. The Dachshund was introduced to America in the 19 th century, and the standard smooth haired variety continues to be one of the more popular beloved dog breeds today.


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