Breed Spotlight: Dachshund

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Dachshund Facts

Dachshund
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Characteristics

According to the AKC Dog Registration Statistics, the Dachshund was the seventh most popular breed in the United States in 2008. The Dachshund comes in two sizes: standard, which can weigh 16-32 lbs. and miniature, which is 11 lbs. or under. Dachshunds also come in three different coat varieties. The coat types are smooth, long-haired and wire-haired.

They have a multitude of acceptable colors and markings. The dog breed can have the following types of markings: brindle, dapple, sable, brindle piebald, double dapple and piebald. The following colors are acceptable for all types of Dachshunds, including black and cream, black and tan, blue and cream, blue and tan, chocolate and cream, chocolate and tan, cream, fawn and cream, fawn and tan, red, Wheaton, wild boar, black, chocolate, and fawn. The Dachshund has a low, long body with short legs that make him well-suited for ground work.

History of the Dachshund

The Dachshund originated in Germany over 300 years ago. You can find this breed in historical documents dating back to the 15th century. Early in the 17th century, the name Dachshund, meaning “badger-dog,” became the title of the breed type with long-haired and smooth coats. The wire-haired variety was added in 1890.

They were originally bred to hunt badgers. The standard Dachshund, which is the larger of the breed, was used for hunting animals like wild boars as well as badgers, whereas the miniature Dachshund was used to hunt smaller game like foxes and rabbits. They excel in both above and below-ground hunting. Dachshunds belong to the Hound Group. As a member of the Hound Group, you’ll notice your Dachshund is easily distracted by scents and movement. Members of the Hound Group are also bred to work independently.

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Dog Training Tips

Dachshunds have a lesser pack drive than most other breeds. Therefore, they don’t have the desire to please their owners like most other dogs. You’ll need to work with rewards that increase your dog’s natural drive like a scented ball or a Buster Cube to motivate your Dachshund. Make sure to maintain dog obedience cues to ensure a happy and dog-friendly household.

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Owning a Dachshund

If you’re looking for a companion suitable for urban or rural living, the Dachshund is an adaptable pet. Dachshunds are happy chasing a ball in an apartment or rat in the barn. With appropriate supervision, Dachshunds can be a playful companion for your children. They have a friendly and courageous temperament as well as moderate exercise needs. Depending on your Dachshund’s coat, he may need regular grooming. The Dachshund has been and will continue to be a popular companion for many dog owners.

Sources:
www.akc.org/reg/dogreg_stats.cfm
www.dogbreedinfo.com

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