The Dachshund!

The Dachshund is widely popular for its elongated body and short stumps for legs. However, even with such a small height, it is quite a strong and muscular breed. Aside from its long body, it also possesses an elongated head to match, with arched eyebrows, a long snout or muzzle, with teeth that possess a scissors bite. Dachshunds normally grow about 42 teeth in their lifetime. It wears an intelligent expression on its face, thanks to its oval eyes, which, can also come in other colors such as dark red, or brown black. It has long ears that reach to its cheeks, and a tail that is in line with the back. Another point of attraction for this breed is its shiny fur, which is uniform in length.

Some Quick Facts:


Life Expectancy:
12-15 years

Energy Level:
Extremely high. Boundless energy.

Living Conditions:
Fine for apartments but very active indoors.

Barking:
Above average.

Exercise Needs:
Daily walk in the park.

Breed Group:
Hound

Size:
Normal: Medium-Small
Miniature: Small
Toy: Small

Height:
Normal: 14-18 inches
Miniature: 12-14 inches
Toy: 10-12 inches

Weight:
Normal: 15-21 pounds
Miniature: 9-11 pounds
Toy: 6-8 pounds

Standard Hair Colors:
Solid colors are tan or yellow. Bi-color varieties are deep black, brown, or gray with streaks of bright chestnut. Other varieties are the piebald, speckle-streaked, and harlequin. As for the hair type, there are three varieties, namely short-haired, wired-haired, and long-haired.

National breed club:
The Dachshund Club of America

Dachshund Skills

This breed was first born in Germany years ago, and was bred to hunt badgers. In fact, its name, Dachs, is derived from the German word for badger. Dachshunds are actually very brave dogs, and have been known to take on foxes and otters.

Dachshund Personality

Dachshunds have to be one of the most energetic dogs around. They have boundless energy, and are highly affectionate. They are also known for being rather curious and can often cause mischief for their owners. If you’re looking for a dog that is easy to train, you’re better off getting another breed, as Dachshunds, being very lively, can be pretty hard to train. If you’re not careful, this dog may end up training you instead of you training it. However, even with their energy, they can make for good companions during travels, as they can ease you out of boredom. They are perfect for older children, those who can take care of dogs. Some dog enthusiasts believe that the wire-haired Dachshund is more active and outgoing than the other varieties. This breed is a very jealous type and very easily irritated.

Exercise Needs

Dachshunds are very active dogs, so they need a lot of exercise. Just take them for a walk in the park, but take care of them, as they can be easily trampled by people since they are not easily spotted.

Living Conditions

This dog will do well in an apartment setting because it does not need a yard for exercise, but always remember that it is a very active dog.

Grooming Requirements

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Health Issues

Because of its elongated body, the Dachshund is highly prone to back problems, so you should make sure not to make it jump all the time. This breed can also develop heart disease, and is also prone to diabetes and urinary tract infections. Don’t make it eat too much, as it can easily get overweight.

If you liked this dog…

...you may also like the Boxer breed, which is also a very affectionate, active family dog.

 

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