The Dachshund originated in Germany and is a very popular breed today. This dog is small but feisty and full of energy. He is great for seniors or those who live in small spaces.
Scientific & Common Names
The scientific name for this breed of dog is "Dachshund - Canis lupus familiaris." The Dachshund is usually affectionately known by the nickname "Doxie." He is also called "weiner dog," due to his elongated body and small legs and head.
The Standard Dachshund stands 8 to 11 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs between 16 and 32 pounds when fully grown. This dog is classified as a small breed. The Dachshund was bred for hunting and has a high prey drive. The Dachshund can have a long coat or short coat; either are acceptable for the breed. The Dachshund's coat can be many different colors; no color pattern is disqualified by the AKC.
There are many reputable Dachshund breeders to choose from across the country. There are also several breed-specific rescues that help to re-home Dachshunds and protect the integrity and lineage of the breed. Doxies are prone to several different types of birth defects and health problems, so it is important to choose a breeder wisely. Alternatively, most local shelters and humane societies entertain a constant stream of homeless Doxies, so they are a great resource if you are looking to help a needy dog.
The Dachshund is very intelligent and easy to train. Though he is small, he can still help out around the house and fetch your paper or help you with the mail. Most Doxies have lots of energy, and love to play with toys on the living room floor. Due to his small size, your Doxie may enjoy the occasional walk, but doesn't need to canvass the neighborhood daily to keep him calm and well-toned.
The Dachshund can likely trace his roots back to Ancient Egypt. The Doxie as we know it hails from 17th century Germany, with traces of English, German, and French terriers and hounds in his bloodline. This breed was first recognized by the AKC in 1885.
The Dachshund is consistently ranked on the Top Ten list of the most popular dog breeds in the United States. This dog has a life span of about 12 years, and is great for seniors and those who live in small spaces.