Dachshund: an active and stubborn companion dog

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The Dachshund was originally used in hunting badgers, rabbits and foxes. The Dachshund still has the hunting instinct today, but it’s also a popular companion animal. This small but stubborn dog can live to be twelve to sixteen years old. He is affectionate and friendly towards his owner.

With early socialization, the Dachshund gets along well with children. With a Dachshund in the house you need not fear burglars. It is a real watchdog and will bark at danger. Are you curious and would you like to know more about the Dachshund? Then read this article.


The history: the small hunting dog from Germany

The Dachshund originally comes from Germany and was used there as a hunting dog. He helped hunt small animals, such as rabbits, foxes and badgers. This is why it’s called a Dachshund. The Dachshund had short legs and was therefore able to follow the small animals to their lairs. This happened already in the Middle Ages.

Later the Dachshund was also seen as a companion dog. This is thanks to Queen Victoria who brought a Dachshund to England in 1839. Around 1870, the Dachshund also made its way to the United States and Canada. In these countries they were first used for hunting, but later they became companion animals. The Dachshund became more and more popular and is now also a beloved pet all over the world.


The character: cocky, cheerful and smart

The Dachshund is affectionate and does not like to be alone. It is wise to start early with getting the Dachshund used to being left alone. Towards its owner it is friendly, but it is certainly not an everyman’s friend. The Dachshund clearly has preferences and can be reserved towards certain people. By nature it is not a children’