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Dachshund

The Dachshund lapdog status is deceiving: they have great stamina and agility (other names: Zwergteckel (miniature); Normalschlag (standard))

Dachshund
origin:Germany
life expectancy:14-17 years
classification:Hound
height:13 to 45 cm
weight:4 to 9 kg
exercise: Mediumtraining: Difficultin/out: Indoorfeeding: Undemandingsize: Small
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History [ edit ]

The Dachshund was developped in Germany a few hundreds ago through crossings among some European hound and terrier breeds, although some opinate that dogs similar to the Dachshund are depicted in engravings of the Ancient Egipt. One way or the other, the Dachshund is depicted in paintings dating back to 15th, 16th and 17th centuries hunting badgers. This breed was used to hunt and follow these animals inside the burrows, hence the short legs and elongated body. The name of the breed means literally “badger dog” (from German: der Dachs - badger; der Hund – dog) and in the USA, due to their elongated bodies, they are also referred to as wiener dogs or sausage dogs. Despite their pan-European origin, Dachshunds are traditionally viewed as a symbol of Germany and are one of the most recognizable dog breeds.

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General Appearance [ edit ]

The Dachshund is a vigorous, muscular dog, with short legs, varying in size (standard, miniature and toy) and coat type (long-haired, smooth-haired and wire-haired). However, they all have in common the body shape, low and elongated, their crooked legs, elastic and pliable skin and barrel-like chest. Some say that the original Dachshund is the standard, smooth-haired variety. This breed has a fully muscled body, a straight back and a short, slightly arched loin. The chest is strongly prominent in front and the well-sprung ribs leave ample capacity for heart and lungs.The proudly carried head is long, tapering symmetrically to the tip of the nose. It stands in a muscular, long and clean-cut neck without dewlap. The skull is slightly arched with a barely perceptible stop. The muzzle is also long with a nose that is generally black in colour. The medium-sized, almond-shaped eyes, are dark and have an intelligen, alertt and friendly expression.Long, hanging ears, set near the top of the head, are quite mobile. The tail is carried in line with the back. The coat comes in a great variety of colours that range from solid-colours (tan or yellow) to bi-colours (deep black, brown or gray with areas of bright chestnut). Other varieties are the harlequin, the speckle-streaked and the piebald.
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Temperament [ edit ]

The Dachshund is an alert, intelligent and courageous dog , very protective of its family and household. They tend to bond deeply with one person but they also love to play, generally getting well along with children and other pets. However, they can be jealous and  irritable, and are best with older, considerate children. The Dachshund lapdog status is deceiving:  they have great stamina and agility and are good guardians, barking with an incredible loud voice for their size, although they stop immediately as soon as they see that the strangers have been noticed. This breed has a very independent nature and can be very willful, sometimes trying to dominate its handlers. Therefore they demand a firm, early training. All the same, they are lively and very affectionate, making wonderful companions.
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Health [ edit ]

This breed is susceptible to spinal disc problems (Dachshund paralysis) and genetic eye disease. They can also develop diabetes,  heart disease and urinary tract problems. They should not be overfed once have a tendency to become overweight.
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Dog trivia [ edit ]

In the postwar years the Dachshund´s name was temporarily translated to "badger dog" to avoid any association with Germany.
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29.06
Dogfan22 said:
i like these dogs my neghbor has two of them :)
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