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The dachshund is an extremely clever and courageous breed. These hound dogs are smart, stubborn, and bred for perseverance. Despite their drive, they still give lots of affection and bond very well with their owners.
Doxies make excellent dogs for first-time dog owners and can adapt well to apartment living.
The dachshund is relatively easy to train and eager to please. However, you may run into issues due to their occasionally stubborn personality.
Dachshund puppies should be exposed to various sights, sounds, and experiences to ensure they become a well-rounded adult.
Dachshunds have lower energy levels compared to other smaller breeds but still require daily exercise. Doxies should get at least 30 minutes of daily exercise — like walks and playtime — to remain healthy.
Because of common dachshund back problems, this breed needs strong muscles to support their long spine. To avoid injuries, make sure your dachshund doesn’t jump on or off furniture.
Wiener dogs are generally good with children and affectionate towards their families. They may bond more closely with select family members, though. So if you’re looking for a dog that’s sure to bond with your whole family, there are plenty of other family-friendly breeds to consider.
As a smaller breed, any young children should be supervised around dachshunds to prevent injured pups.
Doxies are friendly towards other pets, but some older dachshunds prefer to be their owner’s only pet. Supervise interactions and properly introduce new potential furry friends and family members.
Doxies have a loud and deep bark despite their smaller size. Excessive barking can be a problem with this breed. To help mitigate this behavior, doxies should be trained to know when and when not to bark.
- Dachshunds — also known as doxie dogs — were officially accepted into the American Kennel Club in 1885.3
- The dachshund breed was developed in Germany to hunt badgers, and “dachshund” translates to “badger dog.”
- Dachshund is pronounced “dahks-hund.”
- With two sizes and three coat variations, the dachshund is one of the most varied purebred dogs in the AKC.4
- Dachshunds were the 10th most popular 2021 dog breed in America.5
Dachshund mixes are not all that common, but there are some popular mixed breeds including:
- Chiweenie: Chihuahua and dachshund mix
- Doxbull: pit bull and dachshund mix
- Doxle: beagle and dachshund mix
- Dorgi: corgi and dachshund mix
Although dachshunds are a generally healthy breed, they are known to experience a few health issues. Some of the more common dachshund health problems include:
- Intervertebral disc disease (IVDD): This is a spinal condition.
- Progressive retinal atrophy: A degenerative eye condition which could cause blindness.
- Periodontal disease
- Patella luxation
- Otitis (middle ear infection)
Treating even minor health concerns during a dachshund's lifespan can quickly become expensive veterinary trips. Pet insurance may be able to help mitigate the costs associated with those minor trips and more serious issues like IVDD and patella luxation.
Intervertebral disc disease (IVDD) is more commonly known as a herniated disc. Herniated discs can become worse, leading to displaced or ruptured discs and, eventually, paralysis. Diagnosing IVDD requires an MRI or CT scans, and treatment ranges from medication to surgery.
Luxating patella in dogs happens when a dog’s kneecap is dislocated. This condition can affect a dog’s ability to walk properly. A patella luxation can be extremely painful and most often require surgery to correct.
For more information on how MetLife1 dog insurance can help your dachshund, check out our guide on how pet insurance works. Remember, signing up for dog insurance while your doxie is a puppy could ensure your pup has coverage before an issue becomes a pre-existing condition.