TECKEL DACHSHUND DOG
A product from Germany, the name Dachshund comes from “badger dog”, which was its usual prey. Currently the Dachshund, also known as Teckel, doesn’t work for its daily ration of daily croquettes, although it is still proud of its digging talent and also demands a lot.
The hard hair Teckel, the last variety that emerged from the three existing varieties, it has typical ornaments at the face and a coat that requires special care.
The Dachshund or Teckel is high in the short dog ranking: it stands out for its long back, thick legs and solid and muscular body. Its head carriage gives away the spirit of hunter proud of its good sense of smell and authentic Hound voice. They are bred and displayed in two sizes: the standard, which weighs between 6 and 16 kg, and the miniature, 5.5 kg or less (form the first year of age). The head narrows towards the nose; the eyes are medium sized, almond shaped; the eyebrows prominent; the skull slightly arched, but not too wide or narrow. A scissor closing is preferable, not in clamp. The head is long, muscular, without dewlap. The torso is typically long, with a slightly tucked abdomen. The chest is very prominent; the forearm short, with hard, flexible muscles; the joints between the forearm and wrist are closer than the shoulder joints (so it doesn’t seem completely straight from the front). The legs should not be curved, since this would be a serious morphological defect (disqualifies). The hindquarters strong and muscular; not twisted out or inwards; the tail ending in a tip, without folding or curving. The Teckel can be seen in three types of coat: short, shiny and smooth hair; hard hair, with short, hard, thick external hair and a shorter undercoat and ornaments at the face, without soft hair at any part of the body; and with long hair, with straight, slightly wavy hair, and a Setter type tail with bristles. Color: the short haired, unicolor, bicolor and harlequin. In the hard haired, the bore, black and tan colors are more frequent; the long haired, unicolor, bicolor and harlequin.
WHO IS IT RIGHT FOR
No matter the type of hair, the Teckel silhouettes is unmistakable. The long haired variety has Setter hair: long, silky, with a banner tail.
The Teckel is balanced in character and always willing to please. It should be educated firm and consistently from the beginning so it knows who is boss. Many specimens are tenacious and stubborn. It is quite independent and able to be entertained on its own for hours… but it likes to be with its owner if possible. It is good with children and elders. Most Teckels are sweet and love awards and pampering – avoid rough handling, since some can become aggressive. – It is quite tolerant with other ; it even invites them to play. Choose a method to teach it to be clean at home, and stick to it!
The weigh at birth and growth speed, of course, varies according to the size. For the Americans there are two sizes, Standard and Miniature; for the European, three, the Midget size is added. The Standard usually weighs between 3 and 4 kg after eight weeks, and reaches maturity over the 18th month. The Miniature weighs less in proportion, around 1 to 1.5 kg. There are three sized according to the FCI, the Standard, over 7 kg; the Midget, less than 7 kg and the chest under than 35 cm and the Miniature, less than 4 kg and chest under 30 cm. The buyer should choose a strong puppy, well built, that actively explores its surroundings. Biter or shy puppies should be avoided. The chest should be long and extended behind the forelegs, to support the long back. The character is set during adolescence, and especially critical between the 9th and 12th months. Avoid too much stress in the young puppy and the female before their first two heats. The Teckel loves excess pampering and soon will think it is the master. The owner should be consistent and keep its authority, although always with affection.
The Dachshund, the color is amazing, as these mottled babies with their beloved mother display.
The tan colored spots in these short haired puppies are clearly visible after a few weeks.
Hard haired puppies showing the first symptoms of moustache; soon their beards and moustaches will be as pronounced as their mother’s.
Back problems, in particular the intervertebral disk disease, can easily affect the Teckel, due to its short legged structure, with a long back. Eye problems are reported, including glaucoma, progressive retinal dystrophy, microphthalmia, keratoconjunctivitis and ectasia syndrome, for which an eye exam is mandatory. An excess ossification in long bones, causing a phase similar to swimming puppy, is a documented congenital problem. Diabetes mellitus (an insulin problem), kidney hypoplasia (a kidney problem), and cystinuria (a problem in the urinary tract) affect every variety. Hypothyroidism should be checked. A Teckel can live from 14 to 16 years.
The Dachshund doesn’t tolerate rough discipline: be fair and firm to get better results.