Breed of the Week: Dachshund
Dachshunds come in two sizes and three coat types, giving this short dog quite a varied appearance. Miniature Dachshunds weigh under 11lbs while standard Dachshunds weigh between 16 and 32lbs. The coat can be smooth and short, long and silky, or wiry and they can also be of almost any color with solids and pointed (like a Doberman) being most common. All Dachshund varieties require minimal grooming and careful exercise.
Dachshunds were originally bred as a burrow hunting dog and in three original sizes- badger, rabbit and rodent hunting sizes to fit in the various dens of their prey. Though little, this dog is still a true hunting breed and does not generally act like a small companion dog so it does best in an active home with extra socialization to ensure friendliness. The smaller miniature Dachshund is often considered a “softer” breed and is gentler in nature.
Due to their long back, the Dachshund is prone to back and joint injuries, especially if allowed to jump. They are also prone to skin concerns and ears infections as their dropped, heavy ears can trap moisture.
• The original larger Dachshund could hunt badger and wild boar and is seen documented back to the 15th century.
• President Grover Cleveland had Dachshunds living in the White House through both of his terms.
• Dachshunds are now primarily bred as a companion breed and the long haired variety has become especially popular.
The Dachshund featured in this post is available for adoption! Please call (610) 337-7698 and ask to speak with Sarah if you are interested in adopting this sweet girl, Tulip aka Laverne!