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Dachshund Puppies

There are three different kinds of Dachshund puppies – the Longhaired Dachshund, Wirehaired Dachshund and the Smooth Haired Dachshund.

These dogs come in two sizes – miniature and standard. The Longhaired Dachshund dog has a straight and long coat with feathered hair. They have longer hair on the legs, chest, ears and underbelly. The Smooth Coat has a short and glossy coat, while the Wirehaired has coarse, wiry and harsh hair.

Dachshund dogs were developed in Germany several hundred years ago.

Dachshunds were originally bred to hunt for Badgers, and that’s how they got their name. ‘Dachs’ is the German word for Badger. These dogs have long, sausage like bodies and short legs so that they can dig their prey out. The Miniature varieties of these dogs were bred to hunt for stoat and hare.

Dachshunds are known to hunt otters and foxes.

  • Character: These dogs are mischievous and a clownish breed. These are intuitive dogs that are now taken on as companions than hunting dogs. Dachshund puppies and dogs love to be around people and should not show signs of timidity or aggression. These dogs are friendly and outgoing.
  • Temperament: These dogs are lively, tenacious and loving dogs, but tend to become irritable and jealous. If you have small children, then you might want to go for another dog breed because Dachshunds aren’t great with small kids. If you have larger dogs, then too you must not get a Dachshund because these dogs have a tendency to become jealous.
  • Care: If you are planning to get a Long Haired Dachshund, then remember that you will need to groom it regularly. Since the dog is so low to the ground, twigs, sticks and burrs can get stuck in its coat. If you brush the coat regularly, then it will prevent matting and tangling. If you are planning to get the Smooth Haired variety, then you should wipe it sometimes with a damp towel, and a rough towel to remove loose hair.
  • Training: These dogs are stubborn and training them can be difficult. You need to handle them in a firm and consistent manner. These dogs are sensitive and you should correct them gently. You can try a variety of training methods.
  • Activity: These dogs are vivacious and lively, but do not need a lot of exercise. A short walk is enough for them. Since these dogs are prone to getting back problems, you should not make them jump high.
  Submitted on June 10, 2010