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Breed profile written by Marilyn Pence of PenDachs “All Natural Dachshunds”

The Dachshund breed was first developed in Germany in the 1600’s. The Germans needed low, long bodied dogs to go into tunnels after the tenacious Badger and other small game. They couldn’t have gotten a better Hound for such a task. Tenacious, fearless, brave, and persistent are just a few words that describe this wonderful breed as a hunter. The word Dachshund literally means Badger Dog.

Dachshunds come in two sizes. Miniatures should weigh 11 lbs and under at 12 months of age and Standards should weigh 16 to 32 lbs. The breed comes in three coat varieties, smooth, wire, and long hair. There are many colors and patterns in this breed however the red and the black and tan are the most common. The smooth requires very little grooming however the wire and long hair do require a bit more. Their longer hair can gather leaves and debris and do require more brushing.
Dachshunds make wonderful family companions if they’ve been properly bred, socialized, and fed an appropriate diet. Dogs fed sugary kibbles, poorly socialized, and heavily vaccinated can be as tenacious and unpredictable as a large breed living the same lifestyle. Dachshunds make excellent alert dogs, never allowing anything to go unnoticed. They are happy to lie in your lap, play with your children, and go for many walks. They love their people but don’t always love every stranger. They are an active breed that requires a fenced yard for their safety. With a high prey drive this is not a breed that can be turned loose in an unsecured area. They are avid hunters and need an owner understanding of the holes that may be dug in the yard and the occasional selective hearing a Dachshund can suffer when prey has been spotted.

Dachshunds are very hard to house break. They require consistent training and the use of a crate is very important. Again this is something that is helped by the raw diet since bathroom breaks are less often and more easily predicted.

The breed is often recognized by its body structure which is often referred to as half a doggie high and two doggies long. Because of this body structure Dachshunds are prone to back problems. It’s best to not allow them to jump from high areas. It’s equally important to keep your Dachshund at a healthy weight to avoid added stress to its back. Again proper diet is key for this breeds proper growth and development. Standard Dachshunds grow and mature for two and half years and this growth needs to happen slow and steady. That is easily achieved by feeding a well balanced, raw, meaty diet. When searching for a Dachshund breeder, be certain that you find one that is knowledgeable about the correct structure for this breed to avoid any additional chances of ending up with a Dachshund with back problems.

If you are looking for a sturdy, brave, comical family pet and are willing to spend time house training and socializing as well as living with a few dug holes in the yard then the Dachshund might be the breed for you. For more information about the breed please check out the following links.

Dachshund Club of America
American Kennel Club
United Kennel Club

Breed profile written by Marilyn Pence of PenDachs “All Natural Dachshunds”