What Makes Dashchunds Such An Amazing Dog For City LivingBy Sam Weeks | September 29, 2021
Moving to the big city or inner suburbs like Richmond, Carlton or Fitzroy and wondering if your dachshund can survive the loud sounds and confined spaces? Or do you already live in an apartment and are thinking of the right dog to adopt? If the answer to either of these questions was yes, then you’re in for some good luck.
Dachshunds are excellent city dogs, partly because of their small size and partly because they are best suited to indoor living. But they are also very stubborn and can get quite noisy if they don’t get enough exercise, so making sure your small friend gets an optimum amount of exercise per day is ideal to keep barking at a minimum. It is also important to get a Fitzroy vet to see your dog if it seems to be struggling to make sure there are no physical problems at play.
Here’s all you need to know about Dachschunds to help you decide if you want to bring one to the big city:
Types: Dachshunds are typically bred in two sizes: standard and miniature,
Height: A standard dachshund may reach 20-22 cm in height, whereas a miniature dachshund will be approximately 13-18cm tall.
Weight: Standard dachshunds may weigh between 7 to 14 kg, whereas a miniature dachshund will weigh no more than 5 kg. However, this breed is prone to gaining weight so controlled diets are recommended.
Breed: Dachshunds were originally bred to be hunting dogs and were especially bred to hunt small den animals like foxes, rabbits and badgers. In fact, their very name is a combination of “dachs” meaning badger and “hund” meaning hunt in German. This breed dates back to the 15th century, but earlier versions of dachshunds were larger than the ones we know today.
Fur: There are three types of dachshunds with different coats of hair: shorthaired, longhaired and wirehaired. Shorthaired dachshunds are relatively low maintenance because of their short, silky hair. For both long and wirehaired types, daily brushing is recommended to prevent matting.
Colour: Red, cream, black, chocolate, tan, or any combination of the five. They may also display dapple, brindle, sable or piebald patterns.
Life expectancy: A healthy dachshund may live up to 12-14 years.
Demeanour: Despite its size, a dachshund is a fairly lively dog that needs regular exercise to stay healthy. For a standard dachshund, this may look like a 60 mins walk, whereas for a miniature, 30 mins would do. This dog is also very clever, bold and stubborn, but also loves cuddling with its people. A downside to this breed is their propensity for barking, which is usually a result of restlessness.
Perfect for: Small living spaces, cities, houses with no other pets, single-person households.
Dachshund Personality Traits
- Intelligent and playful
Because dachshunds were originally bred for hunting, they are quite intelligent and have a bit of a stubborn streak. This stubborn streak causes them to be a little difficult to train, but a puppy that has been trained since birth will adapt well to housebreaking. Their hunting genes also make them very playful, and you will likely have to purchase several toys for your pet as it will “kill” each one after the other. They are also quite independent and will insist on having their way in the house. It is recommended to be firm, patient and consistent when training them.
- Barking propensity
For a dog their size, dachshunds sure do like to bark! But most times, this barking is caused out of boredom and frustration at a lack of exercise and attention. They also like being near their people and may bark when left alone. Because they were originally bred as hunting dogs, barking is in their nature, which is why you can never eliminate it completely. They may, however, be trained to control excessive barking.
- Active and lively
Despite their small size, dachshunds have a lot of energy. They require daily exercise and mental stimulation to keep them from getting frustrated and destructive. They also have a propensity for gaining weight when fed too much and not given enough exercise. Two 30 minute walks are usually enough for a standard dachshund, whereas for a miniature dog, this may be reduced to two 10 minute walks, or a short game of fetch.
- Perfect for single-households and apartment living
Dachshunds are not very good at trusting strangers. They may also get injured when playing with small children, and often prefer the company of a single person. They love to cuddle, and their small size makes them perfect for smaller spaces because they don’t dwarf the place and have enough space to roam. However, your neighbours may have some trouble with the barking of your dog so training it before you move is a necessity.
Health and Wellbeing
Dachshunds can often hurt their backs when jumping up to high spaces, which is why it is recommended to install some steps to help them reach their favourite spaces. It is also recommended to give their back and rear enough support when holding them to prevent undue pressure on their little spines. They may also be genetically predisposed to epileptic seizures, but this is usually controlled with medication.
Regardless of the type of dog you get, it is important to schedule regular vet visits to keep it in the best of health. Or better yet, let the vet come to you! Vets on Call’s easy to use app lets you book a “vet near me” in as little as 30 seconds. Gone are the days of hauling your dog to a vet clinic and exposing it to all these new sounds and sights. With Vets on Call, you can get a licenced, highly qualified vet to come to see your dog right in the comfort of your home!
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