The dachshund which means ‘badger dog’ in German is a lively dog with a friendly personality and a very keen sense of smell. They were originally bred sniff out, chase, and flush out badgers and other burrowing animals and to hunt smaller prey such as rabbits.
Dachshunds are known by many as the ‘wiener dog’ or the ‘sausage dog’ because of their long low bodies. They have short legs and robust muscular development. There are three types of dachshunds, classified by their coats. They are short-haired, long-haired, and wire-haired. Their coats also come in a variety of colors and patterns.
They come in three sizes – standard, miniature, and kaninchen, which means rabbit. A full grown dachshund weighs approximately 15-28 pounds, while a miniature dachshund usually weighs less than 11 pounds, and a kaninchen only about 8 pounds.
The breed is known to have spinal problems due to their long bodies. Risk of injury may be worsened with obesity, rough handling, jumping or any intense exercise that may cause strain on thier vertebrae. Other health problems include epilepsy, thyroid problems and allergies.
Because of how expensive vet visits can be, it is a good idea to get pet insurance for your dachshund. Insuring your dachshund can help defray high vet costs and give you the peace of mind knowing your pet’s health can be taken care of at all times.
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