The Dachshund has an unmistakable long silhouette with short legs and a famously big personality. Even the youngest and cutest small Dachshund puppies, though, will surprise you with their spirit and heart from a very early age.
Ranked as number 12 in popularity in the USA, the Dachshund is a dog breed with millions of fanciers.
The Wiener Dog is known as a vigilant, loyal, and brave dog with an adorable alert expression and long back.
If you are considering adopting or buying a pup from this breed, read on to find out more about Dachshund puppies and what to expect from these beautiful and unique dogs.
Dachshunds were originally bred to hunt badgers
You may be interested to know that there is a backstory behind the unique low and long body of the Dachshund. These adorable dogs were initially bred in Germany to hunt badgers, weasels, and some small game. Thanks to their long bodies, they were capable of entering the narrow tunnels and badger nests to drive the prey outside of their holes.
While Dachshunds are rarely used for hunting anymore, you should keep in mind that these wriggly, brave, and strong pups can easily squirm their way into all types of holes, which is something to be aware of when adopting Dachshund puppies.
So, you should ensure that your yard is securely fenced and is dig-proof before letting your Dachshund puppy roam and play in it.
Dachshunds are among the most vigilant dog breeds
Dachshund puppies are absolutely adorable, but did you know that they were once ranked the top aggressive breed, beating even Pit Bulls and Rottweilers.
They are highly reliable watchdogs and will alert you if anybody is approaching or if an intruder attempts to enter your property.
Being highly loyal dogs, Dachshunds will do anything to warn you and protect you from danger and intruders, which can be mistaken for aggression in some cases.
To avoid having to deal with your dog’s aggression, make sure that you socialize your Dachshund puppy from an early age. This can be done by meeting with different people and with well-behaved dogs in all kinds of settings, including in your home, from as early as possible.
Two Dachshund puppies are better than one
Dachshunds are among the few dog breeds which show a clear preference for pups of their own breed.
While they can get along with dogs of other breeds at home when introduced properly, it makes sense to adopt two cute Dachshund siblings instead of one so that they can play, interact and live together happily.
If any of your Dachshund puppies starts displaying possessive behavior or jealousy of the other for people, food, toys, or others, you should use positive reinforcement to train away this unwanted behavior as soon as you can.
Dachshund puppies can be pretty stubborn
Like other small dog breeds, Dachshunds may have the Napoleon complex, making them think that they are larger, more powerful, and entitled than other dogs. This can lead to problematic behavior when you are out walking your dog or when it is interacting with other dogs and even with you.
You should use positive reinforcement with praises and delicious treats to train your Dachshund puppy in proper behavior and social skills from an early age if you want a well-behaved and balanced dog.
They can be Velcro dogs
Since Dachshunds are very loyal dogs, they will bond with you so strongly that you can expect to have a pup following you to the bathroom and spending 24/7 attached to your hip if you add a dog from this breed to your family.
While this can be adorable behavior for some dog parents, others who do need some personal space should use positive reinforcement to train their pups to give them some space when required.
As with all other dog breeds, you should consider rescuing a dog in need of a forever home from a rescue center or shelter before heading off to a breeder to buy one.
You can check your local rescue groups and the online Dachshund specialized rescue groups for a pup from this breed that is up for adoption.