The spunky, fearless, little Dachshund are scent hounds. They were originally bred in Germany for hunting Badger. The name,
Dachshund is pronounced as "DAHKS-HUND". Dach - meaning "badger" and Hund - meaning "dog" (badger dog).
Dachshunds are recognized by their long bodies and short legs. They were created with short legs so they could assist in digging
fox, badgers, and rabbits out of their dens. To accomplish such tasks, they were bred with a courageous, tough, stick-to-it

Today, Dachshunds have happily taken on the role of companion dog. They are happiest when they are with people. They love
to cuddle and be close. If a human lap is not available they like to burrow under blankets. They are very entertaining and tend to
be interactive with the people they love. A squeaky toy or ball is a huge source of fun and joy for them. They are very clever
and will learn to anticipate your every move. These dogs love to be the star of the show and can keep a room entertained with
before them.

What's their temperament like

The dachshund is bold, curious and always up for adventure. It likes to hunt and dig, tracking by scent and going to ground after
game. It is independent but will join in its family's activities whenever given a chance. Most are good with children. Some can be
reserved with strangers. Once they find their voice (at about 18 months), 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 a lot
of noise.

The longhaired variety are usually quieter and more easy going. The wires are usually more outgoing and friendly. The smooths
are usually more outgoing and friendly but may be more timid at times depending on the individual dog.

Are Dachshund's good with kids

The dachshund has an affectionate, delightful, playful, clownish type temperament, they are alert, eager to please, and
adaptable. A dachshund with a sound temperament, and properly raised with children, who likewise understand how to treat a
dog kindly, should do great with children. Children should never lift, pick up or carry a dachshund unless they are shown the
proper way to lift a dachshund.

Is this breed good with other dogs and pets in general

Dachshunds in general do well with other dogs and cats. If you are away much, they prefer to have a buddy to sit with while
they await your return. Dog playmates should be selected with care for compatibility. This breed is prone to back injuries if
treated roughly. They can also be rather fearless, so a dog with a more gentle nature is best. Dachshunds generally love other
Dachshunds. Spaying/neutering is one of the big keys to having a dog friendly animal. They retain a hunting instinct so it is best
that they are raised with cats and other pets from puppy hood.

Male vs. Female which sex makes a better pet

There are subtle differences between the sexes, but overall there is little difference once your dachshund has been
spayed/neutered. Males will often ‘mark’ territory by lifting their leg to pee unless they are neutered at six months.

Are Dachshunds hard to house train

It really depends on the individual puppy, some are really easy others can be hard. It takes patience and dedication to house
train any puppy regardless of breed, but the dachshund's small size and stubborn nature can make it even more of a challenge.
They will easily get used to a puppy pad, so it may be something you will always keep down in one spot for emergencies.

How long do Dachshunds live

With proper care dachshunds usually live a long life of 12 to 16 years.

I have heard they come in different sizes, colors and patterns

Yes, Dachshunds come in 3 different sizes and lots of colors and patterns.

Miniature Dachshund's weigh eleven pounds or less. Tweenie Dachshund's weigh from twelve to fifteen pounds. (a tweenie size
is not officially recognized by the AKC and would be shown with the standard although competing up in weight would be
difficult to win points) Standard Dachshund's weigh sixteen pounds up to thirty five pounds.

Dachshund Colors and Patterns

RED - Red Dachshunds are widely known and recognized for their beautiful range of "red" coloring. From a deep mahogany
red to a pale golden and all shades of brownish red in between, the array is truly splendid. Red Dachshunds may be a clear red
or they may have black hairs in their coats. Some reds have black trim around their eyes and ears and also along their backs.
This darker trim often fades as the puppy gets older. The reds should have black noses and nail color and brown eyes.

BLACK/TAN - Black and Tan Dachshunds are also widely known and recognized. They have a shiny black coat and have tan
or reddish-brown markings on the face, chest, four feet and under the tail. The nose pad and nails should be black. The eyes
should be a dark rich brown and the markings should be deep tan and even - not pale red or indistinct. *** Note that Black and
Cream Dachshunds are the same except that their markings are a light cream instead of a reddish-brown or tan.

BLACK - Occasionally when black and tan Dachshunds with indistinct markings are bred over many generations, they can
produce a Dachshund that appears to be solid black. Genetically there is no solid black dog, however, there can be a puppy that
appears to have no tan markings.

BLUE/TAN - Blue and Tan Dachshunds are dilutes of the Black and Tan Dachshund colors. The Dachshund's main body color
is a battleship grey or steel grey along with muted tan markings as a result of diluting factors. The eyes are usually a grayish blue
color and the nose pad and nails are a pale grey.

CHOCOLATE/CREAM - Chocolate & Cream Dachshunds are similar to Black and Cream Dachshunds - their main body color
is a rich dark chocolate to a light milky chocolate and their points are a lovely cream color. Chocolate and Cream Dachshunds
often have brown or hazel eyes and a liver-colored, self colored or deep dark brown nose pad, nails and tan markings.

CHOCOLATE/TAN - Chocolate & Tan Dachshunds are similar to Black and Tan Dachshunds but their main body color is a
rich dark chocolate to a light milky chocolate. Chocolate and Tan Dachshunds often have brown or hazel eyes and a liver-
colored, self colored or deep dark brown nose pad, nails and tan markings.

CHOCOLATE - Occasionally when Chocolate and Tan Dachshunds with indistinct markings are bred over many generations,
they can produce a Dachshund that appears to be solid chocolate. A solid chocolate would appear to have no tan markings.
These chocolate Dachshunds are recognized by AKC and are highly regarded and desired by pet owners and breeders.

CREAM - Cream colored Dachshunds do not have any red or tones of red in their coat color. They often appear almost off
white to grayish white at birth. They are a natural buff color with dark brown eyes, and a black nose and nail color or self
colored. They may also have some black hairs in their coats - around the eyes, ears and along the back. This black often
diminishes as the puppy gets older. True Creams trace their lineage to England.

AMERICAN CREAM - American Cream colored Dachshunds often appear white to pale blond at birth and can come in smooth
or long hair. As they get older, they often appear to be a strawberry blond or beige tone. They normally have dark brown eyes
and a black nose and nail color. However, just as you can have a red dilute resulting in a liver colored nose, you can have a
diluted American Cream with a pale nose. This is the result of breeding an American Cream to a chocolate and tan or other
dilute color.

ISABELLA & TAN - Isabella and Tan Dachshunds, often described as Fawn colored with tan markings are another form of
dilute color. Isabella and Tan is a dilution of Chocolate and Tan. The main body is a silvery fawn (greyhound) colored and the
markings are a muted tan. The eyes are usually a light greyish green and the nose pad and nail colors are pale liver colored.

WILDBOAR - Wildboar Dachshunds have a light brown base coat and a black overlay. The Wildboar color is noted by its light
color base showing through the nose area, around the eyes and also the underside of the body. Wildboar is most common in
wire haired Dachshunds but can appear in smooths as well. BRINDLE - The Brindle pattern in Dachshunds appears like a series
of stripes (like a zebra) along the base color. One parent must be a Brindle in order to have the pattern appear.

DAPPLE - Dapples Dachshunds show patches or spots of lighter color mixed in with patches of the self color. They sometimes
have white on the chest. If the dapple pattern appears across the face, one or both eyes may have blue speckles or may be
entirely blue. In order for Dappling to occur in a puppy, one of the parents must show the dapple gene.

DOUBLE DAPPLE - Double Dapples usually have larger areas of white on their bodies in addition to their base color and
patches / spots. Eyes may be completely blue and they may have white on their heads, white nail tips, white on their feet, white
on their underside and their sides. Breeding double dapples can be dangerous as deafness, reduced eye size and blindness may
occur. Double Dapples are produced when two single dapple parents are bred together.

PIEBALD - Piebald Dachshunds show a white spotting pattern over the base color. Piebalds should never have blue eyes. If
they do, then they should be registered as Dapples. They should also have no shading within the white areas or body spots. The
amount of white varies, ranging from a white collar, white chest, underside, tail and feet to almost pure white.

WILDBOAR - Wildboar Dachshunds have a light brown base coat and a black overlay. The Wildboar color is noted by its light
color base showing through the nose area, around the eyes and also the underside of the body. Wildboar is most common in
wire haired Dachshunds but can appear in smooths as well.

SABLE - True Sable Dachshunds are very difficult to describe. Sable is seen in long haired dogs only. The red is so dark as to
appear black. The whole body except for the face and feet are seen with the base color of the dog with black tips at the ends.
The face and feet are usually the base color. Therefor a Red Sable will have red at the base of the hair with black tips - the face
and feet will be red. One parent must show the Sable pattern to produce a Sable Dachshund.

How tall are Dachshunds

Most Dachshunds stand from 5 to 9 inches in height at the shoulders, it just depends on what size they are.

Socializing this breed

Socialization is one of the necessary requirements to successful dog ownership. They should be given the social skills and
maintain them on an ongoing basis. This breed enjoys outings of all types and loves to see the world. If socialized they can be a
lovely traveling and house companion. An un-socialized Dachshund can exhibit aggression with strangers and be snappy with
owners/family. This breed is generally a happy, outgoing, fun-loving, little dog. They are quick to give their love and for the
right owner easily win your heart for life.

What About Exercise

Although dachshunds are active, their exercise requirements can be met with moderate walks on leash and games in the yard.
The dachshund is amenable to city life or apartment living, but it is still a hunter at heart and enjoys forays into the wilds.
Although it can live outdoors in warm weather, it does best when sleeping inside.

What about Grooming

Dachshunds are low maintenance and can be groomed at home with ease. They have minor shedding and need minimal
grooming. Keep their nails trimmed once a month to prevent curling and digging into the pad. Do it yourself, or ask your Vet to
help out.

The smooth coat requires minimal grooming. The long coat requires brushing or combing once or twice a month and occasional
trimming of stray hairs. The wire coat requires brushing or combing about once or twice a month, with occasional trimming of
stray hairs and stripping to remove dead hair twice a year.
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