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Introduction to 10 Things About Dachshunds Every Owner Should Know
The Dachshund is a sturdy, compact dog breed whose origins are somewhat mysterious.
A popular theory says that the Dachshund is descended from German hunters’ dogs, which were then bred with a herding dog to produce a canine that hunts burrowing rodents.
This may explain why Dachshunds have the instincts to hunt, which can be problematic if you are an owner who wants an indoor dog.
(Dachshunds can and do dig their way under fences, so an indoor Dachshund will still need to go out for short walks).
They are considered a breed of dog, most often considered to be a short-legged variety of the sausage dog, but occasionally classified as a type of terrier.
Originally bred to chase and kill badgers and other burrow-dwelling animals, Dachshunds are muscular little dogs with short legs and long bodies.
As hunting dogs, Dachshunds originally developed to be fearless and aggressive to the point of being ferocious, but this changed when they were domesticated and their instincts became more dog-like in nature.
It’s no mystery why so many dog lovers adore the Dachshund breed.
Their big personalities, penchant for playing, and disposition toward caring for their human companions make them a perfect fit for many households.
That’s why buying a Dachshund should be a careful consideration.
While they’re all lovable, not all Dachshunds are the same.
It is amazing quite how many people take on the responsibility of caring for a dog without much knowledge of the breed.
However, understanding breed-specific information is essential if you are to provide the best possible care for your new pooch.
If you are considering adopting a dachshund, or if you already have one of these gorgeous hounds as part of your family, there are bound to be questions that you have and things that you don’t yet know.
Here is our guide to the things that every dachshund owner should know.
Dachshunds Smart and Curious
Dachshunds Live For A Long Time
Dachshunds Bark Often and Loudly
Some Dachshund bark more than others but they are generally dogs that bark at the mailman and blowing leaves with equal vigor.
Also, the pizza delivery guy may think you have a Rottweiler behind that door.
You’ll have to work to train a Dachshund to stop barking and keep it under control in most cases.
They’re big barkers. They bark and bark and bark and then bark some more.
This is largely hardwired since they were bred to trap prey underground and then bark until the hunters could find them and dig them out.
Dachshunds Can Be Picky About Weather
Dachshunds Are Hard to Potty Train
I didn’t consider my Dachshund Chester 90% potty trained until he was 7!
Honestly, though, a huge part of why it took so long is because I had to figure out that it was his separation anxiety that caused him to pee on the carpet when I left.
Potty training is not always a one-time deal.
Your Dachshund may need refreshers throughout their entire life!
This might be the #1 reason Dachshunds get surrendered to shelters.
I believe, and have heard the same from several Dachshund owners, that it’s not very hard to potty train a Dachshund if you are dedicated and consistent.
I was able to potty train my Dachshund puppy in about 6 weeks.
Now she rarely has accidents in the house and if she does it’s usually because I missed her signals that she needed to go out.