Dachshund puppies are very unique looking and active little dogs. Although they are small, they love being busy and will happily take as much exercise as their owner would give them. Dachshunds are also intelligent and loyal companions. They are relatively hard to train as they can be a little stubborn and they sometimes choose to ignore the recall command.
The official origin of the Dachshunds can be traced to Germany in the 15th Century. The two sizes of dachshunds were bred primarily for hunting. The Standard Dachshund was bred for sniffing and flushing out badgers while the miniature Dachshund was bred for hunting rabbits.
The name Dachshund literally means “badger dog“ in German.
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Dachshund care methods and considerations:
1. Regular Exercise
Dachshunds should be regularly exercised, but avoid overfeeding to prevent them from becoming overweight. Due to their short legs, they can easily get dirty when walking, so use a towel to clean their bodies to maintain a shiny coat. Long-haired Dachshunds require even more attention to grooming to ensure vibrant colours. Dachshunds are prone to dental issues, so regular teeth cleaning is essential.
2. Feeding Puppies
Taking care of young long-haired Dachshunds requires more time and effort. An 8-week-old puppy needs to be fed four times a day, so someone must be available to care for them. Adult Dachshunds also require special care. Regardless of the weather, they need to be walked twice a day for at least 20 minutes each time. They require training, healthcare, grooming, and plenty of affection. They should not be left alone all day, so if the owner works full-time, responsible care must be arranged.
3. Affectionate Companions
Long-haired Dachshunds particularly enjoy companionship. While they may seem charming on the surface, they don’t need or want excessive pampering. They are more robust than they appear.
Long-haired Dachshunds are the most charming but require more care compared to other types. They need to be washed 2-3 times a week. The washing process is not too bothersome; you only need to set aside a fixed washing time and clean them thoroughly.
If you choose a long-haired Dachshund, consider grooming as an enjoyable activity. Brush their coat three times a week to prevent matting and tangling. Most of their hair requires a firm brush, while areas with sparse hair, like ears and paws, can be dealt with using a comb. Pay extra attention to areas like the armpits, elbows, belly, and behind the ears, which are prone to matting.