Dachshund

Quick facts

Dachshund AKC Group: Hound
Height: Standard: 8-11 inches, Miniature: 5-7 inches, Toy: up to 12 inches
Weight: Standard: 15-28 pounds, Miniature: less than 11 pounds, Kaninchen: 8-10 pounds
Colors: Black, red, brown, tan, white, piebald, sable, brindle; Single-colored or dapple
AKC recognized in: 1885

Short-legged and unusually-elongated, the Dachshund is a popular dog breed which belongs to the hound family. Small in size, they were originally bred as scent and chase hounds. They're quite good at flushing out small, burrow-dwelling animals like rabbits, prairie dogs, badgers, and other prey.

True to its name, Dachshund is a German word which literally translates to "badger dog". As people grow fonder of Dachshunds, more names are fondly devised for them. For obvious reasons, among these are all-time favorites like sausage dog, wiener dog, and your regular hotdog.

A hunt animal used to scent and trail, these hounds could have descended from other scent hounds like Bloodhounds, Basset Hounds, and Pointers. Their persistent trait in following around and digging all over could have come from the Terrier.

The Dachshund breed is typically long-bodied, sleek, and muscular. It has paws which are remarkably large and paddle-shaped. Its skin is loose yet tough even as it tunnels through burrows.

Dachshunds normally grow to three different sizes. There's the standard, the miniature, and the kaninchen (or rabbit). Depending on its type, the coat may be short-haired, long-haired, or wire-haired. Of the three coats, the wire-haired type is the least occurring in the U.S. but the most common in Germany.

Narrowly-built and long-snouted, these hounds did serve their purpose which was mainly for hunting and tracking. Nowadays, they have become more of decorative pets and home companions than real hunting and tracking dogs.

At any rate, the Dachshund is one hound qualified to hunt both above-ground and below-ground. This alone makes it certifiable as a one-of-a-kind dog breed.


Temperament

Dachshund Summary
Affection three paws
Cold Tolerance three paws
Ease of Training two paws
Energy level four paws
Exercise Requirements two paws
Friendliness : Children three paws
Friendliness: Other Animals three paws
Friendliness: Other Pets two paws
Grooming Requirements two paws
Heat Tolerance three paws
Playfulness three paws
Protection Ability two pawz
Watchdog Ability five paws

Dachshund are typically lively, curious, and playful - traits which their owners love. They carry a compulsion to hunt for things like toy balls and chase animals like birds.

On the other hand, don't be carried away by their amusing and outgoing nature. Stubborn as they are, they can be difficult and challenging to train. It takes great patience and determination to make progress in house-breaking this pet.

Unless you embark on early obedience training for your pet Dachshund, be forewarned! Your typical day would basically be a riot. Its barking can be a nuisance, and its playtime can be a mess.

Dachshunds hate being man-handled by strangers and kids. Once they become aggressive, they tend to snap and bite back. They tend to become fearful, suspicious, and destructive.

Once they're disciplined and trained, Dachshunds prove to be devoted and loyal companions. It takes a caring owner to give this creature enough love, attention, and exercise.

Health and Exercise

The Dachshund has an expected life span of between 12 and 14 years.

Due to their elongated body, the Dachshund is vulnerable to intervertebral disk and spinal problems. while they enjoy human contact, they should be carried around gently and not be handled roughly.

They are also very susceptable to obesity, so regular exercise and a carefully monitored diet are recommended.

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