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Everything You Need To Know When Selecting A Pet Dachshund
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Just about everyone is familiar with Dachshunds, those short-legged, long-bodied dogs that are often called wiener dogs due to their hot-dog shaped torso. Dachshunds hail from Germany where the name we are familiar with means "badger dog". People in Germany, however, usually call this breed Teckel or Dackel. In America, people often mispronounce the breed name as "Dash-Hound". Try very hard not to do this! It is properly pronounced "docks-hoond".
Although today we tend to think of Dachshunds as cute little lap dogs, when they were originally developed, their purpose was hunting. They were especially bred to track and hunt subterranean types of vermin such as badgers, rabbits and other animals that tend to live in holes in the ground. They are also excellent rat dogs.
Different Types Of Dachshunds
Indeed, there are quite a few size, hair-coat and color combinations available! Dachshunds sport three different types of hair-coat. Most people are familiar with the short-haired, red or black variety of Dachshund. Additionally, there are long-haired and bristle-haired Dachshunds.
Additionally, Dachshunds come in a wide variety of colors. People wishing to have a Dachshund as a companion can choose from classic Red, Black, Tan, Cream, Blue or Chocolate. Additionally, some piebald combinations are available in Chocolate & Cream and Black & Tan.
There are two sizes of Dachshunds, the standard size and the miniature. Both standard and miniature Dachshunds can be found in all three types of hair-coat and in all color combinations. Standard Dachshunds are working size dogs weighing between 16 and 32 pounds. They tend to have a quieter temperament and to be more serious. Miniature Dachshunds are lap dogs. Their maximum weight is about 11 pounds. Their temperament is more lively and playful, and they may tend to be anxious.
How Can You Be Sure Your Dachshund Will Have A Suitable Temperament?
Dachshunds generally have very pleasant temperaments. Of course, temperament is also dependent upon care and training. Whether standard sized or miniature, Dachshunds are innately confident and tend to be rather adventurous. They are brave and cheery and very lively, indeed. They are also remarkably smart and are very easy to train with consistent, intelligent training methods.
Dachshunds of both sizes are surprisingly good watch dogs and protection dogs because they labor under the illusion that they are actually big dogs. They are intensely loyal to their people and will not hesitate to provide defense if a threat is sensed. For this reason, it is very important that you provide your pet with consistent obedience training starting at an early age.
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Your Dachshund Will Thrive On A Great Relationship With You!
Be advised that a Dachshund is a dog that needs a lot of activity. They are very energetic and very tenacious. They love to dig and get into mischief. Be prepared to spend a lot of time with your pet playing, walking and interacting because that's what these little guys live for.
Grooming is an excellent way to form a bond with your pet, and it should be performed daily. Luckily, Dachshund grooming is very simple. Long-haired and bristle-coated Dachshunds should be brushed and combed daily and bathed weekly. Short haired Dachshunds can be maintained with a quick daily wipe-down with a damp washcloth.
Because a Dachshund is a slightly oily coated dog, you may wish to use scented products to counter your pet's particularly doggy smell. Some flea products are also pleasantly scented so you can kill two birds with one stone. Be sure to stay on top of flea control with your Dachshund. Because this breed of dog is so close to the ground, the fleas tend to flock on-board. Using a good spot-on product or oral flea product monthly is advised.
Proper Veterinary Care Is A Must For Your New Family Member!
No matter where you get your new pet, be sure to be diligent about vaccinations and spaying or neutering. If you purchase from a breeder, he or she may have provided the first round of puppy shots. Be sure to take your new pet to your vet on schedule for a checkup, the second round of shots and spaying or neutering. If you acquire an adult dog, ask to see and obtain a copy of the animal's shot records for your own records. Provide your vet with copies of these records. If you get your pet from a shelter or rescue, arrangements will probably be made in advance for complete initial vet services.
An important aspect of Dachshund health is the ears. Floppy-eared dogs tend to have a problem with dirt and oil accumulating in the ears. This is especially true of dogs like Dachshunds who love to dig. Accumulation of dirt and oil in the ears can lead to infection, mite infestation and otitis media. For this reason, it is important to gently wipe out your pet's ears with a pre-moistened wipe or a slightly damp wash cloth every day during grooming.
Toenail trimming for Dachshunds can be tricky because the nails are usually dark, so it is hard to see the vein. It is smartest to have your Dachshund's nails trimmed by a groomer or by your vet to avoid injury. If you are determined to do it yourself, be sure to have your vet show you how. It is very important that you keep your Dachshund's nails properly trimmed to avoid injury to your dog and damage to your furniture, clothing and yourself. Walking your dog every day will help keep nail growth under control.
Be A Smart, Responsible Pet Parent!
A Dachshund is truly a wonderful pet for a single person or for a family. Singles may prefer a miniature with long or bristly hair that needs a bit more care, while families may prefer a larger, quieter dog with a short, carefree coat. No matter which type of Dachshund you choose, be sure to begin compassionate, intelligent training early on so that you and your pet can develop a strong bond and a mutual understanding. By taking care to choose the right type of Dachshund for your situation and following the smart advice presented here, you can be sure of enjoying many years with your new pet.