March 11, 2022

Dachshunds: What You Need to Know

Dachshunds are more commonly known for the nickname "Weiner Dog." In fact, many people don't realize the Weiner Dogs' real breed name is Dachshunds (pronounced Dock-Son or Docks-hund). Dachshunds are a small breed with a long body and short legs. They have a bold, stubborn, protective, and loyal personality and pack a big punch for being such a small dog. Even with their unique personality, they are extremely endearing and for lots of people, once they get a dachshund, they don't go back to any other breed!

You will never be bored with a dachshund in your life. Dachshunds can have a wide variety of colors, coats and styles. They also show different characteristics depending on their coat. They can be anywhere from short and sleek to long and wavy. Dachshunds are very good apartment dogs and are great companions for those living in big cities. They don't need or want a lot of space, they don't even want space from you! Lots of owners say that Dachshunds can struggle with separation anxiety (which can be trained to help!) but they will miss you when you're gone and love to be by your side. They still love short walks outside, but their ideal location will be cuddled up with you at home. 

What Were Dachshunds Bred For  

Dachshunds were bred to hunt badgers and were ideal for scenting, chasing, and finding small animals. They are scent hounds. Knowing the history of Dachshunds is important because it is a big part of their personality. 

How Long Do Dachshunds Live

This breed has a great life expectancy! Some of this is due to their roots and being a hunting breed. They can live anywhere between 12 to 16 years. They have a wide range because of the many health issues that this breed can suffer from. Due to their very long backs, they can have a lot of health issues and back problems. 

To help prevent back health issues, you will want to ensure your pet doesn't do a lot of high jumping, keep their weight in the normal range, and always carry them by supporting their back. This is nothing to be too concerned about, as long as you keep them healthy - Dachshunds will live a very long life!

How Big Do Dachshunds Get

There are two-types of Dachshunds. Standard and Miniature. If you have a Miniature Dachshund they can be about 11 pounds and under and stand about 6 inches tall. Standard Dachshund will weigh about 16 to 32 pounds and stand about 9 inches tall. They are a small breed and combined with their short legs, they don't get very tall. Your Dachshund will be fully grown around 1 year old. 

Are Dachshunds Hypoallergenic

Many people think this breed is hypoallergenic, meaning their hair won't affect your allergies as much. Dachshunds are not hypoallergenic, unfortunately. They are considered mild shedders. Dachshunds can have very differing types of coats, so some will shed less than others but overall you can expect some shedding from this breed.

 The good thing is that they are very small and light and don't have much hair to shed in the beginning! In addition, when they are shedding their coats, it is more likely to sit on top of them - rather than fly off and float around the air of your home. If you consistently brush your Dachshund you can catch any hair shedding before it gets all over your sofa!

How Much do Dachshunds Cost

We always recommend adoption when getting your next dog. Call around to your local shelters and dog adoption centers to see if they have any Dachshunds for you to go meet! But, we also understand that you may not always find your dream pup at an adoption center.

 If you are looking to buy a Dachshund puppy, you may have to go through a breeder. Make sure you check that they are reliable and you trust getting your puppy from them. If you end up using a breeder, you can expect to pay anywhere from $500 to $1,000 for your Dachshund! 

There is so much more to know about this little breed that we weren't able to discuss! They are extremely clever, entertaining, cuddly and bold dogs and you certainly won't have a dull moment with your Weiner Dog. 

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