Probably one of the easiest dog breeds to recognize, Dachshunds are built low to the ground but are amazingly sturdy dogs. I would describe them as a big dog in a small dog body. Ranked #13 by the American Kennel Club for popularity, these 4-legged, furry sausages are great companions and wonderful watchdogs. They are spunky, curious, clever, courageous, and loving. They are extremely loyal to their owners and are great family dogs. Dachshunds are known to be very stubborn though so if you are thinking of owning a doxie, be prepared to show them that you are in charge. We here at Mooch's Munchies are just a bit partial to this breed as our Mooch is a dachshund mix. At home I am known as the "Alpha Dog" and while my husband can move freely about the house, if I stand up from my chair all eyes turn to me. Mooch and his little brother Red (a full blood mini doxie) insist on following me everywhere I go. And I do mean everywhere.
Dachshunds originated in Germany and the breed was first recognized by the AKC in 1885. The breed was one of the first 6 original breeds in the club. It's precise origins are still questioned and many believe that they were bred down from Basset Hounds while others think it was the Dandy Dinmont Terrier. In fact, no one is sure. The dachshund is a hound that hunts like a terrier and has the best qualities of both. The dachshund is part of the hound group, but wasn't always listed as a hound. They started out originally in the Working Group, then were moved to the Sporting Group before landing in the Hound Group. Dachshunds are the only breed to win Best In Show in all three categories, although they have never taken the honor at the Westminster Kennel Club show in New York City. (They came close this year though!)
The name Dachshund means "Badger Dog" in German and they were bred to be hunters. That hunting instinct still holds true even for those who live in the city. Because they were bred to hunt small game like badgers and rabbits, they LOVE to dig. Those paddle feet were made for it and their short legs make them perfect for going down rabbit holes. That love of burrowing live in their blood and your blankets will never be your own again.
The breed standards establish two different sizes and three different coat types. There are Standard Dachshunds that stand 8 to 9 inches tall and weigh 16-32 pounds. The Miniature Dachshund on the other hand only stands about 6 inches tall and weighs under 11 pounds. Don't let their size fool you though, they believe they are a big dog. You will get a strong barking watchdog when you own a dachshund. There are three coat types for the breed as well, smooth coated, long-haired, and wire haired. The dachshund comes in a variety of colors from the classic black and tan, to red, to fawn. There are also dapple and piebald.
The dachshunds popularity shows at the yearly "Wiener Nationals" that are sponsored by the fast-food chain Wienerschnitzel. 2018 also saw a Dachshund Museum open in Germany. Many famous celebrities have owned dachshunds, including Brigette Bardot, Elizabeth Taylor, David Bowie, Audrey Hepburn and Jacques Cousteau. Pablo Picasso had a dachshund he named "Lump" (see photo above) and he immortalized him in some of his paintings. Of course we can't forget Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund who now has his own empire and a couple of loving humans to run it for him.
Doxies LOVE to eat and will take every opportunity for a treat or to sneak your food when your back is turned. For that reason it is very important that you watch them and their weight closely. An overweight dachshund can easily have back issues. That is one of the downsides to this breed. Because of their long frame they are very susceptible to IVDD (Intravertebral Disc Disease). IVDD can come on quickly and it can cause severe back pain, partial loss of function in the limbs and in more severe cases - paralysis and loss of feeling. Keeping your doxie from jumping down off of the bed or other high places helps them to avoid injury. Ramps and stairs for beside your bed and couch are a great option. With proper care you can help avoid this painful disease.
A dachshund's lifespan is generally 12 to 16 years so you can expect many years of love and affection from these wonderful furry friends. As with any dog breed, remember that when you adopt them, they are for life. Make sure that you can give them all the love and care that they deserve for their entire life. Regular vet visits and good healthy food will give them the long life that their long little selves deserve. One way to help with that is Mooch's Munchies. Our treats are a real food alternative to the chemical and preservative laden fare at the grocery store. While you are here on our website please check out what we have to offer. Use code BOW WOW at checkout and we will give you a $5 discount on your first order (limit one discount per email address) We know you have options and we appreciate your business.
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