Thinking about purchasing an Dachshund? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Dachshund breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Dachshund owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Dachshund and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Dachshund Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Dachshund and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
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
Watch-dog: Very High.
Dachshunds have a loud bark to alert their owners, and are wary of strangers.
Dachshund 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
Dachshund 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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