This sweet sausage may have a very low tum but his personality is as large as the biggest of dogs. He loves playing fetch and chasing things around the house. He is very friendly but has a stubborn streak, enjoying testing his owner on who is boss. He really is a good boy though and loves a good cuddle any time.
This adorable German breed was bred for a very specific purpose, one you may not have ever guessed. Dachshund translates to ‘Badger Dog’, aptly named because this pup was bred for the purpose of hunting badgers! Badgers are ferocious creatures who live underground and are not too keen on being dragged up to the light to be killed for their pelt (fair enough!) So a dog had to be specially designed for this dangerous task. They needed to be able to fit down the hole, hence the stocky legs and long skinny tummy which gives a fantastic sausage shape, sparking the appropriate nickname of sausage dog. Their head is also perfectly adapted with a thick brow to protect it from sharp claws as well as strong teeth to give the badger a good fight. Their disposition had to be brave to the point of foolhardy to be able to face going on such a dangerous endeavour, and these traits have followed through all these years later.
The author E.B. White made the hilarious comment on the personality of the dachshund: “Being the owner of dachshunds, to me a book on dog discipline becomes a volume of inspired humour. Every sentence is a riot. Some day, if I ever get a chance, I shall write a book, or warning, on the character and temperament of the dachshund and why he can't be trained and shouldn't be... He even disobeys me when I instruct him in something he wants to do.” To this day, dachshunds are known to be stubborn yet very intelligent.
Despite their stubborn nature, dachshunds can be trained and become a loving member of the family, in fact, they are a very popular choice. They can be very affectionate and with a regular exercise regime make a wonderful companion. They are prone to obesity and having issues with their back, so extra care is needed to keep them healthy and happy.
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