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The dachshund may go by many names but is always one memorable dog. Whether called “doxie” to “wiener dog,” these long-bodied canines have been popular for decades. Dachshunds are spunky, with a big-dog bark in a little body, and dachshund puppies can be feisty.
As puppies, doxies are eager for affection. With a curious nature, dachshund puppies are ready to test your boundaries and explore their new home with you.Dachshunds were built to sniff out pesky prey. “Dachshund” is German for “badger dog,” and for 600 years this dog was excellent at hunting underground. From up above, their human hunting partners could locate a doxie by its loud bark while it went digging underneath the earth. Breed Characteristics:
The dachshund is a stout little dog well-known for its signature long body and short legs. Though short in stature, they move with confidence and alertness. They come in three coat types: smooth, wirehaired and long-haired, and come in a wide variety of colors and patterns.
Where is that big-dog bark coming from? Dachshunds may be small but they are mighty in spirit. They keep their nose to the ground and are tried and true tiny hunters. Doxies make surprisingly good watchdogs and are vigilant in their efforts.
Sometimes, however, it’s best to be skeptical of a dachshund’s confidence. They can be brave to the point of short-sightedness and need to understand their limits.
Grooming and Health Needs:
As puppies, dachshunds need only minimal bathing and brushing. Depending on what type of coat they have, they will have different grooming needs as they get older. Smooth-coated dachshunds rarely smell and can look their best with just a quick towel wipe-down, while long-haired ones will need regular brushing.
Wirehaired dachshunds may need to get plucked or handstripped a few times a year, with a beard and eyebrow trimmings in between. They should have their nails trimmed regularly.
All hair varieties shed moderately.
Dachshunds are a generally healthy breed but can have back disc issues due to their long frame. That can be prevented by keeping them from gaining too much weight and jumping on furniture too often. Dachshunds are also prone to ear infections.
If you want a dog with personality, you may sometimes get a stubborn personality too! These little pups are fiercely independent, and that may mean they disagree with you sometimes. However, they truly love affection, so positive and reward-based training styles are best for this breed.
Due to their keen sense of smell, doxie puppies may pick up a whiff of something interesting and have a hard time focusing.
Though small, dachshunds need regular exercise in and outside of the home. Keeping a dachshund in shape is helpful in building muscles to protect their long backs from any injuries that may occur. However, they’re not built for great distances, nor for a lot of swimming due to their short legs.
Dachshunds live between 12-16 years on average.