“ Animal Species: Dogs „
These dogs will cover everything you own in a pee flood of biblical proportions. Mine refuses to use the lawn no matter how long he is out there and after he comes in a soon as he is out my sight something in my house gets covered in pee. He believes that I am only here to serve him and that my cat is his own personal concubine. However on the plus side if you like new clothes a dachshund is for you since they feel it is necessary to consume at least one article of clothing everyday.
I have always loved Dachshunds, and when I lived at home we all clubbed together and got Jake, a short haired brown miniature Dachshund. Jake now lives with my Dad and his new brother Toby a long haired dappled miniature dachshund.
I think all pets have different personalities, so it's difficult to determine what is down to the breed and what is just personality.
I'm not sure on prices as it depends on which type you want and the breeder but like all pure bred dogs, they can cost a lot, but it's worth it for the friendship that you get out of them.
Jake and Toby are different types of dachshund, and there are lots to chose from, long haired, wire haired, short haired, brown, black, dappled and all of these in miniature format too. (I have probably missed some out).
The thing I love about Jake and Toby is their little faces, they are so sweet and very loving. They are very devoted little dogs, and are therefore quite protective, but can't do much to scare people away as they are so small. I think the average healthy weight of a fully grown miniature is supposed to be between 7 and 9 pounds.
Jake (short haired) is a bit more of a barker than Toby, but they do both tend to bark at noises and people until they have sussed them out, but they are not aggressive in any way. They get on great with other dogs, and children.
I think they have a pretty long average life span too. Little dogs tend to live longer than big ones.
They are completely different personalities, which I think may be down to the different breeds, but Jake is a bit more prim and proper, will walk around puddles and trot along on walks like he owns everywhere, where as Toby (long haired) is a plodder, he will get into any dirt or puddles and is a bit lazier.
These are both male dogs, so I'm not sure if the females are any different, but they have a beautiful temperament, are very loving and love to be cuddled. They are also quite manageable as they are so small. They have learned to sit, stay and things like that and they are very obedient, and I have never seen either be aggressive.
They also enjoy walking, these two have been up the wrekin (and back down again obviously) and everywhere, they regularly go on holiday to France no trouble (yes they have their own passports complete with pictures!) and they are great companions for my dad and his wife (who are in their mid 40's).
A great little dog, so sweet, and you can't help but cuddle them. I'm not saying they are all the same but, my experience of the two miniatures has been excellent. They do bark, but so do most dogs, and it only sounds like a yap as they are so small, but it's nothing excessive. A lovely breed, would really recommend.
I have two miniature wire-haired dachshunds as pets that come from working stock. They are an absolutely fabulous breed and now would not consider any other.
So what do I love about them? They are full of character, stubborn as an ox, loyal, fearless, loving, love to be outside and yet happy curled on your knee.
I wanted a breed that could easily walk with me all day (it's a myth that because they have short legs they barely need exercising - people forget that this breed was bred to hunt and be out on the moors) but would still have the charm of snuggling up with me on the sofa. A well bred dachsie should also not be too long in the back (for obvious reasons).
They do need good training, a dachshund who thinks he is pack leader can become snappy (they are known to nip ankles), but a well trained dachsie is great with children and loves to romp with dogs of all sizes. My youngest pup is only 8 months and plays rough with a Rotty he knows.
They are also hysterical funny, full of cheek, fun loving pooches who will amuse and love you to death.
I had my first long haired miniature dachshund 2 years ago after a lifetime of having Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. I thought I would never like another breed more but thought I would go for a different breed as the Cavalier is so riddled with inbred problems. I will never have another breed again, Dachshunds are the most loving, hilarious, gentle dogs I have ever known.
They come in Standard size or miniature and come either with short hair, long hair or wire hair. The long haired variety have an element of spaniel in them from long ago, hence the long coat, and the wire haired have an element of terrier so tend to be more robust. My dachshund is very clever and stubborn but incredibly loving and amazing with children. Although very dainty he is very strong and full of muscle. Although they enjoy exercise they dont need the hours of walking per day that most dogs do, and if you are looking for an economical breed they only cost me about £7 per month to feed on dried food.
They are fairly expensive to buy and can cost anything from £400 to £1000. However the rewards you get as an owner are worth that ten times over.
I have a miniture long haired dachshund and he is a funny little fella. We joke that he has no brain but somtimes think we could be right. When he goes in the garden it is either to look for cats or 'bark' at neighbours, which after 3 years you think he'd recognise the neighbours and not bother, but no such luck.
When we go away my parents look after him, but he hardly eats, won't go into the garden when they open the back door and if he is downstairs when they go round he legs it upstairs and curls up in his bed. Strangely when he goes to their house he trotts around happily after my Dad, doesn't hide and behaviours perfectly.
He doesn't really bark, it's more of a strange squeeky noise, which at times sounds very similar to a cat.
He is a loving dog and very loyal but at the same time, stubborn, angry and territorial. He's been known to growl at me if I cuddle up to my boyfriend!
He's not very friendly with new people and scared of most people and other dogs when we go out. I constantly have to reassure him, and he seems like a frightend little puppy again. I believe that this is quite normal with this breed. I think it's because everything is so much bigger then him, he just gets scared and shys away.
Long walks are out of the question. Due to his tiny, tiny legs he at times can struggle to keep up so you end up going home earlier then was planned.
As he's longed haird he constantly looks scruffy no matter how many baths you give him and brush his coat. His fur constanly drags along the fall and picks up various leaves and twigs.
Even though he sounds, and at times is odd, I wouldn't be without him
After having big dogs most of our lives my partner decided that a smaller dog would be preferred as they don?t need much exercise and having 4 children to run around after already it sounded like a good idea. We saw an advert in the local paper , phoned the breeder and arranged a time to go and see the puppies, and found out the price was £300 (about right for this type of pedigree dog). That evening we went to the breeder?s home and viewed the most beautiful little things you could ever see, while there the breeders phone was like a hot line with other people wanting to come and see the pups. My partner and myself looked each one of the pups over and decided on a little male that we would call Rupert. We asked the breeder could we have this one but ...... he was already taken, "oh no!", which other one could we have, looking again at 4 little faces looking up at us we chose a little girl this time which we called Millie. A couple of days later my partner and my son went to pick up Millie, when she got here she was scared and looked so small and vulnerable. She was only six weeks old and could almost fit in the palm of my hand, she made the cat bed her own bed and that was the start of a big personality from such a little dog. Being fascinated with not such a popular breed I decided to try and find out more about the miniature dachshund. ***** A brief history ***** One theory of the dachshund?s part in history dates back nearly 4000 years, to the Egyptians. There have been several portrayals of small dogs on hieroglyphs and incidentally, the word "tekal" included on a monument of Thutmose III. This is just a coincidence though, as the word "tekal" has nothing to do with the dog. Translated into English, "tekal" has come to mean "fiery". The word "teckel" originated with the Germans and had nothing to do with the Egyptians. German nobility use
d this short-legged comical looking creature to hunt badger and small game such as rabbit. Dachshund means "badger-dog" with dachs meaning badger, and hund meaning dog. The larger or "standard" dachshund was used to hunt badger. Later on, a smaller "miniature" dachshund originated for the use of hunting smaller quarry. The first evidence of the dachshund showing up in North America was as German and English imports in the 1870s. Prior to World War I, the dachshund was steadily gaining popularity because of its carefree personality and its appearance. Unfortunately, when World War I became a reality, everything considered German was ostracized. Dachshund owners were pressured to put their dogs to sleep, and any dachshund unlucky enough to be caught wandering the street or without its owner was likely to have been beat or stoned to death. In the 1920s, there were only 23 of these dogs registered with the American Kennel Club. Today, things have taken a turn for the better. In the 2002 poll by DogFancy, dachshunds were in the Number 4 position in the Top 50 Breeds, with 50,478 dachshunds registered with the AKC. Only the Labrador retriever, the Golden Retriever, and the German shepherd beat the dachshund. There are 3 different sizes of dachshund, and 3 different coat types. Miniature dachshunds can weigh up to 12 pounds and can have all 3-coat varieties (long-haired, short-haired, and wire-haired). Standard dachshunds can weigh from 16-32 pounds and can also have the coat varieties. The "tweenie" can weigh anywhere in the middle range and also have the three coat types. ***** The character **** Here are a few words we use to describe our Millie 1, Bossy 2, cheeky 3, Nosey 4, emotional I?ve never known a dog like her she thinks she is human as she does not like dog food she much prefers chips and burger (which I know is the wrong diet for a dog) <
br>She gets very emotional at times and if she could cry tears we would more often than not have a river. The cheekiness comes out of her when she?s doing some thing wrong and we tell her off, she thinks if she looks away from us we cant see her and so carries on doing the bad thing. My opinion on dachshunds is they are lovely little dogs with great personalities, would suit older people, as they don?t need much looking after or long walks.
If you don't know what the Dachshound look like, I can inform you that it is also called the "wiener dog", as it is known for its long back and it short legs. They were originally bred for hunting badgers and rabbit. There are two sizes of Dachshounds, the Standard and the Miniature, and there are three different varieties of coats, the Smooth Haired, the Wire haired and the Long Haired. Many long haired dachshounds have a very reddish fur, while the wire haired usually are more grey-blackish. One thing that has to be said about the Dachshound is that it is stubborn. Usually very stubborn, and to train them you will need to be quite determined and not give in, whether it comes to training it to not sleep in the couch or to walk neatly when you take it for a walk. Their stubbornness is often seen as a problem for some people, as it can be quite tiresome to deal with. The Dachshouns has more or less the same psyke as a terrier, and may bark quite a lot. They are also friendly, and can be an ideal family dog. The childen can walk it without being danger of falling over because of the dog, and even though the Dachshound is stubborn it is also very devoted to its owners. I had a Dachshound for years. People often asked me why I didn't get a decent dog, but for me my dog was as decent as a dog can be. My Dachshound was very devoted to me, and although other people would see her as very stubborn and hard to deal with, she was never a problem for me. She know the two of us "belonged" together, and she was very protective. Not in a cruel way, but when visitors came by, she would usually sleep by my feet or in my lap. She would still be friendly towards new people, but at the end of the day she would end up by "her human's" side. There was never a doubt with my Dachshound, that the same way we say we "own" a dog, she would also believe she "owened" me, and maybe th
at is why the Dachshound is so stubborn. Usually they are also nice to childen. My Dachshound never hurt anybody. To make a grown up leave her alone in her basket, she would not bit, but make a little warning sound to say "go away". Once she closed her mouth around my hand without hurting me at all, and that was her way of saying, "no". With childen, she would just accept that they were small, and if they followed her, she would just let them. To make children go away, she would lick them so they would want to go away, but she never barked, snared or bit after them at all. Many Dachshound oweners have said that "When you first get a Dachshound, you won't want to have any other breed afterwards." After having a very caring and devoted dachshound myself, I do see why they can say that.
Dachsunds are undeniably very cute little dogs. There are three types - long-haired, smooth-haired and wire-haired. They all look very nice in their own ways, bless them. Unfortunately they have a problem. Temperementally they are almost entirely evil. It might seem hard to believe that an animal could be genuinely evil. After all, they can't really be said to be sentient in any way. However, in the case of the dachshund I think that I may well have stumbled across the only truly evil animal in all of creation. Unless you count that tiger in The Jungle Book. Our family had a long-haired miniature dachsund called Benji. We inherited him from our grandparents when my Gradma became too frail to have a vicious little creature stalking around the house plotting her destruction. They had got him from a dog's home, which explains his stupid name. I have never in all my life encountered any creature that so perfectly epitomised the concept of self-centred evil. He was absolutely unremitting in his pursuit of food, allowing nothing to get in his way, certainly not us humans. I think everyone in my family felt the sharp edge of the little brute's teeth at some point, except for my mum who could exert at least limited control over him. I'll never forget the time at the family dinner table when my brother suddenly screamed in pain. The dog had bitten him, seemingly for no reason whatsoever. It later emerged that there was a crumb of food near my brother's foot, and, in his impatience, Benji just decided to bite first and ask questions later. He would stop at nothing in his pursuit of self-gratification. He once managed to open a cupboard in my parents' bedroom and eat all the Easter eggs that were being kept there (this was a couple of days before Easter). Three kids, two eggs each. He scoffed the lot. He was then violently sick. Another time he dug up a new carpet in his (successful) attempts to get into my bedroom, w
here he tore open and ate a packet of Strepsils. I'm sure he derived almost as much satisfaction from the dismay that his behaviour provoked as from the actual food. He would skulk around the house, always watching, waiting for the opportunity to pounce. A favourite trick of his was to wrap himself around our legs in an attempt to trip us up. Dachsunds are very long dogs, and you'd be surprised how easy they find it to trip up a human. I've never been able to understand why he did this - what on earth did he hope to gain? He obviously wanted us dead. The only conclusion I can come to is that he was genetically disposed towards evil. That's the thing about dachsunds, of course. They didn't evolve naturally. They, like most other pedigree dogs, were bred for a very specific purpose. I believe they used to hunt badgers. However, in those days, although they were a bit on the long side, they still looked like dogs. There's a little display about the development of the dachsund in the Natural History Museum somewhere, showing what the breed looked like over the last century. They went from being normal looking animals to the entirely bizarre caricatures of dogness that they are today. Obviously this is all man's fault - it must have taken several generations of very selective in-breeding to get where they are today, and that didn't happen by accident. It's a bit like Frankenstein. Having created the creature we thought we wanted, we now find that it has turned on us. "Oh, but Hogsflesh you wretched curmudgeon, you obviously don't understand dogs" you may say. "And even if this one dachsund was evil, he was probably just an aberration. The rest of the breed is absolutely lovely." Well, I beg to differ. I've made the aquaintance of lots of dogs in my time. Many of them were dachsunds. My grandparents always had dachsunds. I can remember two before Benji. One (Samatha) was genuinely p
sychopathic, to the extent that she bit anyone that came near her. And the other (Suzy) was a fairly bad tempered little swine who certainly bit my sister on at least three occasions. And lest you think that my grandparents were inept dog owners of some kind, I should point out that I knew at least two nasty dachsunds owned by other people (Polly and Suki, they were called. The dachsunds, that is, not the people who owned them). I think what it boils down to is this: if I have a pet I want it to love me, unconditionally. Surely that's the point? This is why I'm not fond of cats (as a general rule). Proper dogs (Labradors, Basset Hounds, that kind of thing) are affectionate, silly and generally endearing. They are loyal to, and even protective of their owners. Dachsunds are none of these things. When I think of the first family pet we had (a black Labrador called Ross) and compare his generally flawless doggish antics with those of the wretched Benji it becomes obvious to me that dachsunds aren't really dogs at all. They're actually cats trapped in a dog's body, but lacking the grace and generally excellent deportment that make cats just about tolerable. Anyway, there you are. Dachsunds. They're very cute, but they're not proper dogs. They're also quite prone to health problems. That long back causes problems, and they seem to be prone to blindness (three of the dachsunds I knew went blind). Those vet's bills can mount up. In fairness to Benji I should point out that he perhaps wasn't quite as bad as I'm making him out to be. He did have one good point: he was excellent for cleaning the insides of drainpipes with. (The bit about drainpipes was a joke.)
The Dachshund is an ideal pet. They were originally bred for hunting badgers. Although the miniatures were bred for hunting rabbits to replace the ferret. They come in 2 sizes Standard and Miniature. There are 3 varieties of coat, Long Haired, Smooth Haired and Wire Haired. The colours are Red, and Black & Tan. They are short legged dogs and have a strong power of scent. They have long backs and are well muscled. They have great characters and are excellent companions for adults and children. Lively and intelligent and like nothing more to be burrowing in fields and then curling up in front of a fire. You have to be very careful when handling them because of there long backs, they are prone to slipped discs. I had a gorgeous Standard Dachshund called Josie, she was my best friend, but was apt to getting me in trouble as she disliked men, so when passing a man who happened to get to close to her she would take a bite out of their ankle, which was very embarrassing and did nothing for their street cred (to say you were bitten by a Dachshund isn't macho) let alone my social life!! She lived to a ripe old age of 14 and I still miss her today, up to a few months of her life she was always ready to go for a walk or just be content next to me. She was very loyal and loving. As with most Dachshunds she was a greedy dog, so you have to watch them all the time, especially at meal times, it is amazing how appealing they can be when there is food around, and saying no to them is very difficult when they look at you with their big brown eyes. The down side I have found to having a Dachshund is that they do bark a lot and once they start they are hard to shut up always wanting to have the last word. They are ideal pets for children as they can walk them without fear of being pulled over. Also they do not take up a lot of space ideal if you have a small place. Always buy from a reputable b
reeder and listen to what they have to say about the care of your pet.
I have had the pleasure of owning two dachshunds and while it is perhaps difficult to generalise about a whole breed from just two they did have some traits in common. Dachshunds come in three sizes - toy, minature and standard. I had one each of the last two. They are dogs with character. They should not be thought of as a lap dog. They are inquisitive and independent and like nothing better than nosing around in bushes - and mud. They can be trained but they do not just give in ! They areee friendly and sociable to both peopel and other dogs. My dogs were very healthy but some dachshunds with their long backs can have trouble. It is also necessary to keep their ears clean as the flopping down shape can hide dirt or ticks (if they go to that kind of area). Lively and fun I loved both of them.