Toy, Miniature, Standard, Bassotto, Worshond, Teckel, Weenie Dog, Sausage Dog, Tekkel, Tekkel Doxie.
Type: Pure Breed
Height: 5 to 12 inches
Weight: 8 to 32 pounds
Life Expectancy: 12 to 15 years
Loyal, fun-loving, and playful dogs, they are known for their affinity to chase around small birds and animals. As described by AKC (American Kennel Club), Dachshunds are clever dogs, lively, and very courageous to the point of being a bit reckless. Any sign of shyness in them is a serious fault. A Dachshund that is indulged usually becomes spoilt and snappy.
There is also the myth that a dachshunds coat type is somehow linked to their temperament, for example, the short-haired ones are considered to be less exciting while the long-haired ones are considered more exciting and adventurous. In all, they are good with children and can be fun to be around.
DACHSHUND PHYSICAL APPEARANCE
A famous dog with its long, low-slung body, bold and ever alert expression. The dachshund is a very active dog, its body allowing them allowing it to move in and out of confined areas like a tunnel or pipe without sacrificing much of its body strength.
A confident dog with a keen nose that lends to its hunting instinct. It also has a loud voice giving it the ability to alert its partners to a prey in the past. The dachshund comes in three coat variations, the smooth variation, the long-haired variation, and the wire-like variation. Their height usually ranges from 5 to 12 inches and they can weigh from 8 to 32 pounds.
A dog originating from Germany the word “Dachshund” is a German word and it means “badger dog”. This dog breeds history predates back to 600 years ago. As the name suggests, this dog was bred specifically to dig its way into a badger den and chase out or capture its occupants, hence the low body specially crafted for this dirty subterranean work.
Specially bred back for this hunting purpose, the Dachshund was a favorite hunting companion for German hunters.
As time progressed selective breeding for the Dachshund produced different types of this short long back breed, there were then wire-coated breeds specially bred for work in thorny brier patches and long coats for cold climates. There were even other sizes of the Dachshund breed to work in queries and others specifically for hunting wild boars.
By 1800, a need to standardize the breed came up so breeders started working towards having the three different types of dachshunds available today, which are the smooth coat, long-haired, and wire coated types. It was admitted to the AKC Stud Book in 1885, its popularity in America was immediate and enduring.
It wasn’t till 1910 that the Dachshund was recognized as a distinct breed.
The Dachshund has long been a national symbol of Germany, so closely associated with the fatherland that during World War I American fanciers took to calling them Liberty Hounds due to anti-German sentiment.
Some famous Dachshunds include Picasso’s dog Lump, who may have inspired some of his works, and Waldi, the first Olympic Mascot and symbol of the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany.
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