Known the world over for its unique shape, the dachshund is an energetic, curious, and loyal companion. These dogs were originally bred to hunt burrowing prey in Germany. These instincts remain strong, and they love to explore, under the proper supervision of their loving owners. Currently, the AKC lists them as the 12th most popular dog breed in the United States. Both miniature and standard sizes enjoy popularity all over the world.
Though they have an independent streak, dachshunds are extremely loyal and attached to their family members. Their loyalty may cause some issues. Dachshunds can be overly protective of their packs. Even though they do well with children, they may not get along with children outside of their families. Consequently, dachshunds can become very attached to one person in their lives. If you do not curb this behavior through training, it may lead to worse separation anxiety. Depending on socialization and temperament, they may be shy of strangers or they may bark. Some suggest long-haired and miniature dachshunds are shyer than other size and coat varieties.
The Dachshund A High-Energy Dog
Dachshunds have high energy levels. Therefore, they will need plenty of daily exercise, half an hour to an hour daily. No dog likes being left alone for long periods of time, and dachshunds are no exception. If you personally cannot stay with your dog throughout the day, you may want to discuss sharing the load with someone else. Additionally, without proper mental stimulation, a dachshund can easily become bored and destructive. Games of hide and seek play into a dachshund’s hunting abilities. In addition, dachshunds have also succeeded at and enjoyed agility training.
This breed has been well-loved for centuries for a reason. If you think a dachshund would fit well into your lifestyle, look for a reputable breeder or rescue organization. Your dachshund is waiting for you!