The Dachshund is a busy little dog, especially for his size. As a general rule, the smaller the dog, the less exercise it needs. But if there is an exception to this particular rule, it is the Dachshund.
Dachshund means ‘Badger Dog’, which gives us a clue as to the true purpose of the breed. Like it or not, it was bred to hunt badgers. As such, it is a little dog with a large amount of stamina which means it requires more exercise than most small dogs. The Dachshund is certainly no couch potato!
Dachshunds love to explore and forage. But while your Dachshund will love to stretch his legs off-lead, this should always be in a secure area lest its natural instincts take over. The Dachshund is an excellent tracker, and once on the trail of an interesting smell, you might find your Dachshund heading for the nearest burrow.
At the very least the Dachshund be given a good daily walk to keep him physically fit and mentally stimulated. Several daily walks would be ideal. This will help to socialize a breed that can become aggressive if not properly socialized, and help burn off some of that excess energy that can lead to a destructive dog if allowed to become bored.
Importantly, when exercising your Dachshund you should always bear in mind that its long back makes it more susceptible to back problems than most dogs. Exercise is important for your Dachshund, but that exercise should not come from running up and down stairs!
For further help with the exercise needs of your Dachshund, we can highly recommend:
* The Everything Dachshund Book: A Complete Guide to Raising, Training and Caring for Your Dachshund by Joan Hustace Walker.