What’s not to love about a weenie dog? The Dachshund’s long body, short little legs, and ears that flap in the breeze all add up to one cute canine. And then there’s the longhaired Dachshund, which is just as cute but even fuzzier. Dachshunds are lovable companions that are sure to steal your heart.
Why Are Dachshunds Shaped Like That?
The low to the ground, long-bodied shape of the Dachshund is very much by design. The Dachshund’s very first job was hunting badgers, which required a dog of a similar shape and size. Early Dachshunds weighed in at 30-40 pounds, and their short legs and long bodies were perfect for tracking badgers down into deep burrows. His long, swoopy ears helped sweep scents toward the Dachshund’s keen nose as he tracked his quarry.
In the 1800s, Dachshunds came into popularity as a companion dog, which increased the demand for smaller sizes. Currently, the average Dachshund is only about 8-9” tall at the shoulder and weighs between 16-30 pounds. There is also a miniature variety that are even smaller, weighing no more than 11 pounds fully grown. Dachshunds of all sizes make wonderful pets!
What are Dachshunds Like?
Dachshunds are very people-oriented dogs. They always want to be near their owners, and they love to “help” with whatever you’re doing. Despite their small size, they are bold little things that dive head-first into adventure, or conflict. Most Dachshunds have no idea they aren’t giant dogs. They have a very big personality stuffed into a tiny animal. They even sound bigger than they are, with a bark that sounds like a larger dog. No yippy-yappy dogs here!
Dachshunds come in three different coat textures: smooth, longhair, and wirehair. The smooth Dachshund is the most popular variety in the United States. They require very little upkeep, making them a nicely low-maintenance pet. The Dachshund also adapts very well to apartment living. They do get cold in chilly climates, but the good news about that is they look adorable in sweaters.
What Makes Dachshunds So Lovable?
Well, one look at a Dachshund’s sweet face, and you’re sure to fall head over heels. But there’s a personality and spirit behind those droopy ears and big eyes that is unmistakeable. Weenie dogs are extremely clever and full of heart. They love fully and honestly, and although this dog is known to be quite stubborn, he is a loyal friend. Dachshunds love to chase, track, and dig. Although they are small, they have a lot of energy and require exercise and stimulation to keep from getting too bored. Any Dachshund owner will tell you they are very smart, and require training to keep them from ruling the roost. And even then, you’re in for some negotiating ahead–Dachshunds often have their own set of rules.
These special little dogs are one of a kind friends. If you’ve ever loved–or been loved by–a Dachshund, you know they truly leave pawprints on your heart.