Friday, August 8, 2008
A little History about the Wiener Dog!
We all know dachshunds are short-legged long-bodied dogs more commonluy known as a "wiener dog". (The nickname gained notoriety after an American artist (not sure who though) drew a dachshund in a hot dog bun in the early 20th century.) Dachshunds are very popular and within the top 10 most loved breeds. Playful but stubborn, the "doxie" is a member of the hound group.
In the 15th century, Dachshunds (pronounced dax-hund - NOT dash-hound!) were used to hunt badgers, wild boar, foxes & rabbits in Germany. The name "dachshund" means "badger dog". The dachshund's long body allows them to chase and hunt underground.
Dachshunds are strong in front, a characteristic that allows them to work below ground. Their coat can be smooth (shorthaired), wire-haired, or long-haired. They can be one-colored (red or cream), two-colored (black, chocolate, wild boar, gray or blue and fawn or Isabella) . They come in a variety of patterns. Dapple (light areas and a darker base color), brindle and piebald are some common color patterns. (Oskar is a pie bald pattern).
Dachshunds are bred as miniature or standard size. The miniature is 11 pounds or less and about 5" high. Standard dachshunds range from 16 to 32 pounds with a height of approx. 10".
Dachshunds are outgoing and strong-willed – AND stubborn. (can't stress that enuf!).
They are prone to (but not limited to) intervertebral disc disease (IVDD) and back problems. They may develop ruptured disc(s) and must be monitored closely for signs of back issues. Immediate treatment is of the utmost importance when symptoms of a back injury or problem occurs. (see previous post on IVDD for possible symptoms). Peridontal disease is another common problem for dachshunds.
Dachshunds are a wonderful breed, however they are not for everyone. Although they can be great companions with children, it is extremely important to teach children the proper handling and respect for a dachshund.