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Posted by WishbonE at 2:04 AM

Monday, February 9, 2009

Some Dachshund Facts and Trivia

  • The dachshund was originally bred to hunt badgers.
  • Dachshund means badger dog.
  • Dachshunds (Weiner Dog, Sausage Dog, Hot Dog) are the smallest breed of dog used for hunting.
  • The Dachshund is from Germany
  • The dachshund was first introduced into the United States in 1887.
  • There are two sizes of dachshunds : miniature (under 11 lbs.) & standard (usually between 16 and 32 lbs)
  • The dachshund is very smart and learns fast, when they want to ( they're sometimes a little stubborn).
  • The dachshund is bred in three different coats : Smooth or shorthaired, longhaired, and wirehaired.
  • The dachshund comes in several colors including: red , Black and tan , solid black ,chocolate and tan , solid chocolate , dark chocolate , blue and tan , isabella and tan , cream , english cream , wheaten and wild boar .
  • The dachshund is available in several patterns : single colors , two colors ( and tans ) , brindle , piebald , sable , dapple and double dapple .
  • A dachshund has very little, if any doggy odor.
  • A dachshund should never be overfed. They should never be allowed to get fat.

The dachshund is a short-legged, elongated dog breed of the hound family. However it is pronounced (variations include däks'hoont, -hʊnt, -hʊnd, -ənd, dɑks-, dæks-, dæʃ-), the breed's name is German and literally means "badger dog", from [der] Dachs, "badger", and [der] Hund, "dog". Due to the long, narrow build, they are sometimes referred to as a wiener dog or a sausage dog.

The Dachshund was bred to hunt and follow these animals to earth, gradually becoming highly evolved, with shortened legs to dig the prey out and go down inside the burrows. Smaller Dachshunds where bred to hunt hare and stoat. Dachshunds have many "terrier" characteristics. They are versatile and courageous dogs and have been known to take on foxes and otters, besides badgers.

Dachshunds are lively and affectionate, proud and bold - almost rash, tenacious, willful and clownish. Curious and mischievous, they are very clever and may attempt to train the owner rather than allow the opposite. Devoted to his family, some fanciers feel the long-haired variety is calmer than the other two types. The wire-haired variety is more outgoing and clown-like. All are slightly difficult to train. Dachshunds are good dogs to travel with. They are best with older, considerate children and are moderately protective.

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