Dachshunds originated in Germany in the 16th century. The name means badger dog in German. Dachshunds descend from oldest breed of German hunting dog. Dachshunds comes in two sizes which are standard and miniature. The larger Standard Dachshund was bred to hunt badger or other burrow-dwelling animals. The Miniature Dachshund was bred to hunt hare and stoat. Dachshunds have a long, muscular body with short legs and large and paddle-shaped paws. There are three varieties of coat, which are smooth haired, long haired and wire haired. The long haired Dachshund coat is long and straight. The smooth haired Dachshund coat is sleek, short and smooth. Wire haired Dachshunds are quite rare. They have almond shaped eyes, long ears and long muzzle.
This breed displays the bravery and courage of much larger dogs. Dachshunds are lively, affectionate, playful and loyal dogs. They do get quite attached to their owners and can get jealous easily and should be trained from a young age to accept new people. Dachshunds have hunting instincts and like to chase small animals and love to chase tennis balls and toys. Do not over feed this dog breed since they are elongated dog and being overweight will place pressure on their spines.
There are three varieties of coat, which are smooth haired, long haired and wire haired. The long haired Dachshund coat is long and straight. The smooth haired Dachshund coat is sleek, short and smooth. Wire haired Dachshunds are quite rare.
Dachshunds can become stuborn and early socialization and obedience training is a must. They do not respond to harsh or heavy-handed methods. This breed does best when trained with consistency, firmness, fairness, praise, and motivation.
The Dachshund enjoys securely leashed walks, family play sessions, and a romp in a safe area. They do well in an apartment or unit dwelling provided they are given sufficient exercise and stimulation. Training your Dachshund to retrieve will provide almost endless entertainment for your puppy.