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  1. Choosing a dog coat for your dachshund: custom-fit vs. standard sizing

    Choosing a dog coat for your dachshund: custom-fit vs. standard sizing

    At Barkmatic we don’t believe in standard sizes for dachshund coats, because in real life dachshunds don't come in standard sizes either.  Dachshunds are not simply mini or standard. One look at the participants in any sausage dog walk will tell you that! They come in all sizes and proportions.  What started as a shopping quest for our own dachshund is now the Barkmatic brand, and our commitment to custom-fit coats as the solution for dachshund outdoor clothing.  Why not try a custom-fit Barkmatic coat for the same price as an off-the-peg dachshund coat from other brands? Read on to find out more...

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  2. What is the collective noun for a group of dachshunds?

    What is the collective noun for a group of dachshunds?

    On every sausage walk we’ve been on in London we ask ourselves what the collective noun is for a group of dachshunds. Faced with hundreds of dachshunds racing around Greenwich Park that’s a reasonable question. Now that we have two dachshunds at home, we’re thinking about this question again but in a more domestic way. We decided to do some digging (no pun intended). Read on to find out what collective nouns dachshund lovers have dreamt up for our favourite breed.

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  3. We love you anyway: breed character traits and your dachshund

    We love you anyway: breed character traits and your dachshund

    When we discovered that according to a Dachshund Breed Council UK survey of dachshund temperament, standard smooth haired dachshunds like ours have the fewest number of positive behaviour and temperament traits of all the types of dachshund, we weren’t really that surprised.  Our reaction? To rush and give him a lot of cuddles.  We love him just the way he is. Read on to find out more about the survey and this respected organisation.

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  4. Dachshund-themed craft projects to make during half term

    Dachshund-themed craft projects to make during half term

    We tweeted instructions for making an origami dachshund not so long ago, and were amazed at just how popular these instructions were.  Since then we’ve been waiting for the first opportunity to share some wonderful dachshund-related ideas for things for you to make with your kids during school breaks. Read on to see these easy ideas.


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  5. Big love: share your forever home with a rescue dachshund

    Big love: share your forever home with a rescue dachshund

    When you want to welcome a dog - or another dog - into your home or your family, then offering a home to a rescue dog is a rewarding option.  If you’ve done your homework on the breed and are clear that you’d like a dachshund, then rescued dogs are an option for you too. 

    It can be hard to imagine anyone mistreating or abandoning a dachshund, but it does happen.  And we tend to forget that responsible dog owners may need to surrender a dog they can no longer care for, and these cherished dogs are rehomed alongside rescue dogs with unhappier stories.

    It’s certainly the case that the big national dog rescue charities (Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, Dogs Trust, Blue Cross) tend to have mostly bigger dogs on offer, and dachshunds are rarely seen in their online lists.  But in the UK and elsewhere, breed specific rescue and rehoming groups provide invaluable support, including for dachshunds and dachshund-crosses.

    Read on to find out more about opening your heart and your home to a rescue dachshund.


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  6. 5 Urban adventures to try with your dachshund

    5 Urban adventures to try with your dachshund

    We can all daydream about walks and long hikes outdoors in all weathers with our dachshunds, and some are lucky enough to have that option on their doorstep or within easy reach.  But there’s plenty to do with your dog in the urban environment too.

    As hunting dogs, there’s no doubt that an urban life means that dachshunds can develop all sorts of bad habits, like a taste for discarded chicken bones from fried chicken shops or sniffing out food under a line of parked cars, which need to be trained away or managed. But the urban landscape can sometimes be just as awe inspiring as dramatic mountains and moors, except that you’re never alone.

    Read on to see our current top five urban canine adventures.

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  7. Long dog, long journey: road trips with your dachshund

    Long dog, long journey: road trips with your dachshund

    We reckon most people consider their dachshunds to be part of their family.  It surely makes sense to take them with you if you take a long road trip, just so long as they can be accommodated with you at your destination. But travelling by road can be a stressful experience for dogs, and there are a number of hazards to consider, so before you undertake any long journey you’ll need to ensure your dog will be comfortable and safe during the trip.

    We’re planning a long car trip, so we’ve been doing some research on the responsible way to take our standard dachshund with us.  

    Read on to find out what we discovered about safe road trips with your dog.

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