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Description: Sporty and devoted, Dachshunds makes an excellent family dog. Despite their small size they make a good watch dog with a surprisingly loud bark. Dachshunds may be slightly aggressive to strangers. Given the nickname the "Weiner dog" they are low to the ground, long in body and short of leg with robust muscular development. The Dachshund has an intelligent, alert, facial expression. There are six varieties of Dachshunds; smooth-haired, wire-haired and long-haired. Each come in two sizes: Standard and Miniature. The smooth-haired Dachshund is the original strain, the wire-haired and the long-haired were attained by crossing the smooth-haired with other breeds such as spaniels, pinschers and Dandie Dinmont Terriers. Dachshunds are an intelligent and lively breed who will need firm training to prevent disobedience. They have a strong desire to hunt, as they will show if you have a garden or backyard. Dachshunds are fun, feisty and bold. They are unafraid of challenges, and curious for adventures. They are prone to hunt, dig, track and follow small animals underground. They are not overly friendly to strangers, and enjoy their families privately. Although independent, Dachshunds still crave the attention and belonging that the family offers. The Teckel are somewhat fragile in their backs, and should be kept on a healthy diet to prevent back problems from obesity. They are friendly, good-natured and affectionate, as well as playful, fun-loving and intelligent.
Other Names: Normalgrosse Teckel (Miniature: Zwergteckel), "Weiner Dog", "Sausage Dog"
Standard - 8 - 9 inches; Miniature - 5 - 6 inches.
Colors: All colors
but white. They come in hound colors, allowed to have spots of white on the
chest, or dappled all over, although this is undesirable.
are lively, intelligent, courageous and bold. They are fun-loving, but a challenge
to train. Dachshunds are affectionate, friendly and outgoing. They are wary
of strangers, and will alert their owners of unusual behavior. They make good
watch dogs, but not good guard dogs. They are curious and have a strong desire
to hunt. Some of them bark, and they bark loud. They can be independent, but
still enjoy being part of the family. The Dachshund is adaptable and devoted.
Watch-dog: Very High.
Dachshunds have a loud bark to alert their owners, and are wary of strangers.
Care and Exercise:
Wire- and Long-haired Dachshunds need regular brushing with a bristle
brush. Dry shampoo or bathe when necessary. The smooth-haired dachshund has
little body odor and can be occasional rubbed down with a damp cloth. Regular
exercise is important to the Dachshund, as they have a tendency to put on weight
and become lazy. Dachshunds need care to control their diet as they will normally
eat whatever is placed before them. Obesity can lead to back problems.
Activity: Indoors - Medium.
Outdoors - High.
Health Issues: Prone to disc problems - do not let them become overweight or jump from heights, as their backs are prone to injury. They are also subject to genetic eye diseases and skin problems. Other health concerns include epilepsy, hypothyroidism, and bloat. Bloat is a health issue to most dogs, being the second largest killer of dogs other than cancer, but Dachshunds can be particularly susceptible to it because of their deep chests.
Life Span: 12 - 14 years.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
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