- Full Name
- Alternate Names
- Wiener dog, Dotson dog, Doxin dog, Doxie, Daschie
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- Life Span
- 12 - 16 years
- 16 - 28 pounds
Dachshund dogs are famous for their long body and short legs, and they are often called wiener dogs or hotdogs. They have a goofy personality and will make you laugh every day. But don't let the goofiness fool you; they were initially bred for a very specific reason (and got their name from it)- to be bold and persistent in finding badgers ("Dachs" is German for badger). The modern-day Dachshund is much more of a family companion and makes an excellent apartment dog due to its small size.
- Bred For
- Hunting badgers and other tunneling animals, rabbits, and foxes
- Family Considerations
- Overall Ease of Breed
- Home and Environment Considerations
- Physical Characteristics
Is the Dachshund good with children?
Is the Dachshund friendly with strangers?
Is the Dachshund friendly with other dogs?
Does the Dachshund like to cuddle?
Does the Dachshund like to play?
Does the Dachshund make a good service dog?
Is the Dachshund good for first-time owners?
How well can the Dachshund be trained?
Does the Dachshund shed a lot?
Is the Dachshund easy to groom?
Does the Dachshund need a lot of exercise?
How smart is the Dachshund?
How much does the Dachshund bark? Does the Dachshund bark too much?
Is the Dachshund a good guard dog?
Is the Dachshund good at staying alone? Is the Dachshund independent?
Is the Dachshund a good apartment dog?
How big is the Dachshund?
How much does the Dachshund tolerate hot weather? When is it too hot for a Dachshund?
How much does the Dachshund tolerate cold weather? When is it too cold for a Dachshund?
Does the Dachshund try to run away?
Is the Dachshund a healthy dog? The health of a Dachshund should be measured not just by how many years they live, but also by how many health issues they've had. It is important to know which health conditions your breed is prone to- hip problems, eye problems, bloating, and arthritis are all common dog health problems.
How energetic is the Dachshund?
How much does the Dachshund drool?
Does the Dachshund have a large prey drive? Does the Dachshund like to chase birds, cats, and other small animals?
Is the Dachshund atheltic?
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