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Did you know that National Dachshund Day is June 21st! We love Weiner dogs! These long, lovable pups are quite popular, and they have loads of personality. A local veterinarian discusses the breed below.
The Dachshund’s history is quite long and distinguished … just like his torso! Dachshunds–also known as Hot Dogs, Weiner dogs, Sausage Dogs, and Doxies–have been around for about 600 years. They were first developed in Germany to hunt badgers. In fact, the word “Dachshund” roughly translates to “badger dog” in German. Dachshunds became such formidable hunters that they were used to hunt wild boar, which, like the badger, is quite ferocious. Fido joined the ranks of the AKC in 1885, along with 14 other breeds. (Apparently, 1885 was a very busy year for breeders!)
Doxies have big personalities in pretty small bodies. A standard sized Dachshund can weigh up to 32 pounds, while the miniature versions usually stay under 11. They have three coat types: long, smooth, or wirehaired. They’re all super cute in our book!
Dachshunds are very lovable and cuddly, but, like other hunting dogs, they are also very active and intelligent. Don’t let Fido’s small size and cute face fool you: Weiner dogs can actually be quite feisty. They are excellent trackers with a strong prey drive and are also sometimes a bit too rambunctious for their own good. In fact, a 2008 study put these guys at the top of the list of aggressive breeds! Proper training is a must here. Just stick to positive reinforcement: these pups love being praised and rewarded.
Like any other dog, Doxies needs good food, regular veterinary care, and suitable exercise to thrive. Don’t let your furry buddy become overweight! Extra pounds put a lot of strain on Dachshunds’ long backs, and can lead or contribute to serious back and spine issues, such as slipped discs. Jumping can also be quite dangerous for them. Set out pet ramps or stairs, and don’t let your pup jump on or off furniture.
Just how does one celebrate this special occasion? Well, by having some hot dogs, of course! Fido can have some too, though you shouldn’t give him too much processed meat. If you don’t like meat, indulge in some veggie dogs instead. Your canine pal may also appreciate a new toy and, of course, some extra ear scritches or belly rubs. We strongly advise against getting him a badger.
Do you have questions or concerns about Dachshunds? Contact us, your veterinary clinic, today!