Are dachshunds lazy?

Are dachshunds lazy?

Dachshunds are often thought of as lazy because they love to lounge around and take naps. But the truth is, dachshunds are not lazy, they are just as active and playful as any other dog breed. 

Don’t let their small size fool you, dachshunds are full of energy and personality. They simply need less exercise than most other dogs because of their small size. So if you’re thinking about getting a dachshund, don’t let the stereotype scare you off.


Why are dachshunds so lazy?

Dachshunds in general are not lazy. Working dogs like dachshunds tend to rest and take naps when they are not doing anything. This is something instinctive since these dogs need to rest every time they can to recharge energy to do their job alongside humans.

The thing is, most domestic dachshunds don’t have much to do on a day-to-day basis. So, they take naps all day. If your dachshund spends all day lying down, it’s not that he’s lazy. It’s just that he’s probably bored.

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Are miniature dachshunds lazy?

No, miniature dachshunds are not lazy, they have the same temperament as standard dachshunds. It is normal for miniature dachshunds to take a nap after going for a walk or playing. They will also tend to take more naps than normal when they are bored.

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Do dachshunds sleep a lot?

It is normal for dachshunds to sleep 12 to 14 hours a day, some days they can sleep up to 16 hours. This is normal for working or hunting breeds like dachshunds. Dachshunds sleep for a few hours at night and then take several naps throughout the day.

Some people think dachshunds sleep too much because they compare them to other small breeds. But they are dachshunds, they are hounds, you have to compare their behavior with other hunting dogs and not with that of lapdogs.

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Are dachshunds energetic?

Dachshunds are dogs that have a medium energy level. Dachshunds like to go for walks, run and play just like any dog. But dachshunds also like to sleep. If the dachshund has nothing to do, he will have no problem taking a nap, preferably under covers. Dachshunds love to burrow under covers due to their origins as hunting dogs that entered badger burrows. You can read more about this topic here.

If you find that your dachshund is very lazy it is probably because he is bored and does not have enough mental stimulation. Dachshunds need regular exercise to stay fit. If your dachshund doesn’t get enough exercise he may tend to put on weight. In addition, dachshunds need to keep their back muscles strong to be less prone to back problems.

Dachshunds also need mental stimulation to keep themselves entertained. For this, it is best to make them play fetch, tug of war, or any other game that you like to play with your dog. If you don’t have time to play with your dog, you can use interactive toys or puzzle toys that will keep your dachshund entertained for a long time. Food or treats are placed inside these toys so that the dog tries to get them out and eat them.

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Final thoughts

So, next time you’re out and about and see a dachshund, don’t be so quick to judge. This little dog might just be taking a break after a long day of being one of the most active hunting dogs around. And if you have a dachshund at home, know that you’ve got yourself one of the best breeds there is – even if he does like to take his naps in the sun. How has your experience been with your dachshund?

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