Sampson’s Dachshund Nest and Blanket
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Sampson’s Dachshund Nest and Blanket

Why does your Dachshund ‘dig’ on his blanket or bed before he lays down? No, he’s not trying to ‘dig to China’. This is very normal behavior. Your Dachshund is just creating his ‘den’ or ‘nest’ before he settles down to relax or sleep. This is the same reason you may see him ‘circle’ before…

Is Your Dachshund Lazy or Is It Boredom?
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Is Your Dachshund Lazy or Is It Boredom?

Although the Dachshund is a creature of habit and loves to adhere to a routine, he/she also needs stimulation and exercise to avoid getting bored. Boredom or Laziness? A bored Dachshund is often mistaken as lazy. That said, our mini Dachshund sure does sleep a lot! The life your Dachshund leads will influence his behavior….

The Dachshund Comes to America
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The Dachshund Comes to America

Dachshunds were first introduced to America in the mid to late 1800s. Although the Dachshund was first brought over for their ability to hunt small animals, they quickly won the hearts of the general public. With their unique bodies and independent temperament, they earned a reputation as show dogs and companions. In 1895, Dachshund lovers…

The Wirehaired Dachshund
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The Wirehaired Dachshund

One variety of Dachshund is the wirehaired. Since I have already discussed the smooth coat and the long haired Dachshunds, I thought I would touch upon the wirehaired variety of Dachshund today. The wirehaired is the least commonly seen coat in the US. This type of Dachshund is the most common in Germany. It is…

Dachshunds, More Specific Traits
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Dachshunds, More Specific Traits

In my last post I talked about the traits that have been bred into the Dachshund. These traits combine with many loving traits inherent in the Dachshund that make them lovable, loyal companions. For example, they were bred to be self-directed hunters. This self-directing trait makes them independent, but it also makes them resourceful and…

Dachshunds, A Breed With Specific Traits
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Dachshunds, A Breed With Specific Traits

Dachshunds. Their reputations precede them, or do they? Some of the more famous reputations Dachshunds have acquired are that Dachshunds bark too much, they are not a ‘people’ dog compared to others, to name a few. Some other stigmas that seem to follow the Dachshund breed are that they are disobedient and independent. In this…

Are Dachshunds Lazy?
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Are Dachshunds Lazy?

The question which several people have asked is, ‘Are Dachshunds Lazy?’ Dachshunds do seem to have the reputation of being ‘lazy’. Whether or not that reputation is deserved, I’ll let you be the judge. I can only tell you what I’ve read and what I’ve experienced with my mini Dachshund, Sampson. First you must understand…

The Longhaired Dachshund
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The Longhaired Dachshund

Why do some Dachshunds have long hair? No one knows for sure how the longhaired Dachshund came about. Though the longhair is a recessive gene to the short haired, occasionally, longhairs are produced from smooth coat (short haired) Dachshunds. One popular theory is that the smooth Dachshunds or even some of their longhaired offspring were…

Why do Dachshunds Love to Lick your Face?
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Why do Dachshunds Love to Lick your Face?

All dogs love to lick, but especially the Dachshund! Licking is a natural behavior in all dogs. Having had two dogs before, this was no surprise. What was surprising was how much Sampson (our mini Dachshund) loves to lick our face. When we come home and jumps on our lap he is always so excited,…

Mini Dachshund Breed Traits
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Mini Dachshund Breed Traits

If you have never had a mini Dachshund before, there are a few things you should know about their traits and characteristics. Dachshund Digger Trait The word Dachshund is German for ‘badger dog’. They are a hound dog bred to hunt badgers and other small animals underground. So, a very instinctive trait, you will notice…