A Quick Guide To Raising Dotson Puppies
Small, cuddly and adorable, dotson puppies make ideal pets for either individuals or families with children. The proper name of the breed is dachshund, although they can also be called doxies, weiner dogs, hot dogs and more. Regardless of the name they go by, the little dog is one of the most popular dog breeds according to the American Kennel Club.
The dachshund is a breed that originated in Germany as a hunting dog, but not in the common sense. Rather, they hunted badgers; animals that burrow into the ground, forming extensive networks in which they live. The dog was bred specifically for the purpose of hunting the ferocious creatures. In fact, “dachshund” in German means “badger dog”. The short legs and extended body length were ideal for digging into the badger burrows and fight the aggressive animal to death.
Behavior And Training
While hunting badgers is no longer an occupation of the breed, dachshunds still enjoy exercise and have a great deal of stamina. They require a high degree of discipline, so it is wise to obtain your new pet as a young pup to begin training. “Dotson” puppies will demand a lot of attention of its owner, but developing the master/pet relationship early on will serve to create a successful match.
Because of their breeding, dachshunds are stubborn in nature. That same tenacity required of the dog when digging in burrows and seeking out their prey, the badger, remains in the dog’s characteristics and will be displayed in resistance to training. You, as the owner, will need to exercise patience and continuity to not break the will of the dog, but train it to allow your will to supersede their own.
Common Medical Conditions
Raising dotson puppies also requires an understanding of the breed’s health statistics. With the characteristic long torso, back problems are common; with spinal disc issues being a forerunner. Other diseases that the dachshund faces are:
Urinary tract ailments
For a small dog, the dotson has an active appetite, and will eat to excess if allowed. This behavior should be strongly discouraged, as the breed has the inclination to become obese. The added weight encourages laziness that is harmful to the dog as it places even more stress on the back.
The life span of a dachshund can reach around 15 human years. This fact alone should convince a prospective dog owner that proper training and care of the pet is essential to achieve a harmonious and successful relationship.
Tips For Dachshund Owners
Be prepared for a loving dog when you bring a dachshund into the family. The breed is eager to please and lovable; cuddling is a common feature of the dog because of that inbred burrowing instinct. If children are part of the family, a certain amount of supervision will be needed for the initial 'getting to know you' period to ensure the safety of both the puppy and the child. Once developed, the relationship between family members and the fiercely loyal dachshund will surpass that of many other species.
Although they are active dogs, even those living in an apartment will find that the dachshund adapts well. Barking tendencies will need to be curtailed in consideration of the neighbors, however. Daily walks will be needed to work the energy of the dog, and playtime scheduled routinely inside. This will prevent your pet from becoming lazy and developing health issues as a result.
Raising dotson puppies can be a challenge, but one well worth the effort to receive the love, loyalty and devotion your pet will bestow upon you in return.