Congratulations on your decision to bring a new companion into your family! Dachshund pups, or Doxies, are personable, loving creatures with a ton of energy. Understanding the breed thoroughly is the best way you can keep your new pal healthy and energetic for as long as possible.
Read on for tips for proud new Doxie owners!
Dachshunds are affectionate, loyal, and consistently deliver unconditional love to their humans. They have high energy and unique personalities; they’re also full of love and very gentle with children, which is why they’re great family dogs. This lil pup has tiny legs and a ton of energy though, so remember to take short, frequent walks instead to keep him entertained.
Dachshunds have keen senses like other dogs, but they are far-sighted and cannot distinguish color the way humans can. Their large, floppy ears give them exceptional hearing, so they’re sensitive to high-pitch tones. Their sense of smell is of course, impeccable; they track old or light scents easily. As far as taste, they’ll eat almost anything- they do not have as many taste buds as humans, so they have a completely different relationship with food than we do. Lastly, Dachshunds love being touched. It’s their favorite sense; petting and snuggling go a long way with these pups
Don’t be afraid to share vegetables with your Dachshund pup! A healthy alternative to commercial food is raw veggies, and the pooches love them! These supply your pup with the nutrients they need, without any additives. Head to our “Learn More” page to read more on ideal Dachshund diets.
*Always avoid chocolate, caffeine, fatty rich foods, fruit pits & seeds, salt.
Below, you’ll find a shopping list to create the perfect new-puppy kit!
- Food and water bowls are a must, but these small dogs are smart… so go with a kind that has rubber bases on the bottom, which prevent spilling and tipping
- A travel crate with enough room for your pup to stand up and turn around in
- Simple Green’s BIO – DOG for accidents… this spray removes a dog’s scent from the location, so he or she doesn’t see it as marked territory.
- Puppy Grooming Supplies (Brush, toothbrush, shampoo, dry shampoo)
- Nylabones (for strong chewers)
- Play toys (like a ball or a rope)
- Nail Clippers
- Small harness and a leash
- Designated Play Area