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What Are The Characteristics Of Dachshunds?

What Are The Characteristics Of Dachshunds?

Life Span: 13-15 years
Special Skills: Known for ability as scent hounds
Suitability with Children: Not recommended with small children.
Suitability with Other Pets: Will do well if properly socialized at an early age.
Living Conditions: Adaptable dogs that will be suitable in a variety of different home settings with adequate exercise and obedience training.
Trainability: May be difficult to housetrain if owners are not consistent and reinforcing of habits.
Intelligence: High
Exercise Required: Medium to Low. Can attain most of the exercise they need indoors or in a small yard.
Cost of Maintenance: Very Low
Common Ailments: Disc injuries and disc disease. Disc injuries can result from the little dogs jumping into cars, onto furniture or playing too rough, so it is important to monitor their habits. These injuries or disc disease can result in paralysis. Dachshunds are also known for having dental problems. Poor dental health can lead to other severe problems in Dachshunds.
Breed Characteristics: Dachshunds are one of the reasons that little dogs have a reputation for having more bark than their bite. They are not afraid to run right up to a Rottweiler and bark in his face. Their fearless, go get ‘em attitude makes them a lovable small companion dog. While they need to be well socialized to get along with other dogs and animals, they absolutely love being the center of attention for humans and will make it their challenge to put on a show for their human owners.

Although the most popular Dachshund is the short haired Dachshund, for their easy of care, there is also a wire haired and a long haired Dachshund. Both have slightly longer hair that will require a little more grooming and maintenance. All varieties of Dachshunds are available in either a solid tan or brown color or in two colors, usually black and brown, gray and black or possibly a mixture of all three. One of the downfalls of the Dachshunds is that they are so small in stature, with a “wiener dog” shape that their bellies hang close to the ground. Their normal weight is 20 lbs, but it is very easy to overfeed these lovable dogs, as they love praise and attention. Keep in mind there is also a miniature Dachshund that may only reach as much as 14 pounds in weight when fully grown.