Dachshund - Smooth
- SIZE: 3
- GROOMING:: 4
- EXERCISE NEEDS: 4
- GOOD WITH DOGS: 5
- WATCHDOG: 7
- BREED: Dachshund - Smooth
- COLOR(S):Red, sable, or cream, black and tan, brown and tan, gray and tan, or reddish brown and tan, and brindle.
The Smooth Dachshund was originally developed in German hundreds of years ago. They were originally bred for hunting Badger, hence the name Dachshund. "Dachs" is the German word for Bader. The elongated body and the shortened legs were bred into this dog to dig the prey out and go inside their burrows forcing them to leave their dens. The Miniature variety was bred to hunt hare and stoat. This breed has also been known to hunt foxes and otters along with the badger.
The Smooth Dachshund is a fun loving dog, tenacious, and lively, but can become jealous and be very irritable. This breed does not do well with smaller children, but can do very well with older and more considerate children. Due to his small size and tiny legs, this breed should not be placed in a home with larger dogs unless they were raised around each other. The Smooth Dachshund has the tendency to become jealous, however can do very well with many other toy breeds in the home providing they are not snippy.
The Smooth Haired variety requires a bit less grooming. Brushing of the coat should be done on a regular basis to produce a good shine. The Smooth Haired variety doesn\'t require much grooming and would respond well to an occasional wipe down with a damp towel, or a harsh towel to remove any dead or loose hair.
Same health problems can arise in this specific breed as in the Dachshund.
The Dachshund can be lively and vivacious, however he does not need much exercise. A short walk per day would suffice for this short-bodied breed. The Dachshund tends to tire out easily so any exercise provided should be given at different times rather than one long walk. This breed is prone to back problems so high jumping and/or running should never be allowed.
The Dachshund can be stubborn at times, making training a little bit difficult for the average owner. This breed requires firm and consistent handling, but can be a little sensitive so he should always be corrected in a gentle manner, never harsh or this breed could become submissive and timid. Dachshunds respond best to a variety of training methods.