Dachshunds are an independent breed. They are loving. Dachshunds like to play. They can be aggressive.
How can all this be true of one breed of dog? Well, it is. They are among the most complex and interesting breeds precisely because they encompass all these attributes and many more besides.
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Bred in Germany to chase vermin in the 1600s, bold and fearless characteristics were selected first and foremost. At the same time, they had to be resourceful, persistent and strong-willed. It does little good to have feet and legs that are excellent for digging if the dog doesn’t have the spirit of pursuit.
Those attributes have continued down through the centuries. While most Doxies today are pets, not hunters, once attributes are bred in their nature does not change much. But what is simple courage in one circumstance can be considered aggression in another. What can be considered willfulness in one situation can be valuable persistence in another.
Above all, Dachshunds are an intelligent breed. Doxies individualist character makes them more difficult to take an interest in training. But handled properly, their smarts allow them to excel in whatever they do.
Keeping in mind that independence does not necessarily mean they are uninterested in others. Dachshunds are filled with curiosity and want to take part in any adventure going on around them. Some breeds are happy to sit by quietly and observe. They want to be participating along with everyone else and in the middle of things.
Within these broad outlines there are variations.
The Smooth-Coat Dachshund exhibits all the classic behaviors – barking at the least invasion to its territory, leading the pack whenever possible and more. They will be reluctant more often to take a bath and struggle during nail clipping time.
The Wire-Hair breed looks and acts like a combination of Doxie and terrier. Terriers, too, are high strung. They love to play and their behavior is just forthright, not necessarily aggressive.
The Long-Hair Dachshund is more like the Irish Setter in miniature, though not to that extreme. Even though they enjoy a good romp, they are a little more inclined to watch and wait their turn. They are among the easier varieties to train though they take a bit more grooming care.
All are natural diggers. Bred to chase badgers and other small game into a den, they like getting into things. Dachshunds muscular chest and powerful front legs make it pretty easy for them to do just that. Getting out isn’t too much more difficult, thanks to the streamlined body and smooth, narrow head. As as result, if you want to keep the lawn or garden intact, don’t allow the dog to roam freely without supervision.
Having natural energy, Dachshunds do need at least moderate exercise in activities. A good idea for these “gophers” is tunnels in an obstacle course.
Doxies are also loving and loyal. The bond between a Doxie and the person or family it adopts is unusually strong. They enjoy interaction and want to be near people. As any Doxie owner will be happy to tell you……..
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