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Origin / History There are some theories stating that Dachshunds may have existed in Ancient Egypt, since there are engravings made there that featured hunting dogs with short legs. However, the modern Dachshund has been created by breeders in Europe. In fact, this breed is a combination of elements of French, English, and German terriers and hounds. These dogs were developed and trained for the purpose of chasing badgers, killing them, and retrieving them. Dachshunds have many characteristics that are similar to that of terriers. They are courageous, versatile, and though small in stature, can take on otters and foxes.

Since these dogs have long and narrow builds, they are also referred to as hot dogs, sausage dogs, or wiener dogs. In Germany, though, this breed is known as the Teckel or Dackel.

Appearance There are three Dachshund varieties: short-haired, long-haired, and wire-haired. Each of these varieties have their own standard sizes and weight. All these varieties, though, are long dogs that have short legs. Their physiques make it easier for them to burrow in the ground in order to hunt for prey. They are muscular, and they bear intelligent and proud expressions. Their heads are elongated and their eyebrows are arched and protruding. They have oval-shaped eyes that are brown-black or dark red in color. Their ears hang low over their cheeks. Their coats are sleek and shiny.

Colours These dogs have coats that can come in colors of tan, black, deep chestnut, reddish-brown, chocolate brown, and black and tan. Although there are Dachshunds that are solid chocolate brown or solid black, these dogs are disqualified from participating in conformance competitions because these colors are nonstandard.

Temperament These dogs are friendly and they enjoy interaction with humans. They have happy dispositions and can even become mischievous at times. They may even do attempts to train their owner instead of having themselves trained. Despite that, though, they make good traveling companions. They are intelligent, brave, independent, and energetic. Although they may become wary of strangers, they form strong bonds with their family members. They get along well with the children they know, but can become aggressive towards those children that they are not familiar with. They can get along well with other pets, but they may become jealous.

Height and Weight Male and females are same weight and height range. 20 - 25 cm in height and 7 - 16 Kg in weight.

Common Health Problems Dogs of this breed are susceptible to spinal disc problems (also called Dachshund paralysis), and they can also be afflicted with heart diseases, urinary tract problems, and diabetes. These dogs also have tendencies to become lazy and overweight. This is actually a major problem since additional weight will mean more strain on these dogs' backs.

Living Conditions These dogs can live well inside apartments. Since they can be fairly active even when indoors, they will do well even without a yard.

Exercise Requirements Need to be exercised to keep healthy and fit and by doing so preventing possible back problems. 1 hour a day is ideal, in in one go or split into two 30 minute walks. The breed was bred for hunting in the country so its quite happy going on long country treks as well.

Training Requirements Can betrained well in basic obedience fairly easily.

Life Expectancy These dogs have life spans that range from around 12 to 15 years.

Grooming Depends heavily on the coat type, smooth haired Dachshunds require just the basic once a week brush. The long haired Dachshunds need grooming aprroximately 3 times a week to keep the coat free of tangles. The wired haird Dachshunds also need grooming 2- 3 times a week as well as being hand stripped every 6 months.

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