When my mum’s next-door neighbour rescued her gorgeous Dachshund not so long back, we talked calorie-controlled diets, since he was enjoying his training treats just a little bit too much! However, she is an experienced dog owner and knows, with this breed, that healthy weight is crucial. For me, I love getting to learn about breeds in depth, so I can share what can be done nutritionally to support them.
Dachshunds generally suffer from few health problems if they are fed a healthy balanced diet and are not allowed to get overweight. The risk of obesity does, however, increase with age and can lead to associated risks such as diabetes and osteoporosis. Dachshunds are also prone to disk problems because they have a long back.
Top tip: Keep an eye on your Dachshund’s rib cage and, if it disappears, (you can’t quite feel it under a cheeky layer of fat), start controlling food intake.
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Back to the breed focus!
There are three varieties of dachshund – smooth, wire and long-coated and they come in two sizes – standard and miniature.
And, did you know (because I didn’t), that Dachshunds live longer than most breeds and that two Dachshunds have held the Guinness World Record for the oldest living dog?
According to the AKC, the official mascot of the 1972 Munich Olympic Games was a colourful Dachshund named Waldi. This was the first time the Olympics had a mascot. Olympic officials actually plotted that year’s marathon route in the shape of a Dachshund. What a cool breed accolade!
Despite their size, dachshunds are known for their courageous nature and will take on animals much larger than themselves. Because of this, they were originally bred to hunt badgers and other tunnelling animals such as rabbits (so keep your pet rabbit locked up!)