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Get to know the Long Haired Dachshund with its noble expression

he word Dachshund comes from the German word ‘dachs’ which means badger, and the word ‘hund’ which means dog. So, the word Dachshund means 'a badger-hunting dog'. Dachshunds were first bred in the early 1600s in Germany. The goal was to create a fearless, elongated dog that could dig the earth from a badger burrow and fight to the death with the vicious badgers. The long haired dachshund is thought to be the smooth haired dachshund crossed with breeds like spaniels or German Stoberhund.

The long haired "doxie" comes in an assorted range of colors and patterns from one colored, red or cream or two colored including chocolate, black, fawn and grey or brindle patternDachshunds can be standard or miniature size. Standards range from 16-32 pounds, while Miniatures weigh 11 pounds and under.

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Dachshunds may be small, but they are very long! This is because their spine, or backbone, is very long. Sometimes a Dachshund can develop serious back problems, especially if they are overweight. Help your dog have a healthy back by making sure he doesn't weigh too much. You may have to watch his diet and avoid too many snacks. Depending on which Dachshund you have, some will need more grooming than others. The Smooth will be easier to brush and bathe. The Longhaired will need brushing more often, and the Wirehaired may need some trimming that could be done by a professional groomer.

After a win at Crufts in 1923 the long haired were given the respect they were due. In America the long haired were mainly kept as pets until 1931 when the first long haired was registered with the American Kennel Club (AKC). It was not until 1940's that the Best in Show winner was a long haired.

They require moderate exercise, and can adapt to most living environments. Depending on their coat type, Dachshunds may need regular grooming. Dachshunds have a long life span, longer than a lot of dogs. A Dachshund can easily live to be 15 years and even as old as 17 years or more! That's a good thing!

Dachshunds are lively dogs who enjoy barking. They think it's important to watch out for strangers and things that look and sound different. Dachshunds may need extra training so that they don't bark too much. Dachshunds are playful, curious, and bold. They like older, considerate children who respect their dog's space and privacy. Dachshunds are friendly and like to be involved with whatever you're doing. They are clever and brave. They are lovable, playful companions, and an ideal pet for many homes, including those with children, with appropriate supervision.

A Dachshund can make a good best friend.

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