Standard Long-haired Dachshund
A dachshund is a half-dog high and a dog-and-a-half long – H. L. Mencken
“Dachs” is German for badger and since the 1500s, Dachshunds have been used to hunt badger, fox, and deer.
The Standard Smooth is believed to be the original dog from which the Long-Haired and Wire-Haired were developed. The long-haired came from crossing with the Field Spaniel. Classified as a scenthound, the Dachshund has a keen sense of smell and works in packs when hunting.
The Standard Dachshund is 8 inches high at the shoulder and has three coat types. The Long-Haired Dachshund’s glossy, slightly wavy coat is said to be very similar to an Irish Setter. It can be solid-coloured, two-coloured, dappled or brindle. The Dachshund has little body odor.
Photos displayed courtesy of Jane Coleman, Danny Boy, Ontario
The Dachsie may be stubborn, dominant, and a challenge to train. However, he is also friendly, playful, alert, and spirited, and makes a terrific companion. The fearless Dachshund does not always look before he leaps! He can sometimes overestimate his athletic abilities!
The Dachshund requires early, consistent training from a patient, take-charge master. If spoiled, he may become snappy. Training may require extra time and patience. Early socialization is a good idea. Blessed with a loud bark, the Standard Dachshund makes a good watchdog!
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.