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Are Dachshunds the Best Dogs for You?

Updated on February 26, 2014

Some Background on Dachshunds

Dachshunds or "weiner dogs" are originally from Germany. Even though they don't look like the regular hunting dogs most of us are used to, their long noses, short legs, and small bodies are great for hunting small, ground-dwelling animals. The term Dachshund in German actually translates to "badger hound." It's hard to imagine a small dog going after a badger but that just shows you how fearless Dachshunds are and are powerful despite their size, after all, dynamite does come in small packages! Also, it is said that the original Dachshund breed was around thirty pounds whereas today's average Dachshund weighs about 15 pounds.

Dachshund dogs have a reputation for stubbornness and like to be dominate. This makes for strong, lovable personalities that you can't find just anywhere.

That's my Sadie the Dachshund!

Dachshunds are Great on Roadtrips

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10 Reasons to Love a Dachshund

  1. Despite the Dachshund's long body, they can curl up and fit perfectly in your lap.
  2. Even people that do not usually prefer small dogs fall in love with them. Most of my male friends have made fun of my Dachshund for being a small "ankle-biter" dog but once they are around her for a while end up loving her!
  3. They "make" you love them. Dachshunds have somewhat of a pushy personality and will force themselves into your activities. A lot of times when I'm writing on my laptop my Dachshund will push my computer off my lap with her nose telling me it is time for loves and play.
  4. They are both independent and dependent. Dachshunds make you feel loved and needed when it comes to wanting attention but can be good when left alone in the house while you're at work or school.
  5. Dachshunds are smart. They can outwit their owners in during play time and learn very fast.
  6. It's easy to teach Dachshunds new tricks. It took my only one time of showing my Dachshund what it meant to "sit." She has been a pro ever since, always expecting a treat in return though.
  7. They know the difference between play time and snuggle time. My Dachshund expects a fair amount of tug-of-war and fetch but she also can tell when I am ready to relax and snuggles in with me for movie time.
  8. Dachshunds know what it means to be a best friend. My dog senses when I'm sad or depressed and is always there for hugs and an understanding face. She's always excited to see me and protects me even when my boyfriend is just play-fighting with me.
  9. They love children. My girl can tell the difference between a child and an adult and has put up with being carried wrong, having her ears and tail played with, and the not-so-soft petting of children.
  10. Dachshunds are cute! Their faces are not only ones that their mothers can love, they have a universally cute shape and face.

Cute Dachshund Video!

Dogs Really Can be Best Friends

My Dachshund Sadie is absolutely my best and closest friend. You can tell them anything and can be sure that they will not be running off to blab your secrets. Dogs really can tell when you are feeling sad or down and make it seem like they really understand you and are there to offer your comfort. It's no wonder why they offer dogs as support to love and support people that need companions. Dachshunds may not be the only dogs to offer friendship to their owners but I sure love mine and know that I could not get another type of dog after her.


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    • East Texas Girl profile image

      Shana 5 years ago from East Texas

      Dachshunds are the best. They also make the best alarm systems. I know someone is at my house before they get to the door to ring the bell. They are great protectors.

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      Brittany B 5 years ago from U.S.

      You should definitely get one! Mine makes my day every day! :)

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      myawn 5 years ago from Florida

      I love them I want one very nice hub about Dachshunds

    • Charlu profile image

      Charlu 5 years ago from Florida

      I have 5 all mutts but mostly hounds. They all think they're human and are spoiled rotten rescue dogs. Keep up the great hubs and I look forward to reading the next one. Take care

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      Brittany B 5 years ago from U.S.

      Thank you Charlu! What kind of dog do you have? Thank you I think she's pretty cute too! :)

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      Charlu 5 years ago from Florida

      Cute hub and even though I've never had a Dachshund a lot of your make you love them comments fit my dogs to a T. Love the pictures and Sadie is just adorable. Voted up interesting and useful.

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      Brittany B 5 years ago from U.S.

      Thank you Zak! I absolutely love my Dachshund and am so attached! I didn't even like them that much until I was around one and now they are my favorite! Glad I got you to smile!

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      Michael Murchie 5 years ago from Parts Unknown

      Lovely Hub, my mother in law has 2 long haired Dachshunds right now and they are adorable, albeit a bit cheeky!! My 13 month old daughter absolutely loves them, and I feel totally safe with her playing with them.

      Rated up for making me smile!