August 12

Living With Dachshunds




My name is JJ Banning and I have a miniature long-haired dachshund named Hershey.

Dachshund make great pets.   Dachshunds were bred for hunting and in packs, so they tend to bond with one or two people.  Yet they're always wanting to cuddle.

A Dachshund will follow you from room to room, as they want to be where ever you are.

Living with dachshunds will keep you laughing as they are funny. They are funny looking when they run with their long bodies and short legs. They like to play fetch and they do funny things.

Living with dachshunds will keep you amused.  They're very affectionate as they want to sit on your lap.

They have a lot of energy, and like to go walking, hiking and some dachshunds like to ride on a boat.
For a little dog they will keep up with you on a walk or hike as they scamper along.

I first owned a dachshund 28 years ago and fell in love with them. 

One good thing about a dachshund is that they tend to live longer than many dogs as there average lifespan can be 14-17 years.  By feeding them right, I have had all my dachshunds live to be 17-19 years.

The Dachshund is a good small breed for a person living in a small apartment, condo, or house.

The dachshunds are considered hounds, and they like to sniff and hunt for small mice

living with a dachshund

The term dachshund was in Germany around the 1500's as dachs being the German word for badger and hund being the word for hound.

They were bred to hunt badgers, and back then there was just the standard dachshund size,

Badgers are fierce animals, and I would think it would take a team of full sized dachshunds to get a badger.  A dachshund is fierce and won’t back down to any size dog or animal.

The first dachshunds that were bred were smooth-haired dachshunds, and it was believed they were bred down from Bassett Hounds.

Afterwards came the wire-haired dachshunds, and it was mixed with a terrier dog for that wire coat.

So the wire haired is a hounds as well as some terrier bred in them.

Finally in around the 1900’s came the long-haired dachshunds.

It is believed they were bred with spaniels to get their long coat.

The dachshund comes in three sizes; the standard size (16-32 pounds) which were the ones used to hunt badgers.   

The miniature (8-11 pounds)which bred to hunt rabbits.

And then the tweener (12-16 pounds), which is in-between the standard and the miniature.

My Hershey is a tweener as he weighs 15 pounds.

Since they were bred to hunt badgers, they long wiener body and short powerful legs were ideal for burrowing into holes where badgers lived.

This makes them very tenacious and brave and not afraid of anything.

For this reason dachshunds are notorious for barking at people, animals, and cars.

When walking your dachshund, you need to be careful when walking by other people with their dogs, as many dachshunds are protective and might want to bark and go after the other dogs.

I live in a small condo, with a small yard. He loves to go out and sniff in the yard and then I take him for a walk each day.

He is 14 years old and runs around like a puppy. I feed him only the
best dachshund dog food with no artificial ingredients or additives.

Plus, I give him a daily supplement of glucosamine and Chondroitin for his joints.  This is vital for dachshunds as they are prone to joint and back issues.

I would highly recommend you give your dachshund this
supplement everyday.

Living with dachshunds can sometimes try your patience with their stubbornness and barking. 

But the bottom line is they are great affectionate pets with a lot of personality.  

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About the Author

I have owned dachshunds for the past 27 years and have been part of my family and my life.

I had my first dachshund develop a back issue, but by giving him natural joint supplements he was able to be pain free the rest of his life. He lived to be 17 years old.

My goal is to show others what information I learned throughout the years for providing the best healthy dog food, supplements, and treats. ​

I continue to learn from other dog breeders, vets, and scientific research to help your dachshunds live a long and healthy life.


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