The American Kennel Club recognizes two distinct sizes – the standard, weighing between 16 and 32 pounds, and the miniature, which is 11 pounds and under. Both come with three coat variations, including smooth-haired, long-haired, and wire-haired. The beloved pup is originally from Germany where it was bred to hunt badgers but also foxes, wild boar, rabbits as well as track down wounded deer. Its strength lies within its muscular body that has a strong yet sometimes stubborn personality; however, one cannot overlook its loyalty accompanied by an outgoing demeanor full of curiosity!

The Dachshund may appear to be the smallest member of the hound family, but in terms of spirit and personality, he is truly a giant. His unique physical appearance first attracts one’s attention; however, those who are familiar with this breed recognize his resolute character, sharp intuition for hunting, intelligence and absolute loyalty to humans. As famously noted by H. L Mencken “a half-dog high and a dog-and-a-half long”, it’s no surprise that they rank as one of America’s most beloved breeds!

The Dachshund, a breed of canine renowned for their short legs and long backs, is known not just for being brave and bold—but often reckless. These devoted dogs were bred to hunt badgers which requires gusto! Surprising to many, the Dachshund topped a 2008 Applied Animal Behavior Science study as “the most aggressive of all dog breeds”. Clearly, these fearless furballs have proven they’re more than capable fighters!

Dachshunds are known to have a lifespan of 12 or more years, provided that they maintain an appropriate weight. Not only can being overweight put strain on its back, but it is also susceptible to other health complications depending on the size and fur coloration. Even if living in a city-based home, adequate exercise with mental stimulation must be given for proper development.

Dachshunds may not be the best choice for a family with small children due to their tendency to nip. These dogs are highly intelligent, however can have difficulty mastering commands without consistent and firm training methods. The exact amount of grooming these animals require is determined by the type of coat they have.

Dachshunds are lovable and energetic companions, yet their distinctive personalities may make them unsuitable for some households – particularly those with small children. In addition to being difficult to housetrain, these four-legged friends can be quite obstinate and boisterous around strangers; they have a tendency to bark at even the slightest provocation. For this reason, Dachshunds should never be left unattended in the yard or live outdoors as such behavior is not conducive to their wellbeing.

The Dachshund, a courageous breed that descended from dogs bred to fearlessly pursue their prey into tunnels and burrows, still retains these robust characteristics today. As such they tend to be bold yet stubbornly determined, somewhat aggressive towards other canines, and extremely fond of digging.

  • Furlyfe Rank
  • Group AKC Hound
  • Origin Germany
  • Size Smallest
  • Weight 11 pounds and under (Miniature)
  • Coat Length Short, Medium
  • Coat Type Smooth
  • Colors Black,Black and Tan,Blue,Brown,Red,Silver,White
  • Other Names Teckel, Tekkel, Tekkel Doxie, Weenie Dog, Sausage Dog, Bassotto, Worshond
  • Temperament Clever,Courageous,Devoted,Lively,Playful,Stubborn

Breed Characteristics

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