The Dachshund is a lively upbeat dog. They
have personality and spunk and are curious
and friendly. They are brave and intelligent.
They are independent and this makes them a
good watchdog. They can be over courageous.
They form a strong bond with their family.They
are small enough to live in a house or apartment,
yet large enough for the country.
The Standard and Miniature Dachshund are in
the same classification. The Miniatures are 11
pounds and under and 12 months of age or older.
The weight of a Standard size is usually between
16 and 32 pounds. Sometimes you can get a
Standard size out of Miniature parents.
There are three types of hair coats for Dachshund:
short hair, long hair and wire hair. The short
hair is probably the most common and requires
hardly any grooming at all. the wire and long hair
coats require an occasional brushing to remove
the dead hairs. The long haired coat is sleek and
often slightly wavy. It is longer under the neck,
forechest, underside of the body, ears and behind
The wirehaired coat with the exception of the jaw,
eyebrows and ears is covered with a uniform tight,
short, thick, rough, hard outer coat but with a finer,
somewhat softer, shorter undercoat. The wirehair
from a distance closely resembles the smooth.
The word Dachshund means badger dog in German.
The Dachshund was created to hunt badgers and
the wirehaired coat was produced for protection
against briars and thorns. The Dachshund were
also used to hunt other game and to trail wounded
deer. The smaller 12 pound Dachshund were used
on stoat and hare.