Doxies are independent. Doxies are loving. They are playful. They can be aggressive.
How can this be true of one dog breed? Well it is. Doxies are among the most interesting and complex breeds precisely because they encompass all these attributes and many more besides.
Bred in Germany to chase vermin in the 1600s, fearless and bold characteristics were selected first and foremost. At the same time, they had to be persisitent, strong-willed and resourceful. If the dog does not have the spirit of pursuit, it does little good to have feet and legs that are excellent for digging.
Those attributes have continued down through the centuries. While most of them today are pets, not hunters, once attributes are bred in their nature does not change much. But what is simple courage in one circumstance can be considered aggression in another. What can be considered willfulness in one situation can be valuable persistence in another.
Dachshunds are intelligent dogs. Having an individualist character makes them more difficult to take an interest in training. But handled correctly, their smarts allow them to excel in whatever they do.
Keep in mind that independence does not necessarily mean they are uninterested in others. They are filled with curiosity and want to take part in any adventure going on around them. Some breeds are satisfied to sit by quietly and observe. A Dachshund wants to be participating along with everyone else and in the middle of things.
There are variations within these broad outlines noted.
The classic-looking Smooth-Coat Dachshund exhibits all the classic behaviors – barking at the least invasion to its territory, leading the pack whenever possible and more. Dachshunds will struggle during nail clipping time and be reluctant more often to take a bath.
The Wire-Hair breed looks and acts like a combination of terrier and Doxie. Terriers, too, are high strung. They love to play and their behavior is not aggressive so much as just forthright.
The Long-Hair Dachshund is more like the Irish Setter in miniature, though not to that extreme. They enjoy a good romp, but are a little more inclined to watch and wait their turn. Though they take a bit more grooming care, they are among the easier varieties to train.
All are natural diggers. Bred to chase badgers and other small game into a den, Doxies like getting into things. Dachshunds muscular chest and powerful front legs make it pretty easy for them to do just that. Thanks to the streamlined body and smooth, narrow head, getting out isn’t too much more difficult. As a result, if you want to keep the garden or lawn intact, don’t allow the Doxie to roam freely without supervision.
Having natural energy, Dachshunds do need at least moderate exercise in activities. Tunnels in an obstacle course is a good idea for these “gophers”.
Dachshunds are also loving and loyal. The bond between a Dachshund and the person or family it “adopts” is unusually strong. They enjoy interaction and want to be near people. As any Dachshund owner will be happy to tell you……..
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