The Dachshund Dogs



Description: Seeing a dachshund sitting happily in his owner’s lap, could you believe it is a hound ? And yet, this is the truth. They were developed in Germany hundreds of years ago for hunting badger. The elongated body and the short legs were meant to serve them to go into the burrows.
Well, a small dog but a great personality. The dachshund has the stamina of a hound and the character of a terrier.

Group: well, Hound :-)

Physical characteristics:
Normal (standard): Height 14-18 inches (35-45 cm); Weight- 20 pounds (9 kg)
Miniature (dwarf): Height up to 14 inches (35 cm); Weight 9 pounds (4 kg)
Toy: Height Up to 12 inches (30 cm); Weight 8 pounds (3.5 kg)

Temperament: The dachshund dogs are tiny, intelligent and lively. They are curious and funny, trying to decipher everything you say or do. But they can be mischievious as well, because they are jealous sometimes and seem to have a mind of their own.
Nowadays, the dachshund is mainly seen as a company dog, specially for childrem. If properly socialized, they will be freendly and polite with all the members of the familly, but generally they choose one of them to be recognised as “master”.
Nevertheless, it is not indicated for small children. Among the varieties, nobody can explain but the long-haired seem to behave best with the children.
They generally do not make friendship with the cat, neither with bigger dogs if they were not raised together. They get along well with other toy breeds.

Health: Having such a long back bone, they are prone to spinal disks problems (Dachshund paralysis). In addition to this, when they are young, they are boisterous and jump all the time, and when a little bit older, they tend to become overweight and lazy. Both these things are a risk factor for the installation of a spinal disease. If so, operation is of little help and the dog will be crippled, in a cart to haul their hindlimbs all theis life. When they are like this, they can be inspirational for children in wheelchairs, because the crippleness does not change their happy nature.
Other health problems: heart diseases, urinary tract conditions and diabetes. So, watch carefully their diet if you want a healthy dog.

Maintenance/Grooming: The Dachshund dogs have low maintenance requirements. The smooth-haired need just regular rib down with a cloth, the wire-haired need professional trimming every six months and the long-haired variety requires daily combing and brushing because it has short legs and all the twigs and dirt tend to get caught in his fur. Full grooming interval: every 8-10 weeks. The breed is an average shedder.

Training: Even if the Dachshund is a lively, ongoing, intelligent dog, it is not very simple to be trained, because, well, it *is* a hound. And hounds have minds of their own and they like to sniff and dig, and follow the track.
The key is early socialization. Otherwise, the dog will dominate you and the situation. Firm, consistent training techniques are required, to get the results, but be very careful to treat correctly the dog. Treated unfair it will sulk for a long period of time. If you use harsh techniques, your puppy will become timid and too submissive.

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Breeding, puppies: The average sized litter is 3 to 4 puppies, but Momma Dachs can deliver up to 8 puppies.

Varieties: The recognized three varieties of dachshund are the smooth-haired, the wired-haired, and the long-haired. Each variety can have the three sizes.
As a colour, any, except white. The greatest part are red, black and tan, gray and tan, fawn, brindle or with tiger markings. Some may have some white hairs on the chest.

Famous dogs: Lump, Pablo Picasso’s pet.
Odie in the Garfield film
Itchy Itchiford in All Dogs Go to Heaven
Patrocle, from The Enchanted Forest (Dumbrava Minunata), a very popular tale hero for the Romanian kids - that's why the name "Patrocle" is the typical name to be given to a Romanian dachshund (I’ll tell you the story, soon)

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