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The words "dachs" and "hund" mean "badger" and "dog" in German, hence the name "dachshund" suggests that this is a badger hunting-dog. Although placed in the hound group, this is actually a breed of terriers, as they go to the ground in search of vermin. The standard smooth variety is the oldest Dachshund on record and has been in existence since the early 16th century. All the other coat varieties were developed by cross breeding with wired-coated terriers or field spaniels. The miniatures were developed by selecting and breeding in smaller sized dogs. Miniature Dachshunds were used to hunt rabbits. Their diminutive size enabled them to enter the rabbit?s warren easily.Dachshunds are known for their terrier tenacity but make a very loyal and loving family pet. They can be reserved and defensive if strangers enter their domain. They are very alert and have a powerful and frequent bark when guarding. Miniature Dachshunds make excellent lap dogs.

MALE : 11lbs (5kg)FEMALE : 8lbs (4kg)

Miniature Dachshunds come in three varieties of coat: smooth, wirehaired, and longhaired. Smooth Dachshunds have short, smooth, glossy hair that requires a minimal amount of grooming. Wirehaired Dachshunds have medium length, coarse hair with a good undercoat, and require a moderate amount of grooming. Longhaired Dachshunds have medium length hairthat is soft and silky to the touch and require a moderate amount of grooming. The coat colors of Miniature Dachshunds are solid red, black and tan, or chocolate with tan areas.

Common ailments: 

Back, Eye and Knee Problems.

In the postwar years, to avoid associations with Germany, the Dachshund's name was temporarily translated to "badger dog." (Credit:ÿ<a href="http://www.akc.org/" target="_blank">AKC.org</a>)
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