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Dachshund (Standard)

 

These canine comedians have brilliant noses. Their short legs keep them close to a scent, and their long lean bodies lets them follow prey into tight spaces. Daschunds are also talented diggers. In fact, “Dachshund” means “badger dog” in German and its long, skinny body helps it fit into tight badger holes to burrow.

Many folks think these pups look like hot dogs, but it's the other way around: hot dogs were originally called Dachshund Sausages!

Originally from Germany, this small-sized and medium-energy breed can grow to between 11-32 pounds and lives an average of 12-16 years. The breed is recognized by the American Kennel Club and classified as a member of the Hound group.

 

AKC RecognizedY
Breed's original pastimeHunting
OriginGermany
Breed groupHound
Average lifespan12-14 years
SizeSmall
Bark factorModerate
AKC Ranking5
FamilyScenthound
Date of origin1500s
Original function Flushing badgers
Today's functionEarthdog trials
Average size of maleHeight: 8-9 Weight: 11-32
Average size of femaleHeight: 8-9 Weight: 11-32

 

Other nameTeckel
Energy level High energy
Exercise needs Low
Playfullness Moderately playful
Affection level Moderately affectionate
Friendliness toward other dogs Friendly
Friendliness toward other pets Shy
Friendliness toward strangersShy
Ease of training Easy to train
Watchdog ability Low
Protection ability Not very protective
Grooming needs Moderate maintenance
Cold tolerance Medium tolerance
Heat tolerance Medium tolerance

BEHAVIOR & TRAINING

WHAT IS A STANDARD DACHSHUND'S PERSONALITY LIKE?

Dachshunds are brave, smart, spunky, and sympathetic dogs who do best with adults. (They can be a bit snappish.) They can be playful and very affectionate. They'll do best when supervised with dogs and children and can be friendly toward other pets. Dachshunds can be reserved or suspicious with strangers.

WHAT IS STANDARD DACHSHUND BEHAVIOR LIKE?

Dachshunds are an active breed and can be athletic. Vigorous indoor games might be enough to wear them out, but they'll benefit from the mental stimulation of outdoor walks and sniffs. It's important to keep your Dachshund well exercised, or it might turn those talented paws on your potted plants, couch, or carpets.

This breed is highly vigilant and not especially protective. Dachshunds can be somewhat prone to barking.

HOW EASY IS IT TO TRAIN A STANDARD DACHSHUND?

Dachshunds are trainable dogs, though they can also be stubborn and independent-minded. They respond best to food rewards. Start early and be patient and persistent with your pup. This breed is sometimes resistant to potty training.

CARE & HEALTH

HOW MUCH DO STANDARD DACHSHUNDS SHED AND WHAT ARE THEIR GROOMING NEEDS?

There are three varieties of Dachshunds: smooth, wire-haired, and long-haired. The smooth variety is relatively easy to care for, and wire-haired Dachshunds don't need much grooming, either. A long-haired Dachshund needs regular combing. They are below-average shedders.

WHAT HEALTH PROBLEMS DO STANDARD DACHSHUNDS HAVE?

Dachshunds are among the healthiest breeds of dogs. Their long bodies make them prone to spine injuries, however, so consider helping your Dachshund onto higher surfaces like couches, car seats, or beds. They also have a tendency toward obesity, so be mindful about meals and snacks.

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