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What Makes The Dachshund An Amazing Dog Breed?

The Dachshund can be easily recognized by its physical traits: very short legs, a deep chest and an elongated, muscular body covered by a coat that can be short-haired, long-haired or wire-haired. This very popular breed comes in three sizes: standard, miniature and kaninchen, which, in German, stands for rabbit.

The standard type weighs 16-28 pounds and measures 8-11 inches in height, the miniature type weighs less than 12 pounds and reaches 5-7 inches, while the kaninchen weighs 8-11 pounds and measures less than 7 inches.

Originating in Germany, this hound breed was initially created to scent and chase badgers and rabbits by borrowing traits from German, French and English breeds of hounds and terriers. Written references date from the 18th century, although the American Kennel Club states the breed was introduced in the 15th century. There is also a theory, based on engravings, saying that these dogs descend from Ancient Egyptian dogs.

Due to its appearance, this breed has received some funny nicknames, like doodle dog, wiener dog or sausage dog, and, recently, it is commonly known by the name Teckel.

The coat comes in various colors and patterns: while some may be single-colored, they can also have a combination of two colors, spots and tan points, the predominant ones being red, black and tan, but, also chocolate, fawn and dapple.

There is much to say about the temperament of a Dachshund. It can be playful and fun, but also very stubborn. This dog is a loyal companion, devoted to its owner to the point that, if left alone, will crave for the company of its human. In the absence of the owner, it may have the bad habit of chewing objects and may develop separation anxiety. It gets along with well-behaved children, especially with the ones within the family.

The Dashie is known to love digging, due to its hunting instincts. It has the tendency of chasing small animals. Without a proper socialization and training, it can express aggressiveness towards strangers and other dogs and may become snappy, obstinate or destructive. Not everyone can train a dog of this breed. Therefore, a specialist should be in charge with it. Patience and consistency are the two main factors in its training.

Grooming depends on the size and coat of the dog. The smooth coat needs to be brushed at least 2 or 3 times a week, the long coat should be brushed after bathing, while the wire-haired dogs require even less grooming.

Although suitable for life in an apartment, this breed is usually energetic, needing entertainment and exercise. Daily walks and regular exercise are a must, in order to avoid obesity that can lead to disc problems. The most common health problems in this breed are spinal issues, due to the long spinal column. Some dogs may also suffer from patellar luxation, eye problems, ear problems, epilepsy, Cushings syndrome, thyroid issues and congenital heart disorders.

Clever and lively, intelligent and stubborn, the Dachshund has a surprising personality that, with proper care and training, will charm everyone.

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