How can you not love this short legged dog? I know some people think they can be a nasty breed. I am here to tell you that they can and are a very lovable dog. I have a long hair version of this breed. Loves to play with his toys and LOVES to eat, anything; if I let him. Although they may not go for long walks like the bigger dogs they do enjoy a folic in the park chasing balls.
They have short legs so you must watch the jumping and climbing of stairs. My dachshund doesn't seem to notice his legs are short he stills tries to jump up like a big dog. It is very important to exercise and watch the weight of these dogs to avoid the hip problems that they may experience.
My first dog was a dachshund and I couldn't be happier with my pet ownership experience over the past 11 years. They are definitely not the breed for everyone, but there is much to be loved! They are hugely loving, loyal dogs and they are full of personality. They are scent hounds and do love exploring outdoors, but they usually prefer to be near their owners and family. And believe me, they can certainly throw one hell of … more
Introduction Originally bred to hunt badgers, Dachshunds are perhaps best for their long bodies and short legs, giving them the popular nickname "wiener dog." The seventh most popular breed in the US, they are widely loved for their clown-like antics and fierce loyalty. History It is thought that the earliest roots of the Dachshund can be traced back to ancient Egypt, where small, short-legged hounds have been depicted in artwork and even found mummified. However, it was not until the 1600's that the Dachshund we know today was first bred in Germany. They were originally bred to flush badgers from their underground dens, fight, and even exterminate them. In the 1700's, this actually became a form of entertainment known as badger baiting. Dachshunds were also frequently used to hunt small game such as rabbits and foxes. Appearance In the US, Dachshunds are recognized in two sizes: Standard, weighing 16-32lbs and measuring 14-18 inches tall, and Miniature, weighing less than 11lbs by age 12 months and measuring up to 14 inches tall. In addition, three coat varieties are recognized: Smooth, Longhaired, and Wirehaired. The smooth coat should be short, smooth, and shining, of medium thickness. The longhaired coat should be sleek, glistening, and long at the ears and tail. The wirehaired coat should...