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Dachshund
The charm of the quintessential weiner dog is well recognized.  While most would think it is a factor of the physical demeanor of the Doxie, the fact is that the true Doxie lover knows its all about the little dog's attitude!  A fabulous blend of scenthound (a bit laid back) and terrier (king of entertainment) leaves the progeny, the Dachshund, as a character capable of being totally imperious one minute and as goofy as any hound the next.  The combination is irresistible!
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General Information
Group(s): HoundsScent Hound Height: 8-9 inches Standard, 5-6 inches Miniature
Weight: 12-24 pounds Standard, Miniature under 12 Longevity: 15 years, sometimes more
Colors: red, black, brown, tan, black and tan Coat type: as appropriate smooth, longhaired (silky, smooth and feathered), wirehaired (straight and coarse double coat)
Recognized Registries: NCA, FCI, UKC, AKC and others
Overall Appearance: The classical weiner dog, much fun has been made over the exceptionally long body (especially relative to the very short legs) of the beloved Doxie. This extreme serves very well, when you are a dog that must pursue a badger into his hole. Having a powerful front, but short legs (one less thing for the badger to bite) can make a profound difference in the outcome. Don't let the Doxie's fearsome ability cow you, the breed has become one of the most endearing personalities the world of canine has sought to offer. A well socialized Doxie is just the dog everyone wants.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: moderate
General Nature: very good with a bit of Terrier-like zest to them
  with Children: generally good but will be protective if children are rough, as always keep supervised!
  with other pets: generally good though can have a high enough prey drive to go after cats and other small animals (Standard more so than Miniature)
  with dogs: generally good with dogs that aren't too rambunctious or significantly larger
Socialization requirements: highly preferred, this breed is very endearing and easy to indulge, good socialization helps them keep being spoiled in balance with having good manners around others, which is easy they generally like people
Ideal home characteristics: rather adaptable, good in apartments or larger properties, can get plenty of exercise running around the house but also enjoy many outdoor activities, probably not a jogging partner though
Temperament Notes: unless neglected, abused and/or unsocialized, Doxies are happy, confident, smart and full of spark
Training requirement: socialize, socialize and then basic manners
Trainer notes: The only hope for the person hoping to train a Dachshund is to keep it fun!  This is a breed that is born with a philosophy for a good time and can show a remarkable capacity for feeling seriously misused and even shut down if they are not having a good time.  So positive methods are the best and easiest way for both of you, when you are teaching your darling.
Background Information
Year range of first recognition: First club established in 1888 but the breed is far older
Country of Origin: Germany/Western Europe
Original Function: Badger Hound
History: Popular as a city dwelling companion and prior to that as a fierce medium sized vermin dispatcher in the country, the Doxie was recognized in 1888 with its first organization of fanciers.
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard: oversized, poor dentition, poor head
Health Notes: luxating patellas, back problems, eye problems,
Health Testing: OFA, CERF
Questions to ask Breeder:  http://www.digitaldog.com/breeder_questions.html  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!
  • How long have you had Dachshund?
  • Why do you have Dachshund (show, performance, hunting, etc.)?
  • What do you consider to be the most important single characteristic of a Dachshund?
  • What health issues have you seen in the breed?
  • What criteria do you set for your breeding stock?
  • Do you plan to keep a puppy from this litter?
  • How often do you have puppies?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • At what age do you sent your pups to their homes?
  • How would you describe the ideal Dachshund?
  • How would you describe the ideal Dachshund home?
  • Are your puppies whelped in your home?
  • What advice would you offer someone in raising and training a Dachshund?
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    http://www.drna.org/- Dachshund Rescue of North America

    http://www.c2cdr.org/-Coast to Coast Dachshund Rescue

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    Other Resources
    Breed standard:

    http://www.dachshund-dca.org/official_standard.html- Breed Standard of the Dachshund Club of America

    Breeder Ethics:

    http://www.dachshund-dca.org/Code_of_Ethics.html- Dachshund Club of America Code of Ethics

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