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Dachsund - "Doxie"

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with kids
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Size: Small (10 to 25 lbs.)
Lifespan: Long (12 to 15+ years)
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Dachshunds are a short-legged, long-backed "weiner" dog in the scent hound family, also known as "Doxies." Dachshunds were bred in Germany more than 300 years ago to hunt badgers, and come in five different variables: long-, smooth-, or wire-haired; and either standard or miniature in size. Doxies are great hunting dogs and lovable lapdogs that charm everyone in their paths, city and country alike, and are in the Top 10 most popular dogs every year in the U.S. according to the AKC dog registration rankings. Dachshunds placed 7th in 2007—and for good reason: these are lively, clever, affectionate, and fabulous family pets that love kids, seniors, strangers, other animals, and are easy to travel with. Dachshunds are popular with families in city and country—just beware that these mischievous pooches will dig their way out of your yard!

General Care

Doxies are lively, curious, cuddly, energetic little hounds who can also be willful, stubborn, and difficult to train--many owners say that they don't train their Dachshund, their Dachshund trains them, which will happen if you're not careful. Doxies are great with kids and strangers, but owners must be careful due to their small size and delicate backs: Dachshunds are easily hurt and easily get underfoot, and once hurt by people, will be quick to bite. Surprising for their size, Dachshunds are energetic little dogs that need to be walked and played with at least twice a day. Doxies of all varieties are average shedders, although the wire- and long-haired varieties require brushing and professional grooming a few times a year. Common health problems include obesity and laziness, spinal problems (due to previous underfoot concerns and also jumping off of furniture), diabetes, cardiac and bladder issues. Doxies are great city dogs, doing fine running around indoors and on leash without needing a yard.

For more information on Dachshund ownership and care, check out the Almost Home Dachshund Rescue.

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