Dachshunds are quickly becoming one of the most popular dog breeds (though if you’ve been a sausage dog lover for years, it’s no surprise to you — it was only a matter of time before everyone else saw what you see!).
There are many reasons why dachshunds are seeing some new love.
In one instance, they’re getting big attention in the United Kingdom, as 9,000 of the pups were registered with the Official Kennel Club in 2017, which some think is due to a talking black and tan dachshund that appears in ads for Vitality. Thousands of more unregistered dachshunds are finding homes as well.
Another, more practical, reason that the dogs are seeing a rise in popularity has to do with a lack of space for us humans. As we’re all downsizing a bit and living in smaller homes and apartments for longer (with fewer of the young folks buying homes), sausage dogs are great companions without taking up a lot of space. They’re great for tiny houses and can easily be held while out and about in the city, from cafes and shops to public transportation.
Alongside the housing trend, with young couples delaying having kids of their own, many turn to smaller dogs in the multiples as a way to enjoy a parent-puppy relationship without the extra attention and, let’s face it, money a child requires. In fact, actual studies have shown that declining birth rates and delayed parenthood are one of the reasons why small dogs are more popular now in the United States. Additionally, unmarried women are buying more small dogs, not just couples, especially those in their late 20s and early 30s.
Celebs are also showing off their favorite dachshunds, which can lead to more fans looking into them as potential pets. For example, Adele, Christian Slater, Clint Eastwood, Ashley Olsen, David Hasselhoff and Brett Michaels are all dachshund owners!
Another place where people can find adorable doxies and start developing a little envy? Social media! Now more than ever, it’s easy to find lovable dogs to follow endlessly on Instagram and Twitter, and the same holds true for sausage dogs. When it’s so easy to see other people loving their dachshunds, it’s no wonder more people are jumping on the sausage dog train.
Unfortunately, sometimes popularity of a certain dog breed can cause issues, as puppy mills begin churning out the breed, with their dangerous living conditions and poor care. Additionally, some pet owners may adopt a dachshund to be trendy and end up abandoning the dog if they’re unable to properly care for it. As always, we only promote the responsible and loving care of all dogs — so, even if you really want one, if you know you can’t truly give one of these little guys the attention and care they deserve, don’t make the puppy parenthood leap just yet.