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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SCC Video Link
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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
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
The Kennel Club:
DachsLife Breed Surveys 2018
Breed-Specific DNA Tests:
The Kennel Club list of DNA tests available for each breed along with an indication as to whether the test is part of the Assured Breeder Scheme (recommended or required) and whether it is recorded on the Kennel Club registration database.
for evaluation by the Norwegian Kennel Club
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.../
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