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Introduction

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.

General Care

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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are they trainable?

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 and rodents).

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 7 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;

•has puppies who can be registered with the AKC (this option may cost extra).

•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 category are:

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 good home.

They do not offer you advice or helpful information about the puppy and what it is accustomed to.

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 companions

for many, many years.

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