Dachshund FAQ

What is a dachshund?

A dachshund (AKA Wiener Dog) is a dog in the hound family. It is low to the ground, long in the body, short in the legs with hanging ears.

What is a miniature dachshund?

According to the American Kennel Club, dachshunds come in two categories of size. Eleven pounds or less is considered a miniature wiener. Sixteen to twenty four pounds is considered a standard wiener. Of course this leaves twelve pounds to sixteen pounds “between” for a tweenie which is unofficial.

Does this mean that a miniature dachshund that is overweight can be classified as a standard dachshund based on weight?

No. This means you have a dachshund that needs to eat less. A fat dachshund usually leads to a bad back which is dangerous.

What kind of temperment does a dachshund have?

The Dachshund is clever, lively and courageous to the point of rashness, persevering in above and below ground work, with all the senses well-developed. They usually have a large vocabulary, understanding a variety of words and commands. They are also willing to tell the owner, through sounds and behavior exactly what it is they want.

How do I know if a dachshund is right for me and my family?

If you want a dog who:
1. Comes in a variety of sizes (all smallish)
2. Comes in a variety of coat types and colors
3. Is comical and entertaining
4. Doesn’t need a lot of exercise
5. Makes a keen watchdog
6. Is sociable with other family pets, especially other Dachshunds
7. Lives a long time

The dachshund may be perfect for you.

But if you do not want to deal with:
1. Suspiciousness or sharpness toward strangers when not socialized enough
2. Scrappiness toward strange dogs
3. Stubbornness
4. Notorious housebreaking difficulties
5. Digging holes
6. Barking
7. Serious back/spinal problems

You might want to rethink your dog choice.

Do dachshunds train easily in obedience classes?

Heavens, no. Dachshunds are not golden retrievers. They have a mind of their own. They must be taught at an early age that they are not the master nor the ruler of the world. They are killers of all sortf of unwanted critters in your yard but they can be manipulative, and some are willful and obstinate. You must show them, through absolute consistency, that you mean what you say.

Are dachshunds good with small children?

Usually not. Some dachshunds can be gentle and easy around young children but usually they are defensive and territorial with their property. And because of the dachshund fragile back, they can easily be hurt by young children who do not know better than to try to pick up a dachshund.

Where do dachshunds sleep?

The wiener dog believes it has the right to sleep in the masterbed, under the covers. They love to burrow under blankets and pillows. Keep a blanket on your couch or in their crate for their burrowing needs.

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