The Dachshund is available in three varieties: The short-haired, the long-haired, and the wire-haired Dachshund. The AKC only recognizes the standard and miniature sizes, but there some groups also recognize a toy version. The Dachshunds have been described as being half a dog high and a dog and a half long, which makes this breed easy to identify. The legs are stubby but the front paws are pronounced, enabling them to dig well to get after burrowing creatures.
The Dachshund was developed in Germany as a hunter of badgers and rabbits. Typically the dog would burrow underneath the burrow of the targeted animal and catch the creature by surprise, fighting until death.
The Dachshund can be tricky to train and may be prone to aggression if not taught their proper place in the family. This is not surprising as they were bred to be independent hunters of an aggressive prey (badgers.) The modern Dachshund has been bred more towards companionship as opposed to hunting, so well-socialized dogs are delightful members of the family.
Breed Club Links: Dachshund Club of America
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