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“Dachs” means badger in German, and this long and low fellow was bred to be a courageous hunter of the badger either above the ground or deep in its underground lair. They get along better than many other small dogs with children and make loveable and playful companions.
They come in standard and mini sizes and in smooth, longhaired and wirehaired varieties. Single-coloreds can be red or cream, two colored can be black, chocolate, wild boar, gray and fawn, each with rich tan or fawn markings. They can also be dappled or merle, brindle (black or dark stripes occur over the whole body) or sable (a dark overlay on red dogs).
This breed was developed in the 1600’s to be long and low enough to dig the earth out from a badger burrow and courageous enough to take on woodland predators.
Speculation is that the long-haired variety was created by breeding with small spaniels, the wire-haired with small terriers. The long-haired variety has a softer and sweeter temperament and the wire-haired is definitely a bit sharper. But all three varieties share the unique daschie temperament: happy-go-lucky, friendly but stubborn about important matters like chasing squirrels and favorite toys.
By the Numbers
Size: Minis should be under 11 pounds, Standards 16 – 32 pounds.
Smooth, 4 – low. An occasional wipe-down is all that is needed.
Wirehaired: 6 – medium. Requires occasional stripping or clippering
Longhaired: 6 – medium. Needs a weekly brush and a bath
Trainability: 5 – low to medium. They are definitely trainable -- as long as they feel that what you want is what they wanted all along.
Energy level: 8 - high Coming from a hunting background, they need a surprising amount of exercise and really benefit from a good walk once a day.
Good with Children: 8 – high Especially the long-haired variety love to join kid games and are good with children.
Noise level: medium to high – 8: They can be noisy, especially when bored.
Low Shedding/hypoallergenic: Smooths – 6, medium amount of shedding.
Longhairs – 8, high; they can shed quite a lot.
Wirehairs – 4, low – quite hypoallergenic.
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