Dachshund


(Hound Group)

"...confident head carriage and intelligent, alert facial expression. His hunting spirit, good nose, loud tongue...

"Temperament: The Dachshund is clever, lively and courageous to the point of rashness" (AKC Standard).

"Do not play aggressive games with your Dachshund, for the dog can snap if provoked. However, this dog loves to travel, either car or by foot, so take your pooch with you on the road for an enjoyable outing for both of you!

"Obedience training and/or classes can be very rewarding for both dog and owner, but do not expect your Dachshund to be perfect as they have an independent nature.

"The Dachshund is curious and playful, bold, and adaptable. This dog is wonderful in the city, but likes its walks and makes for an excellent traveling companion. In addition, this dog does well with other animals and is responsive to firm, patient training. However, it can occasionally disobey with a comical sense of humor. This breed makes for an excellent watchdog and faithful companion even for the novice owner.

"The Dachshund will snap if harshly disciplined or punished, but will also demand to be into everything to satisfy its instinctual curiosity. In addition, this dog likes to dig and bark, and can be hard to housebreak. It is also advised that you don't play aggressive games with your Dachshund, like tug-o-war or wrestling" (http://www.petcare.umn.edu/Dogs/breedinfo.cfm?BreedID=61).

"Character: Sassy, playful, good companion; smooth is alert, bold, friendly; long-haired is reserved, timid and requires patience.

"Potential problems: stubborn, dominant, snappy, barking, house soiling" (Digital Dog).

The Dachshund is naturally free from "doggy" odor.


Links/Pictures:

Dachshund Club of America
Dachshund Rescue, National.
Dachshund Rescue Web
Dachshund AKC page
Dachshund Rescue, Coast to Coast
Dachshund Network info on breeding and more
Dachshund Rescue of North America
Dachshund Online Magazine
Dachshund - For the Love of Dachsies
Dachshund Rescue, Central Texas
Dodger: Dachshund Orthopedic Disc Group Email Resource good source of information on InterVertebral Disk Disease (IVDD)


"..the Dachshund has a mind of his own... "A Dachshund has an attitude like, 'Please write down your request and I'll get back to you,'" says Andra...

"Those used to more biddable dogs might think twice about Dachshund Cohabitation. "It was a shock getting a Dachshund after growing up with Cockers and Collies," admits Monica...

""They want to be your best friend".. [but] frequently outsmart their people. [For instance], jealous of Canestrini's husband Frank, Bon Bon formulated a clever plan... whenever he walked by her, she jumped back, yelped, and held up her paw...

"..the Dachshund's ancestors chased badgers starting in the Middle Ages... Smooth and Longhaired Dachshunds existed by the early 17th century...

"..founding of the Dachshund Club of America in 1895. Today, the Dachshund is the 5th most popular AKC breed...

"Dachshunds remain keen hunters, and that loud bark makes them good watchdogs...

"Dachshunds come in three coat varieties -- Longhaired, Wirehaired and Smooth -- and two sizes -- Standard (16 to 32 pounds) and Miniature (under 11 pounds). They exhibit a rainbow of colors and patterns...

"The Wirehair is very terrier-like and always the clown.. ready to play and please you...

"Smooths have the classic Dachshund attitude that they are right, you are wrong, and you owe them an apology...

"Those who know Dachshunds agree: Dachshunds aren't like other dogs. "No experience I ever had with dogs prepared me for a Dachshund," Canestrini says...

"They never let you forget they are numero uno.. Dachshunds require assertive owners willing to train early and often. "Dachshunds that become obnoxious to live with are those whose owners never established boundaries for them. Unless you stick to your guns, they become the ruler of the house...

"Inveterate diggers.. especially Standards, can be destructive chewers when bored and unsupervised.

"..because they will follow a scent without regard to safety, Dachshunds require a secure fence when in the yard and a leash on walks... "They hit the ground running and don't hear you. They just go, chasing.. the neighbor's cat".. (Some Dachshunds can get along with a family cat)...

""They have a creative zest for life, and they will keep you laughing...

"Health issues - A long back and short legs make Dachshunds vulnerable to intervertebral disk disease... Keep nails trimmed, don't allow them to jump off beds or chairs, and discourage running up and down flights of stairs... Some owners install ramps up to beds and couches. A sudden yelp of pain, limping, dragging back legs, or refusing to move calls for immediate medical attention...

"..the food-motivated Dachshund with couch-potato tendencies can easily become overweight. "Regular exercise is very important"...

"Dachshunds challenge even the most patient human.. any other breed is boring in comparison.. They are an acquired taste.. You either love them or can't deal with them. There is no in-between" (Adamson, Eve. "The Long and Short of It." Dog Fancy, Mar. 2004: 46-50).


Colby Glass, MLIS