Dachshunds, better known as weenie dogs, are a favorite of many in America, but despite their prevalence in our media people really don’t actually know that much about them. The problem is that leads many people to choose them for pets without really knowing what they are getting into. It is time to learn more.
These little critters come from Germany. They were originally used for hunting game that can be found underground, such as badgers and rabbits. Hence the short legs.
Many of their traits are common knowledge, such as the long bodies and short legs. Some things are not as well known such as the fact that there are three coat types: Long, Smooth, and Wire. It is also a little known fact that much like the poodle, dachshunds come in three sizes. The Standard is the breed that is more known for hunting badgers, and weigh over 11 pounds at one year of age. The Miniature and Toy sizes were more used for hunting stoat and weasel like creatures and weight 11 pounds or less. Also, they have webbed feet. There are a variety of colors including chocolate, red, black, black & tan, silver dappled, and various other colors.
People imagine these dogs are docile, but that isn’t exactly the case. I’ve had two over the years and I can assure you docile is rarely the word people use to describe them. They are usually sweet and playful with people, but it is very important they are socialized young because they like to jump on larger dogs. No one has informed these little dogs that they are little. However, they often bond very strongly to owners and love them dearly.
There are some facts about their health you need to know before deciding on this dog as your pet. They get back problems easily if they become overweight so it is very important to monitor their weight. They are also prone to getting tumors Despite this thought they are prone to long lifespans, approximately 12-15 year.