HERE IS SOME GREAT INFO ON OUR BELOVED DOXIES
The Dachshund was bred several hundreds years ago as a hunting dog, their long low shape enabled them to follow creatures into underground burrows. It is suspected that they share a common ancestry with the Basset Hound. Dachshund history traces all the way back to the Ancient Egyptians, with mummified dogs found buried with their owners. However, they are more recently historically linked to England and the 1700's with Queen Victoria.
The Dachshund's unique appearance has made them popular as pets. They are easy to train and you should understand that it is in their nature to bark and dig. They are usually no taller than 14 inches. Unique among this dog is that they have over 40 teeth in their mouth making their mouths like small razor farms. They come in both short and long haired breed versions as well as wirehair, exhibiting traditional dachshund stature being low to the ground and elongated bodies. They are prone to spinal and disc problems, and care should be taken to ensure the dog does not jump from couches or places that are high off the ground relative to their height. Several cases of paralysis of dachshunds are reported each year from jumping less than 2 feet off the ground.
This is a cheerful yet independent breed, and they have a tendency to bond strongly to one person. (I have found that even if one of mine bonds more with one family member, they are not exclusive to that person but love all the family) Dachshunds are extremely intelligent and will take well to training as long as their independent nature it taken into consideration. They are great and fun puppies with a lot of energy, but care should be taken when raising dachshund puppies around children. Also, special care should be taken that they are not allowed to become overweight as it will put undue stress on their spine. It's always sweet to feed your puppy, but if you feed them too much you are setting them up for a world of health issues. If you are careful with what you feed them and where you place them in your home, your Dachshund dog can live up to 16 years.
The name Dachshund has a German decent / origin and means "Badger Dog"."(This is some great Dachshund knowledge!) Their body type was developed to be long and low to the ground so they could fit into badger dens. This is how the miniature Dachshund came to be. Hunters wanted smaller dogs in order to fit into the dens better and quicker.
The Dachshund is a member of the hound group according to the American Kennel Club. As any good hunting dog the Dachshund has a great sense of smell. They make a great scent tracking hunter and was bred to track and dig out his prey, corner it, and bark to alert the hunter who is waiting above ground.
Children and Dachshunds make great companions. Because of the size and energy this little guy has children do well keeping up with them.(This is the way you tire both of them out!)Do be careful though kids a lot of time want to pick up and carry around little dogs. The Dachshund has a predisposition of back injuries. Please teach your child and family the propper way in picking up and holding your bundle of joy. They will be much happier and so will you.(See how to pick up you Dachshund under Dachsund Health)
Here is some additional Dachshund information, if you are looking for a protector for the family this is your dog. Don't be fooled in his size he is very protective of his family and home. Matter of fact he is protective of the whole block you live on. He feels that anything in site is his territory. Never let your Dachshund off of its leash for a few simple reasons. One, he has a very keen sense of smell and will follow it in a heart beat. You can call his name all you want but he has a one track mind and that is to find that smell. Two, he loves people. He wants to say HELLO to everyone. He is checking them out making sure they are safe and ok to be around. Even if you feel that you Dachshund is well trained to stay by you when out side, Keep him on a leash. All it takes is one time of him to run into the street and get hit by a car. They have no fear of cars at all and cars can not see him since he is so low to the ground.
Dachshunds are a very social animal. They love their family and want to be around them at all times. Keep this in mind when deciding whether to make your Dachshund an in or out side dog. Most of them that are kept outside develop bad behaviors like digging and barking. If a house dog is not want you want then the Dachshund is probably not the right breed to have. Remember they are a small dog that wants to be under your feet at all times. he does not want to miss out on anything including meal time. He loves to sit in your lap and cuddle under covers. Many Dachshund dogs like to swim!
Doxies LOVE to cuddle & the comforts of beds, soft cushions and BLANKETS!! Especially the smooth coats love to be under the blankets! They are the best snuggle buddies!!
COAT TYPES AND COLORS
They come in several varieties of color, hair types and sizes. The most common colors you will see on a Dachshund is red and Black & Tan. Now there are other variety of Dachshund colors as well. There are three hair types the short-haired Dachshund, long-hair Dachshund and the wirehair Dachshund Even though they all look and feel different they all have the same lovable spunk.
Some of the most common Dachshund colors are red, black & tan and tan. The single coat colors consist of red, chocolate, black, and cream. Although you don’t see the all black Dachshund around very much, they are out there.
There are Dachshund coat colors that consist of two colors. The most popular two tone Dachshund is the black and tan. Other colors you might see in this category are wild boar, chocolate and tan, gray (blue) and tan, and fawn (Isabella) and tan. The tan marking on all of these dogs are in the same places. You will see the marking over the eyes, side of jaw, front, breast, on paws, around anus, and under part of the tail. You also will see cream in place of the tan markings on some Dachshunds.
These color bases can be with or without tan points/shading....
These patterns can have many different color combination's also. Example: A Dapple can be a red dapple, a black and tan dapple (also known as blue/silver dapples, everyone calls it something different), and a chocolate dapple. Some dapples can have both blue eyes, one blue eye, flecks of blue in their eye, or green eyes. Some dappling can fade over time. Their can also be two patterns on a Doxie, like a Brindle/Dapple puppy. Dachshund colors and patterns can get very confusing....
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Long coats can be a full thick all over coat to the medium coats which have lovely ear and tail feathering and lighter body coats.
Medium long coated male:
Smooth or short coats
My smooth/short coated female Hailey
Wire coats can be course or silky/soft wire
(I do not have any wire coats in my home at this time.)