This time round on Meet The Breeds, we have a very special protaganist- The iconic “sausage dog”. There’s so much more to find out about the dachshund, otherwise known as the doxie. In fact, read on and you might be surprised at how little you know about “The Sausage Dog”!
Dachshund originated from Germany as a hunting dog in the 15th century. The breed specifically hunted on badgers. Interestingly enough, the German word ” dachshund” translates to badger. Also, the dog’s body type is ideal for digging and entering badger burrows.
Did you know that Dachshunds of the past are actually not as small as the ones we see nowadays? Initially, there were only large-sized dachshunds, it was only later on when the smaller breed of Dachshunds came about. Dachshunds, even the small breed Dachshunds we see nowadays, make perfect hunters, with smaller Dachshunds hunting smaller creatures like rabbits.
And if you ever catch yourself struggling to pronounce the sausage dog’s name, don’t worry! We have the answer for you. It’s “Dahks-hund”, as in ducks-hun.
Dachshunds have 15 recognized colors. Did you know that Dachshunds do not only come in single colours, but can also be double-coloured! Here are some of the popular colours:
• One colored: red, black, cream, blue, tan, albino, fawn, chocolate.
• Two-coloured: black and tan, black and cream, blue and cream, blue and tan, isabella and tan, chocolate and cream, chocolate and tan.
Ever wondered who started the whole “hot dog” thing? The story of the first time dachshund that was called “hot dog” could be traced to the 1800s when Germans migrated to the USA and brought along sausages and dachshund dogs. Americans saw how the dogs looked like sausages. Nowadays, Dachshunds are likened to sausages almost everywhere. Even in Chinese, the name directly translates to sausage dog.
Dachshunds are a very vocal breed of dogs that bark a lot. They tend to be very territorial and bark when they see a person or dog approaching, perceiving them as threats. To regulate its peppy noise level, you can have a go at teaching your dachshund the “quiet” command.
Dachshunds are affectionate, playful, and loyal, making them a good company to have around children. However, its important to note that Dachshunds, regardless of how friendly they are, still need some time to adjust to the presence of kids in their environment.
Dachshunds typically get along better with other dachshunds or dogs of similar size. With bigger dogs, they can be feisty. Extra training and bonding is required to boost harmony in the house.
Dachshunds are breeds that can be possessive of their owners or people they are close to. Although they are friendly, dachshunds need time to warm up.
Dachshunds are not hypoallergenic. They are moderate shedders, but not as much as a large dog due to their size.
Dachshunds are a type of dog that likes to be carried. However, there are additional cautions to note when carrying a Dachshund Due to their peculiar back condition and sensitive spines. To carry a Dachshund, simply place one hand under your dog’s belly, then one under your dog’s rump, slowly lift, keep body level.
Dachshunds need daily exercise. As hunting dogs that can walk further than expected, they need constant exercise. Older dachshunds can have exercise regimes that are not as tiring.
Judging from their short legs, its not surprising that many think that Dachshunds have difficulty catching up or running. However, Dachshunds are perfectly capable of running. Regardless, you should ensure that they refrain from running if they have back issues or other health conditions.
In Singapore, a non-local dachshund breed costs a minimum of 8k due to popular demand of “The Sausage Dog” amongst Singaporean pawrents.
Dachshunds are suitable for Singapore. They do enjoy the hot weather. However, they can get overheated fast, without knowing. So, they need to be regulated when in the sun.
Yes, Dachshunds are HDB approved.
Here are some common health conditions faced by Dachshunds:
• Dachshunds are prone to orthopedic problems (intervertebral disk disease, patellar luxation, elbow dysplasia),
• Colour dilution alopecia,
• Von Willebrand’s,
• Deafness (in dappled coats).
Here are some recommended products for your pet Dachshund.