Did you know?
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
“Dachs” is German for badger and “hund” means dog. Since the 1500s, Dachshunds have been used to hunt badger, fox, and deer.
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.
Photos displayed courtesy of Françoise Favier, Dufailloux Perm Reg’d, Quebec
The Standard Dachshund weighs more than 11 pounds (5 kg) and has three 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 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.