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Registration: All Dachshunds are registrable with the United Canine Association and eligible to participate in all UCA sanctioned dog shows and events.
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The United Canine Association recognized and began recording registration for the Dachshund in 2002.
Breed Characteristics: The Dachshund has a strong mix of both Hound and Terrier characteristics: he has a strong sense of smell, a loud voice and he also has the built-in instinct to search out vermin and rodents.
The Dachshund is low to the ground, long in body and short of leg with robust muscular development.
Appearing neither crippled, awkward, nor cramped in his capacity for movement, the Dachshund is well-balanced with bold and confident head carriage and intelligent, alert facial expression.
Country of Origin: The Dachshund originated in Germany.
Original Purpose: The name Dachshund comes from the German words "dachs", which means badger, and "hund" which means dog. Dachshunds were originally bred to have short legs to enable the breed to follow and hunt badgers under ground in their burrows.
Not only was the Dachshund developed to hunt badgers and other small game animals but it's appearance was much like its one time prey the badger, with the Dachshund being sturdy and short legged.
Today's Uses: Today the Dachshund is used as a companion dog primarily.
Size: The United Canine Association recognizes three different size classes of Dachshunds and those are the Toy, Miniature and Standard.
The Toy Dachshund is the smallest of the three Dachshund varieties and weighs 8 pounds or less.
The Miniature Dachshund is the second largest of the three Dachshund varieties weighing 8 to 11 pounds.
The Standard Dachshund is the largest of the three Dachshund varieties and weighs up to 32 pounds.
Coat: The Dachshund comes in three coat varieties and those are long haired, smooth and wirehaired coats.
Long haired Dachshund's coat is sleek, soft and straight, or only slightly wavy. The coat of the Long haired Dachshund is longer on the forechest, underside of the body, ears, behind the legs and underside of the neck.
Smooth coated Dachshunds should have a dense, short, smooth and shiny coat. The hair on underside of the tail is coarse in texture.
The Wirehaired Dachshunds has a thick, short, hard outer coat with a finer, softer under The coat on the ears of the Wirehaired Dachshund is shorter than on the body and has a smoother texture.
Color: The Dachshund can be any color except for solid white.
Temperament: The Dachshund is intelligent, energetic and brave beyond his means. They make lively, friendly, loyal family pets .
Dachshund are somewhat reserved in the presence of strangers. Dachshund tend to form a strong lasting bond with their family.
Dachshunds are bold and outgoing, enjoying attention and frequently seeking adventure.
With Children: Dachshunds get along well with older known children but may behave aggressively towards unknown children or those that are younger.
With Pets: Dachshunds tend to want to dominate other dogs and it is important that the breed be properly socialized to insure a desired temperament.
Trainability: All three varieties of Dachshunds require firm and consistent training. Dachshunds are independent thinkers and can be slow to respond to training.
The Dachshund has a tendency to be sensitive and should be corrected gently, so as to prevent it from becoming timid and fearful of its owners.
Activity Level: Dachshund require minimal but regular exercise.
Life Expectancy: Dachshunds have an average life expectancy of 12 to 15 years.
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