“The Dachshund’s affectionate
He wants to wed with you:
Lie down to sleep,
And he’s in bed with you.
Sit in a chair,
You break his heart.” –E.B. White
Portrait of a Dachshund Pup
I am so cute that artist drew a full-body portrait for me 🙂
If you are a pup chum, you’d recognize us in a jiffy. With our short legs and long back, we look so different from all the other dogs.
I’ll now let Shafali, our portrait artist, tell you more about our breed.
Over to Shafali.
“Dachshunds were bred to be badger-hunting dogs. In fact, in German, the term Dachshund means “badger dog”. These Earth Dogs were used to hunt badgers, foxes and rabbits. For Dachshunds, their short stature was a boon as it helped them slip into the homes of their prey with ease.
Now Dachshunds are mainly found as companion dogs. There are three types of Dachshunds, classified on the basis of their hair: smooth-hair, long-haired and wire-haired. Dachshunds could be standard-size or miniature. Their super-cuteness can be ascribed to their innocent buttony eyes and their long ears that swing like pendulums when they walk. They have a distinctive ridge over oh-so-expressive eyes.
Dachshunds have retained their curiosity and their independence. They aren’t easy to train unless they develop a special, emotional bond with their trainer. They require moderate exercise. While walks are good for them, jumps are not because they could impact their long backs. Because of their small size they can be ideal pet dogs for people who live in apartments and are short on space, which is essential for other high energy dogs. They can be noisy and if not trained properly, they can bark your ears off.
The Dachshund’s Physical Attributes:
- Height: 5-7 in (Miniature) 8-11 in (Standard)
- Weight: 10-14 lb (Miniature) 15-25 lb (Standard)
- Coat: Hair colors are Black, Chocolate, Red and Tan. Smooth Hair Dachshunds have a thin coat and they are fairly low-maintenance, while long-haired and wire-haired breed require regular combing to prevent hair-matting and tangling.
- Life Span: 14-17 years
- Alternate Name: Dachshunds have many names: Wiener dog, hot dog, sausage dog, long dog – if you know of any other, do leave a note.
You can read more about the physical and other characteristics of Dachshunds here.
Crusoe The Celebrity Dachshund
Crusoe is a celebrity dachshund who was named after “Robinson Crusoe.” Crusoe loves adventures. According to his website, Crusoe is “The wiener dog who thinks he’s more of a celebrity than he really is”. He has achieved fame by showing off his homemade wacky costumes on his website. You can also like Crusoe on his Facebook page which has more than 50000 likes. He is also winner of Best Pet or Animal Weblog Award for 2013 & 2014.
Ammo the Painting Dachshund
Ammo is a dachshund based in Pennsylvania who assist his mom run her small custom frame shop. He works as a side-kick for three painting ponies – Chincoteague Ponies. He also paints on his own with water color and create paintings which have been sold world over. Ammo is a recognized therapy dog and you can learn about the adventures of Ammo on his gallery. Also, watch Ammo paint with his paws here
Now presenting some real-life Dachshund Heroes.
Real Life Dachshund Heroes
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