Dachshund: A Complete Guide

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Are you looking for a dog that is a genuine comedian who loves playing games and comes with an unbelievable sense of doggy humor?

You should look no more because you will strike gold with a Dachshund! This adorable short-legged pooch is incredibly loyal and extremely attached to his human family.

And, there’s no way you can explain to him that sleeping under the cover with you doesn’t come in his “job” description.

But, as with any other breed, before actually buying a puppy, certain things need to be checked and you should get much more familiar with the breed so that you know what to pay attention to and what to expect.

Therefore, we decided to help out with our guide, and give you an in-depth insight into what makes Dachshunds so loving and great as pets.

Dachshund Puppies – Before You Buy…

A small brown Dachshund posing in a box
Dachshund requires a lot of patience on your side.

Before you say “Okay, it’s settled, I am buying a Dachshund puppy!”, you should check a few things and make sure you can, first, afford a puppy from this breed, second, find a breeder that you can trust, and third, you can handle the cuteness overload these puppies come with.

What price are the Dachshund puppies?

The average price range for Dachshund puppies goes from $200 to $1,000. But, if you are looking for a high-quality puppy, you will have to settle for the higher end of the price range.

It’s simple actually, the higher the price, the higher are your chances of owning a healthy puppy that will grow up into a well-mannered dog with no hidden genetic health issues.

How to find reputable Dachshund breeders?

Speaking of genetic health issues, to make sure there aren’t any, you need to find a reputable breeder that loves this breed and takes care of his dogs.

You should avoid the so-called backyard breeders as they usually don’t care that much about health test clearances and high-quality dog food.

They are just in the business short-term and are trying to get as much money as they can from the pups.

So to increase their profit, they will cut on vet checkups and good food, which usually results in not so healthy pup with possibly tons of hidden health issues just waiting to show up once you already bought the pup and fell in love with it.

Another option you should avoid is pet stores. Why? Well, usually, pet stores get their puppies from puppy mills where the conditions are even worse than with backyard breeders.

Avoid such deals at all costs!

The best possible way to buy a high-quality puppy with all the necessary medical history and health test clearances is from a reputable breeder that stands behind all of his dogs.

Even without you asking him, he will give you a great insight into the breed’s characteristics, tell you what to expect and how to properly feed and train your dog, and provide proof of test clearances.

This way, you can be sure you are getting a great quality pup, with the potential to become a perfect companion for many years to come.

3 Little-known facts about the Dachshund puppies

A Dachshund dog looking at you curiously
The Dachshund has hunting genes.

Before talking to a breeder, you need to investigate and see if the Dachshund pups are your cup of tea.

You need to be sure you can handle them and that you are ready for everything that is included in this adorable little package.

  • Barking

Even while they are still just puppies, Dachshunds can be quite alert and they tend to react quickly to new sounds and sights with barking.

Sure, while they are still pups it can be cute, but if you allow this to continue as they grow, it can become a rather annoying habit.

  • Strong mind

You will notice that the Dachshund puppies are with a mind of their own right from the start. In the beginning, they will disagree with the training you provide and want to do the things their way.

Just be patient and firm, and soon, when they realize that you are in charge, you will see how their intelligence kicks in and how progress can be seen with each new day of training.

  • Housebreaking

Even though they are intelligent, Dachshunds are hard to handle when it comes to housebreaking. You will have to apply constant crate training.

They hate going out to answer “the call of nature”, especially if it’s rainy and wet outside.

A good solution and a real nerve saver is a doggy door that will lead to a potty yard with a cover for his “majesty”.

Physical Traits of the Dachshund

This is the part where we talk about how big can your Dachshund get when it fully matures, and how many years of fun times with this adorable clown are coming your way.

How big is a full-grown Dachshund?

Dachshunds come in two sizes: Miniature and Standard. The Minnis can grow from 5 to 6 inches at shoulders, while the Standard sized ones can get from 8 to 9 inches.

As for their weight, it goes around 11 to 15 pounds for Minnies, and between 16 and 31 pounds of weight for the Standard Dachshunds.

What is the life expectancy of the Dachshund?

This is another small dog breed that lives relatively long. You can expect your Dachshund’s lifespan to be anywhere between 12 and 16 years.

Plenty of time for laugh-filled memories and family photos, wouldn’t you agree?

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Dachshund

A Dachshund looking up at you with its tongue out
The Dachshund is an independent dog breed.

One thing about Dachshunds is certain, they will make even people who didn’t plan on owning a dog fall in love with them.

Another interesting thing is that this breed doesn’t like being alone, and if your work keeps you away from home for long periods, we recommend getting one more Dachshund to keep the first one company.

You don’t have to worry about the “duo” wrecking the house because they are not known for having such bad behavior.

Also, in most cases, these dogs will be great with other animals you might have in your household.

But, keep in mind that they do know how to get jealous when the family’s attention is not focused on them, and they do sometimes become possessive when their toys are concerned.

To prevent such behavior from becoming an annoying habit, the moment you spot such “outbreaks”, you need to let the dog know that “What you are doing is NOT okay and you shouldn’t behave that way”.

Furthermore, they are a highly alert dog, which means they will let you know if someone approaches your house, with persistent, sharp barking.

They are generally calm, but if a stranger is about to intrude on their territory, they will let him know that they are not welcome there.

But, with early socialization and proper training will make them more tolerant, at least toward your friends and other animals and dogs from the neighborhood.

Even though these dogs are clever and quite bright and fast learning, they do have a mind of their own and they can get stubborn when it comes to accepting your training.

But, with positive reinforcement, and of course, treats, you will turn them around to your favor.

Just keep in mind that if you push your Dachshund too far, it will become irritated and may even snap at you. So, don’t tease or handle him harshly.

Another thing you should be aware of is that these dogs are a hunter by nature and they-they have an instinct that makes them want to dig holes to hunt varmints.

This might be a problem if you like your garden all nice and tidy…

All in all, Dachshunds can be a handful when it comes to living with them and making them realize there are rules to follow, but with plenty of love, a strong attitude, and persistence, they have great potential of becoming loyal, loving companions that will give their lives for you and your family.

Dachshund Diet

If you are wondering which diet to adopt for your Dachshund, all we can say is that we strongly recommend opting for a raw diet instead of commercial food.

The raw food diet for your dog should include raw ingredients such as vegetables, fruits, and meat and bones.

As for the recommended daily amount of food, our suggestion is half a cup of a well balanced raw food meal in the morning and one more half in the evening.

Don’t worry about your Dachshund “complaining” about the routine and wanting a free feeding type of “schedule” because they are well known for preferring two smaller meals over one large bowl of food daily.

This is also a good way to prevent your dog from overeating and having weight gain problems.

How much Exercise does a Dachshund need?

Dachshunds are not that needy when it comes to exercising. By the time they are half a year old, the walk times will get up to half an hour a day.

As he ages, the walk times will slightly increase and when he is a year old dog, the daily amount of exercise (walking and light running combined) will go up to 45 minutes per day and stay that way for as long your dog is vital.

We recommend splitting this time into two equal sessions so that your dog doesn’t stress out his joints and muscles too much.

Dachshund Health and Conditions

Dachshunds are generally healthy and with a proper diet and exercise, they will live to become retired doggy seniors.

As with any other dog breed, certain diseases and health conditions are known to trouble this breed as well.

You should be aware of the following health problems:

  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Progressive retinal atrophy
  • Gastric dilatation-volvulus also called Bloat or Torsion Cushings Disease
  • Canine Diabetes Mellitus
  • Deafness

When buying a puppy, make sure that the breeder you are buying it from, shows you health clearances for both puppy’s parents.

This way, you can rest assured by knowing that the diseases that are associated with this breed will not trouble your dog. Or at least, the chances will be minimal.

My final thoughts on the DachshundA Dachshund looking to the side

You have reached the end of our Dachshund in-depth guide and by now, you should be a sort of expert for this breed and know how to choose the right pup for you and your home and family.

Just remember that due to their instinctive nature, you need to be careful with the training. If your pup gets the feeling that what you do is not fair, he might growl or even snap at you.

They have hunting genes and independence and determination are in their blood.

What you need to do when it comes to training is to have a positive reinforcement type of approach and give him rewards in the form of encouragement or a treat when he does something like you told him to.

Also, you need to keep in mind that not all dogs are the same and that it takes time to see progress.

Just arm yourself with patience and provide plenty of love and encouragement for your Dachshund, and eventually, he will become a well mannered little pooch.

In the end, we recommend that you take into consideration the Dachshund’s training requirements and personality traits and decide if this is the breed you can and want to handle.

If you do decide to have a Dachshund, make sure you are ready to put in the extra effort and you will gain a companion that truly loves and respects you, and will be loyal to you for as long as he lives.

Thank you for reading our guide and we hope that we helped you out in making the right choice.

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