Facts about Dachshunds you may not know.

dog sitting, pet sittingDachshunds are one of the most popular breeds of dog in the UK and many people love them because they are, ‘big dogs in a little package’!  The Dachshund is one of our favorite breeds at Holidays4Dogs and we have found out some interesting facts about them that not everyone might know.  Read on to find out more.

Dachshunds are the smallest hunting breed and were originally known as ‘badger dogs’ – their name comes from the German word ‘dachs’ which means ‘badger’ and ‘hund’ , meaning ‘dog’.  The larger type, called the standard dachshund, was bred to flush out badgers and the smaller miniature variety was used to hunt small game, such as rabbits.  In some countries, they were also used to track deer.

Nowadays most Dachshunds are family pets, but there are a growing number of ‘Teckels’ (basically a working bred Dachshund) in the UK that are bred from German stock (usually wire coated) and are still used as hunting dogs to track small game and in some cases, wild boar.

dog sitting, pet sittingThe U.K. Kennel Club recognizes six varieties of Dachshund – the standard long, smooth and wire coated, along with the miniature long, smooth and wire coated.  There was a time when the KC allowed the crossing of coat types and sizes, but this is now disallowed under breed standard rules.

Teckels, however are generally crossed between sizes and coats and are visually longer in the leg than show bred types.

Known widely and affectionately as ‘sausage’ dogs in the UK and ‘weiners’ in the U.S. -these nicknames belie their ferocious history of hunters who did not just track, but were capable of killing their prey!

dog sitting, pet sittingDespite their short stature, these gregarious little dogs are known for their jumping abilities!  However, care must be taken due to their elongated spines especially when they are puppies.

Dachshunds make exceptionally good guard dogs and especially with regard to the standard variety, have a bark much louder than you would think! – More akin to the sharp and slightly deeper bark of a collie or Springer spaniel.  They can also be quite aggressive towards people and other dogs and need a lot of socialization as puppies.  They can often be unpredictable around other small pets due to their latent hunting traits.

Despite their perhaps ungainly stature and small size Dachshunds are incredibly long lived and the record for the oldest living dog was published in the Guinness Book of Records in 2009 – Chanel, a Dachshund living in New York, died at the age of 21.

Queen Victoria can take quite a bit of credit for the popularity of these delightful hounds.  She was very much taken with the breed and is quoted as saying, “nothing will turn a man’s home into a castle more quickly and effectively than a Dachshund”

Never a truer word was spoken about these charming little dogs!