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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Dachshund (Teckel, Dackel, Wadenbeißer, Bassotto, Tacsko, Jamnik, Taksa)

The Dachshund dog breed is also known as the Teckel, Dackel, Wadenbeißer, Bassotto, Tacsko, Jamnik, or Taksa. Dachsunds are instantly recognizable by their chacteristic sausage-like bodies. But these dogs are no joke: their lithe bodies are perfect for burrowing down the holes of badgers and rabbits, which they were bred to hunt.

The Dachshund's Behavior

Recommended for: Family pets

The Dachshund breed's members are playful dogs. Dachshunds have a fondness for chasing small animals and birds. They are also known for their loyalty. The breed's barrel-like chest, which makes lungs unusually large, makes for a deep bark. (source:Wikipedia)

Remember that breed only provides a general clue as to any individual dog's actual behavior. Make sure to get to know dogs well before bringing them into your home.

Dachshund's Physical Characteristics

Here are the characteristics of the Dachshund breed as determined by the American Kennel Club's published breed standard.

* Size: 16-32 pounds
* Coat: Smooth Dachshund: Short, smooth and shining; Wirehaired Dachshund: tight, short, thick, rough, hard, outer coat;finer, shorter undercoat; Longhaired Dachshund: sleek, glosssy, often slightly wavy hair is longer under the neck and on the forechest, the underside of the body, the ears, and behind the legs
* Color: red and black, tan
* Eyes: medium-sized, almond-shaped and dark-rimmed, very dark color
* Ears: set near the top of the head,moderate length, rounded
* Skull: slightly arched, slopes gradually with little perceptible stop into the muzzle
* Muzzle: slightly arched
* Nose: Black
* Tail: Set in continuation of the spine, extending without curves

Dachshund's Origins and History

The following historical facts about the Dachshund breed come from Wikipedia.

Country/Region of Origin: Germany

Original purpose: to hunt badgers and other hole-dwelling animals

Name: The breed's name is German and literally means "badger dog"

Historical notes: The Dachshund's roots likely date back to Ancient Egypt. There are Ancient Egyptian engravings displaying short-legged hunting dogs. Books written in the early 1700s shows clear references to the Dachshunds, originally named "Tachs Kriecher" (badger crawler) or "Tachs Krieger"(badger catcher). Known for their effective killing of badgers, Dachshund were generally used in rabbit and fox hunting, locating wounded deers as well as large game such as a wild boar wherein they hunt in pack. The Daschund is widely viewed as a symbol of Germany.

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