Teckels, Dachshunds, popularly known as Dachshunds are hounds that were bred to hunt badgers, rabbits or other similar animals. Today their versatility makes them excellent family companions, show dogs and small game hunters. Teckels are small dogs with a big personality. Their mischievous and charming nature makes them one of the best dogs for the house.
Images of Teckels Breed Dogs
17 cm to 25 cm
Between 3.5 kg and 9 kg
12 to 15 years old
Origin of the Name “Teckels, Dackel or Dachshund”.
Teckel and Dackel are words that refer to the Dachshund. In Germany, all Dachshunds are called “Dackels”, but among hunters they are called “Teckels”. In the far north of Germany, “Teckel” is more commonly used, while in the far south, Dachshund and Teckel were combined to create “Dackel”. In other countries they are known as Dachshunds because of their elongated body, small size and great agility.
Characteristics of Teckels
The Dachshund is a breed capable of adapting to any environment, no matter where he lives, he can be happy in the company of his family and even with the smallest children.
Because this breed was conceived for hunting, sometimes when they are taken to the countryside they will start to sniff everything following the traces indicated by their extraordinary sense of smell and some of them love to dig.
Level of empathy
Teckels are very brave dogs, they are capable of facing animals much bigger than them, they are also intelligent, affectionate, friendly and homely. They are companion animals that enjoy great sympathy among the general public for their excellent character.
Some teckel fanciers claim that their personality varies among the different variants of the breed. For example, the smooth-haired ones are more restless than the long-haired ones and the wire-haired ones are more cheerful and extroverted.
Teckels are generally healthy dogs. However, it is advisable to be aware of some diseases to which they may be prone, such as:
Intervertebral disc disease: Because of their physical condition of being elongated, dachshunds are especially prone to back problems. This can be due to genetics, accident victims, etc. Symptoms of this condition are: inability to stand up on their hind legs, paralysis and sometimes loss of bowel and bladder control.
Epilepsy: Dachshunds are prone to epileptic seizures. In affected dogs, the condition is believed to be genetic or occurs as a result of a fall or a severe blow to the head.
Progressive retinal atrophy: This is a degenerative eye disorder that eventually causes blindness due to the loss of photoreceptors in the back of the eye. This disease is detectable years before the dog shows signs of blindness. Fortunately, dogs can use their other senses to compensate for blindness, and a blind dog can live a full and happy life.
Canine diabetes mellitus: Diabetes is occasionally seen in teckels, especially if they are overweight. Diabetes can be treated with diet and daily insulin injections. Signs include excessive urination and thirst and weight loss despite a voracious appetite.
If you are buying a Dachshund puppy, look for a good breeder who will show you the health records of its parents.
Care to consider for Teckels
Teckels need to be given time for training and exercise. Keep in mind that this is a breed that has a lot of stamina and energy. They love to walk or play outdoors with other dogs, and they like to hunt and dig. A walk of about 30 minutes a day will do your dog a lot of good.
Set up an appropriate place for your dog inside your house, never in the yard or a place where he is not well sheltered. His habitat should be dry and clean. Ensure that drinking water is always available. Avoid having furniture or steps where he can fall, remember that they are dogs very prone to break their backs.
Teckels excel as watchdogs, but can be noisy. Keep this in mind if your dog will be living in an apartment or condominium community.
Avoid feeding more than the recommended number of meals per day, as well as overdosing as these dogs are susceptible to gaining weight easily.
How to train Teckels?
Teckels can learn quickly if they are properly motivated. Use positive reinforcement such as food rewards or a favorite toy to keep their attention and keep training sessions short.
Keep in mind that your four-legged friend will quickly get bored if you force him to repeat the same exercise over and over, so make obedience practice fun and interesting.
House training can sometimes be a problem with this breed. A dachshund may not see the need to relieve himself outside. Patience and consistency are a must.
Crate training also helps. Beyond house training, crate training is a gentle way to make sure your Dachshund doesn’t get into things he shouldn’t. Crate training at a young age will also help your Dachshund accept confinement if he ever needs to be hospitalized or transported long distances. However, never put your Dachshund in a crate all day long. It is not a prison, and he should not spend more than a few hours at a time in it, except when he sleeps at night.
Never punish or mistreat your dog as, far from being a positive method, this will make him feel withdrawn and intimidated.
How to feed a Teckel dog?
As with other dogs the feeding of a dachshund will be given by its age, size, weight, as well as if it has any underlying disease.
According to the age, it is recommended to feed your Dachshund as follows:
- from 2 to 4 months of age: 4 meals a day
- from 4 to 6 months of age: 3 meals a day
- 6 to 8 months of age: 2-3 meals daily
- Older than 8 months: 2 meals per day
Teckels can be fed dry food that comes in the form of pellets or kibble and contains only a small percentage of moisture. Most owners prefer this type of dog food because it is economical and can be kept for a long time without refrigeration. Another benefit of dry food is that it is crunchy and can help minimize the amount of tartar that builds up on your dachshund’s teeth.
Other types of food that are widely used are animal feeds, which provide the nutrients necessary for a healthy diet for your dog. A relevant aspect of feeds is that they are manufactured for different purposes: for puppies, for dogs with underlying diseases such as diabetes, renal, hepatic or cardiovascular problems, etc.
Another type of food preferred by owners and by the dogs themselves is canned food. These wet type foods come in different consistencies which include; chunky chunks in gravy, steak style chunks in gravy and meatloaf. Like dry dog food, canned food also has an extended shelf life, but requires refrigeration once opened.