So you’re considering adding a Dachshund to your family? Here is a snapshot to help you determine if it’s the
right breed for your lifestyle.
· The Dachshund is an active and independent breed of dog. They come in two sizes, standard (16-32 pounds) and miniature (up to 11 pounds) with three coat varieties to choose from, smooth, wirehair and longhair.
· Originally bred to hunt badger, rabbits and other small game, they have a strong drive to hunt but with early socialization and obedience training they can be strong hunters and positive family members.
· Breed temperament varies among the coat varieties. To generalize, the smooth coat is an independent thinker, the wirehair has a terrier-like edge and the longhair is a sweet companion that can be vocal.
· All coat varieties and sizes are lovable and thrive with disciplined children.
· Although they have short legs Dachshunds require a lot of daily exercise. Ideally they should have a fenced yard and be taken for regular leashed walks or runs to release their energy, but should not run free due to hunting instinct.
· Owners must have a watchful eye as these hunters can dig holes in your yard and under fences in a matter of minutes.
· Dachshunds are fine with apartment living but will need regular daily exercise to counter a confined living space and satiate their need to be out of doors.
· Due to their long spine, Dachshunds should not be allowed to jump off of beds or high sofas and stairs should be kept to a minimum. They are susceptible to intervertebral disc disease and repeated exposure to hard landings may contribute.
· Each coat variety has different grooming needs. Smooth coat: bathe every other month; wirehaired, get professional trims throughout the year; and longhaired requires daily brushing and combing.
· This breed’s average life span is 12 to 15 years of age. Responsible breeders screen their dogs for orthopedic and genetic diseases before breeding them. Genetic defects found in some dogs of this breed include: intervertebral disc disease, patellar luxation and progressive retinal atrophy.
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