|Group:||Hounds (Group 4)|
|Club:||Dachshund Club Of Victoria Inc|
|Contact:||Ms Katrina Brooks|
It is generally accepted that this breed came to prominence in Germany where they were used by foresters and noblemen to hunt rabbits and small game. This variety was bred to go into small places that the larger variety could not.
Dachshunds are an unusual breed in that there are three different coats: Long, Wire and Smooth, and two sizes: Standard and Miniature – making six varieties, each developed for a specific hunting purpose mainly depending on the type of terrain encountered in their district of origin.
They hunt their prey both above and below the ground.
Average Life Span
When considering a dog please realise that you are taking it on for its lifetime.
The average life span is 10 to 20 years.
Intelligent, courageous, good tempered, determined. The varieties differ a little in temperament. The Miniature Smooth Haired Dachshunds tend to be more aloof and wary than the other varieties and are generally very discerning in whom they like or dislike. A Dachshund wants to be with you. The Miniature Smooth variety is full of character, quick in attack and defence, intelligent, defiant, but faithful to their family. This breed may suffer from separation anxiety.
General Breed Description
Although the Dachshund is historically a hunting breed which has retained a keen hunting instinct that is quickly brought to the surface at the sight of a rabbit or fox, they are remarkably versatile - being equally adaptable as a house pet that gets on well with other pets or as an ideal companion for town or country.
All colours are permitted but white is restricted to a small spot on the chest. The usual colours ae black, black and tan, chocolate and red and may be dappled.
The Miniature Smooth Haired Dachshund is the most popular variety in Australia.
Coat and Care Requirements
Dachshund are strong, hardy and easy to care for. All three coat varieties require marginal attention, with the miniature smooth variety in particular requiring very little grooming. This variety appeals to many people because they are so easy to keep clean and groom. There is virtually nothing to do to keep their coat in good condition. If this breed type is healthy and properly fed, then the coat will radiate the inner good health. It will have a good sheen. A weekly brush is still required if you wish to have a squeaky-clean dog around you. They shed very little coat, have very little doggy odour and bathing is only required occasionally. Dachshunds get bored hanging around the yard and are enthusiastic eaters, so either ensure regular exercise or cut down on food. They are quite happy to spend their life on your favourite chair, but for the dog’s wellbeing, regular exercise is recommended.
Standard Dachshunds weigh 9 to 12kgs (20 to 26lbs).
Miniature Dachshunds ideally weigh under 5kgs (11lbs).
All breeds have individual health issues. When speaking to breeders it is recommended you enquire about breed’s health and what health testing the breeder does. All Dachshund varieties have a couple of hereditary health problems and responsible breeders will be engaged in eliminating known issues in the gene pool including Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD) and Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA-Cord 1).
All varieties of Dachshund are ideal for the family and are excellent with other pets.
Now you know a little more about this breed. If you have decided this is the dog for you and wish to investigate further, please contact the Breed Club or Dogs Victoria. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog events where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs. With any breed of dog, it is important to research and determine suitability for your lifestyle before committing to a puppy which will be a part of your family for many years to come.
Whilst many breeds are recommended for families, it is imperative that when children are with dogs they are supervised at all times. Basic obedience training is a vital part of dog ownership.
Dogs Victoria is about the responsible ownership of all dogs and in particular the preservation of pure breeds.
Link to ANKC Breed Standard http://ankc.org.au/Breed/Detail/114