Scent Hound

Frank and Archie rescued by the Dachshund Rescue of North America

The independent and intelligent Dachshund can be smooth-haired, long-haired or wire-haired.  While all three are close in disposition, the smooth may seek out a single family member as its “best friend”, the long-hairs can be more clownish, and the wire-haired is the sportsman.  Low grooming requirements, with the long and wire-haired requiring more frequent brushing.  All have little body oder.  A great family dog good with children, however a miniature may not be able to handle younger children.  The Dachshund can have “back” problems (especially as they get older), so children (and others) need to be cautioned about rough play and handling.  Because of the breeds “job” (hunter) they love to burrow, and in the house you will often find them under bedding or clothing.

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Notes for owners
Smooth, Longhair, Wirehaired Moderate Excellent city dog, and a good “first-time” dog.  Little body oder.  Can be a barker and digger.  Need to be watchful for spinal problems.

Relevant Web Sites

AKC Breed Profile

Dachshund Club of America

National Miniature Dachshund Club of America

Dachshund Rescue

Dachshund Rescue of North America

A Bed For a Wiener Dog



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If you would like help locating a breeder or rescue agency near you please E-Mail PGAA ( ita408@comcast.net), and let us know your city/state and the type of dog you are looking for.  Do not assume that PGAA has qualified all of the breeders or rescues on this site.  Do your own check of each breeder or rescue — be sure that you are comfortable with the organization before you buy, adopt or turn-over a dog.