So you’re thinking about getting a Dachshund?
The Dachshund is a small, sausage-like dog that is renowned for its body shape and unique movement. This breed has a lifespan of 14 to 17 years and comes in colours ranging from black, chocolate, cream, red and tan. They were originally bred as scent dogs that would track other animals (rabbits, foxes and badgers) through tight tunnels. Their lively and playful nature makes them great family companions, perfect for competitions and suited to travel. The standard Dachshund grows to approximately 20-27cm in height and 5kg in weight, while the miniature and toy varieties are much smaller in comparison. Despite their energy levels, this breed thrives in apartment living and will be fine without a yard as long as walks are regular and attention is given.
Dachshund Personality Profile
While the Dachshund is intelligent and courageous, they can often be difficult to train due to their stubborn nature; an owner must assert dominance early in their development, as this breed will try to take over the household. This results in behavioural problems that can lead to destroyed furniture and excessive barking, but small dog syndrome only arises through neglect. This breed is cheeky; they like to dig, can be unpredictable and are protective of their toys. The Dachshund is great with children, although much more suited to the respectful ones as snapping can be an issue. Loyal and affectionate, they will guard their family and patrol their territory. If you’re looking for a dog with a sense of humour, a brave streak and a best friend, look no further. As they enjoy company, buying multiple dogs at the same time will increase their happiness.
Dachshund Health Profile
Spinal disc problems are strongly associated with the Dachshund, but the biggest health risk for this breed is a tendency to become overweight and lazy. Not only does this impact the heart and other organs, but it places stress on the back and will make walking difficult. Keep in mind that 1 out of every 4 Dachshunds have serious spinal problems that can result in paralysis. Jumping on furniture or other equipment is also bad for their backs, so it is recommended not to encourage unnecessary leaping. They also have small legs which can become worn in their later years. As always, ensure vet checks are routine and keep up to date with all vaccinations/worming.
A daily walk with the family is essential, as the Dachshund craves attention and has a pack mentality. They shed at an average rate, and require brushing to keep their coat looking kempt. Toys are a must buy, as this breed needs something to put in its mouth and it is best to have an alternative to your clothes and furniture. A retractable lead is also wise; if you take your Dachshund off the lead when taking it for a walk, it is very likely to run off through a need to chase everything. Due to a hate for cold weather, you may even like to purchase a warm coat for the winter months. Feeding isn’t expensive, just be sure not to give in to their cravings.
Dachshund Boarding Perth
Bring your dachshund to West Coast Pet Care Centre to ensure that they get all the attention they need and plenty of toys to keep them entertained. Get in touch with the staff at WCPCC to book your dachshund in for boarding today.