All About Dachshunds

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Learn the basics of the dachshund dog breed and find out if it’s the right pet for your family.

    Female Speaker: Most people know the Dachshund by their nickname, the wiener dog. These tiny hounds can trace their roots back to Germany in the 1600s where they used to hunt badgers, boa, fox, dear, weasels and rabbits.

    Their short long bodies made them particularly useful for fleshing out animals from underground dens. Modern dachshunds don't see much hunting action, they are companion dogs who have a reputation for yapping and doing whatever is necessary to be the center of attention at all times.

    Though they are small, dachshunds do require daily exercise and should be allowed to run regularly in a fenced in location. Not only will this exercise keep them healthy, it can also help them maintain an even temperament.

    Dachshunds come in two sizes, standard and miniature. The standard dachshund weighs between 16 and 32 pounds and miniature dachshunds weigh 11 pounds or less.

    The dachshunds coat comes in three variations; smooth, wired haired and long haired. Smooth dachshunds don't require much grooming, however wire haired and long haired varieties have a more labor intensive coat that may require the services of a professional groomer.

    Dachshunds are small, but their attitude is always extra large. Their need for attention makes them ideal pets for older people who have lots of time and love to give.