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Are Dachshunds Right For Our Family
Temperament and Characteristics of the Dachshund
Hoe do Experts Describe the Dachshund
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and over again so we only posted the information once. Yes it seems like a lot of
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Dachshunds --Information from Pet University
Dachshunds make wonderful family dogs. They are happy, loving animals, and they enjoy
playing and having a good time. Their small size can make them a good playmate for
children. They are sturdy, little dogs, but small in size.
Dachshunds come in two sizes and three coat types (smooth, wirehaired, and longhaired).
They are hunters and will follow the scent of a rabbit or squirrel wherever it takes
them. This is why they should always be fenced in or on a leash when outside. Dachshunds
seem to be unaware of their small size and aren't afraid of bigger dogs.
A Dachshund will be happy to cuddle up on the couch, but they also love to play.
Whether you chose to play together inside or out. They don't require as much exercise
as bigger dogs, but some play time every day is important to their health.
If you're looking for a happy, faithful companion, a Dachshund can be all that and
more. Their size allows them to be at home just about anywhere, and they will happily
join a family and are very devoted of the ones they love. If you provide them with
lots of fun, a Dachshund can make a great pet for many years to come.
Information on AKC Dachshund Puppies
AKC MEET THE BREEDS®: Dachshund
The Dachshund, meaning "badger dog" in German, is a lively breed with a friendly
personality and keen sense of smell. Known for their long and low bodies, they are
eager hunters that excel in both above- and below-ground work. One of the most popular
breeds according to AKC® Registration
A Look Back
Dachshunds were first bred in the early 1600s in Germany. The goal was to create
a fearless, elongated dog that could dig the earth from a badger burrow .
Right Breed for You?
Dachshunds are lovable, playful companions, and an ideal pet for many homes, including
those with children with appropriate supervision. They require moderate exercise,
and can adapt to most living environments. Depending on their coat type, Dachshunds
need very little grooming.
Considering purchasing a Dachshund puppy,
•Hound Group; AKC recognized in 1885.
•Dachshunds can be standard or miniature size. Standards range from 16-32 pounds,
while Miniatures weigh 11 pounds and under.
Dachshund Club of America -Shortened, they share a lot of info. about Dachshunds
in detail !
So, you want to learn about Dachshunds. Who could blame you? They're such characters,
and so comically cute to look at, both in their unique physical proportions, and
also in their spirited antics. This FAQ attempts to give you the background and characteristics
of this breed, so you can decide if a Dachshund is the right breed for you.
Development of the Dachshund
The current Dachshunds (also known as Teckels, Dachels, or Dachsels) originated in
Germany. In fact, the name Dachshund is German for "badger dog," indicating why these
dogs were originally bred - to hunt badgers.
The first Dachshunds were brought into the United States in 1887, where they grew
in popularity over the next few decades. By 1914, they were among the 10 most popular
entries in the Westminster Kennel Club Show.
For each size, there are three coat varieties: smooth, longhair, and wirehair.
Smooth Dachshund: The standard smooth Dachshund is the most popular in the United
States. The coat is short, smooth, and shining, with a hair color of red, cream,
black and tan, black and cream, chocolate and tan, blue and tan, and Isabella (fawn)
and tan. Beyond colors, there are also a number of patterns found in dachshunds.
These patterns are dapple, double dapple, brindle, sable, and piebald.
Longhair Dachshund:There are two theories regarding how the standard longhair dachshund
came about. One theory is that smooth Dachshunds would occasionally produce puppies
which had slightly longer hair than their parents. By selectively breeding these
animals, breeders eventually produced a dog which consistently produced longhair
offspring, and the longhair dachshund was born. Another theory is that the standard
longhair dachshund was developed by breeding smooth dachshunds with various land
and water spaniels. In either case, the result was a beautiful animal, with a coat
comparable to that of an Irish Setter and a temperament like a spaniel. In general,
longhair Dachshunds tend to be more docile than the other two coats, though, like
everything in life, there are always exceptions to this rule. The hair colors are
the same as the smooth dachshund.
Wirehair Dachshund:Wirehair dachshunds were developed by breeding smooth Dachshunds
with various hard-coated terriers and wire-haired pinschers. They look very smart,
with their beards and bushy eyebrows. The coat is wiry, short, thick, and rough.
Like their smooth cousins, the wirehair dachshunds tend to be mischievous. Any of
the colors above are allowable, but the most popular colors in the United States
are wild boar, black and tan, and various shades of red.
Physical Characteristics and Temperament
Dachshunds are recognized by their long bodies and short legs. They are low to the
ground, which allows them to enter and maneuver through tunnels. Their senses are
all well developed.
Dachshunds like to enter into the spirit of everything you do, They are playful dogs,
but they insist on you following their rules of play, which may or may not coincide
with the rules commonly used by their other canine cousins. For example, although
they often like to chase balls, they don't necessarily see the need to bring them
back to you. This is an example of a Dachshund rule of play, and is probably related
to their curious, but independent nature.
Anyone who meets a Dachshund has no doubt about who's dog it is, they bond very closely
with their master. A Dachshund's master is never alone - they have a long, low shadow
following them everywhere around the house. This is not to suggest that Dachshunds
dislike other humans - quite the contrary, especially if they are well socialized
at an early age. But they definitely know which human is theirs.
It is extremely important to keep a Dachshund from getting fat, not only for the
usual reasons of general good health, but also because of their long backs.
Dachshunds are very intelligent dogs. They learn fast. Although they absolutely can
learn, they can have their own agenda, which may or may not coincide with yours.
With proper motivation (treats!) they can be trained quickly. They are also very
clever in ways you'd never expect, Like housebreaking, consistence and patience goes
a long way.
How are they with children and other family pets?
Dachshunds can be very good with children, provided they are socialized properly
when they are puppies. It is a good idea to let your dachshund meet as many people
as possible at an early age, including adults, teenagers, and children. Good experiences
with people at an early age will make your dachshund a very good canine citizen,
who gets along with almost everybody. The same rule applies to other family pets.
Dachshunds are very social and will bond with most other family pets, (except reptiles
Do they bark a lot? What do they sound like?
Once they find their voice, they have barks that sound like they come from much bigger
dogs, making them good watch dogs - not guard dogs (which will actually attack) but
watch dogs, which only make noise to let you know something is going on.
Do they have any funny habits?
A carry-over from their hunting instincts is their love of digging, and if left unsupervised,
they can often be found digging for grubs in your lawn. Although this trait is usually
seen outdoors, it also follows them into the house, where they like to tunnel through
blankets until they get it "just right."
Are they clean dogs?
They are not big shedders, clean, and they have little or no doggy odor. They don't
need to be bathed often (less than once a month).
How much exercise do they need?
They require a modest amount of exercise. They're a long-lived breed that can live
up to 16 years or more with proper care. Because they are such social creatures,
they don't do well as completely outdoor dogs where they will not get attention -
they need to be with their humans.
What activities can I do with my Dachshund?
Even though they were originally bred to go to ground to hunt badgers, Dachshunds
have evolved to become a very versatile breed, and there are many types of activities
you can do with them, that are fun for you and your dog. Besides being wonderful
family pets, you can, of course, show them in conformation, do obedience work with
them, enter them in field trials (tracking rabbits) or earthdog trials (where they
enter tunnels to track rats), use them as pet therapy dogs (where you bring them
to hospitals and nursing homes, provided they are properly evaluated for behavior
and temperament). Many people have also done agility (think of it as an obstacle
course for dogs) with their dachshunds.
Should I spay or neuter my dachshund?
The only reason not to spay or neuter your dachshund is if you are going to show
her in conformation, and intend to breed her if she does well in the show ring. Otherwise,
there are numerous health benefits to spaying or neutering your dachshund, including
significantly reducing the risk of certain cancers and other life-threatening ailments
later in life, as well as eliminating the chance of an unplanned pregnancy. Spaying
or neutering does not alter your dog's personality, nor does it cause them to gain
weight; overeating does that! Many reputable breeders will insist on a spay/neuter
agreement when they sell a puppy or dog, and will only allow a limited AKC registration
(a puppy with a parent who has a limited AKC registration cannot be registered with
the AKC). Don't be surprised if you are asked to sign such an agreement when you
buy a dachshund from a reputable breeder.
What is the best age to adopt a dachshund puppy?
If you are going to adopt a puppy, he should be at least 8 weeks old. This ensures
that he is properly weaned from his mother, and has had at least one vaccination.
It sounds like a Dachshund is the dog for me. Where can I get one?
If you decide that a Dachshund is the breed for you, you have several options. If
you want to buy a puppy, then you should only buy from a reputable breeder. You should
be able to talk to a breeder to learn more about the breed, and meet at least one
of the parents of the puppy, which is a good indicator (health-wise, temperament,
and appearance) of how the puppy might turn out when it is full grown. Don't rush;
take your time to find a good breeder with a puppy available. This may require being
placed on a waiting list; good breeders often have waiting lists. But the benefit
to buying from a good breeder is to maximize your chance of adopting a healthy, well-socialized
puppy with a predictable temperament and physical appearance.
A good breeder:
•is interested in improving the breed;
•selects healthy, well tempered parents who are exemplary samples of the breed;
•is extremely knowledgeable about the breed, as well as the heritage (parents, grandparents,
etc.) of the puppies;
•will ask as many questions of you, as you should of her;
•is very selective about who she places a dog with, and wants to make sure the dog
will have a great home;
•follows the Dachshund Club of America's code of ethics.
Being such a popular breed, there are breeders who are more interested in making
money than breeding well-tempered, healthy dogs. By asking a lot of questions of
a potential breeder, you can weed out the bad ones from the good ones.
You may also want to consider adopting a dog from a local dachshund rescue league,
or rescuing a dachshund from a local animal shelter.
I just want a dog for a pet; I don't want to show him. Why should my puppy's
parents be show quality dogs?
Presumably, the reason you've decided to get a dachshund is because you like the
look and personality of the breed. So don't you want to maximize your chances of
getting one just like you expect? There are two important reasons why you should
purchase puppies from a breeder who has quality dogs, even if you only want your
dachshund as a pet.
First, quality dogs are evaluated for conformation to determine which ones best meet
the breed standard. These dogs have proven themselves to physically conform to the
breed standard, so their puppies are most likely to conform to the look you have
decided you want. With the dachshund, the physical structure of the dog is important
to help guarantee good health.
Second,when you adopt a puppy, you probably don't want one who is too shy, nor one
who is too aggressive. In either of these cases, the puppy will present an extra
set of challenges to you, as you raise him into adulthood. Quality parents have proven
themselves to be not too timid, nor too aggressive. So puppies born to these dogs
are more likely to have a good, balanced temperament not too timid and not too aggressive.
Given that the best predictor of a puppy's looks and temperament is the look and
temperament of the parents, you want a puppy who's parents have demonstrated themselves
to be excellent, both physically and in temperament. Healthy, structurally sound,
and well-tempered parents yield healthy, structurally sound, and well-tempered puppies.
So how do you increase your odds of getting a puppy who will grow to be healthy,
structurally sound, and friendly? By buying one from a breeder who has quality, healthy,
happy adult dogs.
You might be tempted to purchase a puppy from a less than high quality breeder who
does not have excellent dogs, to save a little money. Or you might be tempted to
purchase a puppy from a pet store because it's convenient. And honestly, you might
be very lucky with your choice. But given the fact that you've decided you want a
dachshund who looks and acts like... well, a dachshund, do you really want to take
that chance? The odds are much more in your favor if you adopt one from a breeder
who evaluates her dogs for quality and the traits you are interested in, and who
lets you meet at least one parent of the puppy who you are considering adopting.
What should I look out for, to avoid dealing with a breeder who is not reputable?
To someone who has never purchased a puppy from a reputable breeder before, it can
be difficult to know if you are dealing with a breeder who is less than reputable.'
But some indications that breeders you are considering dealing with fall into this
They do not want to allow you to see their facility.
They don't give you an opportunity to meet at least one of the puppy's parents, or
their other Dachshunds in their home.
The puppies are not clean or healthy looking.
They haven't socialized the puppies with people.
They are not always honest and seem less than sincere, when you ask them questions.
They will release puppies before they turn 7 weeks old.
They are more concerned with getting your money than making sure the puppy has a
They do not offer you advice or helpful information about the puppy and what it is
Run ! Do not walk away ! Especially NOT with a puppy !! This is not a good decision
for you or the puppy. Notify animal control !! allow them to help all the puppies
there, not just one !!
With proper care, socialization, and training, dachshunds are wonderful, faithful
for many, many years.
Thank you from your new puppy !! For taking the time to help make sure you are making
a well thought out, & smart decision for him and your family !
We also want to thank you for taking the time to read this, we have devoted a lot
of effort and time ourselves into trying our best to provide you with the Information
we think is Important to you
OK, Now You have a good Idea of what a Dachshunds Traits, Temperament, and Habits
are. You also know about how big they usually get as adults, the 3 different hair
types, the general care required to take care of them, and the Answers to Many more
Questions about them.If you are pretty sure that a Dachshund is right for your family
and will fit in with your lifestyle. And you are Seriously Committed to the Responsibilities
of Raising a Puppy. Then the next step would be to pick out a puppy for your family.
We strongly suggest that you get your Dachshund Puppy from a REPUTABLE Quality Dachshund
Breeder.This is the BEST PART !Now you get to meet the puppies and get to see them
in person, to play with them and get Puppy Kisses! Enjoy !
We Sincerely Hope you Find the PERFECT PUPPY FOR YOUR FAMILY ! One Last Reminder,
there are a few details you might want to Think about Before you go to the Breeder
Home, and a few more things you might also want to be Thinking about While you are
there Visiting. So Take a look at Our Last Page of Puppy Education -Tips for Choosing
the Right Puppy for your Family.