Dachshunds, also known as Wiener Dogs and Doxies, never seem to slow down just because of their short stature. Even though Dachshund puppies are small and adorable–as you can see in the pictures above–they have enough heart and spirit to match any of the big dogs.
Intensely loyal, hyper vigilant, and spunky, these vertically-challenged pups are one of the most popular dog breeds in the United States for a reason.
1. They Were Originally Bred As Badger Hunters
Have you ever wondered why a Dachshund puppy has such a funny, adorable shape?
The breed originated in Germany, where they were used to hunt weasels, badgers, and small game. Their tiny, long bodies were able to get into tight badger nests in the ground.
While you may not be getting a Dachshund puppy to hunt, this is important to keep in mind. Dachshund puppies are scrappy and can wiggle and squirm their way in–and out–of everything.
If you are getting a Dachshund puppy, make sure your yard perimeter is dig and wiggle-proof.
2. They’re Hyper Vigilant
Breeds like Pit Bulls and German Shepherds often get the bad rap for having aggressive personalities. It may surprise you that Dachshunds, in fact, are ranked as the most aggressive of all breeds by journal Applied Animal Behavior Science.
By no means does this guarantee that a Dachshund puppy is going to come into your house and cause havoc. In fact, Dachshunds are incredibly loyal, and if they seem to act aggressively, it will most likely be because they’re warning you of intruders.
As always, be sure to socialize your Dachshund puppy early to avoid aggression towards strangers on the street during walks and human visits.
3. Two Are Better Than One
Dachshund puppies seem to be keenly aware of other pups who are like them and get along very well together.
Because of their small size, it almost makes sense to simply get two siblings and start their lives with you together! Dachshund puppies can get along with other family pets, too, as long as they are introduced in a calm environment.
They can get a bit jealous and possessive with food and people, so be sure to train away any unwanted behaviors ASAP.
4. They Can Be Stubborn
Maybe it’s a bit of a Napoleon complex, but Dachshund puppies tend to think they’re in the right, even when they’re yanking at their leash to bark at another dog across the street.
Training your Dachshund puppy with positive reinforcement will work much better than other forms of discipline.
Keep tiny treats on hand for training to make them feel like it was actually their idea to sit and wait for you to serve their food instead of yapping at you to get it down faster.
5. They Attach At The Hip
Dachshund puppies are incredibly loyal creatures. They love to be on your lap, under your feet while you are doing the dishes, and snuggling next to you under the covers at night.
If you love the idea of a long, short pup following you around 24/7, a Dachshund can be great for you and your family.
If having a shadow is not appealing to you, Dachshunds can be trained–with positive reinforcement–to give you a little space when you need it.
Remember, you can find just about any breed of dog you are looking for at a shelter or rescue. Look on Facebook for a Dachshund Rescue groups in your area, or check out DogTime’s adoption page that lets you search for adoptable dogs by breed and zip code!
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