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Breed origin: Germany
Original purpose: Badger dog

AKC recognized: 1885
AKC group: Hound

Size: Weight: 8 to 32 lbs
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Color: Solid red or cream; black, chocolate, wild boar, gray (blue) and fawn (Isabella), each with deep, rich tan or cream markings; merle; brindle; or sable.

Life span: 12 to 15 years.

General characteristics/temperament: The Dachshund is clever, lively, courageous, friendly, playful, and lovable. They have well-developed senses and excel in both above- and below-ground work. They are one of the most popular breeds, and make ideal companions for many households, including those with children with appropriate supervision. They can adapt to most living environments, and only require moderate exercise. Although Dachshunds are intelligent and fast learners, most are stubborn and only choose to learn when it suits their purposes, which makes them challenging to train.

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Good with children? Possible if properly socialized from an early age, but some do not do well with very small children.

Good watchdog? Yes

Protective? No

OK in apartments? Yes

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Intelligent? Yes

Easy to train? No

Energy/Activity Level: Moderate

Suitable canine sports/activities: conformation, tracking, earthdog, therapy

Exercise requirement: Two walks of moderate distance (about 1/2 mile or so) daily should be sufficient, but they can handle more exercise if their owners prefer longer walks.

Grooming requirement: Dachshunds are considered medium shedders. Baths are usually needed less than once a month, unless they've rolled in something smelly, which is a popular pastime of many Dachshunds.

Known health problems: Intervertebral disk disease, patellar luxation, epilepsy, granulomatous meningoencephalitis, dental diseases, Cushings syndrome, thyroid problems, allergies, cataracts, glaucoma, progressive retinal atrophy, corneal ulcers, retinal degeneration, cherry eye.

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Recommended books for further reading:

Dachshunds For Dummies
By Eve Adamson
Published in 2007
344 pages

The Everything Dachshund Book
By Joan Hustace Walker
Published in 2005
304 pages

Dachshund (A Complete Pet Owner's Manual)
By Chris Pinney
Published in 2000
104 pages

The Dachshund Handbook
By D. Caroline Coile, Ph.D.
Published in 2005
168 pages

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Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
Dachshund Club of America
Wikipedia breed information page
Dachshund Club of America Rescue

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