Dachshunds are an easily recognizable dog that has a fun-loving personality and confident stance. These expressive dogs easily capture the hearts of those around them, and are loyal to a fault, often bonding closely with one family member. They love to be a part of everything going on, and will often think that they know best, which means they need focused training from an early age. Dachshunds are mischievous dogs that were originally bred for hunting and can exhibit some traits that reflect that, as well as show destructive behavior when their energy is not properly directed. Because of their size they adapt well to apartment living, but need to be exercised regularly both mentally and physically. Despite their small size, Dachshunds tend to have unusually loud and deep barks, and like to use their voice to communicate. They are little packages with lots of energy and will love to play games with their owners. Although they typically love to be outside to play, they should not be kept outdoors and are much better suited as house pets. If motivated, they can learn quickly, but get bored easily if not properly entertained.
Dachshunds are classified as either standard or miniature, with standard usually weighing between 16 and 32 pounds, and mini weighing between under 11 pounds; anything between 11 and 16 pounds is referred to as a tweenie. Coats on dachshunds vary and depend on whether they are smooth, wirehaired, or longhaired. No matter which type of dachshund, it is important to clean their ears, as droopy ears on dogs can make them more prone to bacteria. Dachshunds are relatively easy to care for, though they are prone to weight gains so food and exercise to be monitored in order to ensure they stay healthy.
Each dog breed can be prone to develop certain diseases or conditions, be sure to research your specific breed before making a purchase to ensure you´re prepared for any challenges that may arise. This information is only a generalization and we make no guarantees on any breed related to personality, appearance, or typical health characteristics.