Meet The Breed: Dachshund

Dachshund

Dachshund’s originated in Germany around the 15th century. But they only gained popularity in the 17th century. They were bred as hunting dogs, and were known as badger dogs, as they were used to hunt badgers and wild boars. Today, Dachshunds are a very popular breed choice for families.Appearance & SizeDachshunds have a long body and short stubby legs. Due to their appearance they often referred to as the ‘sausage dog’. Dachshunds come in two sizes, standard and miniature. A standard dachshund weighs around 7.5 to 15kgs and miniature dachshund weighs under 5.5kgs. Dachshunds can be found in multiple colours such as, black, tan, fawn, beige, chocolate, red, brindle, sable and they can even be found in a mix of these colours.Temperament/PersonalityDachshunds are clever, playful, and energetic dogs. They can also get very stubborn, and are wary of unfamiliar people. They are devoted to their owners and enjoy being cuddled making them great lap dogs.GroomingDachshunds have come in 3 different coats, shorthaired, longhaired, and wire-haired. All three varieties have low maintenance grooming needs, as they don’t shed excessively. Longhaired and wire-haired dachshunds require regular daily brushing of their coat. Shorthaired dachshunds require occasional brushing of their coat.HealthDachshunds are often faced with spinal problems such as, intervertebral disc disease. The problem is worsened if the dachshund is obese. Other problems that are common with the breed are, epilepsy, diabetes, and thyroid problems. On average a dachshund has a lifespan of 12 to 15yrs.