10 Facts About the Dachshund Breed

1) Dachshunds belong to the “hound” family of dogs, the smallest breed in that group, which is why some argue that they should be classified under the “terrier” group.

2) Today’s Dachshunds were originally bred to hunt small animals, and the name “Dachshund” is German and literally translates to “badger dog.”

3) Dachshunds are one of the Top 10 most popular breeds in the United States.

4) They are generally known to be very loyal to their owners, but standoffish and/or mistrustful of strangers.

5) Some experts have theorized and some evidence suggests that the early roots of the Dachshund breed go back to ancient Egypt. But the true origin of the breed is in dispute.

Dachshund painting with turnip

6) The breed is known to have as many as 12 (some say 15) different colors, and the coats can be smooth, long, or wire-haired.

7) Dachshunds generally come in three different sizes. Most are familiar with the miniature Dachshund at about 11-pounds, but it was the 32-pound standard size that got the name “badger dog.”

8) The third size is in between miniature and standard, generally around 12 to 18 pounds, and they are sometimes called “rabbit dachshunds” because they were bred to hunt rabbits and hares.

9) The Dachshund breed has a comparatively long life-span, with dogs often reaching their late teens.

10) They like to jump. It is suggested that owners hold them tight in their arms because they will often want to jump down, which can cause injuries to their long backs.

Dachshund playing with accordion

Dachshunds are hunters

 

Kieran the Dachshund Mix

My girlfriend and roommate both work at a ballroom dance studio, and one of the students of the studio rescued a dog that was nearly hit by a car. And after a few weeks, lo and behold, the dog they rescued turned out to have been pregnant. After searching around for homes for the litter, we ended up with one of the pups, who we named Kieran which is Gaelic for “little dark one.” Submitted by Paul P.

Kieran the Dachsund Mix


Pet Health and Nutrition Center

 

Sophie the Shih Tzu, Dachshund Mix

Submitted by Wendy S. Head on over to Pet Gear Lab if you’re wondering what to feed your Shih-Tzu, Dachshund, or mixie.

Sophie’s friends were jealous that she was going to be on DogPerDay, so they wanted in on the deal, too…


Only Natural Pet… Bully Sticks for Dogs

Healthy and Safe Bully Sticks for Dogs

Finding safe, natural chews for your dog can be a challenge; conventional rawhides are bleached and filled with additives. Only Natural Pet Bully Sticks are all natural, additive free, and made from free range, grass fed & growth hormone free cattle. Let your dog enjoy a satisfying, long lasting chew; including regular, braided, and low odor bully sticks.

Shop All Bully Sticks for Dogs at Only Natural Pet >>

Recommended… Only Natural Pet Free Range Low Odor Bully Sticks

Only Natural Pet Low Odor Bully Sticks for Dogs

Only Natural Pet Free Range Low Odor Bully Sticks

  • Low odor made with a harmless drying & cooking process
  • 100% digestible, high in protein & low in fat
  • Completely natural & made from grass-fed, hormone & antibiotic free cattle
  • Healthy alternative to bleached & chemical treated rawhides.
  • Floss like shape is ideal for maintaining healthy teeth & gums
  • Dehydrated & non-irridiated for a tough textured chew
  • A healthy, delicious outlet for your dog’s desire to chew

Click Here to Get Only Natural Pet’s Free Range Low Odor Bully Sticks >>

 

 

Pepper and Foxy

We’re thankful for our little guy and gal. This first picture is of Foxy and Pepper hanging out at the dog park near our home. Just for fun, I added one of them both during my wife and I’s first anniversary while on a hike in the mountains of Virginia. Pepper is beautiful, so I also threw in another one of him. Submitted by Brandon, Sarah, Pepper, and Foxy B.


Defendex Natural Dog Shampoo