Part of the hound family, the Dachshund is known for its short legs and long body. Also commonly referred to as “sausage dogs”, the Dachshund is one of the most distinctive dog breeds out there. There are three varieties: the shorthaired, the wire-haired, and the longhaired. Regardless of variety, all Dachshunds tend to be affectionate, curious, brave and proud dogs. Looking closer at their temperament however, there do however exist a few minor differences:
- Wire-haired Dachshunds tend to be the most energetic, mischievous, and stubborn.
- Longhaired Dachshunds tend to be the quietest and sweetest-natured.
- Smooth Dachshunds most often attach themselves to one person, leading them to be more aloof with strangers.
Lifestyle and Living Environment
Dachshunds live happily in an apartment or house, however they should be discouraged from frequent travels up and down stairs as this will harm their elongated spines. If your home has a garden, be sure that it is well fenced because Dachshunds were bred to dig through the ground and therefore are able to dig under many types of fencing. House training can be an issue for these ones too, which is why crate training is highly recommended.
Common Health Issues
Dachshunds are prone to: Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD), Epilepsy, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), Gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV), Cushings Disease, Canine Diabetes Mellitus (DM), Deafness.