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Three smooth haired Dachshunds were the inspiration for a brewing company located in Wisconsin. The company produces III Dachshunds beer and cider.
The dogs’ names were Lillie, Otto, and Sophie.
Standard Smooth Dachshund
If you’ve never owned dachshunds, no explanation is possible. If you’ve owned dachshunds, no explanation is necessary. – Benny Archuleta
Medieval European books on hunting described dogs who possessed the tracking ability of hounds and the proportions and temperament of terriers. Because they hunted badgers they were called “badger-dogs” after the German words “dachs” meaning badger and “hund” meaning dog.
The Standard Smooth-haired is believed to be the original breed from which the Long-haired and Wire-haired were developed. Classified as a scenthound, the Dachshund has a keen sense of smell and works in packs when hunting.
The standard size dachshund was developed to scent, chase, and flush out badgers and other burrow-dwelling animals. In North America, they have also been used to track wounded deer and hunt prairie dogs.
Sometimes called “weiner dogs”, “hot dogs”, or “sausage dogs”, the Dachshund is one of the most recognizable dog breeds.
A 2008 University of Pennsylvania study of 6,000 dog owners found that smaller breeds were more likely to be “genetically predisposed towards aggressive behaviour”. Dachshunds were rated the most aggressive, with 20% having bitten strangers, other dogs and their owners. The study also found that these numbers were probably underreported as small dog bites don’t usually result in serious injuries. Training and socialization are key to managing any dog.
Photos displayed courtesy of Ted and Karen Brunner, Barkerville Perm Reg’d, British Columbia
The Standard Dachshund weighs more than 11 pounds (5 kg) and is divided into three different varieties reflecting three different coat types.
The short, smooth-coated dog can be one coloured (red, red-yellow, or yellow), two-coloured (black, chocolate, grey or white with rust markings), dappled (clear brownish or greyish colour, or even a white ground, with dark irregular patches or dark-grey, brown, red-yellow or black) or brindle (red or yellow with a darker streaking). The most common colours are red or black and tan.
This dog has little body odor.
The Dachshund requires early, consistent training from a patient, take-charge master. He may be stubborn, dominant, and a challenge to train so training may require extra time and patience. If spoiled, he may become snappy. Early socialization is a good idea. However, he is also friendly, playful, alert, and spirited, and makes a terrific companion.
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. The fearless Dachshund does not always look before he leaps! He can sometimes overestimate his athletic abilities! Blessed with a loud bark, the Standard Dachshund makes a good watchdog!