National Dachshund Day is coming up on June 21st! These long, lovable pups are quite popular, and they make absolutely charming little pets. A local veterinarian discusses this beloved breed below.
Fido’s history is quite long and distinguished … just like his torso! Also affectionately called hot Dogs, Weiner Dogs, Sausage Dogs, and Doxies, the Dachshund breed has been around for about 600 years. They were first developed in Germany to hunt badgers, which are notoriously aggressive. In fact, the word “Dachshund” means “badger dog” in German. Dachshunds became such formidable hunters that they were used to hunt wild boar, another ferocious animal. Fido officially joined the AKC in 1885, along with 14 other breeds. (Apparently, 1885 was a busy year for breeders!)
As you probably know, the Dachshund isn’t a very big dog. The standard sized Wiener dog can weigh up to 32 pounds, while the miniature models usually stay under 11. Fido can also sport one of three coat types: long, smooth, or wirehaired. They’re all adorable!
Dachshunds are quite 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, though: Weiner dogs can actually be quite feisty. They are excellent trackers with a pretty strong prey drive. Actually, they are sometimes a bit too rambunctious for their own good. In fact, a 2008 study put the Hot Dog at the top of the list of aggressive breeds! Proper training is a definite must here. Just stick to positive reinforcement: these pups love being praised and rewarded.
Like any other pup, Fido needs good food, regular veterinary care, and suitable exercise to thrive. Don’t let your furry pal become overweight! Extra pounds put a lot of strain on Dachshunds’ long backs, and can lead or contribute to some very serious back and spine issues, such as slipped discs. Jumping is also very dangerous for them. Set out some pet ramps or stairs for your pooch, and don’t let him jump on or off furniture.
There’s only one proper way to celebrate this special occasion with Fido: by having some hot dogs! Your canine companion can have some too, though you don’t want to give him too much processed meat. If you don’t eat meat, indulge in some veggie dogs instead. Your cute pet may also appreciate a new toy.
Do you have questions or concerns about Dachshunds? Contact us, your veterinary clinic, today!