National Dachshund Day is coming up June 21st! These long, lovable pups–often known as Hot dogs, sausage dogs, Weiner dogs, or Doxies–are quite popular, and they really do make charming little pets. You can read more about the breed below.
Like his torso, the Dachshund’s history is quite long and distinguished. The Doxie has been around for about 600 years. The breed was first developed in Germany as a badger-hunting pup. The word “Dachshund” translates to “badger dog” in German. As you may know, badgers are quite vicious. Dachshunds became such fierce hunters that packs of them were used to hunt wild boar, another ferocious animal. The Weiner dog joined the AKC in 1885, along with 14 other breeds. (Apparently, 1885 was a pretty busy year for breeders!)
Dachshunds are not very big. The standard sized ones can weigh up to 32 pounds, while the miniature models usually stay under 11. Fido can also sport one of three different coat types: long, smooth, or wirehaired. They’re all adorable in our book!
Dachshunds are very lovable and cuddly. Like other hunting dogs, they are also very active and intelligent. Don’t let Fido’s small size and cute face fool you: these guys can actually be quite feisty. Doxies are excellent trackers with a strong prey drive. They’re actually sometimes a bit too rambunctious for their own good. In fact, a 2008 study put them at the top of the list of aggressive breeds! Proper training is a must here. Stick to positive reinforcement, though: these pups love being praised and rewarded.
Like any other breed, Fido 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. That can lead or contribute to serious back and spine issues, such as slipped discs. Jumping is very dangerous for them. Set out pet ramps or stairs for Fido, and don’t let him jump on or off furniture.
So how does one celebrate this special occasion? Well, by having some hot dogs, of course! Fido can have some as well, though you don’t want to give him too much processed meat. If you don’t eat meat, have a veggie dog instead. Your canine companion may also appreciate a new toy.
Do you have questions or concerns about Dachshunds? Contact us, your veterinary clinic, today!