Dachshund

  • Breed Group : HOUND
  • Origin : Germany
  • Average Height : 8" - 9"
  • Average Weight : 16 - 33 lbs.
  • Life Span : 12 - 14 years

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    2419 Erlton Road Southwest, Calgary, AB T2S, Canada
    Dogs In Need Organization (DINO) is a non-profit animal welfare organization located in Calgary, ...
    Goldsboro, NC 27532, USA
    Diamonds in the Ruff Canine Rescue is a group of volunteer dog lovers that rescue, provide sanctu...
    Castle Rock, CO 80109, USA
    When our organization was founded in 1910, it was named after a London, England, animal welfare g...
    2080 South Quebec Street, Denver, CO 80231, USA
    When our organization was founded in 1910, it was named after a London, England, animal welfare g...
    101 East Main Street, Sidney, NY 13838, USA
    Delaware Valley Humane Society was established to provide for cats and dogs in need. We work with...
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  • The Dachshund originated in Germany in the early 1600s.

    Bred to hunt small game such as badger and rabbit, the Dachshund has shortened legs to hunt and follow these animals to ground inside the burrows where they could fight the prey to the death.

    "Dachs" is the word for badger.

    Smaller Dachshunds where bred to hunt hare and stoat. Dachshunds have many "terrier" characteristics. They are versatile and courageous dogs and have been known to take on foxes and otters too.

    While classified in the hound group or scent hound group in the United States and Great Britain, there are some who consider this classification to be arguable, speculating that it arose from the fact that the word Hund is similar to the English word hound.

    Many dachshunds, especially the wire-haired subtype, may exhibit behavior and appearance that are similar to that of the terrier group of dogs.
    An argument can be made for the scent (or hound) group classification because the breed was developed to use scent to trail and hunt animals, and probably descended from scent hounds, such as bloodhounds, pointers, Basset Hounds, or even Bruno Jura Hounds; but with the persistent personality and love for digging that probably developed from the terrier, it can also be argued that they could belong in the terrier, or "earth dog", group.

    Part of the controversy is because the dachshund is the only certifiable breed of dog to hunt both above and below ground.

    Dachshunds often have been seen as a symbol of Germany. Because of this association, Dachshunds lost popularity in the United States during World War I and World War II.
    Their appeal was too great for this to resist, however, and they quickly made a comeback in popularity. Because of the association with Germany, a Dachshund named Waldi was chosen to be the first official mascot for the 1972 Summer Olympics.

    Dachshunds are a good choice for apartment dwellers and people who don't have a backyard.
    They are popular with urban dwellers because of their small size and ease of care.
    They generally are active indoors and also enjoy going on walks. Just be careful not to let them get too fat or allow them to injure their backs by jumping off furniture. Also, be sure to support their backs when you are holding them.
    Because of their long backs, they are susceptible to slipped or ruptured (herniated) disks in their backs, which can result in partial or full paralysis.

    Although they originally were bred to hunt ferocious badgers and other animals, today's Dachshunds are ideal family companions. Additionally, many people show them in conformation, obedience, agility, field trials, and earthdog trials.
    They are also hard-working and well-appreciated therapy dogs. Some people enter their Dachshunds in Dachshund races, such as the Wiener Nationals. Although these races are popular, the Dachshund Club of America opposes "wiener racing" because many Greyhound tracks use the events to draw large crowds and because the DCA worries that such races could injure Dachshunds' backs.
  • • All 3 varieties [Smooth, Long-Haired, Wire-Haired] and 2 sizes [Standard & Miniature] the Dachshund makes a great addition to any family ~ hence why today they are still one of our most popular, sought after breeds.

    • The Smooth coated Dachshund is currently still the most popular, but the variety of sizes, colors and coat types: longhaired; wirehaired, etc., that offer minimum shedding and popular with allergy sufferers, makes this breed suited to almost every dog lover.

    • Great apartment/condo dog ~ if neighbors can’t hear watchdog barking alarms.

    • Dachshunds are good with children within their own family - if introduced early, but need to be supervised with other children.

    • Dachshunds like to stay close to their owners, supervise and 'help' around the house - often getting underfoot to 'see what else’ the two of you can do together.

    • The Dachshund "Standards" with the AKC state: "The Dachshund is clever, lively and courageous to the point of rashness, persevering in above and below ground work, with all the senses well developed."

    • "Shyness" is not a Dachshund characteristic.

    • Their body structure has led to many nick names including "wiener dog", "hot dog", "sausage dog", "Doxie", "Dashie", etc., and used to represent many brands of products and services.

    • This breed has long been a favorite subject of cartoonists and toy makers, however, their 'cute appearance' was developed for practical and far more serious reasons. Their short legs enable them to dig and maneuver through tunnels to fight/corner badgers and other small animals.

    • Dachshunds are an incredibly brave dog and are fearless in standing up against animals and others much larger animals than themselves.

    • Even with their known intelligence & 'lively' spirit Dachshunds can still be stubborn and difficult to housebreak. ‘Crate-training’ may be a good way of working through this necessary need.

    • Dachshunds are also known to have a mischievous side to them & can be tricksters to mask being obedient when asked - with a 'my way' attitude. Be patient, firm, and consistent when training them.

    • Because they were bred for hunting and have found their way into the hearts and family pet arena today - they are more likely to start digging up your flower beds if a badger burrow isn't available. This tenacious character of theirs leads them to be relentless in pestering you for a treat.

    • Remember: They were bred to not only hunt but kill their prey - so in your household, the "prey" will be a favorite toy that they feel must be destroyed.

    • Dachshunds can be loud with some having deep barks for a dog their size - and they do like to bark!

    • Dachshunds active nature means they need plenty of daily exercise to keep them from becoming fat and lazy, which will put more strain on their fragile backs.

    • Be sure to monitor your Dachshund's food intake to keep their body fat 'trim'.

    • This breed is prone to having slipped disks in their backs, which can lead to partial or full paralysis. Don't let them jump from high places, and when you hold them, support their backs, and don't let them 'jump' out of your arms - always 'place' them back on their floor. These tips will help minimize serious 'back problems' that commonly surface 'mid-life' in this breed.

    • Dachshunds tend to bond closely to one person. This can lead to ‘jealousy’ for their owner’s attention and if not properly handled they can become ‘nippy’ towards others.