A number of different types of Dachshund dogs are now recognized, descended from short legged hunting dogs that have been popular since the Middle Ages in parts of Germany. Here they were used primarily for badger hunting, with the traditional form of the Dachshund, or Teckel as it it better know in its homeland, being the standard short-haired form. Aside from their appearance, however, it is also generally accepted that there is a difference in temperament between these lively dogs and the somewhat shyer Long-haired Dachshund, which will require more grooming. The Wire-haired Dachshund, produced by crosses involving the Dandie Dinmont Terrier and other similar breeds, is the third member of this group Selective dog breeding has meant that there are now miniature versions of all three types of Dachshund as well.
Coat Type/Colour: Smooth/Wiry; Black and Amber
Height: 5 – 9 inch (12.5 – 23 cm)
Weight: 18 lb (8.2 kg)
Nature: Loyal; Susceptible to back injury
As companions, Dachshund prove loyal to their owners, and possess a bark suggestive of a larger dog. Their elongated body shape, which has led to them being nicknames ‘sausage dogs’, has made them susceptible to inter-vertebral disc problems, particularly if they are overweight. As a rough guide, like most of the other dogs covered in this section, they need about half a can of standard complete dog food (7 oz/200 g), with a similar volume of biscuit meal, which can be measured out using a clean can. As a further precaution against disc injuries, take pains to discourage these dogs from running up the stairs or jumping up onto furniture.