The Dachshund, with its overlong mid-section, stumpy legs, and affable personality is one of the most iconic canines in the world. Comically known as the “wiener dog,” the Dachshund was originally bred for to scent, chase and flush out “burrow-dwelling” animals like the ferocious badger.
Dachshunds are good at burrowing; they often compete in “Earth-Dog” competitions wherein the tenacious Dachshund can show off its burrowing skills and surprising speed. Dachshunds are quick, popular and intelligent, but despite an uproarious following, the noble Dachshund has never won best in show at Westminster.
That hasn’t stopped Dachshunds from competing in Dachshund Races like the Wiener Nationals and the Dachshund Dash. Today the adorable Dachshund is one of the world’s most popular dog breeds, ranking 13th in AKC registration statistics.
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This tiny designer dog is a cross between a Chihuahua and a Dachshund. First developed in the late 1990s, Chiweenies most often have the large, Chihuahua ears and long, low body of the Dachshund, but vary in their coloring and hair length. These dogs tend to be vocal, are generally easy to train, and are well-suited for indoor living, in apartments or larger homes.
Dandie Dinmont Terriers were originally bred in the early 1700s, and some people think this sort of terriers is a crossbreed between Otterhounds and some local terriers in the Border Country between England and Scotland. This breed is a typical terrier; he is independent-minded, affectionate, bold, and intelligent. They are reserved dogs, but they are not barkers, not like other kinds of terriers. They bark very loudly and in a deep voice only when it’s necessary. Just like any other dog, Dandies are also in the need for early training and socialization. Taking them to a puppy playtime or puppy class is a great start. This breed usually gets along well with young children and also with other pets if they are trained properly since their puppyhood. However, you should supervise your young children when they are playing with the dog in order to avoid any accidental bite. Dandie Dinmont has a moderate energy level; he needs daily walks and exercises. The size of the Dandie is about 8 to 11 inches, and its weight varies between 18 and 24 pounds.
The “Petit” as it is affectionately known in the United States, is a small, wiry-haired dog known for its happy, outgoing personality. Originating in 16th century France, this scent hound has long, droopy ears, a long, tapered tail and a wiry beard. Petit Bassets tend to be vocal but make great family companions. They are intelligent and very eager to please, and can do well in apartments as well as larger homes.
One of two distinct breeds known as “Corgis,” these low-to-the-ground pups are loveable and devoted. They are the oldest breed of herding dog, used by farmers to herd cattle. This breed’s body is often twice as long as its height, but it is agile and active and requires daily exercise. Pembroke Welsh Corgis are intelligent, easily trained to do tricks, and are excellent with children and families. They thrive on human companionship and have an overwhelming desire to please their families. They usually make great guard dogs as well.
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