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Dachshund (Miniature Wire Haired)

Group: Hounds (Group 4)
Club: Dachshund Club Of Victoria Inc
Contact: Ms Katrina Brooks
Phone: 5234 8224

About the Dachshund (Miniature Wire Haired)


Background. The origin of the Dachshund has been lost in antiquity and there is much conjecture as to its origin. It is generally accepted that the breed came to prominence in Germany where it was used by foresters and noblemen to hunt badger, fox and rabbits in dense forests where a large animal would have difficulty in pursuing its quarry. The Dachshund is a unique breed in that there are three different coats: Long, Wire and Smooth, and two sizes: Standard and Miniature - making six varieties catering for all tastes. These varieties were each developed for a specific purpose, mainly depending upon the type of terrain encountered in their district of origin. Today’s Dachshund in Australia and England is not normally used for hunting and is only bred as a faithful companion or show dog. As a result the breed differs slightly in type to that in Germany.

Average Lifespan. When considering a dog, please realise that you are taking it on for its lifetime. Dachshunds live from between 10 to 20 years of age.

Breed Personality/Characteristics/Temperament. The Dachshund is first and foremost a sporting dog, but is remarkably versatile - being equally adaptable as a house pet. The breed’s temperament and acute intelligence makes them the ideal companion for town or country. They have retained a keen hunting instinct that is quickly brought to the surface at the sight of a rabbit or fox. Each variety is different in temperament. For sheer hardiness and independence it is hard to fault the wire haired Dachshund. They have very strong hunting qualities and are regarded as the superior hunters of the three Dachshund coat varieties.

Compatibility with other pets. Excellent.

Care Requirements. Dachshund are strong, hardy and easy to care for. All three coat varieties require marginal attention, the wire coat is short and harsh to touch and the breed is characterised by a beard and bushy eyebrows, which gives the Wire its characteristic appearance. There is only one correct coat and that is a close fitting harsh double coat showing the sheen and gloss of good health and fitness. The hair on the ears should be smooth. There is an undercoat and on the legs and the chest there should be a close double coat. The goatee beard and eye brows act as protectors, but they must not be so abundant as to become a hindrance by obscuring the vision. It is a coat that requires little attention for grooming just a weekly brushing and combing. Dachshund get bored hanging around the yard and are enthusiastic eaters, so either ensure regular exercise or cut down on food. Dachshund are quite happy to spend their life on your favourite chair, but for the dog’s well being, regular exercise is recommended.

Health. All Dachshund varieties have known hereditary health problems and responsible breeders will be engaged in eliminating known issues in the gene pool, however, here’s a few to watch out for; Progressive Retinal Degeneration (PRA), Laforas Disease and Intervertibral Disc Disease (IVDD).

Please Take Note. Because of their long body in relation to their height, and the fact that most Dachshund love food, it is important not to overfeed. A dog that is too fat is the most likely candidate for a prolapsed disc, which is the most common problem in Dachshund and tends to occur between 5 and 7 years of age.

Ideal Owner/s Families. Dachshund are excellent with children. As with all dogs, young children and pets should always be supervised when together.

In Conclusion. Now you know a little about the Dachshund and have decided this is the dog for you or you want more information, make contact with the breed club or your State controlling body for purebred dogs. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog shows 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.



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