Breed Group: Hound Group
Shoulder Height: 5-12 in.
Weight: 16-32 lb. (depending on variety)
Life Span: 13 years
Colors: Black, cream, tan, blue, chocolate, fawn, red, wheaten, wild boar, brindle
- Dachshunds were originally bred in Germany for badger and rabbit hunting over 300 years ago.
- Their long bodies and short legs made them ideal for driving out prey from holes and burrows.
- They remain a popular breed with many varieties based on their size and coat: standard and miniature; short-haired, long-haired, and wired-haired
Dachshunds are possibly the most distinguishable breed currently recognized by the AKC. Their long bodies, attentive faces, and short legs make them a popular option for apartment owners who want a bit more zest in their dog than a toy or non-sporting breed can provide.
Dachshunds, like many other hounds, are extremely intelligent. This means they get bored very easily and have a propensity to cause trouble. They need mental stimulation to prevent them from making their own entertainment. Their history as a badger and rabbit hunter also means that digging can be a cause for concern to their pet parents. Be sure to take precautions to keep your Dachsie from escaping the yard.
They possess a tremendous amount of loyalty and do not require as much physical activity as other dogs, making them a good option for kids with appropriate supervision. The amount of grooming is dependent on the coat variety and your breeder will be able to offer advice on how best to care for your dog's coat.
Dachshunds may be a small breed, but they are prone to a number of problems that cut back on their overall popularity.
- Their distinctive long bodies and short rib cages mean that Dachshunds are particularly susceptible to a spinal condition known as intervertebral disc disease. Rough exercise, jumping, and obesity problems can increase the risk.
- Hearing and vision problems are both recurring issues in Dachshunds such as cherry eye and ear infections.
- Epilepsy is another common, but manageable, issue that can affect the breed.
- Hundley, the Doorman's dog in Curious George, is a Dachshund.
- Queen Victoria kept Dachshunds through most of her reign.
- Other famous political figures who favored Dachshunds include John F. Kennedy, Grover Cleveland, and Kaiser Wilhelm.
- Kevin Smith and Andy Warhol are both avid Dachshund enthusiasts.
- Itchy, Charlie's friend and cohort in All Dogs Go to Heaven, is a Dachshund.
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