Don’t let the Dachshund’s short legs and tendency to be dressed in hotdog costumes lull you into a false sense of security. Dachshunds will take on a dog twice their size with brazen confidence and will guard the family home with ferocity if given half the chance. Paradoxically, Dachshunds are generally great with children. The have a playful nature and will be happy to join in children’s games for hours on end.

It is their lively disposition plus cute appearance that has led to Dachshunds ranking as one of the most popular breeds for decades. And well deserved, you would be hard pressed not to smile when one of these proud little fellows walks by with his tincy legs, long body and slight superiority complex.

High level of care required

Before you go searching the net for funny Dachshund pet apparel, it’s important to understand the level of care a Dachshund needs. That super cute long torso coupled with little legs has vets seeing dollar signs! These dogs can have some serious back issues and ideally need a home that’s not laden with stairs. They also need to be taught that jumping from couches and beds after snuggles is also a no-no. This is because their long backs are susceptible to slipped or ruptured disks that can even result paralysis.

Dachshunds are excruciatingly cute, but they are not a lap dog. They were originally bred in Germany to hunt badgers and have retained their hunting instinct so will love sniffing out small prey and may also enjoy digging up your back garden in search of those elusive badgers!

They are intelligent dogs (elusive badgers aside) and can take well to training. It’s worth noting thought, that they can also have a stubborn streak and even be a tad vindictive if they feel you’ve stepped out of line. That said they are loving and affectionate and if you exercise them regularly and stimulate their intelligence you’ll find you have a very in tune loyal companion who will no doubt give you loads of laughs and smiles. Shop Dachshund pet apparel now.

Character traits: intelligent, proud, brave, funny, assured, determined, loyal and loving.

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