Friday, January 31, 2014

Amazing “Hotdogs” That We Call Dachsunds

By: Eduardo C. Gonzalez

Dachsunds as a breed have existed since the 16th century. At that time they were called barrow dogs or badger dogs. Their modern name, dachshunds, is German for badger (dachs) dog (hund). Dachshunds are known for their hunting and guarding abilities.

Personally I grew up with 14 dachshunds which my mother raised and bred. Since my mother spoke Spanish, all the dogs had Spanish names. Our dachshunds were smooth coated.

There are three kinds of dachshunds, namely, the smooth coat, the long haired  and the wire haired dachshund. These dogs were produced through a blend of the miniature French pointer and a pinscher. The result was the smooth haired dachshund. However, there are other theories as to the origin of the dachshund, including the mixture of a miniature German pointer, a Bracke and a pinscher. In truth, there is no definite answer to how the dachshund originated.

The long haired dachshunds were believed to have been produced by breeding the smooth haired dachshunds with spaniels. Finally, the wire haired dachshunds came as a result of breeding smooth haired dachshunds with German wire haired pinschers and hard coated terriers. Breeders did this in the19th century. Though small, dachshunds are tough and agile hunters. they are particularly useful in hunting rabbits.

Today dachshunds are wonderful family pets that are bound to keep your home safe. They have a high energy level. They need food and lots of exercise. They are friendly, playful and loving dogs.

When my mother had these dogs, I would play with them and teach them tricks I have learned from experience what excellent guard dogs they are.

If you mix them with other pets they will be quite shy. They are easy to maintain and have medium tolerance to both hot and cold weather. I often miss growing up with all of these dogs around the house. Now, I have a wire haired dachshund. She is very good at hunting mice.She barks a lot at cats, and she has an excellent sense of smell. These dogs are independent minded but they will join any activity of the family, whether it is an out of town trip or just playing games with the family.

These are good dogs for children within the family. because they will protect them. If they do not know the child , they may snap at them. With strangers, they are watchful but they can also be reserved. Among the three varieties The long haired dachshund is the quietest of them all.

The wire haired dachshunds are outgoing. When I bring my wire haired dachshund, Mocha Barney, with me, she gets so excited and jumps straight into my car. She also loves to go out on long walks, but she keeps barking. I think she does this because she is trying to communicate with other dogs or she is announcing her presence.

All dachshunds must be taken for walks outside of the house. Make sure they are properly leashed. The sizes of the males and females are 8 – 9 inches long. The standard wieight is 11 – 32 pounds. They are prone to intervertebral disease. They have a lifespan of 12 – 14 years.

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