The Dachshund is of the AKC Hound Group and is an alert, sturdy, low-set, spirited small dog. Affectionately known as Weener Dogs, they come in three coat varieties: long-haired, smooth-haired, and wire-haired. They also come in two sizes: standard and miniature. Also known as Doxies, they are primarily loyal companions for both city and country dwellers. They adjust easily to different living conditions and make great pets for families and the elderly.
Grooming: Minimal care. Long-haired types need weekly brushings to prevent matting.
Social Skills: This little dog gets along fine with other dogs and household pets. Typically, not friendly to cats unless socialized early with them. May be dominant to other dogs.
Personality: Very devoted, playful, and affectionate. Possesses "big dog in a little body" attitude..
Children: Very good with respectful children.
Housing: Very adaptable to different living conditions. Ideal pets for families and the elderly.
Exercise: Low. Neighborhood walks are fine.
Training: Intelligent. Trains easily with firmness. Long-haired doxies are easiest to train.
Health: Prone to disc problems, genetic eye disease, and skin problems. Gains weight easily. More information on Dachshund inherited health disorders.
History: The Dachshund origin is Germany and they were used to hunt badgers and fox since the 16th century. The name in German means "badger dog". When working in packs they were strong and fearless hunters routing out the ferocious badgers. These dogs were bred to follow their prey into a narrow tunnels in the ground and needed special conformation to extricate themselves from trouble by using their short front legs to dig.