Dachshunds come in three varieties: smooth (shorthaired), wirehaired and longhaired. They are curious, and always up for adventure. He likes to explore and dig, tracking by scent. He is independent but will join in his family’s activities whenever given a chance. He is good with children in his own family, but some may snap at strange children. Most are reserved with strangers. He is amenable to city life or apartment living, although active, the Dachshund’s exercise requirements can be met with moderate walks on leash and games in the yard. As a responsible pet parent, it’s essential to choose the right size dog bed for your dachshund.
Factors to consider:
Size and weight:
Male Dachshunds stand 8-9 inches tall and weigh 16-32 pounds. Females stand slightly shorter at 7-8 inches tall and weigh 14-28 pounds. Their elongated bodies and short limbs make them one of the unique small breeds.
As puppies up to 12 months old, Dachshunds do well on soft square beds with bolsters. A good starter size is 24×24 inches. The raised sides support their long spines during sleep. Soft foam cushions their light frames without sagging.
Once past 12 months, adult Dachshund beds should measure 30×20 or 34×22 inches. Their length demands a rectangular space even though they are small dogs. Memory foam contours their body shape without excess room to roll. Low loft provides stable support for their long backs.
Dachshund puppies are adorable and playful,they sleep 12-14 hours per day. Some enjoy curling up into a tight ball, others want to splay out wide, and some move around in different positions all night.
A dachshund’s long back and short legs make it susceptible to a number of spinal problems. So it’s important to choose a dog bed that will provide support and promote good posture. Choosing a Bed with a raised edge is ideal. As it will help to prevent your dog from slipping and falling off the bed. The bed should also be firm enough to offer support. But soft enough to be comfortable. Finally, make sure that the bed is the right size for your dachshund.
The fabric material making up the structure of the bed plays an important role in determining its toughness. These materials can withstand the cheeky nature of your Dachshund such as cuddling, scratching, and burrowing.
The name dachshund actually means “badger dog” in German, which is indicative of their early use in hunting badgers. Some dachshunds may dig in their beds because they are looking for a comfortable spot to settle down in or because they are trying to create a cozy nest. Whatever the reason, it’s important to provide your dachshund with a bed that is durable and can stand up to their digging behavior.
You should consider dog beds made using high-quality materials such as polyesters, micro suede, and microfiber, memory foam, cotton, cedar, nylon, sherpa, among many others, stay away from cheap beds made using low-quality materials since they can easily get destroyed.
Because these dogs are prone to getting back injuries (and because of their active, energetic nature) you will want to get a bed that is conducive to both their genetics and behavior. For this, getting a dog bed with a non-slip bottom is recommended.
Because of dachshunds’ rather specific anatomy – short legs combined with comparatively long bodies, they are at high risk of spine injuries. If you want to minimize the risk of injuries, pick the bed that is easy for your doxie to enter without the need to jump.
Of course, you want any bed to be comfortable, but dachshund is a breed of dog that is susceptible to spine issues, movement disorders, and back problems. Older dachshunds or dachshunds with back problems may benefit from an orthopedic bed. This sounds fancy, but it really just refers to a bed with firm padding for support.
In the case of Dachshunds, these features can help with a breed that is already prone to spinal injuries. This is why they mainly sleep well on an orthopedic bed. Extra padding and cushions can relieve or prevent muscle and joint aches. So yes, this type is good for Dachshunds and improves their quality of life.
Secondly, part of the comfort of the bed also depends on the season and the environment. In summers, a bed made of breathable fabrics like mesh or cotton is better suited for your furry friend. The bed’s location also plays a crucial role as it should be away from sources of drafts or direct sunlight to keep the environment comfortable for them. The bed’s height from the ground surface also determines its comfort level, with taller beds being more comfortable for dachshunds with joint issues.
Dogs that sleep on hard surfaces or in cold climates need beds that are warm and will help them stay comfortable during their slumber. Look for beds that have a cotton cover or fleece material and make sure they fit snugly around the dog’s body.
Easy to clean material:
Dachshunds are fun-loving dogs who are prone to walking on dirt and sometimes rolling in the mud during outdoor adventures. Some of the dirt is then transferred into their bed. As reliable owners of dachshunds, we also need to care about its appearance. Coat care for the smooth variety requires only occasional brushing to remove dead hair. The longhair variety should be combed once or twice weekly. The wirehaired coat needs the most care, with weekly combing and occasional stripping (pulling dead hair out by hand).
In addition, The last thing you want is your dog to have itchy bedding problems because the bedding is dirty. Dachshunds are not known for being clean animals, if not sleeping in clean beds, may develop skin diseases like Malassezia dermatitis. For this, you should look for an easily washable bed, preferably one that can be put into a washing machine and quickly air-dried.
Dachshunds have short hair and are prone to skin allergies. Thus, beds made of hypoallergenic materials like memory foam, hypoallergenic foam, or organic cotton are recommended.
If you have a long-haired Dachshund, look for a bed conducive to vacuuming or washing easily in a machine. Some beds have removable covers that are easily washable as well.
Choosing a suitable size bed for your dachshund is vital for their overall comfort and health at different stages of their life. Meeting a Dachshund’s specific needs through optimal bed selection nurtures restful sleep and spinal health. Consider their size and weight, the bed’s materials and support, and the bed’s location in your home to provide your puppy with the best possible sleeping environment.
And finally, make sure to place the bed in a quiet, secluded spot where your dog can feel safe and secure. With a little patience and plenty of love, you can help your dachshund feel at home in his or her new bed.