Dachshunds More Than Just a Wiener Dog
Lifespan: 15 to 17 years
Activity Level: Medium
Coat: Short and smooth, or Long and Wavy
Temperament: Stubborn, Protective, Playful
Information / Facts: The Dachshund, or "Doxie," is a small breed of hound that originated in Germany prior to the 18th century. The Dachshund as we know it today was bred primarily to hunt badgers and other small game. The Doxie is known for its "low rider" look - short legs and a long body that sits low to the ground. A Standard Dachshund weighs around 16 pounds, while a Miniature Dachshund will weigh in less than 12 pounds. Doxies have long, floppy ears and thin, long tails. Dachshunds come in long-haired and short-haired varieties. These dogs are very protective with the human and dog members of their pack, and many times don't take kindly to strangers attempting to intrude. The Dachshund is stubborn by nature and can take quite a bit of coaxing to get him to do what you want him to.
Pros: Dachshunds are great for just about everyone, including the elderly and families with children. Doxies are low-maintenance and don't have the boundless energy you will see from other breeds. Their small stature makes them a great lap dog for those individuals who just want a cuddle buddy. They also don't require a lot of exercise, so they can be a good choice for those people who don't get out a lot and prefer to read a book or watch TV.
Cons: Dachshunds are prone to spine and other bone issues, due to their long spine and tiny rib cage. Cushing's Disease is another common problem with this breed. In addition, Dachshunds may be aggressive with strangers without proper training and reinforcement. It is important to seek the services of a professional trainer and then take a strong leadership role with your Dachshund. Enforce the house rules and don't forget to praise your Doxie for good behavior.