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Discover Dachshunds Dorset

At Country Style Dachshunds Ltd, our pups are extremely healthy and well looked after. We want to discover the perfect dachshund owners, so see our information on the proper care needed for dachshunds from their life span, to diet, illnesses, their characteristics, health testing and DNA and temperament to see if a sausage dog is a right breed for you. Moreover, you can learn about their origin. Our dachshunds are available in a variety of extraordinary colours, which makes them truly sought after. So, please read through our breed information carefully. To discover more about our dachshunds in Dorset, you can visit our FAQ page or contact us via telephone.

Dachshund Origin

Ever wondered about the dachshund origin? Believe it or not, dachshunds have been traced as far back as the 15th century originating in Germany. However, breeding development took place around the 17th century. The word ‘dachshund’ translates as ‘badger dogs’ because they originally hunted badgers, built with short legs, long bodies and ears as to dig and enter tunnels. Over the years, dachshunds were bred into two sizes, standard and miniature, becoming increasingly popular over time. Nowadays, sausage dogs are a favoured breed wanted by many. So, for dachshunds of remarkable colours from one of the most professional breeders in the UK, contact us today!

Caring for Your Sausage Dog

There are many things to consider when caring for your sausage dog. They are an endearing and joyful breed to have around but require a lot of responsibility. Before choosing your new dachshund puppy, please consider the following.

Life Span

If you take great care of your dachshund, they will live a long and happy life. A dachshund’s life span expectancy is between 12-17 years (although some have lived much longer). Unfortunately, there are some health problems sausage dogs are prone to, such as back problems. This can occur from picking them up incorrectly or allowing them to jump too high (even up the stairs). They are also prone to obesity, which has a knock-on effect with their back problems. However, if you keep them fit, take good care of their back and feed them the right food, your dachshund will be as healthy as ever.

Characteristics

Dachshunds are a small breed who are intelligent, lively, courageous to the point of rashness, and very obedient if trained correctly. With the correct love and attention, dachshunds adapt to their new surroundings very easily. Like every breed of dog, training can be challenging unless you dedicate the time and effort. Once the basics of training are in place, the rest is a breeze. Sausage dogs are affectionate and will want you all to themselves! They’re high energy and incredibly playful, happy souls. Furthermore, they are adorable bundles of joy with so much love to give, all they want is your attention and affection which makes them an absolute pleasure to have around.

Diet

For their diet, dachshunds need high quality, protein-rich foods. However, new owners must be aware of how prone they are to obesity and that dachshunds should not be overfed. You must monitor their intake and weight regularly to maximise their lifespan. They eat dry, homecooked, raw and wet foods, as long as they are high in quality. Adults should be fed twice a day and puppies three times.

Health Testing & DNA

For health testing and DNA, we have all the information you need on how the colours we achieve are perfectly normal. Our dachshunds receive PRA-Cord1, Degenerative Myelopathy (DM) and Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) health testing. In comparison to dogs with normal pigments, it is often claimed that dilute dogs are not as healthy. This is a common misconception which derives from a condition called Colour Dilution Alopecia (CDA). This condition is the result of a faulty version of the ‘d’ allele (dl). Not all breeds carry this allele, therefore the majority of rare colours (like blues and lilacs) are 100% healthy. With any dog, there can be hidden faults which are no different to people, cats, birds and other animals. Colours do not define us nor do they determine the level of health. Moreover, there are dozens of breeds which carry dilution. Within these, the blue gene is very rare. It is unclear whether dilution is a common mutation or an occurrence from early domestication. Geneticists and dog breeders are aware of the several locations of chromosomes (loci) responsible for colourful patterns on dogs. In more detail, each locus has two sides. A puppy will inherit one copy of each locus from the dam and another copy of each locus from the stud. Every locus is responsible for one or more traits, independently or alongside another locus. Therefore, the colours we have achieved in our dachshunds are perfectly normal and healthy. 

Temperament

Sausage dogs are a delightful addition to any family, which is why they have been one of the most popular breeds since the 1950s. Dachshunds bond closely with family members and really love attention, it keeps them balanced and happy in this environment. Moreover, they are faithful, versatile and very well-tempered.

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If you are looking for dachshunds to buy in Dorset, the surrounding areas, or other places across the UK, why not get in touch today to find out about upcoming litters?