Dachshund

INR 8,000 - 20,000
Breed Group : Hound Group
Origin : Germany
The Dachshund is a dog breed of hound group, which has a characteristic appearance involving small legs and long body. The name “Dachshund” means “badger dog” in German. This was because these dogs were used to identify the smell, chase and flush out badgers and other burrow-dwelling animals and rabbits. The Dachshunds with their short legs were able to quickly dig and move briskly inside the tunnel, chasing their game. Today this unique breed with its cute appearance and livelihood, has gained itself a special position as a very good family companion dog.

The roots of the dachshunds go back to the ancient Egypt, as there were engravings found, featuring short-legged hunting dogs. The modern Dachshunds were created in Germany as badger dogs. The name “Dachshund” means “badger dog” in German. The early dachshunds were larger, than today’s bread, weighing between 30 to 40 lb(14 to 18 kg) and were used to hunt animal like foxes and deer.

Later the bread was developed to be fearless and tenacious, with the body structure which could enable them to dig into the badger burrows, chase and fight and kill them, if needed. This short legged hunting dog was very good at identifying smells and tracking them. The modern breed is considered to have been developed through cross between Braque, a small French pointing breed and small terrier type dogs. The breed is also considered to have a few elements of German and French hounds.

The Dachshunds with their short and large front paws are able to quickly dig and move briskly inside the tunnel, while chasing their game. Their unusually large barrel-like chest provides them, with an increased lung capacity for stamina while tracking and hunting their prey inside the tunnel. The skin is smooth and loose enough, to avoid any tear while chasing its prey undergrounds.

 Today they have evolved as a companion dog breed, but their hunting instincts still exists. They can hunt both above and under the ground.

The Dachshund is a very intelligent dog breed. They have an independent thinking and have ideas of their own, which can make them stubborn, especially while hunting. While training a Dachshund, you need to be patient, firm and consistent. These are brave dogs and are ready to challenge, without considering the size of the opponent. A Dachshund is a clever, lively and confident dog breed.
They were originally bred to hunt small preys and this is still a part of their personality as they love to chase small animals and birds with great determination. This is a loyal dog breed but can be standoffish towards strangers.
  • Ease of training

    Many dachshunds are stubborn, making them a challenge to train.

  • Guard Dog

    Their smell identification senses are very strong along with a fearless attitude. This makes them a very handy watch dog.

  • Inteligence

    This is an intelligent breed, with its own ideas.

  • Good with kids

    They are good with kids of their own family, if introduced early. But you cannot say the same with other kids.

  • Good With other pets

    If socialized properly they can work around well with other pets.

  • Energy level

    The dachshunds are active and energetic breed which love to play around for identify new smells, but they don’t require lot of exercise to ease out their energy.

The Dachshund is an active dog breed, which is generally healthy but can be affected by some health issues. Not all Dachshund’s get affected by these diseases, but it is good to know about them, especially if you wish to have a Dachshund as your companion dog.
Due to their long spinal column and short rib cage, activities like jumping, falling and obesity can cause severe back problems. The Dachshunds are prone to back issues like intervertebral disk disease (IVDD). They can also get affected with health issues like patellar luxation, where the kneecap gets dislocated. Some other health issues involves Epilepsy, Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), Cushings Disease (Hyperadrenocorticism) and cherry eye. If not properly fed, they can easily put on weight, which could further add to lot of back and spine related issues.
  • Age

    The dachshunds have an average age of 10 to 12 years.

  • Agility

    Despite their short legs, the dachshunds can be fairly agile and quick while following their game.

  • Exercise need

    This is a playful breed and require moderate amount of daily exercise

  • Tolerant to heat

    They do fairly well in hot climatic conditions, but extreme conditions are not suggested.

  • Tolerant to cold

    Too much of cold is not recommended for dachshunds and is better to have a sweater for it, while taking it out in cold.

Dachshunds are small sized dog breed with characteristic long body and short legs. The Dachshunds with their short and large front paws are able to quickly dig and move briskly inside the tunnel, while chasing their game. They have a cute expression with big sole full eyes. The Dachshunds have a long muzzle with big floppy ears hanging downwards. Their chest is unusually large for dogs of their size, which provides them, with an increased lung capacity for stamina while tracking and hunting their prey inside the tunnel. These large lungs also provide them with a loud and deep bark, sounding much like bigger dogs. The skin is smooth and loose enough, to avoid any tear while chasing its prey undergrounds. There are three dachshund coat types: smooth coat (short hair), longhaired, and wirehaired.
  • Colour

    The dominant color in the breed is red, followed by black and tan.

  • Size

    A full-grown standard dachshund stands at a height of 8 to 9 inches (20-23 cm).

  • Shedding

    They do shed, but not excessively.

  • Coat type

    There are three dachshund coat types: smooth coat (short hair), longhaired, and wirehaired. The most liked coat being the smooth or short haired.

  • Under coat

    They have a softer undercoat with hard hairs on the topcoat.

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