Do you know who the first official mascot of the Olympics was? A Dachshund called ‘Waldi’ was the first mascot of the 1972 Munich Olympics hence the officials plotted that year’s marathon route in the shape of a Dachshund. And interestingly, Dachshunds also hold the Guinness World Record for the oldest living dog by living 21 years! 

The name ‘Dachshund’ in German translates to ‘badger dog’, Dachs (badger) and Hund (hound, dog).  Their long, narrow build, gave them the nickname wiener dog or sausage dog. They are affectionately called ‘Doxies’. They were the pets of many celebrities including Queen Victoria, Clint Eastwood, John F Kennedy and Elizabeth Taylor. These mighty little cuties are no less than a celebrity.

Type of dog

Hound dog

Colour variants 

Black, Black & Tan, Chocolate &Tan, Chocolate& Cream, Cream, Blue, Tan, -Red

Height 

8-9 inches

Weight 

7-15 kg 

Temperament 

Playful, Clever, Stubborn, Devoted, Lively, Independent, Courageous 

Lifespan 

12-16 years

Price 

₹ 10k -16k (This is estimated price, But don’t buy, Try to adopt )

Physical Traits of Dachshund 

    • Dachshunds can be seen in three varieties; smooth, wire and long-coated and they are found in two sizes called standard and miniature. 
    • The weight of the standard size is usually between 7 and 14kg. According to the American Kennel Club “11 pounds and under at 12 months of age and older” is classified as miniatures. 
    • Long and droopy ears and a tail carried in line with the back is the signature appearance of Dash dogs. They have long backs, short muscular legs, and long muzzles. 
  • Smooth Dash dogs are not fur babies but wirehaired ones are hairy and the long-coated ones are much hairier.
  • They have a larger lung size for a small-sized dog; on the contrary, their chest size is like a barrel, this gives them a loud and powerful bark. 

Pet Grooming  

  • Dachshund needs minimal grooming, grooming of the dog depends on its coat. Smooth Dash dogs need brushing once a week and they shed moderately. 
  • Wirehaired Dash dogs need a bit more grooming; these dogs have wiry hair on the outer surface and have a soft undercoat underneath. They shed moderately. Weekly brushing and yearly plucking are recommended. 
  • Trimming the nails is essential for Dash dogs as they tend to dig a lot. 
  •  Exercise your dog daily otherwise; she can be mischievous as they have a lot of energy to shed off. 

Daily Care 

  • Longhaired dash dogs need daily brushing to keep the hair healthy and untangled. 
  • Dash dogs are generally prone to dental diseases; brushing daily is recommended. 
  • Cleaning the ear wax twice or thrice a week is necessary because they are prone to ear infections. 
  • You need to exercise them daily; they tend to be naughty if they are bored. 

What to Eat 

The recommended daily amount of food intake for a Dachshund is ½ to 1 1/2 cups of high-quality dry dog food a day. Divide it into different times. Watch their diet. And do not over-feed them. Try not to feed them people food and let them be hydrated always. 

The intake of your dog depends on the size, activity level, age, and metabolism. The quality of the food you feed them plays a great role in the well being of your puppy. Try to feed them good quality dog food and include vegetables, brown rice, and meat. 

Recommended Food Products for Dachshund 

Dachshund food products 

Age group

Acana Classic Wild Coast Dog Food 

For all age group

Farmina N&D Low Grain Chicken &Pomegranate Puppy Dog Food 

puppies

Fidele Small & Medium Breed Adult Dog Food 

for dogs above 10 months of age

Orijen Senior Dog Food  

adults

Pedigree Pro Mother & Pup Starter Dog Food

For pregnant or lactating mothers,  puppies between 3 to 13 weeks of age 

Pedigree Chicken and Milk Dog Food

puppies

Vet consultation 

The dachshunds are generally considered a healthy breed with a lifespan of 13-16 years. However, just like any animal, these dogs are also prone to certain health conditions. Having a general understanding of the possible diseases will help you to notice and treat the condition as soon as possible. 

  • Intervertebral Disk Disease (IVDD) is a common health condition seen in Dachshund dogs; this is closely related to their body build. It affects one in every four Dash dogs, the condition leads to premature degeneration of the spinal discs and IVDD. 
  • Patellar Luxation is another common condition seen in small breed dogs. It is the dislocation of the dog’s knee cup. Usually, this condition lasts for only a few minutes at a time. 
  • Hip and Elbow Dysplasia is a genetic condition in which thigh and elbow bones don’t fit comfortably into the hip joint. The reason is mainly over-weight and an injury. 
  • Legg- Calve- Perthes Disease is an orthopaedic condition that mostly affects toy and miniature dog breeds. The thigh bones start to spontaneously degenerate and gradually turns to Arthritis. It is mostly seen in dogs between five and eight months of age. 
  • Gastric dilation and volvulus (GDV) or commonly known as Bloat is a serious condition in which the stomach swells from excessive gas and it starts twisting on itself, this will obstruct the blood flow to the stomach, heart, and spleen and gradually leads to death.  
  • Dachshunds, particularly miniature Dachshunds are prone to rapid tooth decay and periodontal diseases. They also develop plaque and tartar buildup and are prone to early tooth loss. 
  • Double Dapple Dachshund Eye and Ear Issues are vision and hearing impairment. It is mostly a genetic disorder that leads to hearing and vision loss. 
  •  They are also prone to skin diseases such as Colour Dilution Alopecia (CDA) and Acanthosis nigricans (AN). Acanthosis nigricans is a pigmentation disorder that leads the skin of the dog to become thick and darkens. 

Vaccination 

The first dose of 7-in-1 vaccination should be given when the puppy is 6 weeks old if the puppy is lactating by the mother. Otherwise, the vaccination should be given as soon as possible. The booster dose should be given 3 weeks after the first dose. 

The 7- in-1 vaccine protects a puppy from seven diseases including Canine Distemper, Hepatitis, Corona viral Enteritis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus, and Leptospirosis.  Rabies-vaccine is one of the other mandatory vaccines that should be given to your dog. The first dose of the vaccine should be given when the puppy is three months old and the booster doses should be given annually. 

How to raise a Dachshund 

  • They are courageous enough to confront strangers; this makes them trustworthy watchdogs and loyal companions. 
  • Dash dogs love to dig; they will dig every nook and cranny of your yard. 
  • Don’t be fooled by their cute, funny look, they are extremely independent and tend to be stubborn. Early training and socialization are important. 
  • Dash dogs are difficult to train, and some dogs of this breed tend to be single owner dogs that mean they won’t be attached to other members of the family.
  • They might not get along with other pets in the family especially small pets like cats or birds. 
  • Also, they bark a lot, they love to bark and if they are left alone for long they might turn to be destructive monsters.

Living in an Apartment 

  • They are perfect sized dogs for an apartment. Make sure that they get enough exercise and a dose of a daily walk.
  • Dachshund dogs love to bark, this might annoy your neighbours. 
  • They are prone to disk-related diseases. If you are living on the top floors of the apartment it would be difficult for them to climb up. 
  • Do not let them jump off the furniture, this might injure their backbone.   
  • It is better to take your dash outdoors for potty; otherwise cleaning your apartment will be a task. 

Living in Home 

  • Dachshunds love to chew and play, make sure your home is puppy-proof 
  • It would be great if you have a well-fenced backyard because digging is their favourite hobby. 
  • They bark a lot, they bark as powerful as a huge dog. 
  • Train your dash to potty outside; they love mud and dirt. 
  • They might not be an idle companion for other pets, especially tiny ones. They tend to prey and kill small animals and birds. 
  • Usually, they get along well with children if they are trained from a young age. However, training a dash is not a cakewalk. You need to be patient. 

Travel with Dachshund 

  • Do not forget to Pre-book a pet-friendly stay. Read the rules and regulations carefully before booking the stay. 
  • If you are travelling by plane check the rules and regulations before booking the tickets. 
  • Crate train your puppy before the journey. 
  • Do not forget to microchip or tag them. 
  • Use a harness or a dog seat and attach it to the seat buckle. 
  • Consult a veterinarian before the travel; collect all the necessary documents and health certificates of the dog. 
  •  Hydrate them well, take breaks in between the journey, and entertain them with their favourite toys, bed, munchies, and songs. 

Adopt your pet, don’t shop

It is impossible to not smile at a confident, funny Dachshund coming your way who give you a cute grumpy look. Imagine having a companion who loves and adore you like nobody else.  

If you considering bringing a pet home, why don’t you consider adopting one instead of buying? Adoption is a tension-free easy process in India than you imagine it to be.  Giving an animal a second chance to live and love is adorable, isn’t it!

Things to Remember 

  • Be sure about the needs and necessities and choose the breed accordingly. A guard dog might not be a companion for your tiny kid so think before you make a decision. 
  • Bringing a companion home is a long-term commitment, be prepared for that. 
  • Make your home puppy-proof. 
  • Do not encourage unauthorised puppy mills and illegal breeding. 
  • You can also register your puppy in the Kennel Club of India (KCI). This will ensure the certification and breeding quality of the dog which will help in breeding and selling the puppies in the future. 

Kennel Club of India (Registration Link) – https://www.inkc.in/single-dog-registration/

The process of adoption in India

  • Search for the nearby shelter/rescue homes
  • Visit them several times and talk to them about your needs and concerns 
  • Ask the authorities about the history and medical records of the dog
  • Follow the official adoption process
  • Take your companion home

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