One dog, three coats, three sizes = nine varieties
Dachshund is a German word meaning “badger dog” and the breed’s German history goes back some 600 years. They were bred to dig their way into a badger den and despatch it’s occupant. The Dachshund’s long low body was custom made for tunnelling underground.
There are three sizes of dachshund: the Standard, the Miniature and the Kaninchen (or Rabbit as they are known in Australia). Each size comes in a variety of 3 different coat types, namely Long Haired, Smooth Haired and Wire Haired which means there are nine varieties of dachshunds within the breed.
Dachshunds are very intelligent dogs that have a mind of their own. They respond positively to training, although their innate stubborn streak may sometimes exhibit itself. They can also be brave to the point of rashness.
A Dachshund of any variety will be a clever, playful and lively addition to any household. A Dachshund is a splendid choice around children. They are dedicated and protective as well as affectionate and playful.
Their size, cleanliness and lack of “doggy” odour make them easy to have as indoor pets. They are alert watchdogs. Once they know what is expected they will loudly proclaim the approach of a stranger with a bark that belies their small stature. Dachshunds are easy to love, but they give much more than they receive. Their delightful antics will provide you with hours of pleasure.
If you want to be owned by your dog – buy a Dachshund!