Wire Haired Dachshund personality traits and Temperament
Dachshunds (pronounced DAKS hund) are intelligent extroverts with a comical streak. They are devoted to their owners and like nothing better than spend quality time with them. They can become much attached to one person in the family and show considerable anguish and separation anxiety in his/her absence. They can get jealous very fast especially around other pets and toddlers. Therefore they are not suited for households having small children.
They are not comfortable around strangers and often announce the presence of an unidentified person by bout of barking. They have keen sense of sound and make a good watchdog. They have hunting and tunnelling instincts which can results in holes being dug in your garden. They have moderate levels of energy and needs daily walks which help them channel their energy. Wirehaired Dachshunds tend to be the more energetic, mischievous, obstinate as compared to the smooth haired ones.
Females suffer from false pregnancies or pseudo-pregnancies quite often and exhibits mood swings around this period.
Grooming, Haircuts and Shedding
The wire haired dachshund’s has a double coat which consists of a short and soft undercoat with a topcoat of short, coarse fur. They have eyebrows and beard on their face. They also exhibit short fur over their ears. They are moderate shedders.
The coat of this breed of dogs must never be trimmed but stripped once or twice yearly. Stripping can be done either by hand, a stripping brush, or a combination of the two. Daily brushing of the coat prevents matting and helps to remove stuck dirt and other objects. Ear canal must be frequently checked for presence of parasites as well as for any foul odour coming from it.
Size and Characteristics
Price Range: this dog for sale may cost between $400 – $600
Life expectancy: the life span is generally of about 12-15 YEARS
Weight: 10-18 pounds
Height: 8 – 9 inches
Colors: Cream, Black, Red, Tan, Blue, Chocolate, Black & Tan, Chocolate & Cream
How to Train
Though bright and clever, Wire haired Dachshunds like to do things their own way and are very stubborn. They can be difficult to housebreak and crate training is often recommended.
Be patient, firm, and consistent when training them. If the dog has not been allowed to socialise at an early age, it can cause the dogs to be very vociferous in presence of strangers. Be patient, firm, and consistent when training them.
Health Issues and Food
Diet: As this is a small dog, it should be fed two small meals per day of either dry or wet food or a mixture of both. They are gluttons and strict feed rationing is needed as obesity is a common ailment of the breed. Also avoid feeding them too many treats and cookies.
Health problems: They are very prone to spinal injuries due to their elongated shape. Disc rupture and paralysis are commonly seen. They are also prone to diabetes and a variety of skin disorders
No reported mixed breeds
Best female and male dog names
You can name your Dachshund as Coco or Champ if he is a male and Lucy or Gypsy if she is a female.
How to adopt this dog
For dog adoptions browse the page about how to adopt a Wire haired Dachshund
Pictures and Videos
Photo Credits: BUHR,Lilly M.