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Breed origin: Germany
Original purpose: Badger dog
AKC recognized: 1885
AKC group: Hound
Weight: 8 to 32 lbs
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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.
12 to 15 years.
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.
Good with children?
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Possible if properly socialized from an early age, but some do not do well with very small children.
OK in apartments?
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Easy to train?
Suitable canine sports/activities:
conformation, tracking, earthdog, therapy
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.
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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Other websites for additional information:
American Kennel Club breed page
Dachshund Club of America
Wikipedia breed information page
Dachshund Club of America Rescue