Originating in Germany, the Dachshund, (Teckel) was bred to hunt small game, predominantly badger, that goes to ground. The dog was required to scent, track and pursue game into burrows. The dog was required to move over all types of terrain, including dense undergrowth and water.
Very Long and low, compact, well-muscled body.
Grooming and Physical Needs
- Grooming Needs: Smooth-Haired – should be groomed with a rubber glove once a week to remove dead hairs. Long-Haired – should be completely brushed and combed at least once a week. Wired-Haired – need their coats plucked two to three times a year.
- Coat Type: Smooth-Haired – Dense, short and smooth. Long-Haired – Soft and straight, or only slightly waved. Wire-Haired – Short, straight, harsh coat.
- Moulting: Moderate.
- Exercise Needs: Bred for hunting, so although it has short legs, it does need to get out for a good walk at least once a day.
- Average Life Span: Can live into its teenage years if well cared for and kept at a reasonable weight.
- Family: Ideal for young and old and for families.
- Temperament: Faithful, versatile and good tempered.
- Trainability: Intelligent but it has a mind of its own therefore, not that easily trained. Firm, consistent training techniques to be used to overcome the dog’s natural tendency to dominate.
- Sociability (Other Pets): Low tendency to get along with other dogs or pets in the home.
- Barking: Will bark at strangers on arrival.
Excellent at scent, track and pursue.
Due to the elongated nature of the body, the spine can be prone to injury if allowed to get overweight and jump off couches or beds.