Dachshund breed profile

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Training and intelligence
Dachshunds can be a challenge to train, and do not generally excel at obedience training. Being independent and clever, they have a tendency to want to do things their way. If you don't find the right way to motivate them they may well be stubborn.

Temperament
Dachshunds can be quite independent, in that they tend to like to do things their way. They are playful and affectionate. There are smooth and wire haired strains, with the latter being more out-going, although all are capable of having their own opinions, which they will act on if they feel it necessary.

Attitude towards strange dogs and people
Dachshunds need to be socialised in as many different situations and with as many differnet people and dogs as possible. They will especially need to be socialised with children if they are to have a positive attitude towards them.

Grooming and shedding
Dachshunds have three different coat types - smooth, long and wire haired. Obviously there will be more grooming in terms of brushing with a long hiared, while a smooth haired is easier to maintain. The wire haired coat will probably need attention from a professional groomer in the form of strippnig and trimming.

Exercise
The Dachshund will need exercising - they were bred to hunt, and can have a surprising amount of energy for such a short legged dog. Be careful of their back though, and do not encourage jumping or any activity that might jar the spine unecessarily.

Need for company
Dachshunds tend to bond most closely with one person, and then be their shadow! They do enjoy time with people, although they will tolerate being left for short periods if accustomed to it.

General
These little dogs have a big bark. So long as you take care with their long backs, Dachshunds should have a long life.

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Books

Everything Dachshund Book: A Complete Guide To Raising, Training, And Caring For Your Dachshund

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Dachshunds are not only one of the most popular breeds in America, but also one of the most lovable. With The Everything Dachshund Book , you'll learn all there is to know about this social, friendly canine. From adopting the perfect addition to your family to keeping your dog in top shape, this all-inclusive ....


Dachshund (Kennel Club Dog Breed Series)

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Defined by its long and low outline, the Dachshund, whether sporting a Smooth, Wire or Long coat, in Miniature or Standard varieties, is counted among the most popular dogs in the world. This lively and intelligent dog is the symbol of courage and boldness, hailed as one of Germany's greatest contributions ....


The Essential Dachshund (Essential (Howell))

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Owning a Dachshund is rewarding and fun! Get all you need to know about feeding, training, and caring for your dog's health in The Essential Dachshund . Special features include professional color photos and expert tips on how to make your dog a wonderful addition to the family. ....


Dachshunds For Dummies (For Dummies (Pets))

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Dachshunds For Dummies, 2nd Edition provides owners with the latest advice, tips and information they need to raise a healthy, happy pet, including: Choosing a healthy puppy or adult dog Feeding and grooming Housing and supplies Health care and first aid Basic training ....


Dachshunds for Dummies

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Everybody loves a Wiener dog. Their funny bodies with their short little legs, floppy ears, and pleading eyes make Dachshunds irresistible even to people who claim to dislike small dogs. Also, Dachshunds are natural clowns. They can keep a room in stitches with their antics and coax one more dog cookie ....


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Snowy Dachshund

Dachshund through the snow!

Dachshund through the snow!

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pickles

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Maggie- Dachshund Chow Mix

This is Maggie- she is 8 1/2. Her daddy was a dachshund and her mommy was a chow/german shepherd mix. Maybe she and Mojo are long lost siblings!

This is Maggie- she is 8 1/2. Her daddy was a dachshund and her mommy was a chow/german shepherd mix. Maybe she and Mojo are long lost siblings!

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close up of Buddy

Buddy showing off his adorable markings, EVERYONE loves Buddy

Buddy showing off his adorable markings, EVERYONE loves Buddy

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Buddy at the beach

Buddy having a blast at the beach, he was my best pal, he went EVERYWHERE with me I miss him SO much

Buddy having a blast at the beach, he was my best pal, he went EVERYWHERE with me I miss him SO much

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My Dachshund Buddy (MISSING)

"This is Buddy my 14 pound, two year old silver dapple tweenie Dachshund and on the 16th of April 2010 while we were out of state and some friends were dog sitting him for us( and our first time ever leaving him with someone). They took him out for a morning walk, he slipped out of his collar and took off. He is still missing if you have seen him email me at birdgerd@yahoo.com and title the email Buddy. He was lost in Salmon Creek in Vancouver, WA, but he could be anywhere. It was very strange that he would do this.

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howling for me

very attentive. always by my side

very attentive. always by my side

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Dachshund Beagle Chow?

This little guy (full grown at 21 pounds) came from a hoarding situation--40 dogs in a house. The report says that the identifiable breeds were dachshund, beagle and chow, so it is assumed that he's a mix. 
Someday I'll do the DNA test to try to get a definitive answer. People think he's a Golden Retriever/Corgi mix, but I doubt there's a drop of either breed in him. 
Does anyone else have a doxie/beagle/chow mix that looks like this?

This little guy (full grown at 21 pounds) came from a hoarding situation--40 dogs in a house. The report says that the identifiable breeds were dachshund, beagle and chow, so it is assumed that he's a mix.

Someday I'll do the DNA test to try to get a definitive answer. People think he's a Golden Retriever/Corgi mix, but I doubt there's a drop of either breed in him.

Does anyone else have a doxie/beagle/chow mix that looks like this?

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Frankie

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Editor's Note: Please be aware that small dogs can find their way into many dangerous places. It's safest to leave the washing machine door closed to make sure your dog doesn't climb in.

Editor's Note: Please be aware that small dogs can find their way into many dangerous places. It's safest to leave the washing machine door closed to make sure your dog doesn't climb in.

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RUFIO!!!

rufio at my nephews football game!

rufio at my nephews football game!

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These dogs are awesome and are best when raised in pairs. My two dachshunds are sisters and they take such great care of each other. They are great companions and love to cuddle. Although they eat everything including their own poo. This eventually became a problem for one of my dogs and she died of inflammatory bowel disease. The other dog broke her back running down a flight of stairs, but she underwent surgery and is now healthier than ever. Just watch out for their stomachs and backs and you wont regret getting a wiener dog. You will have someone to cuddle with every night!

I am 18 years old now and I have had my oldest Dachshund since I was eight. He is my best friend and has been extremely loyal to me since I got him 10 years ago. Dachshunds have been part of our family for generations, and now I can see why! Their playfulness, compassion, and loyalty make them the best breed for someone at any age.

I have 4 longhair male mini dachshunds. My oldest dachshund is 7 years old, my youngest is 10 months. This breed definitely likes to have things go their way, but at the same time, they love to please. Dachshunds are very intelligent, and at times I honestly believe my boys know what I'm saying to them. This breed can be a challenge at times, and that's what makes them so special, and what they give in return is worth every minute of owning one. My dachshunds are such a big part of our family, and they continue to make it part of their day to make us laugh, and simply enjoy life.

they are the best

These dogs are very intelligent, genuine a badgger. They make perfect companions, tv watchers, house protectors, very funny comedianes.
Males are great mates for female owners. Must watch their weights because of their backs. They seek adventure, they are consciencious about the weather. They make good eaters of meat, vegetables and fruit.

Our dachshund Betty will be 12 years old this Saturday. She is still full of live and loves to chase squirrels - absolutely the doxie ever!

They are such cute little dogs!!! We have two right now- Kady is five and Cooper is three. We absolutely adore them, and they are spoiled rotten!!! Kady rules the house, no question. Dachshunds are so smart and funny, even if they are a bit yappy. I love Dachshunds and will definately at least one for the rest of my life!!!!

They are the most precious things in the world! If I could, I would have them all!

I think they are so CUTE!!! I have a miniature dachshund and he is very cute and adorable :). Though mine is very stuburn and hates other dogs!
:):):):):) love Samantha

Simply the best companion dog. As long as you're willing to take them as another family member, dachshunds will make the best dog you'll ever own (or should I say, that will ever OWN YOU).

Loving and playful, sweet and sensitive to your emotions. A good companion and friendly fellow. Little thiefs! Whole fishes we were about to cook, whole chocolate cakes (poor fellow got sick), a whole loaf of bread, a full kaiser bun sandwitch! He strikes if you just turn away a moment and he learned to pull table cloths off tables in order to get what he wants. Recently he learned how to stretch himself and pull off the place mats after we stopped using a table cloth. You have to be extra careful not to leave food anywhere he can get to.

Dachshunds are very independent and VERY stubborn! I have a miniature dachshund and i absolutely love her to death. She is about a year and a half years old and she has the biggest personality! I would recommend getting a dachshund if anyone is looking! The only thing I would say negatively about them is that since they are stubborn, it is difficult to potty train them and they are very territorial. They love to be with their owners, but they aren't too excited when others come around. They really are wonderful dogs, though!