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Getting to know the Dachshund Breed
AKC Dachshund Breed Standards
Dachshund Breed Guidelines
Hound Group Shortened Some for your convenience
Low to ground, long in body and short of leg with robust muscular development, the
Dachshund is well-balanced with bold and confident head carriage and intelligent,
alert facial expression. His hunting spirit, good nose, and distinctive build make
him well-suited for below-ground work and for beating the bush. His keen nose gives
him an advantage over most other breeds for trailing.
Long, muscular, clean-cut, slightly arched, flowing gracefully into the shoulders.
The trunk is long and fully muscled. When viewed in profile, the back lies in the
straightest possible line between the withers and the short very slightly arched
loin. Abdomen--Slightly drawn up.
For effective underground work, the front must be strong, deep, long and cleanly
muscled. Chest-- The breastbone is strongly prominent in front The enclosing structure
of well-sprung ribs appears full and oval to allow, by its ample capacity, complete
development of heart and lungs. Feet--Front paws are full, tight, compact, with well-arched
toes and tough, thick pads. They may be equally inclined a trifle outward. There
are five toes, four in use, close together with a pronounced arch and strong, short
Strong and cleanly muscled. The pelvis, the thigh, the second thigh, and the metatarsus
are ideally the same length and form a series of right angles. From the rear, the
thighs are strong and powerful. The legs turn neither in nor out. Feet--Hind Paws--Smaller
than the front paws with four compactly closed and arched toes with tough, thick
pads. The entire foot points straight ahead and is balanced equally on the ball and
not merely on the toes. Rear dewclaws should be removed. Croup--Long, rounded and
full, sinking slightly toward the tail. Tail-- Set in continuation of the spine.
Fluid and smooth. Forelegs reach well forward, without much lift, in unison with
the driving action of hind legs. The correct shoulder assembly and well-fitted elbows
allow the long, free stride in front. Hind legs drive on a line with the forelegs,
with hocks (metatarsus) turning neither in nor out. The Dachshund must have agility,
freedom of movement, and endurance to do the work for which he was developed.
The Dachshund is clever, lively and courageous, persevering in above and below ground
work, with all the senses well-developed.
Special Characteristics of the Three Coat Varieties
The Dachshund is bred with three varieties of coat: (1) Smooth; (2) Wirehaired; (3)
Longhaired and is shown in two sizes, standard and miniature. All three varieties
and both sizes must conform to the characteristics already specified
Coat--Short, smooth and shining. Should be neither too long nor too thick. Ears not
leathery. Tail--Gradually tapered to a point, well but not too richly haired.
Color of Hair--Although base color is immaterial, certain patterns and basic colors
predominate. One-colored Dachshunds include red (with or without a shading of interspersed
dark hairs or sable) and cream. A small amount of white on the chest is acceptable.
Nose and nails--black.
Two-colored Dachshunds include black, chocolate, wild boar, gray (blue) and fawn
(Isabella), each with tan markings over the eyes, on the sides of the jaw and underlip,
on the inner edge of the ear, front, breast, inside and behind the front legs, on
the paws and around the anus, and from there to about one-third to one-half of the
length of the tail on the underside. A small amount of white on the chest is acceptable.
Nose and nails--in the case of black dogs, black; for chocolate and all other colors,
dark brown, but self-colored is acceptable.
Dappled Dachshunds--The "single" dapple pattern is expressed as lighter-colored areas
contrasting with the darker base color, which may be any acceptable color. Partial
or wholly blue (wall) eyes are as acceptable as dark eyes. A large area of white
on the chest of a dapple is permissible.
A "double" dapple is one in which varying amounts of white coloring occur over the
body in addition to the dapple pattern. Nose and nails: as for one and two-color
Dachshunds; partial or wholly self-colored is permissible.
Brindle is a pattern (as opposed to a color) in which black or dark stripes occur
over the entire body although in some specimens the pattern may be visible only in
the tan points.
Coat-- With the exception of jaw, eyebrows, and ears, the whole body is covered with
a uniform tight, short, thick, rough, hard, outer coat but with finer, somewhat softer,
shorter hairs (undercoat) everywhere distributed between the coarser hairs. The distinctive
facial furnishings include a beard and eyebrows. On the ears the hair is shorter
than on the body, almost smooth. Tail-- Robust, thickly haired, gradually tapering
to a point. Color of Hair--While the most common colors are wild boar, black and
tan, and various shades of red, all colors are admissible. A small amount of white
on the chest,is acceptable.Nose and nails--same as for the smooth variety.
Coat--The sleek, glistening, often slightly wavy hair is longer under the neck and
on the fore chest, the underside of the body, the ears, and behind the legs. The
coat gives the dog an elegant appearance. Tail--Carried gracefully in prolongation
of the spine; the hair attains its greatest length here and forms a veritable flag.
Color of Hair--Same as for the smooth Dachshund. Nose and nails--same as for the
Description Type Code
Black & Cream S 010
Black & Tan S 018
Blue & Cream S 273
Blue & Tan S 044
Chocolate & Cream S 526
Chocolate & Tan S 072
Cream S 076
Fawn (Isabella) & Cream S 524
Fawn (Isabella) & Tan S 317
Red S 140
Wheaten S 224
Wild Boar S 226
Black A 007
Chocolate A 071
Fawn A 082
Description Type Code
Brindle S 051
Dapple S 020
Double Dapple S 050
Piebald S 025
Brindle Piebald A 127
Sable A 026
The Dachshund can be found in historical accounts dating back to the 15th, century.
Early in the 17 th century, the name Dachshund (badger-dog) became the designation
of a breed type with smooth and longhaired coat varieties, and in 1890 wirehairs
were added as a third variety.
During the development of the breed, two different sizes were emerging based on the
type of game being pursued: dogs weighing 30-35 pounds were being used not only on
badgers but wild boar, while smaller 16-22 pound dogs proved effective against foxes
and hare. Importations into America date back in the AKC Stud Book in 1885.
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OK, Now You have a good Idea of what a Dachshund should look like, and what the Breed
Standards are for them. You know about Dachshunds as a breed , and if you like what
you have learned so far ! The next step is to get to know their traits, temperament,
habits, and what they like and do not like. Then ask yourself ~ Is this what I am
really looking for ? Will a Dachshund probably fit into my lifestyle easily and comfortably.
Will I enjoy their natural behaviors.
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about them from professionals in the field, who know Dachshunds well and have years
of experience and knowledgeable Information about them to share with you and your
family. This is the good stuff ! Detailed information and the Answers to specific
questions, you may have about them ! Information from Pet University, AKC, and The
Dachshund Club of America, about Dachshunds . Including- Introduction, Development
of the breed, Size & Coat Facts, Physical Characteristics, Temperament, & General