Understanding the “Wiener Dog”
If you are looking to bring a dog into your home and into your life, you owe it to yourself and to your new pet to learn which breeds will be ideal for you. For instance, the Dachshund or better known as a “Wiener Dog” is a breed that may be great for you and your family. The more that you know about these dogs, the easier it will be for you to bring them home and become an informed dog owner. We’ve put together some tips in this post about the Dachshund to help you make an informed decision.
How big do Dachshunds get and what size is a full grown dog?
These dogs are a smaller breed and grow to sizes of about 8 or 9 inches. They weigh about 16 pounds or so and tend to live between 12 years and 15 years at a time.
It is very important to make sure that you get a handle on the dog’s temperament so that you know what to expect from them.
These dogs are incredibly averse to the cold, wet weather and do not do well in extremely hot temperatures either. They are great for apartment living given their size and are affectionate with families. Minis tend to be more active than Standards, while both sizes are not super friendly with strangers. They are alert to anyone who doesn’t belong in their space and as a result can make a solid watchdog.
They enjoy being with other Dachshunds and are often kept in pairs. Dachshunds can be stubborn and it can take some time to train them. They are clever and comical. Dachshunds make a loyal companion, usually bonding with one person exclusively.
Dachshunds come in 3 varieties. My personal favorite is the smooth coated variety. We own a reddish brown coloured Dachshund named Bonz so forgive me if I am a bit biased 🙂
The second variety is a wire-haired coat which is similar to the coat of a Terrier. Finally the last variety is the long-haired coat which is similar to a Spaniel coat. This variety is very pretty.
There are a wide variety of coat colours ranging typically from brown, to black to a reddish colour and everything in between.
Well I hope this post has given you a starting point for deciding if a Dachshund is right for you and your family. They are an entertaining breed and I can say our dog, Bonz, gives us lots to laugh about 🙂