Dachshund puppies are scent hound dogs bred to hunt badgers and other tunneling animals, rabbits, and foxes. Hunters even used packs of Dachshunds to trail wild boar. Today their versatility makes them excellent family companions, show dogs, and small-game hunters.
But don’t let this pup fool you. Dogs of this breed might be, as a legendary literary critic and humorous journalist H. L. Mencken said, “half a dog high and a dog and a half long,” but this small, drop-eared dog is tough enough to take on a badger. In fact, that’s how they got their name (Dachs meaning badger; hund meaning dog).
However, you may know them by one of their many nicknames, including Wiener Dog, Sausage Dog, Doxie, and more. If you’re looking a little pooch who will keep you on your toes and shower you with love, this may be the breed for you. Opt to adopt if you can!
It’s important to remember that dogs of any breed can suffer from health issues throughout their lives. A good pet insurance plan can help you prepare to give your dog the care they need at any age.
See below for a complete list of dog breed traits and facts about Dachshunds!
Be mindful of Dachshund puppies allergies
If you have allergies to dogs, make sure you know if you’re allergic to the dachshund you’re getting before you bring him home. Dachshunds can get very attached, very quickly, and it would be very unsettling to have to rehome him again. The wire-haired dachshunds with ‘pin wire’ coats are the best option from a shedding point of view and may be the best choice for allergy sufferers. But, if anyone in the family has severe allergies to dogs, don’t rush the decision. Spend plenty of time with the dachshund and see how things go. If anyone struggles with allergies or reactions, it may not be sensible to take him on.