Dachshunds are spunky members of the American Kennel Club hound group that developed determined yet loyal temperaments for their original jobs as badger hunters. Dachshunds of today are bold, loyal, playful and intelligent little companion dogs.
Dachshunds have strong desires to please their human owners. The breed typically attaches quickly to the people who are part of its everyday life. Dachshunds enjoy spending time beside the humans they love, and are typically sweet and affectionate in their company.
Dachshunds hunt burrowing animals. It's disputed whether they were bred to do this or the trait occurred naturally. They appeared in the United States in the late 1800s and are believed to have originated in the 1700s, the 1400s or perhaps in ancient Egypt. Regardless of when it happened and how, the instinct to burrow became ingrained in the breed's genetic makeup. Modern dachshunds often channel this instinct into digging holes or burrowing beneath cozy blankets.
Anyone who has ever owned or observed a dachshund can easily spot the breed's humorous side. Whether romping in the yard with family members or playing with favorite toys, these energetic canines like to amuse their owners by jumping, fetching and giving happy expressions.
As a result of the breed's past, many dachshunds still display fearless, bossy attitudes towards humans and other larger animals. When left unchecked by training, dachshund stubbornness can lead to tendencies to guard people and objects, failure to housebreak and excessive barking. However, with proper training in the form of commands, rules and rewards, dachshunds will mind their manners.
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