Originally bred as scent hounds for tracking animals as big as wild boar(!!) the Dachshund has become one of the most beloved breeds of family dog. Also known as “weiner dog” or “sausage dog” there’s no doubting that their comical appearance is on of the reasons they’ve become such a beloved breed. As they were bred specifically for the hunt, there’s little surprise that they are also loyal, friendly and a fierce defender of the family despite their diminutive size.

You might, however, find that your dachshund is very much given to making their own rules! You might find that you need to instil a fair bit of discipline.

Despite being a tough breed with a life expectancy of 12-13 years, they do have one common health problem. Due to the dwarfism of the breed, the mix of short legs and long backs mean that they are susceptible to back problems. This is especially true if they are allowed to jump on and off of furniture and the like. Despite being an active dog, they can also be prone to obesity if overfed, so it’s important to keep a close eye on how much and how often you are feeding your dog.

Because protecting their backs is a high priority, foods rich in oils are recommended.

As we always say: talk to the RSPCA, a vet of the Kennel Club for greater information about how to feed and look after your dachshund.