Dachshund

Dachshund

General Description


(Standard Dachshund, Miniature Dachshund, Toy Dachshund, Doxie) The Dachshund is a small hound breed with a long, well-muscled body and stout, short limbs. They possess an intelligent expression and they carry themselves quite proudly. Their body features a protruding sternum and a retracted abdomen. Their head is elongated, their skull is slightly convex, and their long muzzle features a robust set of jaws. Their teeth close in a scissors bite and their oval-shaped eyes are dark in color. They have arched prominent eyebrows and long ears that are mobile and hang toward the cheeks. The breed’s tail is carried in the line of the back. There are three varieties of Dachshund: short-haired, long-haired, and wire-haired. Within each of these varieties, there are three different sizes. The coat of the Dachshund is glossy, sleek, and consistent. It can be solid, bi-color, piebald, speckle-streaked, or harlequin. Solid-colored Dachshunds are tan or yellow, while bi-color Dachshunds are deep black, brown, or gray with chestnut markings.

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Character


The Dachshund is affectionate and full of energy. Their proud, bold demeanor sometimes borders on abrasive, but their clownish streak usually makes up for their willfulness. They are courageous, mischievous, and have a tendency to try and train their owner(s). The breed is loyal and devoted to their family, and gets along quite well with older, more considerate children. They are a good breed to travel with, and they generally live happily with other pets. They have been known, however, to get jealous and irritable towards other animals. All varieties of the Dachshund are comparatively difficult to train. They enjoy barking and they sometimes refuse to be handled. They have moderate protective instincts. Many owners and breeders of the Dachshund say that the wire-haired variety is more outgoing and goofy and that the long-haired variety is calmer.

they are very protective of their owners and are very smart!

Many will retain a playful streak even as they grow out of puppyhood. They’re very affectionate as well!

Size


12 – 18 inches

Dachshund’s usually have about 2/1’2 to 3 inch legs.Some are sometimes about 14 to 15 tall.They vary in size depending on what type of breed the’re mixed with.But athough they are very active,their bone structure in their legs are unable to hold up the amount of weight they have if they fall.

Weight


8 – 20 pounds

6-35 lbs this is the weight for minis to standards

General Health


The Dachshund is susceptible to spinal disc problems that may lead to paralysis. Other health concerns include the onset of heart disease, urinary tract problems, and diabetes. The Dachshund should not be overfed because of its propensity to put on weight and become lazy. Overfeeding the Dachshund will put unnecessary strain on the dog’s back, and it will also contribute to the onset of a number of serious health risks. This breed typically lives for 12 to 15 years.

History


The Dachshund originated in Germany hundreds of years ago. The breed’s initial purpose was to hunt and follow badgers, and the word “Dachs” is actually the German word for “badger”. After many years of performing this task, the Dachshund gradually evolved with shorter legs that helped the breed go down into burrows and dig with more efficiency. Smaller Dachshunds were bred for the purpose of hunting stoat and hare.

The piebald comes from a mix of cocker spaniel and dachshund.

Maintenance


The long-haired Dachshund requires daily combing and brushing, and the wire-haired Dachshund needs professional grooming at least twice per year. The smooth-haired Dachshund’s coat should be wiped down with a clean, damp cloth. All Dachshund varieties are average shedders.

Ideal Environment


The Dachshund is content to live in a small household or apartment. They are an active breed, both outdoors and indoors, and they enjoy going for walks and playing in the park. They are perfectly happy without a yard, but they should be given at least a bit of exercise per day. Rigorous activities (like jumping) should be discouraged because of this breed’s proneness to spinal damage.

dachshunds are very obedent dogs they do great in showmanship and rallys in dog competions.

Dachshunds are very obedient dogs; they do well in showmanship trials, rallies, and other competitions.

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