A Few Things To Know About Dachshunds

A Few Things To Know About Dachshunds

Though very loyal to their owners, Dachshunds can take time to warm up to other people. A benefit, however, is that their relentless barking at the sign of strangers makes them an extremely handy, and compact, guard dog.   Dachshunds, true to their hunting lineage, love the outdoors. With a decent-sized yard to run around,…

Can Your Dachshund See Color?

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…

The Dachshund: Adventurous, Resourceful, and His Own Dog

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…

Where Did The Name Hot Dog Come From?

Where Did The Name Hot Dog Come From?

Yes, the phrase “hot dog” does tie in to the Dachshund breed. In 1852, frankfurters (hot dogs) 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…

Why Do Dachshunds Have Bad Backs?

Why Do Dachshunds Have Bad Backs?

Does the Dachshund ‘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…

Crate Training Your Dachshund

Crate Training Your Dachshund

A crate provides your dachshund a secure place of his own. By the way, all dogs should be crate trained when they’re pups. Crates help in-house training. They provide a safe means of car travel, and provide a safe haven when staying with friends or at hotels. A crate trained dog will also fare better…

The Dachshund has a Great Sense of Smell

The Dachshund has a Great Sense of Smell

Let’s first remember that the Dachshund is classified as a ‘hound’. Being a hound, their sense of smell is one of their primary and sensitive senses they use when hunting.  The Dachshund’s ‘olfactory bulb’ (the part of the brain for perception of smell) is about forty times larger than that of a human ‘olfactory bulb’….

Do Dachshund’s Talk?

Do Dachshund’s Talk?

I swear that our mini-dachshund understands some of what we say, and occasionally tries to talk back at us! Yes, a talking dachshund! Most of us dog-owners realize that dogs can surely identify our moods and behavior, and adjust their own behavior based on what they ‘feel’ from us. In other words, they are pretty…

Why are Dachshunds Chests So Large?

Why are Dachshunds Chests So Large?

Let’s remember that Dachshunds were originally bred to hunt ferocious badgers and other underground animals such as rabbits. Their tenacity is one of their traits that allows them to hunt badgers underground as well as above the ground if necessary. Dachshunds were bred to do plenty of digging and burrowing.  Their large chests provide an…

Dachshunds Can Keep You Safe

Dachshunds Can Keep You Safe

Sampson says: Bigger isn’t necessarily better! Did you know that even us little dachshund dogs can make humans feel safe? We can be great guard dogs. We dachshunds in particular are great protectors. We are the first to bark out warnings of someone nearby! With our super sensitive sense of Dachshund smell and hearing, we…