There are three coat types: smooth, wirehaired, and longhaired.
Dachshunds are lovable, playful companions, and an ideal pet for many homes, including those with children with appropriate supervision. They require moderate exercise, and can adapt to most living environments. Depending on their coat type, Dachshunds may need regular grooming.
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds. The Dachshund is a small breed and has a lifespan of 12 to 16 years.
What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
Dachsunds come in smooth, wirehair and longhaired coats with increasing coat length and grooming needs. Generally, owners can learn to do their own grooming, but many prefer the services of a professional groomer. Their nails should be trimmed regularly to avoid overgrowth and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
It’s hard to stay in a bad mood with a Dachsie around—he is upbeat and curious. Dachshunds are lovable, playful companions, and an ideal pet for many homes, including those with children with appropriate supervision. They require moderate exercise, and can adapt to most living environments. Dachshunds are clever, alert, playful, and affectionate. They can also be independent little critters who have minds of their own to the point of being downright stubborn. So, like most hounds, early socialization and continued obedience training is required for a well-rounded pet.
Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like an overweight Dachshund is prone to many of the same problems experienced by overweight humans, such as diabetes, joint problems, decreased stamina and possibly, problems with the back. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Dachshunds are healthy dogs.
Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Dachshund can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies. Many Dachshund Club of America members individually or collectively support health research for the breed whose mission is to help our dogs live longer, healthier lives.