Teckel, more than a sausage dog

Short legs, an elongated body and a stretched out nose and neck, there are standard size or miniature, short haired, long haired or hard; uni-coloured, bi-coloured or spotted.

With all these characteristics and their fun tenacious temperament, we can say they are little warriors in a world of giants.

You think with all this you know everything there is to know about the Teckel? Here we will discover a few more things maybe unknown about the sausage dog.

The courageous escape artist

The incredible sense of smell these small adventurers posses allows them to be very self assured in themselves. They become  disappearing doggies when let loose.

When they trace a scent their attention becomes fixated on finding it, becoming very difficult to snap them out of this state. Therefore, we need to teach them at an early stage our call, reinforcing it in a positive way every opportunity. This way we will reduce any potential scares.

We can teach them little by little to use a tracking belt of up to 5, 10 or 15 metres. With a belt we give them freedom to move around and respond to your call, avoiding escape during training. As one of the best experiences when owning a Teckel is to see them run freely, they love it!

Why is there back so sensitive?

The root of the problem comes from the gene that has also given them such short legs, a type of dwarfism. This same gene also provokes the interdiscal fluid to calcify, becoming hard and losing elasticity, therefore weakening their ability to absorb shock to the back.

This is known as the intervertebral disk disease and makes them vulberable to enduring irreversible damage if it is not treated in time.

Therefore it is recommendable not to let your Teckel go down or up stairs, always try to give them assistance if they want to climb to a higher place, like the bed or sofa. Adapt your house with the best measures possible to ensure jumping will be avoided. In some homes with small dogs and stairs a baby door placed to block access to certain rooms is sufficient.

Make sure you watch their diet as to not suffer with being overweight, all the extra weight on your doggie will generate an unnatural strain on the vertebra and disks, worsening the situation further.

If you notice they suffer pain when touched, walk strangely, don’t want to move etc., contact a vet urgently, if left it could cause long-term pain.

It is very important you know how to pick up your Teckel correctlyNever pick them up from the armpits like you would with a baby. You should do it following these instructions: with one hand supporting the chest and with the other under their behind. Distributing the majority of weight between two hands alleviates stress and avoids problems.

The Teckel and obesity

Part of the genetic load passed on by their ancestors, the wolf, means the dog cannot control their intake of food. Therefore you should always manage it for them. In general it’s important for all dog’s health to be a healthy weight, but with Teckels as we mentioned before especially.

Their favourite game

Thanks to their protruding nose these little mischiefs are enthusiastic players of search and find. Teach them to look for a toy, sock or anything else that comes to mind: you can both spend hours hiding and finding things all over the house. The best way to teach this is with a decoy. You can find them in pet shops, or if you prefer, use a case with a zipper, fill it up with treats, hide it  and teach the command ‘Find’ to bring it back. They will learn to return it so you open it and give them the treats inside.

With time you could hide it where you like, give them the same command and they will search until they find it. With their incredible sense of smell there is no doubt they will find all your socks that are always disappearing!


We have spent years teaching and raising the Teckel to learn to alert the hunter with their bark when a badger was close; it shouldn’t be a great surprise that they are now considered a barking breed.

After all, the bark is nothing more than a form of communication for our furry friends. Learn to listen to their barks, understand and differentiate between them.


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