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Dachshund Dog Breed Information

Description: The Dachshund has three different sizes: the standard weighs approximately 20 pounds, the miniature weighs 10 pounds, and the toy comes in at about 8 pounds. 

The height of the Dachshund varies between 5  and 10. Three coat types also occur in this dog: the smooth-haired, the wire-haired, and the long-haired.  The coats of Dachshunds are generally found to be black and tan or red, although there are many other color variations.

The Dachshund is well known for its long body and short legs.  The breed has a long, narrow muzzle and long, floppy ears.  These are muscular and energetic dogs.  Dachshunds are also called the Wiener Dog or Sausage Dog and are called the Teckel in Germany.

History: As mummified dogs very similar to the Dachshund have been found, it is possible that its origins go back to ancient Egypt.  However, today’s Dachshund is more easily traced to breeders in Germany.  Using hounds and terriers, these breeders produced a hunting dog recognizable as a Dachshund by the early 17th century.  The short legs allowed the dog to follow game into underground dens.  The dog was used not only to hunt badgers and rabbits below ground, but also as pack dogs to hunt wild boar.

Temperament: Because the smooth-haired Dachshund was bred with other dogs to obtain the various coats, there are behavioral differences between the three types of Dachshund.  The smooth-haired Dachshund is a confident, lively, and dominant dog.  It has a reputation of being a barker.  The introduction of Spaniel blood has caused the long-haired Dachshund to possess a gentler disposition.  To form the wire-haired Dachshund, breeders used the Dandie Dinmont and Schnauzer.  This is also a dominant dog, although more tranquil and quieter than the foundation stock.  Dachshunds are affectionate dogs that enjoy being with the family.  They are good with children, especially older ones.  It should be remembered that these dogs have strong hunting instincts and care should be observed as regards cats and other small pets.

Health Issues: Considering the length of the Dachshund’s back, it is no surprise that this is the biggest health problem with this breed.  Trouble with spinal discs will be worsened if the dog becomes obese, so it is imperative to maintain a proper weight.  Dachshunds can also suffer from heart disease, diabetes, epilepsy, and thyroid problems.  Some of the color variations also experience hearing and vision disorders.

Grooming: The smooth-haired Dachshund is the easiest to groom, and an occasional brushing is all that is necessary.  The long-haired dog, of course, will require more care to keep the coat tangle free.  A twice yearly stripping is required for the wire-haired Dachshund.  As excess hair can sometimes grow between the toe and foot pads, the owner should clip this as necessary.

Living Conditions: The Dachshund, while originally a hunting dog, is now used mostly as a companion.  As such, it is best kept in the house with the family.  Dachshunds are perfectly happy living in an apartment and do not require a yard.  However, Dachshunds do need a long walk every day for their physical and mental health.

If you can't find a local breeder in your area don't worry, many breeders are using the major airlines like American, Delta, Continental and Northwest airlines for shipping their puppies.

At this time the airlines will ship puppies to the following States: Alabama AL - Alaska AK - Arizona AZ - Arkansas AR - California CA - Colorado CO - Connecticut CT - Delaware DE - Florida FL - Georgia GA - Hawaii HI - Idaho ID - Illinois IL - Indiana IN - Iowa IA - Kansas KS - Kentucky KY - Louisiana LA - Maine ME - Maryland MD - Massachusetts MA - Michigan MI - Minnesota MN - Mississippi MS - Missouri MO - Montana MT - Nebraska NE - Nevada NV - New Hampshire NH - New Jersey NJ - New Mexico NM - New York NY - North Carolina NC - North Dakota ND - Ohio OH - Oklahoma OK - Oregon OR - Pennsylvania PA - Rhode Island RI - South Carolina SC - South Dakota SD - Tennessee TN - Texas TX - Utah UT - Vermont VT - Virginia VA - Washington WA - Washington, D.C. - West Virginia WV - Wisconsin WI - Wyoming WY - Hawaii HI.




Dachshund Shaming

You say your dachshund has been bad? Well check out the mischievous dachshunds we have in this video. These wiener dogs are the best of the worst.




Mini Dachshund bath time

Puppies are excited to run up the stairs and jump in the tub. They get so happy about bath time I let them run up and jump in this once.




Sassy Dachshund Puppy

I'm a sassy puppy and I only listen to my master me!




Madeline dachshund puppy with Crab

New book - if you like wiener dogs pick one up today! http://www.wonderfulwienerdog.com/ Madeline the dachshund and a Pawleys ghost crab play on the beach. Filmed in Pawleys Island, SC on a GoPro.




Meet the Breed - Dachshund

Lively and affectionate. Proud and bold. Tenacious. Just a few reasons that Dachshund owners love this ever-popular breed.




Dachshund Water Race

The Dachshund "500" Water Race. Our 5 mini dachshunds enjoying a very competitive day in the pool!




Wiener Dog Pool Party - Featuring Crusoe Celebrity Dachshund #SLWP GoPro

Find more at my http://facebook.com/crusoedachshund and http://celebritydachshund.com - Sexy Ladies Wiener Party - it's a wiener dog pool party.




Dachshund -1st Puppy Birth

If you love dogs, "Like" Facebook's Dog Nation at: http://www.facebook.com/DogVideos Dachshund 1st Puppy Birth. Watch all 7 videos, from birth through 6 week.





Cute Dachshund Gets Stuck In A Sweater

Adorable Dachshund Fail! My wife and I came out of our bedroom because we heard a whining noise.... we discovered out sweet little female Dachshund had gotten stuck.





Dachshund Vs. Penguin

Our Dachshund Rocky, confused by a mechanical penguin, funny :p *original video*





Cute Dachshund Puppy Destroys Home

Yes this Cute 8 month old Dachshund Puppy decided to do some redecoration. Within just a few short hours she pulled a 5 gallon bucket of dog food thru the home.




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