Dachshund, when translated into the English language, literally means “badger dog”. Equipped with a great sense of smell, their original purpose was to track and kill land-burrowing animals. At present, some hunters still use this breed as such, but the majority of the population found another reason for owning the dog. They found out that it makes a great house pet. It is small, so it doesn’t take up much space in any household regardless of size. The pooch, in general, has good nature. There are basically 3 size classifications for this breed, namely: toy, miniature, and standard – all of which are still relatively small.
Their height may vary from 5 to 18 inches. They may weigh 8 to 20 pounds, depending on the size classification it belongs to. It is short but muscular, with four strong legs supporting its torso. It holds its head high, giving it a dignified look. The ears of this dog are quite long, going down the sides of its face, reaching the upper part of its neck. Its fur is shiny and slick, which may come in a solid color or a combination of two. These colors usually include brown, tan, yellow, red, black, and gray. The dachshund’s chest protrudes slightly, and its stomach is tucked in, making it look even more macho.
Aesthetically speaking it’s considered by many to be a very cute dog. Difficulty in training might be experienced by the owners of this breed. It sometimes can be stubborn, especially if it wasn’t acquired as a puppy. The best time to train this pooch is while it’s still young – at this stage they haven’t developed their hard-headed nature yet. As a puppy, they are like soft clay waiting to be molded. While teaching a pet, it is important not to be too hard on it, but have it know that you mean what you do and say. Show it that your in charge.
This breed loves eating, so use it to your advantage. Include doggy treats during sessions; give it as a reward for obeying commands. Giving it positive remarks for good behavior also helps motivate it to learn. Another thing that this pet loves is playing. Again, use it to your advantage – you may devise a method that makes the pets training sessions game-oriented as well. Having fun while learning is a great way to have things done. Food and fun can do wonders for this doggy. Therefore an ideal training program would be a game and food oriented yet firm session scheduled daily.
As for exercise, have it walk daily. It has loads of stamina for its size, do not underestimate its physical prowess. Feeding should be controlled, it loves being overfed. Don’t give it anything more than it needs, or it will lose its figure and bloat, leading to other health problems. Some Dachshunds has the tendency to wander off while following trails, so you best keep a collar and leash on it while taking it out. This pet also likes digging, which some owners find annoying. Nothing to worry about though, the habit can be ridden of through training. Grooming it isn’t hard, but it will solely depend on its coat type.
Other types will require more brushing and clipping than the others. Relatively easy though. This breed will make a fine pet for anybody.