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Dachshunds are courageous, energetic little guys with a habit of nosing around thanks to their strong sense of smell. They love to cuddle and make excellent companion dogs. While perfect for first-time dog owners, these pups can be stubborn during training and require a patient, loving owner to accept their bouts of excitability. It’s rather easy to receive love from a Dachshund, as long as their grooming, feeding and exercise needs are met.
There are three different coat types of Dachshunds: the smooth-haired, the long-haired, and the wire-haired. Each requires its own specific degree of care, but all Dachshunds love to be brushed regardless of how it’s done. For the smooth-haired pups, a simple massage to remove any excess hair is enough to keep their coats clean and shiny. Since the coats are so close to their skin, sun block should be applied to keep them from burning if they live in particularly sunny climates. Long-haired Dachshunds need to be brushed regularly. Their fur can easily become matted and tangled, sometimes requiring knots of hair to be cut out of their coats. After bathing, it’s best to blow-dry a long-haired coat to keep it shiny and less likely to tangle. The wire-haired Dachshund coat typically requires a short, wire bristle brush to comb out their fur. They should have regular brushings and have their coats trimmed at least twice a year.
Dachshunds only need to be bathed when it’s necessary. Too many baths can dry out their skin and make them itchy. Use veterinary-approved shampoo and keep them indoors away from drafts for a few hours after their bath until their coat is completely dry. Their ears should be cleaned with a soft, damp cloth to avoid getting water in them. Their eyes should be bright and clear and their nails clipped regularly to maintain good foot care. It’s important not to cut too close though, sometimes veins can be accidentally clipped and bleed, so check with a vet to see where the best place to trim the nail is. Dachshunds are prone to teeth and gum problems, but by brushing their teeth and giving them food that promotes dental health can lessen the chances of dental hygiene issues.
As puppies, Dachshunds should be fed small portions frequently. If they can have about four meals a day, they’re in good shape for all the energy they’re spending to properly gain weight and develop. As they get older, their meals can be reduced. By the time they’re one year old they should be down to one meal a day, with the occasional treat. Dogs are sensitive to changes in their diet, so any food change should be done gradually by adding a little more of the new food to the old food over about a week’s period. Make sure the food is healthy and has a good balance of proteins, grains, and vitamins, but also get food that the dog enjoys. Vets can recommend a variety of good brands, also most brands have different flavors to appeal to any dog’s tastes. Dachshunds should be fed in the same place at the same time every day with a clean water and food bowl.
Dachshunds love to exercise. It’s important for them physically and mentally to stay active. If they have a specific time each day to either go for a walk around the neighborhood or play a game of fetch in the park, it will satisfy their appetite for activity. Give them ample time to expend their energy and they’ll be the happier, compliant pups ready to give affection and love.
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