The Dachshund was originally bred to hunt badgers in Germany during the 1600’s. The characteristic body shape, long and low, was developed so that the Dachshund could fit into underground dens. Doxies come in two sizes: standard or miniature, and three coat varieties: smooth, wirehaired, and longhaired. Dachshunds are protective and territorial, but they thrive on close human companionship. The Dachshund is a generally healthy breed with an average lifespan of 12-15 years.
You may have noticed these great characteristics:
- Energetic and playful
- Small, but sturdy
- Vigilant watchdog with a ready bark
- Bold, steady, and fearless
- Adaptable to a wide variety of living conditions
- Devoted, loyal, and protective
However, no dog is perfect! You may have also noticed these characteristics:
- Exhibits signs of separation anxiety if left alone too much
- Needs early socialization to accept other pets and strangers
- Likes to dig
- Can be independent and strong-willed
- Can be snappy when nervous
- Needs frequent attention from her family
Build routine care into your schedule to help your Doxie live longer, stay healthier, and be happier during her lifetime.
- Supervise your pet as you would a toddler. Keep doors closed, pick up after yourself, and block off rooms as necessary. This will keep her out of trouble and away from objects they shouldn’t put in their mouth.
- They have low grooming needs. Brush their coat as needed, at least weekly.
- Smooth Dachshunds often have serious problems with their teeth, so you’ll need to brush them at least three times a week!
- Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy.
- They are a smart dog with lots of energy, so keep their mind and body active, or they’ll get bored.
- They can have a high prey drive, so they needs to be leash walked and a sturdy fence is a must.
- They have short legs and a long back so be careful how you pick them up and don’t let them jump down from furniture.
- Keep your dog’s diet consistent and don’t give them people food.
- Feed a high-quality diet appropriate for their age.
- Exercise your dog regularly, but don’t overdo it at first.
What to Watch For
Any abnormal symptom could be a sign of serious disease, or it could just be a minor or temporary problem. The important thing is to be able to tell when to seek veterinary help, and how urgently. Many diseases cause dogs to have a characteristic combination of symptoms, which together can be a clear signal that your Dachshund needs help.
Give us a call for an appointment if you notice any of these types of signs:
- Change in appetite or water consumption
- Tartar build-up, bad breath, red gums, or broken teeth
- Itchy skin (scratching, chewing, or licking), hair loss
- Lethargy, mental dullness, or excessive sleeping
- Fearfulness, aggression, or other behavioral changes
Seek medical care immediately if you notice any of these types of signs:
- Scratching or shaking the head, tender ears, or ear discharge
- Inability or straining to urinate; discolored urine
- Cloudiness, redness, itching, or any other abnormality involving the eyes
- Drinks and urinates more, eats more, potbelly, poor haircoat
- Coughing, especially at night or upon rising after sleeping, rapid breathing at rest
- Slow or stunted growth; sometimes seizures after eating
- Increased hunger and thirst, weight loss
- General reluctance to run or play
- Increasing hip pain at less than a year old
- Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors
- Dry, scaly, sometimes itchy hairless patches on face or paws