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Hot Dog! National Dachshund Day is June 21st! We love Weiner Dogs, and we’re happy to shine the Spotlight on these long, lovable pups. Also known as Sausage Dogs or Doxies, Dachshunds are quite popular, and they really do make charming little pets. A local veterinarian discusses the breed below.
The Dachshund’s history is quite long and distinguished … just like his torso! Fido has been around for about 600 years. The Doxie was first developed in Germany to hunt badgers. In fact, the word “Dachshund” roughly means “badger dog” in German. As you may know, badgers aren’t particularly friendly. Dachshunds became such formidable hunters that packs of them were used to hunt wild boar, another ferocious animal. The Dachshund joined the AKC in 1885, along with 14 other breeds. (Apparently, 1885 was a pretty eventful year for dog breeders!)
As you probably know, the Dachshund is quite small. The standard sized ones can weigh up to 32 pounds, while the miniature models usually stay under 11. Fido can also sport one of three coat types: long, smooth, or wirehaired. They’re all pretty cute in our book!
Dachshunds are very lovable and cuddly. Like other hunting dogs, they are also very active and intelligent. Don’t let Fido’s small stature and adorable face fool you: Weiner dogs can actually be quite feisty! These guys are excellent trackers with a strong prey drive. They’re also sometimes a bit too rambunctious for their own good. In fact, a 2008 study put the Doxie at the top of the list of aggressive breeds! Proper training is a must here. Just stick to positive reinforcement: Fido loves being praised and rewarded.
Like any other pup, Fido needs good food, regular veterinary care, and suitable exercise to thrive. Don’t let your four-legged buddy become overweight! Extra pounds put a lot of strain on Dachshunds’ long backs, and can lead or contribute to serious back and spine issues, such as slipped discs. Jumping can also be very dangerous for them. Set out pet ramps or stairs, and don’t let your pet jump on or off furniture.
So how does one honor this ‘pawesome’ occasion? Well, by having some hot dogs, of course! Fido can have some too, though you don’t want to give him too much processed meat. If you don’t eat meat, indulge in some veggie dogs instead. Your canine friend may also appreciate a new toy.
Do you have questions or concerns about Dachshunds? Contact us, your veterinary clinic, today!