Dax Facts - Dachshunds are the smallest breed of dog used for hunting. Dogs naturally have a wonderful sense of smell but did you know that they have many more sensory 'smelling' cells than a human's 5,000,000 - In fact a Dachshund has 125,000,000. Dachshunds like to have a blanket to sleep under, yes, just like we do they enjoy being tucked up. No matter what their size, Dachshunds are a delightful addition to any family, which is why they have ranked near the top of most popular dogs lists since the 1950s. Their cute appearance and lively disposition have inspired many affectionate nicknames for the breed, including wiener dog, hot dog, sausage dog, Doxie, Daxie, Dashie, and (especially in Germany) Teckels, Dachels, or Dachsels. Dachshunds are wonderful companions and despite their size make great watchdogs and have been know to build incredible bonds with children. Daxies can be quite aloof with strangers and unknown dogs but once proper introductions have been made you will have no issues.
Training - Daxies are quite stubborn yet the love to please, some can be a little hard to housetrain (like a lot of smaller dogs) and like any dog need constant guidance as to what you want of them. They are generally excellent with other dogs and children but again socialisation is the key. We have found Daxies to be quite sensitive to training methods and they do not do well with a harsh handler!! Gentle training methods and treats seem to work best for sausages and once trained you will have an outstanding pet.
Smooth Long or Wire?
Now we only have smooth haired Dachshund but this isn't because we don't love the other variations!! There are some differences in character - see listed below:
Everyone knows what a sausage dog is... but few have known their love and loyalty and once you do you're well and truly hooked! They may be strong headed dogs, but they are loyal to their owners. They not only make good watchdogs, but they are a good companion. Make a friend with one of these fellows and you will have a friend for life.
Ok, so we love dapples!! We own very beautiful and
healthy dapples, one being our wonderful Champion
boy Nevsky but what is a double dapple?
Sometimes a breeder will unknowingly breed double dapples as the gene can be pretty well hidden. The rule of thumb is that if your dog has more than 7 white hairs located around their body they could quite possibly be a dapple - the best way to rule this out is by having a DNA test carried out. Some black and tans for instance can have a white patch of hair on their chest - if either parent were dapple I would be suspicious as to the DNA of the black and tan puppy. We will always DNA test any solid bitch out of a dapple mating if we are going to put her to a dapple or son of a dapple. The tests are quick easy and only cost £48. I think well worth the money.
We do not breed and will not ever breed double dapples!! The issues that can arise from the double dapple genetics can be nothing short of horrific!! The risks alone make these breedings just cruel and unnecessary.
We have added some photos below of some cases where double dapples have been born with severe birth defects - if you do not wish to see them please
Smooth Haired Dachshunds
The smooth Dachshund is what most people think of when you tell them you have a “Dachshund”. This sleek, short haired, looking classic is a true Sausage hound. With a smooth, velvety coat that is silky to the touch these guys sure have an attitude.
Personality and temperament wise, these wieners seem to be the most “free-thinking” of this German breed. They know what they want and will do what it takes to get it. Of course, some early training can tame their “persistent puppy” traits. After all, this intelligence is what helped them survive their battles with badgers and help them find their way out of the small tunnels they had dug into. They are loyal to the bone with their families and make fabulous companions.
A few other points on the Smooth, Daxie Coat. Easy to groom with its short hair, an occasional bath and brushing to remove dead skin, these pups will shine in the sun! Speaking of sun, the Smooth is the most vulnerable to weather. Cold and wet are not friends to this sleek Daxie. Low to the ground to begin with, they will fight going outside tooth and nail if the elements are too harsh.
Long Haired Dachshunds
Some different theories exist as to how they were developed. One holds that breeders would selectively breed Daxies that possessed the recessive long haired gene. Others believe that long hairs were bred by crossing smooth Dachshunds with Irish Setters.
Regardless as to how these beautiful Dachshunds came about, their personality is more laid back than the other Dachshund coats. This would support the theory they were crossed with the Irish Setter.
This laid back elegance comes with a price, however, in the form of higher maintenance. Regular grooming of their long coat is required. When a long haired Dachshund comes out from the groomers,though, Watch out! They look gorgeous and as a result are very popular show dogs. They seem to float across the show floor.
Wire Haired Dachshunds
Sure they don’t have the polish of the Smooth, or that royal elegance of the Long hair, but what the Wire Hair Dachshund lacks in soft coat style, they sure make up with personality.
The most recent variety, the Wire Haired Dachshund is a real comedian with lots of energy. Developed in the last century, by crossing smooth Dachshunds with terriers, the wire haired Dachshund was born. Combining the aggressive, working dog heritage of a terrier with the street smarts of the smooth Dachshund, a very formidable hunter resulted. Of course, physically the Wire hair possesses the rough, armor like coat of the terriers that make it very well suited to hunting in thick, rough brush.
The Wire Hair has its advantages in the modern day as well. Its coat is virtually shed free and is great for people with allergies. For this Dachshund coat to looks its best, however, they need regular grooming and need to be hand stripped, which is the regular removal of dead coat.
All in all the wire haired Dachshund is a scrappy, lovable wiener dog that isn’t shy. They will keep you on your toes and keep the grooming business alive. Miniature Wires are sadly plagued by a disease called LAFORA to read more about this click below...
To Learn About Lafora Disease