Dachshunds originated in Germany and their name literally means badger dog. As their name suggests, they were commonly used for badger hunting along with other burrow dwelling animals. Their small legs and narrow body used to come as an advantage to dig out its prey from their burrows. Dachshunds come in a variety of size, hair types and colour which does make it a breed which has a lot to offer to all the dog lovers!
A full grown standard dachshund averages from 16 to 32 lb (7.3 – 15 kg) in weight, 20 to 25 cm in height and circumference of chest 35 cm.
A miniature dachshund averages from 9 to 11 lb (4 - 5 kg) in weight, 13 to 15 cm in height and circumference of chest from 30 to 35 cm.
Kaninchen also known as rabbit size averages from 6 to 9 lb (2 - 3.5 kg) in weight, 10 to 15 cm in height and chest circumference up to 30 cm.
Short-haired dachshunds or also called Smooth dachshunds have a dense and shiny coat which is smooth fitting. It requires less maintenance as compared to other coated dachshunds. All you need to do is brush the coat once a week to get rid of dead hair and also to keep the hair shiny. Brushing once a week also helps you to take notice if your dog has any bumps or lumps. It also helps to make a connection between you and your dog as dachshunds love all that attention.
Long-haired dachshunds lay claim to a wavy and sleek coat. Their sleek and shiny coat has an undercoat which is a close-fit. Their coat is longer at the throat and underside of their body as well as ears. Having the longest hair at their tails balances their look and makes them look adorable. Having long hair, it is quite tough to groom them as they require regular brushing and hair trimming.
Wired-haired dachshunds are the least common out of the three. With the wild looking coat, they require brushing a few times a week to keep their coat managed. The rough coat covers all of them including their eyebrows and they even have a cute beard too!
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