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How many registrations per year that are made for this breed. Generally breeds are popular for a reason and high popularity breeds are often a great place to start your search.

How willing and able this breed is to protect you, your family and your  home , how territorial they are and how dominant they can be. This is not necessarily  a sign of how aggressive the breed is.

Not to be confused with protection/guarding this is how alert , how vocal and how trusting your dog is. Even tiny dogs can make great watchdogs.

Being able to physically manage your dog is a vital consideration, dogs are much stronger than humans pound for pound.

 Breed Stats At A Glance:  1-5 Scale 5 is most or best 1 is least or worst

Nearly all dogs are trainable, some breeds  however are inherently more stubborn, wilful, lazy or less intelligent than others. Stubborn and stupid is a bad combo, Clever and eager is a good combo!

A variable combination of trainability, inherent temperament, dominance or natural aggression make some breeds less suitable for the novice owner  than others.

Older children are much more able to understand how to treat their dog appropriately. Parents must guage the maturity of their own children before choosing a dog.

Very young children are liable to annoy or provoke a dog and can injure smaller ones through rough play. They can themselves be knocked down or accidentally hurt by a larger or over enthusiastic dog.

A combination of how naturally active this breed is and how much daily exercise they will need. Under stimulated dogs can develop unwanted problem behaviours such as excessive barking, chewing and digging.

Some breeds happily live in apartments as long as they get enough daily exercise. Some however need big yards and lots of space. Some breeds bark a lot  so think of your neighbours!

Some breeds love nothing more than snuggling up on the couch with you whilst others are much more aloof.

Playfulness represents how eager, willing and exuberant your furry pal will be when it comes to getting down and joining in the fun.

Representing yearly averages as some breeds only shed seasonally, some shed throughout the year, and some hardly shed or dont shed at all.

How much upkeep you will need to do to keep your dog looking their best and being healthy, grooming, brushing, cleaning and  bathing etc.

All dogs can suffer health problems. Some breeds however, either through over breeding or inbreeding are more prone to serious congenital disorders than others.

How well does this breed naturally get on with other dogs? Proper socialization will mitigate most  intolerance. Intact  males generally are more problematic with other intact  males

Some breeds have naturally higher prey drives than others, however nearly all dogs can live with small animals providing they are introduced young enough and are well socialized.

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Dachshund Temperament and Dog Breed Information

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Dachshund Temperament

The Wiener dog is as much a terrier as he is a hound, feisty, scrappy and always willing to go to ground after a critter,  they retain a keen instinct for digging and tunnelling so be prepared for some heavy aeration if you have a garden.

Their Dachshund temperament makes this is a busy little dog breed, always inquisitive and full of activity, they will happily help you to rake the leaves in the garden or defend you from the dreaded vacuum monster.

The Wiener dog is one of the United State’s top 10 most popular dog breeds.

Dachshunds have a determined personality  and despite their size are no wimps. An independent thinker with plenty of character they love to know what their people are doing and will check on them regularly.

Training: Can prove challenging but if disguised as play then this little fellah will join in enthusiastically.

Shedding: This breed is an average shedder; rubbing them down occasionally with a damp towel will help keep the hair at bay.

Grooming: Longhaired's require daily brushing to keep them free of mats and tangles. Short haired versions will require weekly brushing and wire haired varieties need to be trimmed at least twice a year.

Exercise:These dogs do need exercise. As young dogs they are typically quite active, but can get lazy as they get older. Their love of food should not be pandered to either as obesity is an issue, it's important therefore that you provide them enough opportunities to exercise to keep them strong and lean.

Since this dog is small, games of fetch in the house may be enough to get them proper exercise. However, they will also enjoy a walk with you and can get a good amount of exercise this way. Because of their short legs, they are not considered good running companions.

Protection level: Has a deep throaty bark, Will bark a lot if allowed! A one family dog, suspicious of strangers.

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The Dachshund or “Wiener/Sausage dog” might be small but there is nothing small about his personality! The breed was first recorded in Germany during the 1600’s when reference was made to a “low crooked leg”dog called a ‘little burrow dog’ that hunted Badgers, in fact its name literally means “Badger-Dog” and was known for its toughness and stamina. Tenacious hunters,they would follow their quarry into its burrow, pull it out and kill it.

Whilst the modern breed is not such a tough cookie as he once was, his deep baying bark serves to remind us that this is no demure toy breed. The breed comes in 3 forms long haired, short haired and wire haired.

Dachshund  Information and Breed Notes

Children: Dachshunds are not the best breed to bring into the home if you have small children, however an adult ‘Wiener’ who acquires children will usually do quite well with them as long as they are properly introduced

This is particularly the case of Miniatures, children should always be taught how to handle them properly since they are somewhat fragile due to their size and long backs and all interaction must be fully supervised.

There are of course many other more suitable dog breeds that are good with children.

Health A healthy breed on the whole, however the breed’s long back causes specific concerns. Dachshund back problems as a result of this dog's physiology can be a serious issue if steps are not taken to minimise the risks with training or handling.

Dachshunds are prone to spinal disc problems, and Interverebral Disc Disease (IVD), this is due to their very long spinal columns and very short rib cages.

For this reason, it's important that your dog be trained early on not to jump, jumping on or off furniture, especially high things like beds. Sudden twists of trauma to the spine can cause a disc to slip out of place.

When picking up the Dachshund support its back properly, watch his weight as obesity will only put extra strain on his spine.

Some people advise not letting him climb stairs though most feel that it does not pose a problem as long as they are walking instead of running .

Finding a reputable breeder and ensuring adequate pet insurance will of course always bring extra peace of mind regards the well being of your furry friend.

Ideal Dachshund Owner's are...

Easy going and patient, have the time to train what can be quite an independent minded and determined breed. Do you like this breed? Please Make sure you are choosing the right dog for your own lifestyle. For more information, why not visit this breeds national club. or learn more about different  types of small dog breeds.

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Do You Have A Dachshund? We would love love to hear your story, why not upload a picture and share your experiences, tell us why they are your favourite breed. Do You Have A Related Question? - Just ask and we will be happy to help .

“Overall the Long hair tends to be more docile. Smooths and Wires are often mischievous little scamps. With their family Dachsies are comical and ready to play…

They often favor one person, but Wires are more outgoing. These hounds can be con artists wheedling an extra cookie, or two or three…”

Chris Walcowicz- the Perfect Match