About the Dachshund
If you are considering a Dachshund for your new family pet, there are a number of factors to consider before bringing one of these cute pups into your home. As you begin to weigh your decisions about which pet will be the best fit for your family, keep in mind that Dachshunds have a life expectancy of 12-15 years. This makes for a long time to commit to an animal, so doing your homework about the breed and your ability to care for this dog is a very wise idea indeed.
Unfortunately, many doxies end up in Dachshund rescue organizations because their original owners did not carefully weigh the costs and consider the responsibility before bringing these dogs into their homes. When the going got tough, these little guys regrettably got going – right out of their homes and into rescue kennels. To ensure that this does not happen to you or your pet, take the time to educate and prepare yourself for your prospective new addition, so that the two of you will be able to enjoy many happy years together.
Dachshund History and Appearance
Dachshunds have been around for many centuries, with references to these short-legged animals possibly found in early Egyptian engravings. The Dachshund as we know it today originated in Germany hundreds of years ago. Details of the history of this breed will be presented later in this site. The appearance of these dogs can vary greatly in size. In fact, there is such a diverse range of size, that the breed has been classified into two subgroups: the Dachshund and the miniature Dachshund. There are also three different categories of each of these sizes that are based on coat variations. The first is a long-haired Dachshund, followed by a wire-haired and a short-haired version of the breed.
Colors of the Dachshund can fluctuate greatly as well, and can include black, red, brown and cream shades. There are two-toned dogs (black and tan is the most common duo), and pie-bald, mottled and speckled patterns of coats. Eye color can have some variation also, although most Dachshunds have expressive, brown eyes.
Is a Dachshund Right for You?
An even more important consideration than appearance is the temperament of the dog that you will be bringing into your home. This is a particular concern for families that have small children, since some dogs do not have the right personality type for lively, young kids. While dachshunds can fall into this category, there are plenty of instances where these dogs have done just fine with children of all ages. Training can make a difference, but an incompatible temperament with kids is certainly something for a potential Dachshund owner to think about.
Aside from a possible concern for small children, Dachshunds tend to be friendly dogs that are also proud and fiercely loyal to their masters. These dogs are playful and can even be clownish. If you are looking for a dog that will be content to be your constant companion, a Dachshund is undoubtedly a good choice for you. To learn more about what this dog’s personality is like, consider the history and origin of the Dachshund.