Dachshund – Miniature
There are some people how believe the Dachshund go as far back as to ancient Egypt, where they believe some engravings are made regarding the Dachshunds.
Dachshunds were bred for badger hunting, but there are differences as to when this breed really came about. The AKC believes there were bred in the 15th century and the Dachshund Club of American states it was in the 18th or 19th century. It is unknown where the exact origins are of the Dachshund. This breed was recognized by AKC in 1885 and grouped as Hound.
- Country of Origin: Germany
- Weight: Under 11 lbs
- Height: 5 - 7 inches
- Color: Dachshunds have a wide variety of colors and patterns. They can be single-colored, single-colored with spots (“dappled”- called “merle” in other dog breeds), and single-colored with tan points plus any pattern. Dachshunds also come in piebald. The dominant color is red, the most common along with black and tan.
This breed is courageous, intelligent, playful, but can also be stubborn. They are wary of strangers and may get aggressive towards them. Training this breed of dog can be quite challenging. Dachshunds are loyal and loving to their owners.
The average life span is between 13 – 15 years. Two of the most common health issues are spinal problems & patellar luxation. Some other health concerns are:
• Granulomatous Meningoencephalitis
• Dental Issues
• Cushing’s Syndrome
• Thyroid Problems
Dachshunds exhibit three coat varities: smooth coat (short hair), long hair and wire hair. Wirehaired is the least commonly seen coat in the US and the most recent coat to appear in breeding standards.
The breed is an average shedder and requires daily brushing to avoid getting tangles and mats. The short haired Dachshund will require brushing 2-3 times monthly with a hard brittle brush.