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• High energy level
• Low exercise needs
• Moderately playful
• Moderately Affectionate
• Friendly towards other dogs
• Shy around other pets
• Shy around strangers
• Easy to train
• Great watchdogs
• Not very protective
• Moderate grooming requirements
• Medium tolerance to heat
• Medium tolerance to cold
The Standard Dachshund is a low-profile dog breed that has a great ability to reach inside places most breeds can’t and they still have excellent jaw strength to enable it to overcome its prey. He’s a confident dog with great hunting instinct, which has served him well since he was first bred in the 1500s in Germany.
He’s curious and is always on the lookout for an adventure. The standard is larger than the miniature dachshund, with all the personality qualities and lovability of the breed.
He’s happy hunting and digging and tracking scents, and although he does enjoy his independence, he loves to spend time with his family whenever possible. He is great with the children in his own family but when confronted by other children they have been known to snap, so supervision is always a good idea when children are involved.
Dachshunds are an active breed, but they are quite content with a walk on a leash or playtime in a fenced in yard. He can adapt to city life as easily as life in the country as long as he gets regular exercise to avoid obesity.
He prefers to sleep indoors with his family, like most hounds, and truly is a sociable creature with those he knows and trusts.
Grooming is fairly simple, as a short coat requires once a week brushing and the long coat does better with twice a week brushing to remove dead hairs. They all appreciate a trip to the salon occasionally for a trim.
Evidence of the dachshund breed dates back to the 16th century, when he was called a burrow dog or badger dog due to his size and stature. This hound was good at going into small spaces, capturing its prey and killing it.
They were available in two sizes, the miniature and standard and had three different coat styles, smooth, miniature, and terrier-type.
The different types all were better suited to particular terrain and climate hunting jobs. The standard was originally popular for going after small mammals such as badgers and foxes.
In the early 1900s, a strict standard was developed for each type, and the standard was bred to be what he is today, a popular family pet and one of the most well-known hounds in America.