Dachshunds have some unique behaviors to their breed. But what do they mean? Why does my Dachshund do this or that?
I’ll start by saying that many of these behaviors can be traced back to the fact that Dachshunds were bred to be hunting pack dogs.
Here are a few notable Dachshund behaviors – our mini dachshund definitely has these…
But first, this is a highly recommended Dachshund guide, especially for new owners.
Dachshunds – The Owner’s Guide From Puppy To Old Age
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Dachshunds Love to Lick Your Face
Why do Dachshunds love to lick your face? In another article, I wrote about why do Dachshunds love to lick your face (linked below). In fact, they love to lick your face…
To sum it up though, Dachshunds love to lick your face partly because they may be looking for food scraps. Another reason is acknowledging you as a pack leader.
They see you as the pack leader, the alpha dog, returning from the hunt. So, basically, they want to see what you caught during your hunt. Your Dachshund is simply doing what he was bred to do. It’s in their genes. Although, I think we all like to think of them as ‘kisses’!
Dachshunds Are Led By Their Nose!
Every time the Dachshund is outside, going on a walk or whatever, the nose is in control. Close to the ground, sniffing, being led by the nose. I call it the nose zone.
It’s funny… often the nose is pointing upwind (into the wind). They would rather walk into the wind than downwind. At least that’s what I have often observed during walks.
Oh, and I swear, sometimes on a walk – every single blade of grass gets a sniff.
Why does he do this?
This is completely normal behavior for a Dachshund. His/her ‘hunter’ instinct has just been activated. Outside, in his yard, he automatically will start to search and sniff around his territory.
Often times all they need a little redirection when their nose takes over!
Dachshunds Lift A Front Paw
Why do Dachshunds lift their front paw? I’ve noticed two reasons.
Sometimes when my Dachshund is outside, I notice he will stop in his tracks, lift up his front paw and just stand there. Why does he do this?
Once again, the Dachshund is displaying normal behavior. His hunter instinct has kicked in again.
When your Dachshund lifts his front paw and stands still, he is pointing. It is his way of notifying you as if to say, ‘I see something over there. Alert. By the way, they were bred to hunt badgers – a long time ago…
I have noticed another reason our Dachshund will lift their front paw. That is, if he wants to be picked up.
And speaking of being picked up… Often he will roll over on his back when you want to pick him up! What’s that all about?
Well, I usually just give him a little back rub, kneading my fingers gently up and down his back. And a little belly rub. Then I gently roll him over to pick him up. I think he always does this because I always give him a little back rub first (and he likes it!).
Dachshund Behavior – They Love Their People
They really love their people family. They are not immediately friendly to others, however. And they will bark at strangers. But, they are lovable lap dogs to their own family people. They love to be in the same room as their people too.
Dachshunds Love Blankets
And, they love to be on your lap. WITH A BLANKET! They don’t like to be cold And they absolutely love being on, and under a blanket. We have a lot of those various types of fleece blankets around the house.