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Dachshund Breed Information and Photos

Despite their small stature, Dachshund are courageous dogs with lots of stamina. This is a guide about Dachshunds! It contains breed information and photos.
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Breed Description:
  • Dachshunds come in two sizes, standard and miniature, and three types of coats: smooth-haired, longhaired, and wirehaired.
  • The breed is easily distinguished by its low, long muscular body and disproportionately stubby legs-perfect for moving about in the tunnel or den of a badger.
  • Despite their lapdog status, this breed has stamina and agility and displays great courage.

Group: Hound group

Purpose of Breed: Hunting badgers

Country of Origin: Germany

Average Size: Standard Dachshunds are 8 inches and weigh 16-32 pounds. Miniature Dachshunds are 6 inches and usually weigh under 11 pounds.

Color(s): Dachshunds can be any color, except white.

Coat Type: Standard and Miniature Dachshunds have three coat types. The smooth- haired coat is short and shiny, the longhaired coat is of medium length and slightly wavy, and the wirehaired coat is thick and hard.

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Grooming: The longhaired and wirehaired coat varieties require more grooming. In general, Dachshunds are medium shedders, have very little dog odor, and need less bathing than most other small breeds. This breed requires standard care for eyes, ears, pads, and nails.

Exercise Needs: Dachshunds do well in apartments as long as they get a moderate amount of daily exercise to prevent obesity. They are naturally suspicious and tend to bark at strangers.

Temperament:

  • Dachshund's are lively little dogs with an independent nature and playful spirit.
  • They tend to bond deeply with one person, and although they love to play, they often do so by their own sets of rules.
  • This breed is highly intelligent, but their independent nature can make them a bit mischievous and difficult to train.
  • Still, they are loyal and affectionate and make wonderful companions.

Common Ailments: Susceptible to genetic eye disease, disc and skin problems and obesity.

Life Expectancy: Can be long-lived, up to 16 years.

Trivia: Dachshund's were originally bred for hunting badgers. Translated from German, the name means Dachs (badgers), hund (dog).

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The Wirehaired Dachshund first appeared in the late 19th century following the smooth coated variety. Dachshunds are intelligent and energetic dogs, initially bred as badger hounds.

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Dogs with this coat were bred for work in thorny brier patches. They have a wiry outer coat with a soft undercoat. This guide contains Wirehaired Dachshund photos.

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Knowing the average weight of your puppy's breed at different growth stages will help monitor her development. This is a guide about the weight of a Dachshund puppy.

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These small, long dogs are affectionately called weenie dogs and known to be great companions. This page contains Dachshund photos.

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This guide contains miniature Dachshund photos. These spunky, short-legged dogs are full of personality and are a favorite companion in many households. Here are some of the photos our users have shared of their miniature Dachshunds.

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This is a guide about, "Do mixed breed Dachshunds have stronger backs?". Dachshunds and several other breeds are genetically predisposed to back issues including pain, lameness, or paralysis.

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This is a guide about differences between standard and miniature Dachshunds. Certain dog breeds have been bred to have two distinctive sizes; the larger a standard and the smaller a mini version.

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Other than size their appearance is basically the same.

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Dachshunds come in two sizes, standard and miniature, and three types of coats: smooth-haired, longhaired and wirehaired. The breed is easily distinguished by its low, long muscular body and disproportionately stubby legs-perfect for moving about in the tunnel or den of a badger.

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