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De Prisco, Andrew, and Mara Bovsun, eds. The New Complete Dog Book. 21st ed. Irvine, CA: I-5 Publishing, LLC, 2015. Print.
Although there is much speculation as to where the Dachshund originates, there is no documented proof. The low stature and hound senses indicate the use of Basset Hound in the creation but the mixture is unknown. The first breed standard was developed in Germany in 1879. Shortly after that, it was recognized by the AKC in 1885. Since it’s recognition, the Dachshund has become very popular and frequently is on the Top 10 list of breeds with the AKC.
Dachshunds can be quite stubborn and independent but have a basic desire to please their family. Because of their size, they make great apartment or city dogs. However, this does not preclude them to farm living. Dachshunds are smart, funny, loyal and alert family companions. They live an average of 12 to 16 years. When considering a Dachshund, one should evaluate their grooming, exercise and training needs. Generally, owners can easily learn to groom their wirehaired or longhaired companions but may choose to use a professional.
The Dachshund is famous for it’s low, long body. They come in a smooth, wirehair and long hair coat variance. The smooth coat requires no grooming, however, the long and wirehair coats require maintenance. Although the AKC does not recognize them as two different breeds, they do come in two different sizes of standard and miniature. Miniatures weigh an average of 11 pounds and the standards weigh between 16 and 20 pounds. They were bred to hunt rabbit and badger and became wildly popular during the rabbit overpopulation in the early 1900’s. However, today, Dachshunds are mostly known as family pets and not often use for their original breeding purpose.
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