Dachshund

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SHEDDING ••••••
WATCHDOG ••••
GROOMING •••••
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GOOD WITH KIDS ••••••••••

LIFE SPAN 12 TO 14 YEARS
HEIGHT MINIATURE 5 TO 6 INCHES
HEIGHT STANDARD 8 TO 9 INCHES

WEIGHT MINIATURE UNDER 12 PDS
WEIGHT STANDARD 16 TO 32 PDS

GROUP HOUND
USE TODAY EARTHDOG


HIS TEMPERAMENT

The Dachshund is fearless, brave, rash, playful, determined and clever.

He's quite independent and stubborn because he was bred to hunt alone.

He can be quite bossy and will take over the house if you let him.

He's a "one-person" dog and bonds more closely with one individual in the family.

He likes to be in on everything you do and he will follow you everywhere (never again will you go to the bathroom alone).

He's playful and will chase a ball (but he probably won't bring it back).

He can take a while to warm up to strangers and can be argumentative with other dogs.

It's in his instinct to dig and burrow so you'll find him tunneled under blankets and pillows.

He's affectionate and likes plenty or cuddles and belly rubs. He has a keen sense of smell and will wander off when he picks up an interesting scent so he should not be trusted off leash or unfenced.

He can be a bit of a barker (and his bark is loud for such a small dog!).

He has a high prey drive and will ferociously chase any small, fleeting creature (including a child).

He's good with children who are gentle and respectful, but he may nip at a bratty child who teases him.

He loves the company of other Dachshunds.

TRAINING

The Dachshund is harder to train than most other dog breeds. He learns new commands more slowly than the majority of other breeds. You will need to be extra patient when Training him.

COLOUR

Various; the most popular colours are solid red, or black and tan but the coat may be chocolate, grey or white with rust markings, dappled or brindle

COAT

Three coat types: Smooth, long-haired and wire-haired

SHEDDING

The Dachshund sheds a fair amount of hair. You'll find hair stuck to your couch, carpets, clothes and everything else in your home.

GROOMING

The short coat of the Dachshund only requires an occasional brushing. But because he sheds you may find yourself brushing him once or twice a week to remove loose hair. (What you get out with a brush doesn't fall out in your home!)

SPECIAL ATTENTION

• Can be very Stubborn

• Has a tendency to be scrappy and pugnacious toward strange dogs, especially larger dogs

• Chasing and hunting instincts (chipmunks, birds, etc.)

• Notorious housebreaking difficulties

• Potential for excessive barking

• Potential for digging holes

• Is excessive suspicious toward strangers when not socialized properly or made to behave

• Worries about the serious spinal problems that afflict 1 out of every 4 Dachshunds and can result in paralysis