The Dachshund also known as the sausage dog, Wiener Dog, little hot dog, Kaninchen & Dackel - just to name a few! A sweet little long dog with a variety of hairstyle, the shorthaired, the wirehaired, and the longhaired.
Colour scheme can be bold Solid colours or a combination of two, brindle, or even piebald, piebalds can be tricoloured or tricoloured ! You can also find them in merle.
The Dachshund is curious, clever, lively, affectionate, proud, brave and amusing. Devoted to its family, it can be slightly difficult to train and housebreak, but not impossible. They like to set a challenge for their pack leader but a strong, confident leader will always have success with their dogs.
Although they are small with their adorable little paws, those paws like to walk so they will need daily exercise and their stamina may surprise you. Not only is it important to keep your dog stimulated with exercise it will also help keep them nice and trim which is very important for their spine as an overweight sausage could end up having a lot of back problems. Which isn’t fun for anyone . When buying a sausage it’s very important to get as much information from the breeder or your vet about how to protect their spine from injury.
The Dachshund were bred to hunt small game such as badger and rabbit and originated in in the early 1600s in Germany, their small long size made them perfect to chase small animals into their burrows. Over time they have developed into ideal little pets for small families or people with smaller living arrangements.
Be warned if you own a Dachshund - be prepared to be stopped on the street as everyone loves Sausage Dog!
Facts you may not have known about the beloved Sausage Dog!
Dachshunds were originally bred to hunt Badger. The word ‘Dachshund’ in German means ‘Badger Dog.’
There are two recognized breeds of Dachshund – Standard and Mini.
Dachshunds were Queen Victoria’s favourite breed of dog.
A Dachshund cross Chihuahua named Chip is believed to be the smallest dog in the world, weighing only 900 grams and measuring in at 5 inches tall to his shoulder.
The world’s largest Dachshund recorded was Obie, known as the ‘World’s Fattest Dog’ weighed in at 34.9kg! You’ll be happy to know he is now down to a healthy 12kg after a very strict diet!