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Small, lively and full of personality describes the affectionately known Dashy very well. They are very well suited to apartments and small homes, however this doesn’t mean they don’t need plenty of exercise!
They live well with other dogs, often preferring the company of other Dashys or small dogs. They can be very playful and love to have a playmate around, however if they get bored or lonely they can become destructive.
They come in smooth, wirehair and long hair varieties and miniature and standard size of all of those three. The smooth coat in particular is very low shedding and requires minimal brushing. The long hair and wirehair varieties will need regular grooming to keep their coats healthy. That low to the ground body will pick up all sorts of dirt so remember a good towel down after a muddy walk!
Don’t be fooled by the Dachshunds innocent looks. Underneath that sweet exterior is a fiesty little dog with the attitude of a terrier. They can be vocal and often bark at approaching people or dogs. It is important to socialise them effectively while they are young and ensure this doesn’t turn into aggression. They do like to chase and nip too, so watch their play with dogs who can’t handle their exuberant natures.
It is very important to choose from a good breeder. Dachshunds are known for having spinal problems and reportedly 1 in 4 Dachshunds have these irreversible problems. Buying from a good breeder who health tests will help reduce the likelihood of your dog developing any issues or even becoming paralysed.
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Needs to be socialised. It is important to socialise this breed at an early age especially with strangers, bigger dogs and different noises. They can typically be anxious of these situations and if not exposed to different situations as a young dog they can have issues with this later on.
A barking Breed. They have been bred to bark so training with guests coming to the door bell is a must if you want a quiet house. This can be build up gradually by changing the association your dog has with the bell.
Small, but need exercise. Even though they are small they need a moderate amount of exercise, chasing a ball can be ideal for this breed as well as nose work games such as sniffing out treats. This will provide mental stimulation for you dog to keep it relaxed and calm.
Don’t pick them up too much. It is natural to want to pick Dachshunds up when they are nervous however this can reinforce their behaviour and doesn’t allow them to learn to cope in stressful situations. Try to encourage your dog through situations if they are nervous and give lots of praise and reinforcement when they have coped well.
They can be stubborn. They are stubborn and can be difficult to train so starting young and adding a little bit of training to your dog’s routine each day will help this. Try to break training criteria down into small steps in order not to discourage yourself or your dog when they cannot achieve the targets you have set.
They love to sniff. They love to explore and sniff so introducing your Daschund to different environments can help to keep them stimulated
Known for health issues. Daschunds typically have health issues with their backs so if buying one look for a reputable breeder and keep in mind small restrictions to their activity within the house. Steps can be a great option for getting to and from the sofa rather than jumping and putting strain on their backs.
Watch their weight. They can become overweight very easily so if using training treats make sure to cut them up very small or even use part of their food for their training sessions. Toys are another option to reward you dog with when performing the right behaviours.
Watch their eyes. Miniature Dachshunds are prone to eye conditions so it’s important to look out for any onset conditions throughout their life. If buying a puppy it is important to look for dogs which are PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy) clear.
They’re bred to dig. As this breed were bred to dig it may be useful to have a dog sand box where they can dig appropriately without digging up your flowers in the garden