A dachshund by any other name is still a wiener dog. They’re known by a variety of different names including doxies, sausages, hot dogs, and they’re all descriptive of the appearance of the pup. This breed is special because no other dog in the world can be mistaken for a dachshund. Their long bodies and ultra short legs really do give them to look of a mobile hot dog. They’re definitely odd looking, but their behaviors can be just as strange.
Here are twenty things that only dachshund owners would understand.
1. You’re going to have regular conversations with your Doxie
Doxies are big talkers. If they’re happy, they like to share their joy vocally. The truth of the matter is that they’re yappy and they just won’t shut up. It’s comical the way that they tell you about their day. You really can carry on a conversation with your dachshund, even if neither knows what the other is saying. Don’t worry, it won’t take you long to be able to decipher their language. You just have to get used to the way they communicate.
2. Older dachshunds rule the roost (If you let them)
As doxies age, they become set in their ways. They tend to get a little bossy if you let them get away with it. The good thing is that they will let you know how they’re feeling and what they need. If the food or water dish is getting low, you’ll hear about it. A doxie will grump at you when it’s time to go to bed. It’s funny to watch them give you a few little grunts, walk towards the bed and turn to look at you as if to say, “are you coming?” Just try to be on their side. Do not make an enemy of your doxie!
3. They are natural excavators
Doxies love to dig and they have the perfect claws for it. If you notice small to medium sized holes in your garden or yard, check your doxie’s toenails. You’ll find proof of their work there. You may also notice that he or she will come into the house with dirt caked in the nose. If they catch the scent of a gopher or mole, the digging frenzy kicks into high gear.
Your houseplants aren’t even safe because to a doxie, dirt is dirt and it is meant for digging into.
4. Doxies have selective hearing
It’s rare that your doxie will become outright combative, but they do tend to screen the messages that they allow to come through. It’s important to start their training early, preferably when they are young puppies, because they tend to be a bit strong willed. If you do manage to make eye contact, a doxie is usually obedient. When they avert their eyes, you’ll know that they really do not want to do what you’re asking of them. The best course of action that you can take when this happens, is to remain firm and consistent. If they get away with ignoring you once, they’ll keep repeating the behaviors and soon, your doxie will have won the battle and will do whatever they want no matter what you say. Doxie owners know that you have to stay on top of the battle of the wills.