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Ultimate Dog Tease

Although this video is not of our beloved Dachshund breed, I can sympathize with this dog tease…

Can Your Dachshund See Color?

If you’ve ever wondered if your Dachshund can see color, the short answer is yes, but…
Dogs are red-green color blind. Dogs cannot see red and green colors like we can.

The colors that Dachshunds and other dogs can see are yellow and blue.

Dogs are also very good at seeing shades of gray (much better than we can).

Here’s a color-chart showing what colors dogs can see versus humans:


So, dogs do see in color, sort of, but have “two-color (dichromatic) vision”.

Dogs cannot distinguish between red, orange, yellow or green. Those colors mostly just like one shade of yellow to them.

Dogs can see various shades of blue and can differentiate closely between shades of grey – much better than humans (great for seeing in dim light conditions).

Technically, a dogs eye has two ‘cone’ types (light sensitive cells) rather than three that a human eye has.

On the left is the image that we would see. On the right is what the dog would see:



Related: How Far Can A Dog See?


The Dachshund: Adventurous, Resourceful, and His Own Dog


The Dachshund may seem mischievous and hard headed… and I suppose they really are, but in all actuality they are acting like they were bred to act. That’s only part of it though… not only is the Dachshund a hunter at heart, but he’s a lover, and will dole out countless tail wags, smother you with kisses and lay across your lap while snoozing away the evening.

Built into their DNA…

The Dachshund is very much self-minded. You are not his master, but instead he is your master (at least that’s how he see’s it).

The Dachshund will follow his nose. He is always on the lookout for new scents to follow and holes to investigate.

The Dachshund is self directed and will make his own decisions. He was bred to hunt and go after his prey without checking back with his master.

The Dachshund will not be swayed from his mission once on the trail. Even when you’re calling after him or chasing him.

The Dachshund can be tough and tenacious. He was bred to face off against the Badger.

The Dachshund can be an enthusiastic barker. Bred to dig down in holes and tunnels holding the Badger at bay, the dog needed to bark loudly, for a long time, so the hunters would know where he was.

The Dachshund can squeeze into tight spaces. That means tiny gaps in the fence…

The Dachshund is a problem solver. If you repair the fence, he will consider it a challenge to find another route.


Fear not though, the Dachshund WILL burrow their way deep into your heart, dig their heels in, and never let go.


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Which Hot Dog Came First, The Wiener Or The Dachshund


In 1852, frankfurters were born in Frankfurt, Germany. The better known frankfurter was made by a butcher known for his Dachshund. His frankfurters became known as Dachshund sausages.

Around 1895, sausage vendors sold Dachshund sausages outside student dormitories, and their carts became known as dog carts.

The first record use of the term hot dog occurs in an 1895 Yale Record, although the name didn’t catch on until 1902, when vendors hawking Dachshund sausages at a cold Giants baseball game urged patrons to get their “Dachshund sausages while they’re red hot!” A sports cartoonist, Tad Dorgan, was nearing deadline and quickly drew a cartoon of a frankfurter with a tail, legs, and head so it looked like a Dachshund. Not knowing how to spell the name, he captioned it “hot dog!” The name stuck.

The frankfurter may gave gotten its hot dog nickname from the Dachshund, but the Dachshund got its wiener dog nickname from the frankfurter.

These kind of facts, and more, can be found in this book,
Dachshunds (Barron’s Dog Breeds Bibles)

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Why Do Dachshunds Have Bad Backs?


Do the Dachshunds long back cause their back problems? Actually, not really… the source of the problem is the gene that causes the Dachshunds short legs, a type of dwarfism. In addition to causing short legs, the gene causes the gel in the disks of the spine’s vertebrae to become calcified and hard, so it loses its elasticity. This makes the disk less able to work as a shock absorber and more prone to injury.

This is actually called Intervertebral Disk Disease (IVDD). The disks are the cushions between each vertebrae of the spine. Each disk is made up of a tough outer shell that surrounds a gel-like inside. The disks are good at cushioning forces straight up and down the length of the back, but not as good at cushioning twisting or diagonal forces. Over time, the cumulative effect of twisting or diagonal forces can cause the outer coating of a disk to rip, letting the gel squeeze out into the surrounding space and compress the spinal cord. When this happens, it can be painful and it can also cause paralysis.

This information and more, can be found here…
Dachshunds (Barron’s Dog Breeds Bibles)

What are the chances? Unfortunately about 25% of all Dachshunds will develop IVDD during their lifetime. It usually occurs between three and seven years of age.

Are there preventions? A few things, yes. Don’t let your Dachshund get fat. The extra weight places an unnatural strain on the vertebra and disks. Restrict jumping. Some people even discourage jumping off furniture or going down stairs.

What should I do if you I think my Dachshund has IVDD? Don’t wait. If your Dachshund wakes up paralyzed in the rear, you need to be on the phone with your veterinarian immediately and make plans to take your dog to a specialist that day. A completely paralyzed dog must have surgery within 48 hours or it will probably remain paralyzed.

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