Dachshunds were originally bred in Germany as a hunting dog. They were bred to hunt badgers, foxes, and other forms of prey. Although they were more closely related to the weasel than other dogs and they may not seem like your typical hound, they do very much hunt like a hound. Because the Dachshund breed has some of the characteristics of their prey, they make for better hunters than most other hounds.
In this article, we will outline what key characteristics of Dachshunds make them the ultimate hound dog.
They have a great nose
Dachshunds are hunters by nature, and they have a keen sense of smell that makes them great at tracking down prey. They were bred to follow scents and can tend to doggedly follow a scent when they catch one. This can make it tough to take them out on walks and they may need to be trained properly at an early age.
They are very fast
Dachshunds are surprisingly fast runners, which has made them adept at hunting prey, such as badgers and other small animals over the centuries. They are high energy dogs and can require a considerable amount of exercise each day. Their long, low-slung bodies allow them to easily cover long distances and they have incredible stamina, so prepare to get really active with your Dachshund pup.
Their small size helps them get under brush while they track prey.
Dachshunds were bred to squeeze into small spaces that are difficult for larger breeds to reach. They can easily get under brush to track prey, and their short legs help them reach nests and burrows. It won’t be surprising to find your Dachshund burrowing in odd places in your home.
Dachshunds are persistent when tracking their prey.
Dachshunds are known for having a one-track mind and can be very persistent. Once they catch a scent, they can keep at it for long periods of time until they catch whatever they’re looking for. This is why they are so great at hunting small game such as rabbits, badgers, and even squirrels.
Dachshund’s size, sense of smell, persistence, energy and stamina all combine to make it the ultimate hunting hound dog. Don’t be surprised if your Dachshund is easily distracted by quick moving objects and may try to chase it when you take it out for walks.