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Dachshund |Germany|

Dachshund |Germany|

In Germany the Dachshund, which translates as “badger hound,” is more commonly referred to as a Teckel. These low-slung, tenacious hunters are valued for their use on small game such as rabbit, hare, badger, and fox. They are unusual in that they can locate and track prey above ground and also dig down, kill, and retrieve prey that has gone underground. There are two recognized sizes of the Dachshund now—miniature and standard—but in Germany they are measured according to the circumferences of their chests, which determines into what size hole they can follow their prey. Dachshunds are perhaps more commonly known as companion animals today, but they are also still widely used for hunting, particularly in Germany. As companions, they are full of personality, loyal to their families, and love to have fun. They can, however, be wary of strangers and have a tendency to bark.

History

Long-bodied dogs low to the ground have been recorded since the Middle Ages. Accounts from the 1500s indicate that short-legged, powerful dogs were used in Germany for hunting badgers, and in 1685, author Christian Paullini refers to Dachshunds in his book on dogs. There are no records about how these dogs developed, but historians speculate that German Pinschers, bassetts, French hounds, and terriers might all have had some influence. Certainly the breed is designed for digging and hunting underground; they are extremely powerful but slender, and the structure of their front legs, which may incline outward slightly, allows for a free digging movement. Dachshunds became popular in England during the nineteenth century when Queen Victoria developed a fondness for them, and they made their way to the United States at around the same time. The American Kennel Club registered its first Dachshund in 1885, and the Dachshund Club of America was established in 1895.

Dachshund puppies are very bright, so it is essential to keep them interested, alert, and happy, particularly when puppy training starts.

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From Dogs Unleashed, Copyright by Tamsin Pickeral, licensed through ContentOro, Inc and used by arrangement with Thunder Bay Press

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