Sausage fest: Why everyone should be owning a dachshund
Sausage fest: Why everyone should be owning a dachshund
Your hub for dachshund breed info, Parcelpet celebrates the mighty sausage dog. From picking the right dachshund for you to keeping your pet healthy, you’ll be barking mad to give this article a miss.
Dachshund care and training
As with many other dog breeds, it is easier to train dachshund puppies that it is to train a fully developed, adult dachshund dog. Whilst a dachshund puppy shouldn’t be too tricky to train, they are extremely independent little dogs meaning that repetition is key. This may be due to their history as hound dogs and therefore this should not be mistaken with a lack of intelligence. Other than that, training a dachshund puppy shouldn’t be too dissimilar than training any other pup – just make sure that you have plenty of treats to hand!
The dachshund personality, or temperament, is often associated with being devoted, playful, clever, lively and courageous. Whilst they can be a little stubborn at times, due to their independence, owning a dachshund puppy is great (although you might have to stop every 10 yards on walks as people are bound to gush!)
Whilst dachshunds are quite docile, they do have a tendency to give the occasional yap (bark). Again, the history of these little dogs mean that barking is in the nature, however, if kept in a calm environment this shouldn’t prove too problematic.
The sausage dog gifts us with a great companion for life and is particularly great for families with small children, so get reading up on the dachshund information below to find out whether this pooch is right for you.
Types of dachshund
The UK Kennel Club currently recognises two sizes of this breed with three coat variations. Whilst my personal favourite has got to be miniature smooth dapple dachshund (if you haven’t seen one of these then I highly recommend googling them!) it is important to pick a size and coat which works for you. The colour variations also spread across all coat types and breed sizes, so without a doubt, you can pick a sausage dog who is just perfect for you.
Avg. height: 20 – 23 cm
Avg. weight: 7 – 15 kg
The standard daxon (another popular nickname for these little dogs) can be traced back to 1700s and is actually a German hound group breed. This is because their noses are highly tuned to tracking scents, and smaller bodies give them the ability to burrow into small hard-to-reach places. This is also why dachshund bite strength is a lot stronger than people may expect, however, the breed is now largely domesticated and therefore this is no cause for concern. In fact, dachshunds are now amongst the most popular 20 dog breeds in the UK, according to the Mirror’s recent findings.
Avg. height: 12 – 16 cm
Avg. weight: 5 kg
The mini dachshund is extremely similar to the standard, the main difference being their size. The miniature sausage dog has established itself as one of the most popular dogs amongst celebrities and us normal folk due to their charming little bodies. With the demand for miniature dachshund puppies through the roof it is quite clear that these little dogs are making quite a name for themselves. Owning a miniature dachshund is fairly low-maintenance making them a great little dog breed for elderly people as well as busy families.
Long haired dachshund
What’s not to love about a fluffy dachshund? Ok, so they might shed a little more than their smooth and wire-haired counter parts, but it’s a small price to pay for those beautiful wavy coats.
I mean, would you just look at how cute this long haired miniature dachshund is!
Smooth haired dachshund
Pictured above #ParcelPeep Pixie rocking a denim jacket – you go girl!
The smooth haired doxie (one of the many nicknames for a dachshund) is the original coat type these little dogs were rocking centuries ago. Shedding isn’t such a problem with these little bundles of joy, especially with regular grooming. The smooth coat, accompanied by that typical dachshund red coat, is what creates similarity between the dachshund and hot dog earning them their nickname: The Sausage Dog!
Wire haired dachshund
The wire-haired dachshund sheds significantly less than both the smooth and long-haired sausage dog. They also have an extremely endearing ‘shaggy’ look about them, rocking suave little beards not dissimilar to that of a Schnauzer (they’re origins do route back to the same country after all).
Dog spine problems are not limited only to this breed, however this is the leading cause of dachshund health problems, but, with the correct facts and information, there is no reason why a sausage dog can’t live a long and happy life.
Dachshund back problems
The most common cause for concern when selecting a sausage dog is the common occurrence of IVDD in dachshunds. IVDD, otherwise known as Intervertebral Disc Disease, is the most common of dachshund diseases effecting roughly 25% of sausage dogs. The dachshund slipped disk phenomenon, however, should not deter you from choosing this very special breed.
There are a number of dog spinal injury steroids available for dachshunds, meaning that with relief, if your dog does develop this condition then it can be managed. Steroids for dogs back pain target IVDD dachshund symptoms including dog dragging back legs, general pain and unwillingness to move.
Other causes of dachshund back problems can be from injury and simply old age. Whilst these causes are less common, it is important to read up on dachshund care to make sure you’re handling and caring for your dog correctly.
There are many other things that owners can purchase in order to help out a dog suffering from back problems. We personally recommend a dachshund ramp UK to help your pup about the house.
How long do dachshunds live
The regular and miniature dachshund lifespan is surprisingly longer than you may expect. Despite the associated dachshund problems, you can expect them to live a long life of roughly 12 – 16 years.
Being experts in this field means we couldn’t go a miss without mentioning diet. A sausage dogs diet should be the same as that of any small breed (which you can read about here), however, monitoring this diet is extra important in these little dogs. Why? Well, as mentioned above, sausage dogs do suffer back complications, and therefore proactively keeping an eye on their diet is key.
Picking a doggy diet which contains the correct balance of protein and vitamins is key to keeping those important spinal bones strong and healthy. Moreover, obesity in this little breed can also result in the development of diseases such as IVDD. Make sure your dachshund pup is a healthy weight as a preventative health measure.
If you’re looking for companionship than this is the pup for you. A friendly dog who loves to play but likewise is suited to living indoors, the dachshund really is proof that the best things come in small packages!
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