Dachshund

Breed Group: Hound
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Overview
The Dachshund was originally developed in German hundreds of years ago. They were originally bred for hunting Badger, hence the name Dachshund. "Dachs" is the German word for Bader. The elongated body and the shortened legs were bred into this dog to dig the prey out and go inside their burrows forcing them to leave their dens. The Miniature variety was bred to hunt hare and stoat. This breed has also been known to hunt foxes and otters along with the badger.

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Character
Dachshunds are a very clownish breed and can be very mischievous at times. A very intuitive dog, the Dachshund is now most commonly seen as a companion rather than a hunter. This breed loves to be around people and should never exhibit signs of aggression or timidity. The Dachshund is an all around friendly dog, is very outgoing, and is sure to steal the hearts of everyone he meets.

Does your Dachshund bark, howl, and cry whenever you leave the house? Separation anxiety is extreme anxiety experienced by your dog when you are away from him.
Temperament
The Dachshund is a fun loving dog, tenacious, and lively, but can become jealous and be very irritable. This breed does not do well with smaller children, but can do very well with older and more considerate children. Due to his small size and tiny legs, this breed should not be placed in a home with larger dogs unless they were raised around each other. The Dachshund has the tendency to become jealous, however can do very well with many other toy breeds in the home providing they are not snippy.
Care
The Long Haired variety requires quite a bit of grooming. Being that this dog is so low to the ground, he is prone to getting burrs, sticks, and twigs stuck in his coat which should be removed daily if any are present. Brushing of the coat should be done on a regular basis to prevent tangling and/or matting. The Smooth Haired variety doesn't require much grooming and would respond well to an occasional wipe down with a damp towel, or a harsh towel to remove any dead or loose hair.

If your dog is displaying behavior uncharacteristic of his normal actions, call the Vet.
Coat
The Dachshund comes in three different varieties. The Smooth Haired Dachshund, Wirehaired Dachshund, and the Longhaired Dachshund. He also comes in two different sizes being standard and miniature. The Longhaired Dachshund has a long and straight coat, with hair slightly feathered and longer on the underbelly, ears, chest, and legs. The Smooth Coat has a straight, smooth, short, and glossy coat that should all be of equal length along the body of the dog. The Wirehaired has a coat of broken appearance with wiry, coarse, and harsh hair.
Training
The Dachshund can be stubborn at times, making training a little bit difficult for the average owner. This breed requires firm and consistent handling, but can be a little sensitive so he should always be corrected in a gentle manner, never harsh or this breed could become submissive and timid. Dachshunds respond best to a variety of training methods. Teaching your dog to sit, lie down, and stay is vital to the training of your new puppy. There are several accepted methods of house training your new Dachshund puppy. Consider crate training if you need to adapt your dog to a safe and confined environment for various safety and comfort reasons.
Activity
The Dachshund can be lively and vivacious, however he does not need much exercise. A short walk per day would suffice for this short-bodied breed. The Dachshund tends to tire out easily so any exercise provided should be given at different times rather than one long walk. This breed is prone to back problems so high jumping and/or running should never be allowed. Socialization is one of the single most important things you can do for your puppy.
Weight
11-32 lbs
Height
5-9 inches
Color(s)
solid red, sable, or cream; black and tan, chocolate and tan, wild boar and tan, gray and tan, or fawn and tan, brindle

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Dachshund Questions

My Dachshund is obsessed with eating hamburgers and french fries. What should I do?

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First off, stop feeding your dog human food. It is not made for dogs and is very harmful to them. Secondly, train your dog for a solid sit or lay-down and stay so that he/she does not bother you while you are eating. Or you can put your dog in a crate or another room when you're eating. If you are in a vehicle, it is best to use a seat-belt on your dog to keep him/her safe and away from your food. Lastly; make sure that the dog food your dog is eating is a high quality, grain-free food so that he/she will be interested in eating it. It is difficult to stop a dog from eating/wanting to eat human food after they have a taste for it; but you have to be consistent and firm to break the habit.

Are Dachshund's good with kids?

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The Dachshund is a wonderful, playful breed of dog that can do well with children if raised with them. However, all interactions between the puppy/dog and a child should be supervised. This breed can easily be injured as a puppy by a boisterous child and make the dog be distrustful and even not like children as an adult dog.

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Hello, Dachshunds are mostly a happy, friendly dog with the whole family. If raised with children and treated well by children, a Dachshund will be the family's best friend. (especially if Chihuahua is mixed with it).

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Dozier are wonderful with kid's as long as the kids are not too rough. No squeezing too tight or pulling ears, tails,or noses. Dozier love to play. I currently have 2 dozie's . One scooter is a very large standard (30 lbs ) long hair.he'a teddy bear. he likes stuffed animals. He also loxes a ball. He is a rescue dog. I recommend gettING a dog from a rescue person or grou.. my other doXie is.a feisty 6 yr. Old wire hair. She is also a rescue. She loves kids and loves to play with them. Both my dogs are great with kids. I have had dozier for over 50 years. My kids grew up with them. Never had any problems.

How many puppies can you expect from a litter of Dachshunds? How many litters may a Dachshund bitch safely whelp in a year time? I would like to start breeding Dachshunds and would like to know how many puppies / litters would be available for sale in a year without placing any undue stress on my baby. Correct me if I'm wrong but I think it's no more than two litters a year?

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First off, if you are interested in becoming a breeder, then you need to get in contact with a reputable, responsible and knowledgeable breeder and ask to oversee how they raise their Dachshunds. The average litter size is between 3 - 5 puppies. As for a time frame, you should always allow time for your female to recover after giving birth. I give my females a year in between each breeding. Which means you should only have 1 litter a year. If you breed more than that then you are stressing out your female dog and placing unnecessary risk to her health. Breeders breed to better the breed, not for profit.

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I would never breed my doxie more than once a year. She just had a litter and lost weight because she was more intent on feeding her babies than feeding herself. When you have a dog that has puppies, you need to spend a LOT of time ensuring that the mother is taking care of her babies and herself. If you're into the breeding for money, you might want to try a dog that has larger litters, like labs.

My Dachshund has a long snout, what part of breed does this come from?

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The muzzle, the body part of your dog that you are referring too is supposed to be quite long. If you are concerned with your dog from a medical stand-point, then I would bring your dog to your vet. However, if you do some research on the breed itself, you will see that the Dachshund breed does indeed have a long muzzle.

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