The spirited little Dachshund was originally bred for hunting badgers, rabbits & rodents. The breed therefor has a high prey drive and will ferociously chase any small, fleeting creature such as the lizards in your garden.
For the same reason they also love digging and barking (to alert that the kill has been found).
The Daxie has high energy levels and needs about 20 minutes of play sessions and walks daily, avoiding strenuous activity to protect the long, delicate Dachshund spine.
The breed is confident, fearless, brave, determined, independent and stubborn. They can take a while to warm up to strangers and can be aggressive towards other dogs so ongoing socialisation is important for the breed.
Even though the breed’s social needs are moderate, it’s often spoiled and can develop separation-anxiety, which can cause excessive barking and nervousness. They like to be in on everything you do and will follow you everywhere.
Dachshunds love the company of other Dachshunds.