Do you have a Hot Dog? If so, there’s a special day coming up for Fido. National Dachshund Day is June 21st! These long, lovable pooches are quite popular, and they really do make charming little pets. A local vet discusses the breed below.
The Dachshund’s history is long and distinguished … just like he is! Also known as Weiner Dogs, Sausage Dogs, and Doxies, the breed has been around for about 600 years. They were first developed in Germany to hunt badgers, which, as you may know, are not very friendly. (Fun fact: the word “Dachshund” means “badger dog” in German.) Dachshunds became such formidable hunters that packs of them were used to hunt wild boar, another ferocious animal. The AKC welcomed the Doxie back in 1885, along with 14 other breeds. (Apparently, that was a busy year for breeders!)
The standard sized Dachshund can weigh up to 32 pounds, while the miniature model stays under 11. Fido can also sport one of three coat types: long, smooth, or wirehaired. They’re all really cute in our book!
Dachshunds are quite lovable and cuddly, but don’t let Fido’s small size and cute face fool you: Weiner dogs can actually be quite feisty. Smart and active, these guys are excellent trackers with a strong prey drive. They are also sometimes a bit too rambunctious for their own good. In fact, a 2008 study put these guys at the top of the list of aggressive breeds! Proper training is a must here. Just stick to positive reinforcement: these cute pups love being praised and rewarded.
Like any other pet, Fido needs good food, regular veterinary care, and suitable exercise to thrive. Don’t let your furry buddy become overweight! Extra pounds put a lot of strain on Dachshunds’ long backs, and can cause some serious back and spine issues, such as slipped discs. Jumping can also be quite dangerous for them. Get your pooch some pet ramps or stairs, and don’t let your him jump on or off furniture.
How does one celebrate this special occasion? Well, by having some hot dogs, of course! Fido can have some too, though you really shouldn’t give him too much processed meat. (If you don’t eat meat, indulge in some veggie dogs instead.) Your little buddy may also appreciate a new toy!
Do you have questions or concerns about Dachshunds? Contact us, your veterinary clinic, today!