The Dachshund is an ideal pet for many homes, including those with children with appropriate supervision. The Dachshund requires moderate exercise, and can adapt to most living environments. Depending on their coat type they may need regular grooming.
The Dachshund was first bred in Germany in the early 1600′s. The goal was to create a fearless, elongated dog that could dig the earth from a badger burrow and fight to the death with the badgers.
The Dachshund, meaning “badger dog” in German, is a lively breed with a friendly personality and keen sense of smell. Known for their long and low bodies, they are eager hunters that excel in both above- and below-ground work. The Dachshund comes in three different coat varieties: Smooth, Wire haired or long haired, and can be miniature or standard size.
Dachshunds are low to ground, long in body and short of leg making them very cute and photogenic. They have robust muscular development. The skin is elastic and pliable without excessive wrinkling. The Dachshund is well-balanced with bold and confident head carriage. Intelligent with alert facial expression. His hunting spirit, good nose, loud tongue and distinctive build make him well-suited for below-ground. His keen nose gives him an advantage over most other breeds for trailing.
The Dachshund is clever, lively and courageous to the point of rashness. Any display of shyness is a serious fault.
Although Dachshunds are active, their exercise requirements can be met with moderate walks on leash and games in the yard. The Dachshund is ideal foe city life or apartment living, but he is still a hunter at heart and enjoys walks into the wilds. The smooth coat requires minimal grooming. The long coat requires brushing or combing once or twice weekly and occasional trimming of stray hairs. The wire coat requires brushing or combing about once a week, with occasional trimming of stray hairs and stripping to remove dead hair twice a year.
Major concerns: invertebrate disc disease Occasionally seen: diabetes, epilepsy, patellae luxuriation, deafness, gastric torsion Suggested tests: (eye) Life span: 12-14 years Note: Obesity is a major problem for the dachshund. Many dachshunds tend to be overweight, which in turn predisposes them to intervertebral disc disease.