The Dachshund, also called Dackel or Teckel, has been known since the Middle Ages. Low, short legged, elongated but compact build, very muscular with cheeky, challenging head carriage and alert facial expression. His general appearance is typical of his sex. In spite of his legs being short in relation to the long body, he is very mobile and lithe. For decades the Dachshund has been bred in three sizes (Teckel, Miniature Teckel and Rabbit Teckel) and in three different kinds of coat (Smooth-haired, Wire-haired and Long-haired).
Links to Breed Descriptions:
See: The German Kennel Club (VDH) for information and video (if available).
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Difficulties in Judging Dachshunds
by Dr Cesare Calcinati
(Internal) PDF - Difficulties in Judging Dachshunds - an FCI perspective - Dr Cesare Calcinati - WUT#1-2017.pdf
Other Names for Breed:
Tax, korthårig dvärg
Tax, långhårig dvärg
Country of Origin and Parent Breed Club:
Country of origin: Germany
Health and Well-Being:
Some sources of health information include:
National kennel clubs and breed clubs (see, e.g. Breeding/Health Strategy Documents, below)
Population-level statistics (see, e.g., Swedish Insurance Data, below)
Breed club surveys
This article on Dachshunds is part of a series to highlight the Big Picture of health, welfare and breeding and to help develop Globally Relevant Integrated Health Profiles (GRIHPs) for many breeds. See IPFD's Get a GRIHP! on Breed Health Initiative
The Norwegian Kennel Club's X-ray Procedure for Detection of Calcified Intervertebral Discs in the Dachshund
for evaluation by the Norwegian Kennel Club
There are numerous breed standards.
The basis of breed/conformation shows is the judging of pedigree dogs against the 'Breed Standard', which is a picture in words that describes the range of features that are deemed appropriate for the breed.
Three of the major international standards are:
The American Kennel Club
The Kennel Club, UK (Smooth-Haired), (Long-Haired), (Wire-Haired)
FCI (Federation Cynologique Internationale)
1. Swedish Insurance Data
Breed-specific information on rates of disease and death from Agria Pet Insurance (Agria Djurförsäkring) is available for many breeds.
This breed has information on Veterinary Care and Life Insurance.
Breeding/Health Strategy Documents:
Health/Breeding Strategy Documents and Links:
The Kennel Club, UK: Breed Watch (Smooth-Haired), (Long-Haired), (Wire-Haired)
Sweden: Breed-specific Breeding Strategies: (in Swedish) and/ or English summary
At its meeting held on 9 August 2016 (6/2016), the Finnish Kennel Club's breeding science committee approved the target programs for the breeding of Dachshunds for the period 2017-2021. At the same time, the dachshund PEVISA program was approved to be valid for 2017-2021. A summary of the PEVISA program can be found at the following link Dachshund PEVISA
DachsLife Breed Surveys 2018
Breed-Specific DNA Tests:
HGTD - All dachshund varieties
Genetic Tests (HGTD)
Other Breed-Specific Webpages:
This website offers an excellent group of resources including InfoGraphics and a 2019 presentation "Herniated discs - "Slipped discs" WITH THE SHORT-LEGGED BREEDS" shared by DWN Community members Ian Seath and Frøydis Hardeng.
Nationwide genetic testing towards eliminating Lafora disease from Miniature Wirehaired Dachshunds in the United Kingdom
Author, Ian Seath writes... see the Dachshund Breed Council UK's website for the latest Lafora information for the Mini Wire Dachshund... Mandy Dance provided an analysis of the latest Mini Wire Lafora Registration statistics (from the Autumn 2018 Breed Records Supplement).
You can read about The Kennel Club's Breed Records Supplement at: https://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/.../breed-records.../
RESOURCES: IVDD website: https://www.dachshund-ivdd.uk/
DNA test (genotyping of the FGF4 retrogene insertion on CFA12) - Recommendations for Dachshunds: Dachshund Health UK
We are listing sites for breed clubs with health or other information that might be helpful. Follow links below.
Canada: Western Dachshund Club
Eastern Canada Dachshund Club
Ireland: Irish Dachshund Club
UK: Miniature Dachshund Club
USA: Dachshund Club of America
National Miniature Dachshund Club