Despite its slightly comic size and shape (or perhaps because of it), the Dachshund is a perennial favourite with dog lovers the world over. One of the most popular breeds of dog in the UK, it is even more popular in the USA where it currently ranks 7th in the American Kennel Club’s list of breed registrations for 2008.
Dachshunds are also extremely popular in countries as far and wide as Japan in the Far East, the Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary in Eastern Europe and, nearer to home, Switzerland and France. And of course, the Dachshund is ever popular in its native Germany where it was the official mascot for the 1972 Summer Olympics.
But the Dachshund has also proven itself a firm favourite in popular culture, featuring in numerous films including Toy Story, Toy Story 2 and Lady and the Tramp, and numerous television series including iCarly, The Norm Show, That ’70s Show and Emergency!
Famous Dachshund owners include (and have included) Mike Graziola from Punk band Gennero, Japanese singer Namie Amuro, Dutch writer Harry Mulisch, artists Andy Warhol, David Hockey and Pablo Picasso, and legendary American newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst.
There are many quality Dachshund breeders who have Dachshund puppies for sale.
Do your research. Check out the various Dachshund breeders that you find online. Check to see if they also offer a health guarantee. Check that they are registered Kennel Club breeders. There are thousands of Dachshund puppies for sale all waiting to be taken home and loved, just make sure you choose the right one for you.
Decide why you want a Dachshund puppy. Is it to show or is it simpy a family pet or companion dog? It will make a difference as to the breeder you choose.
Make sure you see your Dachshund puppy’s mother – it’s the best way of knowing how your puppy will look when it’s fully grown.
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Dachshunds are cute let’s face it, but what is the Dachshund really like? Certainly they can make wonderful family pets or companion dogs, but it is important that you know something about the breed before you consider buying a Dachshund puppy.
Dachshunds were bred as hunting dogs, initially to track down badgers. Okay, so they are not the first dog breed that springs to mind when you think of a hunting dog, but that’s a fact. In certain countries they are still used for their original purpose.
But today Dachshunds are known the world over for being wonderful pet dogs. That they are, but it is important to bear in mind the purpose for which they were originally created.
Dachshunds tend to be independent and sometimes a little stubborn. That’s in their breeding. But properly trained, those traits can be diluted, and they need to be if the Dachshund is to fill the void in your life. They are also protective and sometimes a little possessive. But they are also fun-loving and affectionate little dogs, it is just up to you to get the best out of them.
Dachshunds are one of the most popular companion dogs and family pets with good reason. But it is imperative that you teach your Dachshund puppy how you expect him to behave. Don’t let the tail wag the dog or you could have a Dachshund who rules you!
Like all dogs, the Dachshund needs to know its place. It needs to understand that it is not the master. You are not being kind to a Dachshund by spoiling it or by allowing it to dictate to you. You will have a problem dog on your hands if you do.
Understand the breed – buy one of our recommended Dachshund books and learn all about Dachshunds before ever you buy one. Teach your Dachshund puppy what is expected of him, what is acceptable behaviour and what is not. Introduce him to as many people and situations as possible while he is still young. Early socialization is important with Dachshunds.
Correct him when he does something wrong, praise him when he does something that pleases you. Don’t go thinking you’ll correct his misbehaviour when he’s older – that’ll never work. Start as you mean to continue otherwise your puppy will be confused and unhappy because of it.
Dachshunds make wonderful family pets and companion dogs but ONLY if you train them and socialize them from an early age. If you do, you’ll have a dog that few can match for loyalty, affection and love!
If you would like to read more about owning a Dachshund, please read some of these excellent, highly recommended books:
* The Everything Dachshund Book: A Complete Guide to Raising, Training and Caring for Your Dachshund by: Joan Hustace Walker
* Dachshunds for Dummies by: Eve Adamson
* The Essential Dachshund (Essential Guide) by: Howell Book House
* A New Owners Guide to Dachshunds by: Kaye Ladd
* The Dachshund Handbook (Barron’s Pet Handbooks) by: D. Caroline Coile
* The Dachshund by: Susan M. Ewing and Wayne Hunthausen
Before you purchase your Dachshund puppy, consider why you want a Dachshund in the first place. It will greatly determine what sort of puppy and what sort of Dachshund breeder you are looking for. Simply searching for Dachshund puppy breeders will not necessarily guarantee you your desired result.
Naturally you will want a pedigree Dachshund puppy. Buying a pedigree Dachshund from a registered breeder is the best way of being certain that you are going to get what you pay for. Unlike simply buying a Dachshund – or any other breed of dog for that matter - without a pedigree certificate, if you buy a pedigree Dachshund puppy you have a reasonable idea what your adult Dachshund will look like because pictures of adult Dachshunds abound, especially on the internet.
All puppies look cute, and Dachshund puppies are no exception. But you need to know what your Dachshund is going to look like when it is fully grown. You also need to know, as far as possible, that you are buying a healthy puppy. That is the main advantage of buying a Dachshund puppy with a pedigree certificate from a Kennel Club registered Dachshund breeder.
You also need to see the mother. That is important. If you see the mother then you have a fair idea how your pup will turn out. Does she have the right temperament to suit your lifestyle? Unless you are planning to show your Dachshund, breed standards don’t matter too much. It is your puppy’s temperament that is most important. The fact that your Dachshund might not be suitable for showing or fit the exact breed standards doesn’t matter a hoot if you want a happy, healthy, family pet. But at least by buying your Dachshund puppy from a specialist Dachshund breeder, you have a reasonable idea what you are going to get for your money.
Of course if you are buying a Dachshund puppy for the purpose of showing it, then that is a different matter. You will want the best puppy your money can buy. But if you simply want a delightful and faithful family pet or companion dog, then the best way of ensuring that is to buy your Dachshund puppy from a registered Dachshund breeder, see the mother, check the pedigree certificate, and look forward to many years of happy Dachshund owning!
Dachshund Racing is an increasingly popular sport, particularly in the USA. Dachshund or ‘Wiener Dog Racing’ as it is known in North America, may be somewhat controversial, but its popularity cannot be denied.
Dachshund Racing is believed to have begun in Australia during the 1970s, and was taken up in America following a popular television advertisement in 1993 which jokingly listed a number of unusual potential sports, amongst which was Wiener Dog Racing. Thus was born the Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals, which takes place in San Diego, California, each December, where competitors compete for the United States National Dachshund Racing Championships.
Dachshund Racing now takes place at race tracks in many American cities from Phoenix in Arizona to Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania. At 25 or 50 yard distances, many of these events are used as promotional or fundraising events and attract enormous crowds.
The sport of Dachshund Racing has since been immortalized in an award-winning 2007 ‘Dogumentary’ film, Wiener Takes All, which follows five competitors over the 2003 to 2005 seasons.
You would be surprised at the number of Dachshund health issues you could actually diagnose and treat yourself, at a fraction of the cost of taking your Dachshund to the vet.
Written by vet John Bleby, The Dog’s Health from A-Z: A Canine Veterinary Dictionary, descibes how many canine illnesses can be self-diagnosed and treated, or avoided altogether, with a little knowledge and understanding.
While this book cannot take the place of your vet, it certainly demonstrates that there is much that you can do to prevent many problems happening in the first place. We are more than happy to recommend this excellent book which is certain to pay for itself in the fullness of time!