The 3 Types of Dachshunds
Why Were Dachshunds Originally Bred?
Dachshunds were initially bred to scent out and hunt badgers, rabbits, and other burrowing animals in Germany. Their history goes back hundreds of years.
Dachshunds come in standard and miniature sizes, both recognized as acceptable for show dogs. The most common color for Dachshunds is red, followed by black and tan.
Most Dachshunds are playful and very devoted to their owners. They have distinctive long, soft ears. All types of dachshunds should be affectionate and have a bold personality. They can be stubborn and may need reminders that they are not the boss of the house.
Standard and Miniature Dachshunds have three standard coat types, all of which are considered acceptable by the breed standards. The only difference between the types of dachshunds is their coat type and the size of the dog.
1. Smooth Coated Dachshunds.
Short-coated or smooth-coated Dachshunds have glossy, smooth fur. Short fur was the original coat type of the breed and allowed it to burrow more easily underground in search of prey. It requires the least grooming, and usually only needs a bath about once a month.
2. Long-haired Dachshunds.
The long-haired Dachshunds have a long silky coat that may be wavy or straight. The hair is long on its tail, body, legs, and ears. Long-haired dogs need brushing at least once or twice a week. If they are outdoor dogs, they require bathing a few times per month. Many people find the long-haired dachshund to have the calmest personality of the three coat types.
3. Wire-haired Dachshunds.
The wire-haired Dachshund has a rough, wiry, thick and tight outer coat, with a thinner and softer undercoat. They have eyebrows and a beard which resemble those of a schnauzer. Wire-haired Dachshunds are the least common variety in the U.S. and the newest coat variety appearing in breeding standards. The coat needs weekly brushing.
One of the Most Popular Dog Breeds in America
To summarize, Dachshunds have two officially recognized sizes and three coat types. They are loving, spunky, and occasionally stubborn personalities. Dachshunds are one of the most popular dog breeds in America as house pets as well as hunting dogs.
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