Classified as a
scenthound, the Dachshund has a keen sense of smell and works in packs when
The Standard Dachshund is
8 inches high at the shoulder and has three coat types.
smooth-coated dog can be chocolate, grey or white with rust markings, dappled or
brindle but the most common colours are red or black and tan. This dog has little body
he has terrier-like qualities and likes to be the boss! He may be
stubborn, dominant, and a challenge to train. However, he is
also friendly, playful, alert, and spirited, and makes a terrific
companion. The fearless
Dachshund does not always look before he leaps! He can sometimes
overestimate his athletic abilities!
The Dachshund requires early, consistent
training from a patient, take-charge master. If spoiled, he may
become snappy. Training may require extra time and patience. Early socialization is a good
idea. Blessed with a loud bark, the Standard Dachshund makes a good watchdog!
A fenced yard is a must as the Dachshund will instinctively wander off after an interesting scent.
Be sure the yard is truly escape-proof as the Dachshund can dig his way
out of almost anything! Dachshunds require regular exercise to fight a tendency to
obesity. This is particularly important as the Dachshund's body
shape does not support extra weight well.