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Dachshunds: Loving, Spirited, and Oh So Silly looking

  • Apr 15, 2009
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     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 a fit when separated from their owner.  They're very expressive dogs in every way.  Their eyes are very communicative; very much the type of dog where you can "tell what they're thinking"-- especially if they have eye spots like mine.
     Speaking of being outside, these dogs were bred to lure badgers out of their underground dens.  They are definitely avid diggers and will do a number on your yard, not to mention getting themselves filthy.  My girl lives on the marsh and she regularly goes digging in the mud for fiddler crabs.  For better or for worse, they will also scare off a lot of the wildlife in your area.
     And speaking of loyalty, dachshunds will do whatever it takes to protect their family.  They will bark at, even attack strangers on their turf and have no qualms about taking on dogs 4 times their size.  They also make excellent watchdogs, as they will bark at just about anything they see, hear, or smell.  That and their deep bark makes them sound like they're a much larger dog.  I've had many a person scared to death by her bark, only to bust out laughing when they actually see her.
     As with any purebred dog, genetic health problems are a concern with dachshunds.  Probably the biggest problem with this breed is the back problems.  Because of their long spines, doxies often develop disc problems and severe arthritis in their backs as they age.  Though some problems are inevitable, back trouble can be prevented by limiting the dog's jumping, keeping his/her weight under control, and keeping him/her active into old age.  My girl is 11 and her back is still fine!  Also, choosing a responsible breeder who does genetic testing and doesn't inbreed can prevent most genetic problems. 
     As with any breed, there are drawbacks, but dachshunds are very cool, charming dogs all in all.  I mean just watch one walk... Who couldn't love something so ridiculous?!  I had a friend who would say "I can't ever tell if she's sitting or standing because there's basically only like a 1/2 inch difference between the two!"
Dixie-- My Dachshund

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April 15, 2009
My dachshund was an extremely intelligent dog. If he wanted to go outside at 2AM he would come up to my room and scratch on the window wall. He was afraid of heights and if there was any chance that he would go through the wall he would have been terrified. But he conceptualized outside as a direction, even if he did not want to go in that direction on this floor. Dachshunds are natural clowns also. My father woke one night to a sound of hammering. Bang! Bang! Bang! He went to investigate. Sam had found a box of dog treats that had been thrown out but still had crumbs in the bottom. No problem. He pushed his head in and licked up the crumbs. Did I say no problem? Now he had to figure out how to get the box off his head. He found his paws of limited value. He apparently found his way to the washer and drier. Well, actually go the six-inch gap between. Maybe he could knock the box off. There he was banging his head back and forth between the two machines hoping to rid himself of the now unwelcome treat box. That was how my father found him.
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review by . September 28, 2009
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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.
Quick Tip by . June 14, 2010
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.
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     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.


     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. 


     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...
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