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Dachshund Dog Breed Information

Dachshund Quick Facts
Breed Group: Standard, Miniature and Toy
Origen: German
Nickname: Wiener Dog, Hot dog
Weight: Standard over 11 pounds, Miniature 8-11 pounds and Toy 8 pound or less
Height: Standard 8-11 inches, Miniature 5-7 inches and Toy 5 inches or less
Color(s): Red, cream, black and tan, black and cream, chocolate and tan

Dachshund Appearance

The Dachshund is also known as a 'sausage dog' elongated with drooping ears, and very short legs, his keen nose gives him an advantage over most other breeds for trailing, as part of the hound family. Dachshund is well-balanced with bold and confident head carriage and intelligent, alert facial expression. Dachshund literally means "badger dog". The typical dachshund is long-bodied and muscular, with short and stubby legs, has a deep chest to allow enough lung capacity to keep going when hunting. The dachshund is a shorthaired brown or black and brown coat. Come in two sizes: standard, miniature. Miniature size is about 11 pounds and under, at 12 months of age and older." Weight of the standard size is usually between 16 and 32 pounds.

Dachshund Temperament

Dachshunds are playful, known for their propensity for chasing small animals, birds, and tennis balls with great determination and ferocity. They have a loud bark and without proper training they can become nuisance barkers. Dachshunds are known for their devotion and loyalty to their owners, clever, lively and courageous to the point of rashness, persevering in above and below ground work, with all the senses well-developed. A bored dachshund will become destructive. If raised improperly and not socialized at a young age, dachshunds can become aggressive or fearful.

Is Dachshund the Right Dog Breed for You?

Dachshunds are lovable, playful companions, and an ideal pet for many homes, including those with children with appropriate supervision. They require moderate exercise, and can adapt to most living environments.

Dachshund Mortality

Dachshund is a basically healthy dog, and frequently lives 12 to 15 years.

Dachshund Health problems

Dachshund health problems are similar in both the standard and miniature size. The most common are disk disease (Dachshund paralysis), urinary tract problems, heart disease, and diabetes. Intervertebral disk disease is one of the common dachshund health problems. It is extremely important to keep a Dachshund from getting fat, not only for the usual reasons of general good health, but also because their long back is susceptible to slipped or ruptured on their spinal cord. When lifting and carrying him is good to support his weight both front and rear, so his spine is not stressed.

Dachshund Care and Grooming

Dachshund are good for apartment living. They are fairly active indoors and will do okay without a yard.Regular exercise should be a part of any dachshund health program. Depending on their coat type, Dachshunds may need regular grooming. Grooming is important for the overall health and good looks of dachshunds. Dachshund grooming generally includes brushing out the coat, bathing, and giving special attention to its eyes, feet and skin. Grooming techniques and methods vary according to the different coats of dachshunds Long-haired require daily combing and brushings; wire-haired need professional trimming twice a year, and smooth-haired require regular rubdown with a damp cloth.

Dachshund Shedding

This breed is an average shedder.

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