- WEIGHT: 35 to 45 lbs
- HEIGHT: 16 to 19 inches
- COLOR(S): Mixture of gray, black, and cream; the undercoat is pale. They are often wolf gray, with lighter shades on the head and undersides, and with "spectacles" around the eyes.
- BREED GROUP: Non-Sporting
Dachshund - Standard
WEIGHT: 11 to 32 lbs
HEIGHT: 5 to 9 inches
COLOR(S): Red, sable, or cream, black and tan, brown and tan, gray and tan, or reddish brown and tan, and brindle.
The Dachshunds are lively and affectionate; proud and bold, almost rash. They can be willful and curious, clownish and mischievous. These dogs are very clever. Dachshund – Standard puppies and dogs are devoted to their family. The wire-haired variety is more outgoing and clown-like. All are slightly difficult to train. Dachshunds are good dogs to travel with. These dogs are best with older, considerate children and are moderately protective. Dachshund – Standard puppies and dogs are generally okay with other pets, however, they can be jealous, irritable, obstinate and very quick to bite. These dogs like to bark (their barks are surprisingly loud for their size) and are compulsive diggers. Dachshund – Standard puppies and dogs should not be over fed, for this breed tends to gain weight quickly.
Smooth-haired - dense, short and smooth, long-haired - soft and straight, and only slightly wavy, wire-haired - short, straight and harsh with a long undercoat. Long-haired require daily combing and brushings; wire-haired need professional trimming twice a year, and smooth-haired require regular rubdown with a damp cloth. Dachshund – Standard puppies and dogs are average shedders.
Prone to disc problems - do not let Dachshund – Standard puppies and dogs become overweight or jump from heights, as their backs are prone to injury. They are also subject to genetic eye diseases and skin problems. Other health concerns include epilepsy, hypothyroidism, and bloat. Bloat is a health issue to most dogs, being the second largest killer of dogs other than cancer, but Dachshund – Standard puppies and dogs can be particularly susceptible to it because of their deep chests.
Regular exercise is important to the Dachshund – Standard puppies and dogs, as they have a tendency to put on weight and become lazy. Dachshunds need care to control their diet as they will normally eat whatever is placed before them. Obesity can lead to back problems.
Long-haired Doxies are easier to train than smooth-haired, but they have a mind of their own and require patience and consistency.
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