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Country of Origin, History of the breed
The Dachshund originates
from Germany and it was originally called
‘Teckel’. It is thought that it
took roughly one hundred years for the breed
to develop and its original purpose was to
hunt badgers. In fact, the meaning of the breed's name in German is "badger dog" - from "Dachs" (badger) and "Hund" (dog). Despite their size, even the
smallest Dachshund is a keen, fearless hunter!
The breed has been a favorite in the United
States since the 1950’s and they still
continue to grow in popularity today
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Description of the Dog
Otherwise known as a ‘sausage
dog’, the Dachshund is well known for its
extra long body and tiny little legs. There are
two main sizes of the breed, either miniature or
standard, and within those two different sizes,
there are three different types of coat. These include
the short haired Dachshund, the long haired Dachshund
and the wire haired Dachshund.
The head of the Dachshund is tapered
and it has almond shaped eyes which often hold an
energetic and pleasant expression. They have long
ears which hang down the side of their heads and
they have rounded tips which frame the face. The
muzzle on this breed tends to be slightly arched
and they have a black nose with well open nostrils.
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Temperament of the Dog
Dachshunds are known to be fun
loving dogs and they are also tenacious as well
as lively too. However, they are also known to become
quite irritable and as with many other smaller breeds,
they tend to often become jealous.They do make good
watchdogs due to the fact that they are naturally
wary of strangers and they are also quite bold.
The long haired variety is generally
the quietest out of the three and the wire haired
variety is more outgoing. It is thought that the
miniature variety is generally a lot more timid
than the standard Dachshund.
Another trait of this breed is
that they can be quite mischievous at times. It
loves being around people and is now more of a companion
dog than a hunter.Generally the breed is loyal,
affectionate, mischievous and outgoing and they
tend to melt everyone’s hearts.
Although the Miniature Dachshund
is thought to be a little bit more timid than the
standard Dachshund, you can still train them and
socialize them to help build their confidence.Although
the Miniature Dachshunds are prone to being a little
timid, the Standard Dachshund should not show any
timid or aggressive behavior.
Better suited to an indoor
or outdoor lifestyle?
Dachshunds are definitely better
suited to an indoor lifestyle. They do not really
require a yard or garden to run around in so they
can live in an apartment if necessary. Even though
they do not need a yard or a garden, they do need
to be taken outside so that they can relieve themselves
and get a little fresh air.
Are they suited to homes
As with most other breeds, the
Dachshund is not naturally good with children. In
fact, the breed can easily snap and they do not
tolerate small children at all really. Never leave
a small child with a Dachshund, especially if the
child is not part of the family.They do tend to
tolerate older children and more considerate children,
just not small ones.
to take care of the Dachshund Puppies?
It is important to establish
a routine with your Dachshund. Make sure you
feed at least three small meals per day and
ensure that they have fresh drinking water
available at all times too. Like all puppies,
your Dachshund will need plenty of rest and
quiet time in order for them to settle and
Overall they do not need any different
care compared to other breeds other than the fact
that you should not over feed them.
Do not over-feed your Dachshund
as they are prone to gain weight easily and extra
weight can lead to various health problems.
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Training can be difficult at times
due to the fact that the Dachshund is a very stubborn
breed. However, with firm and consistent training
they can become quite well trained.
It is important to note that this
breed can be a little sensitive to firmness so be
sure that your Dachshund is not too scared of you
whilst you are training. The easiest way to train
a dog is to make it fun and exciting. Your Dachshund
will be reluctant to train again if it is traumatized
by the experience.Dachshunds generally respond better
to a variety of different training methods.
Generally food tends to encourage
Dachshunds to train as they are particularly food
driven! Overall it is better to be understanding,
firm but gentle, and consistent with your training
methods. However hard they may be to train, they
can be trained if you are persistent and patient.
How active is the breed?
The Dachshund does tend to be
quite active both indoors and outdoors. Indoors
they may become destructive if they are not given
plenty to do or if they are not taken out for a
walk during the day.Exercising them as often as
possible will help to tire them out. Two walks a
day should be sufficient to tire the Dachshund out
enough throughout the day. However, really the breed
only needs one walk per day.
Puppies do not need as much exercise
as adults do. Playing with a few s with your puppy
should be enough exercise for them. However, when
they get into adulthood they do need a little more
exercise, but overall they are not an overly active
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Each different variety of Dachshunds
needs a different amount of grooming. The long haired
variety for example, needs a lot more grooming than
the short haired variety. Longer haired dogs tend
to shed more often and they need daily grooming
with a firm bristled brush.
The wire haired variety also needs
daily grooming with a bristled brush in order to
stop any tangles from forming in the coat. The smooth
haired variety only needs its claws trimming regularly,
and it simply needs to be wiped over with a damp
cloth a couple of times a week. All varieties will
need their ears checked daily for any signs or irritation
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The body is very muscular and
the neck is also slightly arched and it flows smoothly
into the shoulders. Their front feet have arched
toes, thick nails and tough pads. This was to help
them dig out badgers from their sets when they used
to be used to hunt them. Their back legs are parallel
and their thighs are really powerful and strong.
The gait of the Dachshund is quite
fluid and smooth, and with the short haired variety
the coat is quite shiny. The coat of the wire haired
variety tends to be rough and thick and it has a
smooth undercoat too. Finally the long haired variety
tends to have a slightly wavy and it seems to be
longer on the chest and at the neck.
Generally the Dachshund comes in
a wide variety of colors and the only color that
doesn’t seem to be apparent is white.
in three types of coat – Smooth/Short-haired,
Long and Wire. Smooth are the most common, and have
a dense, shiny short coat. Long-haired Dachshunds
have a very soft silky coat with fringes on the
underbody, chest, legs tail and ears. The coat pattern
is similar to that of an Irish Setter!
Wirehairs have short wiry coats
which are very dense and have a dense undercoat.
They have a beard, bushy eyebrows and usually prominent
ridges of hair above the eyes.
There are various different problems
which can occur with a Dachshund. Canine Intervertebral
Disk Disease is one of these problems and it occurs
when the back gives in for whatever reason. This
stops the dog from walking and often the dog ends
up in a specially designed wheelchair for dogs.
Dachshunds are also prone to bloat
which is usually only a problem with bigger dogs.
It occurs in the Dachshund due to the fact that
it is deep chested and it tends to happen when the
dog has had a drink and taken in a large gulp of
air, and then it goes straight on to exercise and
Unlike bloat in humans, bloat in
a dog can be fatal and so it really is a serious
problem which you need to be aware of.Obesity is
a common problem in Dachshunds as they put on weight
extremely easily. Obesity can be quite a severe
problem in this breed because they have such tiny
legs and long backs.
Breeding the Dog and any
Breeding Dachshunds does not seem
to be any more dangerous than breeding some other
types of dogs. As with all breeds there is always
a risk that there will be complications and so it
always helps to do some research before even thinking
about breeding any dog.
Do you have a nice warm place for
the puppies to be once they are born? Is it possible
to have a vet on hand in case something does go
wrong? There are so many questions you need to ask
yourself before you breed your Dachshund.
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Litter Size: 3-4
Dachshunds tend to live anywhere
between 15-18 years. They live a lot longer than
larger breeds do, and this is due to the fact that
they do not have as much pressure eon their hearts.
Male: The Standard weight is 20
pounds and the
Miniature weight is 8 pounds.
Female: The Standard weight is
20 pounds and the
Miniature weight is 8 pounds.
Male: The Standard Dachshund is
usually between 14-18 inches and the
Miniature Dachshund is up to 14 inches in height.
Female: Again the Standard Dachshund
is usually between 14-18 inches and the Miniature
Dachshund is up to 14 inches in height.
Also known as: Standard
Dachshund, Miniature Dachshund, Rabbit Dachshund,
Teckel, Sausage dog.
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National Breed Club
e.g. In Australia the National
Breed club for the Dachshund is the ‘National
Dachshund Council’. In America there is a
National Miniature Dachshund Club, and a Dachshund
Club of America.
The Dachshund is recognized by:
FCI, AKC, ANKC, KC, CKC, NZKC, UKC.