Meet the Breed: Dachshund
Updated On: Wednesday, June 15, 2022 09:01:49 AM America/Los_Angeles
Dachshunds, also known as weiner dogs or doxies, are recognized for their silly and unique looks. But there’s more to this goofy breed than their shape. Continue reading to learn more about this big-hearted, strong-willed canine that has won over humans for centuries!
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German breeders made drastic breeding modifications to European hounds and terriers as early as the 18th century in order to produce the weiner dog that we all know and love today. The classic dachshund body–short-legged and long-bodied–actually has a function. Dachshunds are also known as badger dogs because they were bred to burrow for and hunt badgers. This means that even though standard adult doxies can grow up to 13-18 inches in length, they’re only about 7-9 inches in height on average so that they could easily fit into badger holes.
In addition to their characteristic legs and torso, the doxie coat is typically short and ruddy brown. Though there are long-haired and wire-haired varieties, they are the least common–especially in the U.S. Eyes tend to be red, amber, or brown and dachshunds almost never have blue eyes thanks to their hound/terrier lineage. As might be expected, dachshunds are prone to spinal problems, which obesity can quickly worsen.
Doxies are as silly as they look and are known to be quite playful. Some might even go so far as to say that these doggos are mischievous! While this may make for difficult training, they’ll offer plenty of laughs and company to keep you more than entertained. Mental stimulation is important for doxies and interactive toys like snuffle mats can help satisfy their burrowing tendencies. They might otherwise become destructive when bored.
One challenge facing pawrents is the dachshund’s aggressive tendency. Doxies are extremely loyal yet weary of strangers–a combo that can lead to aggressiveness towards humans or other people competing for their owner’s attention. A caring but disciplined owner is necessary for dachshunds to socialize these doggos properly and to prevent separation anxiety.
Because dachshunds are bold and confident pooches, they can easily become bratty and headstrong if spoiled. Doxies need stern but kind owners that will be able to balance training with patience and affection.
Like most other hunting dogs, dachshunds can be a stubborn lot. While they exhibit a strong stubborn streak, doxies are equally determined to accomplish a goal when they set their mind to it. Thinking about potty options for your doxie? Help your doxie adjust to potty training more easily by offering a more intuitive dog bathroom like DoggieLawn’s real grass pee pad!