Dachshunds 101 A quick education about the breed

3 must watch short videos offer a great education about dachshunds.

Dachshunds are the most celebrated dogs on the planet, learn why. Half a dog high and a dog and a half long they are a big dog in a little dog suit.

Learn where the breed came from.

Learn what breeds were mixed to create the 3 different types of dachshunds.

Learn how to take care of them.

Learn what are the pros and cons of dachshunds.

While classified in the hound group or scent hound group in the United States and Great Britain, there are some who consider this classification to be arguable, speculating that it arose from the fact that the word Hund is similar to the English word hound. Many dachshunds, especially the wire-haired subtype, may exhibit behavior and appearance that are similar to that of the terrier group of dogs.[5] An argument can be made for the scent (or hound) group classification because the breed was developed to use scent to trail and hunt animals, and probably descended from scent hounds, such as bloodhounds, pointers, Basset Hounds, or even Bruno Jura Hounds; but with the persistent personality and love for digging that probably developed from the terrier, it can also be argued that they could belong in the terrier, or “earth dog”, group.[5] In the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (World Canine Federation), or FCI, the dachshund is actually in its own group, Group 4, which is the dachshund group.[6] Part of the controversy is because the dachshund is the only certifiable breed of dog to hunt both above and below ground.

Learn the pros and cons of owning a dachshund from dog expert Julia Szabo in this Howcast video.

I’m Julia Szabo, also known as a Pet Reporter, and I am the “”Living with Dogs”” columnist for dogster.com. I’ve actually written 6 books and I’m hard at work on my next one. It will be about about dogs — that’s as much as I can say right now. I love dogs and I think nobody’s life is complete without one. So I’m here to tell you about a variety of different dogs breeds that might suit your lifestyle. I hope you’ll adopt one soon.
The Dachshund may look like a little dog but he is actually not in the toy group. He is in the hound group because he is a ferocious warrior. He is actually bred to fight badgers to the death. Dachshund means ‘badger hound’ in German and the way the dog is built with the long body and the little short legs and really sharp teeth with the long snout. This is like hardwired design for burrowing down the bedrock hole and going after the prey. So you’re looking at a dog once he is at home loves to burrowing things. So don’t be surprised if your Dachshunds is going to be wiggling under the covers . They frequently like to sleep all the way under the covers like totally not just tucked in but like enclosed. And, that is normal. They are bred for that. A lot of really legendary people have had this breed of dog. We are looking at Pablo Picasso, William Randolph Hearst, and great artists Andy Warhol and David Hockney were huge Dachshund fans too.

He is not really such a little dog. He has a huge attitude. If you’ve ever noticed, Dachshunds don’t really smile a lot. A lot of dogs do have like a little smile, like a little dolphin but Dachshunds are very very serious. The great humorous Ech Al Mankon once said that a Dachshund is half-a-dog high and a dog-and-a-half long. So you have to be aware when you are walking one or carrying for one that they are going to walk differently and they are going to have their own pace and own kind of gate. So lets say you want to mix two kinds of dogs in one home, just be aware of that, you know, one dog with long legs is going to go one way and Dachshund is going to way into her own way.

Lively and affectionate. Proud and bold. Tenacious. Just a few reasons that Dachshund owners love this ever-popular breed.

This comprehensive video, courtesy of Eukanuba, is a great way to gain an understanding of the history, characteristics and care for this amazing breed.


In the comments below please share why you love dachshunds, what’s special about your dachshund and why you chose this loving breed.



  1. My dachshund is 8 yrs old. Her name is Heidi and I love her so much. She makes my husband and I laugh every day. There is never a dull moment with her. She’s onery, stubbon, lovable and so protective. She thinks she is a much larger dog. I can’t imagine my life without her.

  2. We have 4—momma, pops, daughter & son—the daddy is almost 7 yrs old, black & tan dapple long hair=ROCKY, the momma is 3 yrs old, red smooth short hair=ADRIENNE, the babies are 1 yr and a month old, the daughter is black & tan dapple long hair=STELLA, the son is red smooth short hair. They ALL make me laugh every day and we have soooooo much fun. My daughter wished Adrienne would have had more but it’s all I can do to handle these. We’re finally getting them to understand that the leash is for walking, not chewing! My hubby and I just love them soooo much!!!

  3. Actually Dachshund doesn’t mean Badger hound in German it means Badger DOG. Just like a German Shepherd Dog in German is a schaferhund or Shepherd DOG

  4. My husband and I have a mini doxie, Simon. What a personality!! He sings on command, loves us and we couldn’t imagine life without him. More like having a two year old than a dog

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