Dachshund Dog Breed

Dachshund Dog Breed

The Dachshund was used as a tracker of the badger in medieval Europe and was once larger than it is today. His size eventually became smaller because it was purposefully bred down in size to hunt foxes and rabbits. It has an excellent sense of smell and a bold and fierce temperament that allowed it to tangle with its sometimes difficult prey.

The Dachshund Dog Breed Size:

The Dachshund comes in two sizes: standard and miniature. The standard-size Dachshund is approximately 9 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs 12 to 24 pounds. The miniature stands 5 to 6 inches at the shoulder and weighs under 12 pounds.

About the Dachshund:

The Dachshund has a superior scenting ability and may be stubborn, dominant, and somewhat resistant to training. Nevertheless, the Dachshund is very personable and can make a great companion.

There are three types of coats with this breed; long and short.. The smooth is usually alert, bold, and friendly. The long-haired is usually timider and reserved with strangers and requires a more patient training technique. The wire-haired tends to be the most active of the three and, though friendly, is the most stubborn.

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The smooth coat is short, glossy, and shedding and requires little maintenance. The long-haired coat also shed- ding, is of medium length, shiny, silky, slightly wavy, and of low maintenance, requiring brushing twice a week. The wire-haired coat is rougher and harder, almost terrier-like in texture, medium-length, and shedding.

Training Your Weenie:

This breed requires consistent obedience training and early socialization. His great sense of smell will often lead it astray, so make sure you develop a firm training attitude. The “come” command can be difficult to teach to this breed. Don’t pamper your Dachshund because it may get spoiled. It may be small, but it is very pushy and will take over if given the chance. This breed can be a barker and will make a good watchdog.

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  • Oh Becky! I didn’t know you had this page, I would have already been here. I don’t know if you know it or not, Gracie rescued her weenie dog from Hurricane Katrina. She was in preschool. She will be 10th grade this year!

    Her dog’s name is Katrina and she has been thru a couple of “tragedies” with her. She couldn’t make it without her. Katrina is supposed to be a mini but there is NOTHING mini about Katrina. We love our “WEENIE”.

    • Awww, well I just started it after I was at Blog Paws because I wanted to try a niche site. I love Weenie dogs lol. That is so neat that Gracie was able to do that and you have been there to help. I love your Walter!!

  • I never gave much thought to dachshund, but a co-worker got a puppy, and I dog-sat, and fell in love. So cute, and smart. I want to find out more about them as a breed, this is good info.

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