- Teckel (BNL/FR/GER),
- Tekkel (BNL),
- Tekkel Doxie (US),
- Weenie Dog (US) (S.A.),
- Wiener Dog/Hotdog (US),
- Sausage Dog (UK/US/AUS/NZ),
- Bassotto (ITA),
- Worshond (AFR),
- Tacskó (HUN),
- Yarrak (TUR),
- Salsicha (BRA).
Country of origin Germany:
1840–50; (German, equivalent to Dachs
badger + Hund
Life span 12-16
Dog (Canis lupus familiaris)
The dachshund is a short-legged, elongated dog breed belonging to the hound family. The standard size dachshund was bred to scent, chase, and flush out badgers and other burrow-dwelling animals, while the miniature dachshund was developed to hunt smaller prey such as rabbits. In the American West they have also been used to hunt prairie dogs.
A long-haired standard dachshund
Dachshunds are playful, but can be stubborn, and are known for their propensity for chasing small animals, birds, and tennis balls with great determination and ferocity. Many dachshunds are stubborn, making them a challenge to train. Several quotes have been recorded regarding the training of dachshunds; one is from Being the owner of dachshunds, to me a book on dog discipline becomes a volume of inspired humor. Every sentence is a riot. Some day, if I ever get a chance, I shall write a book, or warning, on the character and temperament of the dachshund and why he cant be trained and shouldnt be. I would rather train a striped zebra to balance an Indian club than induce a dachshund to heed my slightest command. When I address M&Ms, I never have to raise either my voice or my hopes. He even disobeys me when I instruct him in something he wants to do.
They have a loud bark and without proper training they can become nuisance barkers. Dachshunds are known for their devotion and loyalty to their owners, though they can be standoffish towards strangers. If left alone, many dachshunds will whine until they have companionship. Like many dogs if left alone too frequently, some dachshunds are prone to separation anxiety and may chew objects in the house to relieve stress. They rank 49th in Stanley Corens Intelligence of Dogs, being of average working and obedience intelligence. Dachshunds can be difficult to housebreak, and patience and consistency is often needed in this endeavor.
According to the American Kennel Clubs breed standards, the dachshund is clever, lively and courageous to the point of rashness, persevering in above and below ground work, with all the senses well-developed. Any display of shyness is a serious fault. Their temperament and body language give the impression that they do not know or care about their relatively small size. Like many small hunting dogs, they will challenge a larger dog. Indulged dachshunds may become snappy or extremely obstinate.
Many dachshunds do not like unfamiliar people, and many will growl or bark at them. Although the dachshund is generally an energetic dog, some are sedate. This dogs behavior is such that it is not the dog for everyone. A bored, untrained dachshund will become destructive. If raised improperly and not socialized at a young age, dachshunds can become aggressive or fearful. They require a caring owner who understands their need for entertainment and exercise.
Dachshunds may not be the best pets for small children. Like any dog, dachshunds need a proper introduction at a young age.
Well trained dachshunds and well behaved children usually get along fine. Otherwise, they may be aggressive and bite an unfamiliar child, especially one that moves quickly around them or teases them. However, many dachshunds are very tolerant and loyal to children within their family, but these children should be mindful of the vulnerability of the breeds back and not carry them around roughly.