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6/25/2009 Breed Spotlight - The Dachshund


Dachshund Dog - Breed Spotlight


According to the AKC “Dog Registration Statistics,” the Dachshund was the 7th 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. The Dachshund also comes in three different coat varieties. The coat types are smooth, longhaired, and wirehaired. The Dachshund has a multitude of acceptable colors and markings. The Dachshund can have the following types of markings: brindle, dapple, sable, brindle piebald, double dapple, or piebald. The following colors are acceptable for all types of Dachshund’s: 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 which makes him well suited for ground work.


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 You can find this breed in historical documents dating back to the 15th century.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 longhaired and smooth coats. The wirehaired variety was added in 1890. The Dachshund was 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. A dog trainer will tell you that the Dachshund belongs to the Hound Group. As a member of the Hound Group, you will see that your Dachshund is easily distracted by scents and movement. Members of the Hound Group are also bred to work independently.

Dachshund Dog Training Tips

In dog training, you will learn that this means the dog will have a lesser pack drive than most other breeds. Therefore he will not have the desire to please his owner like most other dogs. Therefore, you will need to include a “no free lunch policy” and work with rewards that increase the dog’s natural drives, like a scented ball or a Buster Cube to motivate your Dachshund.

Dachshund As A Pet

If you are looking for a companion suitable for urban or rural living, the Dachshund is an adaptable pet. He will be happy chasing a ball in your apartment or a rat in the barn. With appropriate supervision he is a playful and friendly companion for your children. He has a friendly and courageous temperament. The Dachshund has moderate exercise needs and, depending on his coat, he may need regular grooming. Keep in mind that regular dog obedience is the key to maintaining a happy, dog-friendly household. The Dachshund has been and will continue to be a popular companion for many individuals.


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