Dachshunds, colloquially known as Wiener Dogs, are anything but weenies. Intensely loyal, hyper vigilant, and spunky, these vertically challenged pups are the 10th most popular dog in the United States for a reason. Feel like this long little dog is right for you? Read up on what to expect once you bring home your Dachshund puppy.
1. They were originally bred as badger hunters
Ever wonder why a Dachshund puppy has such a funny, adorable shape? The breed originated in Germany, where they were used to hunt weasels, badgers, and small game. Their tiny, long bodies were able to get into tight badger nests in the ground. While you may not be getting a Dachshund puppy to hunt, this is important to keep in mind. Dachshund puppies are scrappy and can wiggle and squirm their way in – and out – of everything. If you are getting a Dachshund puppy, make sure your yard perimeter is dig and wiggle-proof.
2. They are hyper vigilant
Breeds like Pit Bulls and German Shepherds often get the bad rap of having aggressive personalities. It may surprise you that Dachshunds, in fact, are ranked as the most aggressive of all breeds by journal Applied Animal Behavior Science. By no means does this mean a Dachshund puppy is going to come into your house and cause havoc – in fact, Dachshunds are incredibly loyal and if aggressive, it will be more so in warning you of intruders. As always, be sure to socialize your Dachshund puppy early to avoid aggression towards strangers on the street during walks and human visits.
3. Two are better than one
Dachshund puppies seem to be keenly aware of other pups who are like them and get along very well together. Because of their small size, it almost makes sense to simply get two siblings and start their lives with you together! Dachshund puppies can get along with other family pets, too, as long as they are introduced in a calm environment. They can get a bit jealous and possessive with food and people, so be sure to squash any unwanted behaviors ASAP.
4. They can be a bit stubborn
Maybe it’s a bit of a Napoleon complex, but Dachshund puppies tend to think they are in the right, even when they are yanking at their leash to bark at another dog across the street. Training your Dachshund puppy with positive reinforcement will work much better than other forms of discipline. Keep tiny treats on hand for training to make them feel like it was actually their idea to sit and wait for you to serve their food instead of yapping at you to get it down faster.
5. They attach at the hip
Dachshund puppies are incredibly loyal creatures. They love to be on laps, under your feet while you are doing the dishes, and snuggle next to you under the covers at night. If you love the idea of a long, short pup following you around 24/7, a Dachshund can be great for you and your family. If having a shadow is not appealing to you, Dachshunds can be trained (with positive reinforcement!) to give you a little space when you need it.
Remember, you can find just about any breed of dog you are looking for at a shelter or rescue. Look on Facebook for a Dachshund Rescue groups in your area.