April is Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month
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April is Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month

In case you didn’t know, April is Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month. What can you do? How can you help? I think many people if they read these two questions would automatically think, ‘Oh, I don’t have any time to volunteer’, or ‘I’m not one of those crazy activists’. Well, you know what? You don’t…

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…

Trimming Dachshund Nails
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Trimming Dachshund Nails

Trimming Dog Nails is Important for their Health An important part of your Dachshund’s grooming routine should be trimming nails. To begin with, it seems as though Dachshund nails tend to grow pretty fast. Or at least we’ve noticed Sampson’s front nails in particular grow quickly. Letting your Dachshunds nails get too long can mean…

Dachshunds and Back Problems
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Dachshunds and Back Problems

As I discussed in an earlier post, “Why Do Some Dachshunds Have Back Problems“, the main problem that Dachshund’s have with their back and spine is a disk disease called IVDD or intervertebral disk disease. You may never be able to prevent your Dachshund from developing IVDD, but there are things you can do to…