The dog is probably one of the most recognizable breeds in terms of appearance for it is the only one that possesses an uncommonly elongated and low hanging body, and strangely shorter than usual legs . The name Dachshund suggests an obvious German origin and its meaning is in fact “badger dog” in German. It is in Germany where this dog was first developed, intentionally designed to own a special physical appearance for the sole purpose of scaring and fighting fatally the vicious badgers and other small animals out of their burrows.
As an eager hunter, the Dachshund is perfect for above and below- ground hunting tasks and as a superb family pet, it is playful, devoted, loyal and tolerant with children if properly trained. Borrowing the American Kennel Club’s description of this breed, the Dachshund is clever, lively, and courageous to the point of rashness, persevering in above and below ground work, with all the senses developed. The Dachshund has an absolute loud yap and is haughty of strangers making him a quality watchdog in addition to his superb hunter and family pet skills.
Since they are developed for chasing badgers out of their tiny holes, the Dachshund owns a keen detection of scent, a dauntless spirit, agility, and superb endurance. This dog’s long, narrow, and flexible body is absolutely perfect for invading the deep, dark, and small ground holes of the badgers and bush beating as well during hunting. Although originally designed for fearless hunting, the Dachshund developed a strong affiliation with families that makes it today a fantastic house pet.
When it comes to intellect, the Dachshund falls in to the average spot having only a median capacity for obedience intelligence and training intelligence. Its ranking in Stanley Cohen’s Intelligence of Dog falls at the 49th but all the same, this dog possesses a unique quantity of intelligence that allows it to be a warrior in the hunting scene. In terms of physical capacity, the Dachshund is as active as it can be; this breed is highly energetic, playful, and adamantly strong-willed resulting to difficult training sessions at times.
There are three varieties of coat for the Dachshund: smooth or short coat, long coat, and wired coat, the first two being the most common and the standard coat for the entire breed while the wired hair is a new addition; in fact, this type of coat is so unpopular to many it is mistaken for another breed often. The dominant color for the Dachshund fur is red, black, and tan but there is also some combination of colors which come in wild boar, chocolate, blue, fawn, and a lot more. The color patterns are also categorized as single-colored or solid, single colored with spots or dappled, and single-colored with any color points, mottle, or pattern.
Because of its peculiarly long and narrow body, the Dachshund is also fondly called wiener dog or sausage dog. However, size does not matter for this breed for it openly accepts and fights the aggression of relatively larger or smaller dogs. Being truly ferocious, valorous, and daring, this dog challenges even the obviously larger- than-thyself breed of dogs.
This breed is obviously of German roots and history proves of it but there is opposing evidence from ancient Egypt through ancient engravings showing that there had been elongated and stout breed of dog too during those times. Furthermore, recently discovered artifacts show mummified forms of dachshund-like dogs in the compounds of Egypt. The Dachshund’s origins may be varied and unclear for now, however, what’s clear is the fact that this dog is favored by many high society people including the royals and one example is the famous Queen Victoria who was very open to her fascination of the small and sausage-like dogs.
The Dachshund is susceptible to negative behaviors if proper training is disregarded for them such as the lack of daily exercise and other physical and mental activities that may enhance their capabilities. Negative behaviors for the Dachshund are likely to be, small dog syndrome, separation anxiety, obsessive suspicion of strangers, incessant barking, and even small animals and people attacks. According to statistics, the Dachshund is the most aggressive of small animals and has a record of 20% counts of biting and attacks on humans and other dogs.
- Friendly, Curious, Spunky
- AKC Breed Popularity: Ranks 12 of 193
- Height: 8-9 inches (standard), 5-6 inches (miniature)
- Weight: 16-32 pounds (standard), 11 pounds & under (miniature)
- Life Expectancy: 12-16 years
- Group: Hound Group
The Dachshund Club of America promotes the natural qualities of all purebred dachshunds.
The club supports one standard of the breed as adopted by the membership and approved by the American Kennel Club as the only standard of excellence by which Dachshunds shall be judged. The Dachshund Club of America promotes canine health and wellbeing and ethical sportsmanship in all competitions, and protects and advances the interest of the breed. The Dachshund Club of America promulgates maintaining the dachshund as one breed with three varieties and two sizes.dachshund-club-flyer_