Dachshund

Dachshund

Breed Fact

Country of Origin: Germany
Hypoallergenic: No
Height: Toy: 12 inches (30 cm), Miniature: 5-7 inches (13-18 cm), Standard: 8-11 inches (20-27 cm)
Weight: Toy: 8-11 pounds (3.5-5.0 kg), Miniature: 12 pounds (5.5 kg), Standard: 16-32 pounds (7-15 kg)
Color: Black, Chocolate, Black & Tan, Blue, Cream, Chocolate & Cream, Red, Tan
Life Expectancy: 11 – 15 years
Temperament: Playful, Stubborn, Devoted, Lively, Courageous, Clever
Litter Size: 4 - 8 puppies
Health Problems: The Dachshund breed is prone to spinal problems, especially intervertebral disk disease (IVDD), due in part to an extremely long spinal column and short rib cage. The risk of injury may be worsened by obesity, jumping, rough handling, or intense exercise, which place greater strain on the vertebrae. About 20–25% of Dachshunds will develop IVDD.

Brief info: The Dachshund (pronounced dak-sund; also known as a ‘Teckel’) originated in Germany in the sixteenth century.

They were bred and trained to chase down prey, such as a badger (Dachshund means ‘Badger Dog’) or fox, enter its burrow, kill it, and retrieve it.

The Dachshund was recognized as a distinct breed in 1910 and has gradually increased in popularity to become a favored pet. Famous Dachshunds include Picasso’s dog Lump, who may have inspired some of his works, and Waldi, the first Olympic Mascot and symbol of the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany.