Its a shape many pet lovers easily recognise, the long body, the short legs... its an iconic silhouette, the Dachshund. Its nick names include the wiener dog, badger dog and sausage dog.
The Dachshund is both a popular hound breed and dog breed in the United States and United Kingdom known for its cute, small stature combined with a huge playful personality.
As hunting dogs, the Dachshund can be quite stubborn and a challenge to train, they are often mischievous with a playful, goofy nature and personality. They are more lively then their cute external appearance first suggests and they love digging. They can often be seen to dig at the ground, perhaps even the furniture, its a natural instinct to them.
They are creatures with a loyalty and devotion to their owners and love then one to one time, snuggling on the sofa and will often follow your around the house. Typically they don't take to strangers or other dogs as easily as other breeds do.
Dachshunds are know for their tendency to bark, at new humans, other animals, new noises. Its a surprisingly deep bark for their size.
Long bodied, short stubby legs with paddle shaped front paws, its the shape which differentiates this breed from others. Its a cute, sleek appearance loved by many. The dogs coat can some in short, long or wired hair and a variety of colours and patterns although red and the black / tan combo are the two most popular.
Intervertebral disk disease (IVDD) is a spinal problem that is shown in around a quarter of Dachshunds, the long spinal column and short rib cage is linked to this. Patellar luxation (kneecap dislodgement) and osteogenesis imperfecta (brittle bone disease) can also be fairly common health issues.
Dachshunds were viewed as a symbol of Germany with political cartoonists often using the dog to ridicule Germany, especially during the first World War.
The exact originals of the Dachshund are unknown, its believed German dog breeders use of a wide mix of both hounds and terriers from German, French and English over time have developed into the standard smooth haired dachshund. This then led to the long haired and wired haired dogs.
Hunting is the Dachshunds history, books from the 18th century refer to "badger dogs" and "hole dogs" and whilst not thought to be targeting the breed specifically the job of the hound was to be used in badger, rabbit and fox hunting.
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Life span: 12 years or more
Exercise: Up to 1 hour per day
Home size: Small
Coat length size: Medium