Do Dachshunds aka sausage dogs make a great dog to own?

Do Dachshunds aka sausage dogs make a great dog to own?

Dachshunds are also affectionately known by their iconic nickname “sausage dog” or “wiener” dogs, thanks to their long, stretched mid-section and little legs that keep them close to the ground.

As cute as they are curious, Dachshunds are one of the most popular dog breeds in the world, and here’s why the sausage dog is so loved: 

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Let's look at the stats around the sausage dog

Dachshund Stats:

  • Size: Medium dogs
  • Weight: Approximately 9-12kg
  • Height: Females ~35-45cm, Males ~37-47cm
  • Lifespan: Average 12 – 15 years
  • Coat: generally short/medium length smooth coat with black/tan and auburn (golden red) mix colouring, but can also feature white 

Dachshund History:

The correct pronunciation of Dachshund in English is “daks-hoond”, but you’ll hear lots of variations on that – including the more common “dash-hound” or sausage dog! 

These dogs originate from Germany and their name translates to “badger dog”, as they were originally bred to chase badgers from burrows.

There is a recognised mini version of the breed, which is around half the weight (approx. 5.5kg) of a full-size standard Dachshund and around 25-30cm in size. 

Dachshunds are classified as part of the “hound group”, known for its excellent sense of smell and trailing ability. Canine experts also suggest there is some relation to terriers because of their love of digging! 

Temperament & Traits of the sausage dog:

Dachshunds are known for being a little stubborn and can be prone to barking – especially when startled, excited or around unfamiliar faces. With patience and consistency most respond well to training to control this.

They are a determined dog breed that is equal parts clever and brave, and they love active play.

Bored Dachshunds can become destructive; chewing and biting items for their own entertainment or to soothe separation anxiety. A helpful tip is to leave them food-puzzles and toys for mental stimulation and play calming music to help with this.

Dachshunds are not always suitable for small children – but this depends largely on the dog itself! This is because sausage dogs or Doxies (another nickname for Dachshunds) can react quickly and children must avoid placing pressure on their backs.

Here are some of their key traits: 

  • Happy disposition
  • High energy 
  • Enjoy other animals, especially when introduced early
  • Love a chase, being busy
  • After a day of play they love nothing more than cuddles or a cosy nap 

5 of the Best, Most Interesting Dachshund Facts:

  1. Original German Dachshunds were bigger than our modern variety – weighing up to 18kg whilst remaining healthy! 
  2. Solid black is the rarest Dachshund colour in the world!
  3. Dachshunds typically live longer than most dog breeds and two Dachshunds have won the record title of “Oldest Dog in the World” (20 years and 21 years)
  4. All Dachshunds have curved tails – this feature was “bred” specifically 
  5. Dachshunds have always been a popular pick! Royals (including Queen Victoria and the Margrethe II of Denmark) owned the breed, as well as a number of notable American Presidents, celebrities and famed individuals, such as the singer Adele and artist Andy Warhol (who featured his Dachshunds in some of his art)

Health Concerns:

Don’t let their little size fool you – Dachshunds are small yet mighty! Their frame is muscular and they have considerable power thanks to their deep, broad chest.

Despite this, there is a main, common health concern with this dog breed due to their elongated shape and size: spinal issues. It is estimated around 20% of all Dachshund’s may develop intervertebral disk disease (IVDD).

Dachshunds are prone to disc rupture, and in extensive cases, the damage may result in paralysis and the need to use a doggy-wheel cart. 

Unfortunately, most of them are blissfully unaware of this and want to jump on/off furniture – which may lead to injury. 

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The best way to handle this is to:

a) train them from a young age not to jump from heights, or 

b) invest in specific dog ramps to ease their transit! 

Another key concern is weight gain/obesity. Dachshunds are often food motivated and can be a demanding/beggars for food (you can see our weight management dog food here)

It’s important to be quite strict with their food quantities and exercise regimen, as weight gain puts more pressure on their spine, exacerbating the problems outlined above.

They can also sleep in a dog-specific crate to avoid them injuring themselves when unsupervised. 

Why Dachshunds Make Great Pets:

  • They are full of personality, meaning no day with a Dachshund is boring
  • Their small size and exercise requirements make them ideal for any home, especially urban and apartment dwellers who have space restrictions  
  • Well-trained Dachshunds are excellent family dogs (with older children) given their playful, lively nature 
  • They are a highly devoted and loyal breed that form strong, loving bonds with their carers

Did you learn something new about Dachshunds and sausage dogs today? 

Who can resist their adorable, unique little sausage-like shape!

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