Although most people are likely to be familiar with the large Dachshund, there is also a miniature size. Both types have the same characteristics and the type that you ultimately choose will depend on the size of your home and how much space you have for your pet to run around in.
Originals of the Dachshund
The Dachshund first appeared in Germany back in the 17th century and is named after the German word for badger. The breed was originally used to hunt animals such as badgers and has short back legs that can be used to dig into sets and burrows and kill badgers, rabbits and other animals. Dachshunds are known for their fearless nature and once they have the scent of a prey animal they will never back down.
The Breed’s Nature
The Dachshund is similar to a terrier in many ways and has the same tenacity as well as curiosity and intelligence. This breed tends to form a strong bond to its human companions and is very loyal. It is very important to make sure that the breed is fully trained and housebroken as a puppy, as this can prove to be very difficult in older dogs. The breed tends to defend itself if it is handled roughly and families that have very young children may find that the Dachshund is not a good match.
Caring for the Dachshund
This breed loves to play and has plenty of energy, which means that it needs daily exercise outside. Care should be taken to prevent the Dachshund from jumping too much so that it does not damage its spine. The breed has very long hair that needs to be brushed thoroughly each day with a wire brush and a strong comb, while its coat should also be trimmed twice each year.