Weight: 9 - 10 lbs.
Height: 5" - 10"
Life Span: 14 - 17 years
Health Problems: Dachshund paralysis (hereditary spinal disc problems); heart disease; urinary tract infections; diabetes; easy weight gain
Origin: Germany (1900s)
Also Known As: Zwergteckel
Category: Companion Dog
Dachshunds have a tendency to get lazy and gain weight, so it is important to introduce them to exercise early in life. Short walks, romp and play are adequate for this breed.
No special grooming requirements.
Feisty, strong willed, curious and affectionate. This breed does well with older children, but can be snappish and jealous. The Miniature Dachshund has a tendency to pick a "favorite" in the family and become "their" dog. This breed can be difficult to train. Some clever Dachshunds will attempt to train their owners, rather than being trained. "
Compatibility with Kids
Dose well with older children
Formally bred in the 1800s as badger hunters, the breed may date back to ancient Egypt.
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