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What's in a name?

In Germany as well as other European countries, Dachshunds are widely refered to as 'Dackel" and "Teckel". What's the difference?

All Dackel are Dachshunds, but not all Dackel are Teckel.

Dachshunds were bred for and are still widely used as hunting dogs. Any dog of Dackel heritage is given an official tattoo inside one ear.

Teckel designation is reserved for hunting dogs which possess a higher degree of tracking skill. After training, the dog must then follow a blood trail that is at least 48 hours old successfully to its conclusion. Once this is completed, another tattoo is marked on the other ear to denote full Teckel rank.

Q: How many varieties are there of Dachshund?

A: More than you might think! Dachsunds come in two sizes: Standard (16-32 lbs) and Miniature (<11 lbs).  There are three coat varieties: smooth hair, long hair and wire haired.  There are also five color patterns: 1-color, 2-color, dapple, brindle and sable.  Add multiple color options for each color pattern:  1-color Doxies are red or cream, 2-color Doxies are black, chocolate, gray (merle), wild boar and fawn with tan or cream "points".

For more information on the Breed Standards for Dachshunds, please visit the American Kennel Club site.  Here's the link to Dachshunds!

Q: What does "Dachshund" translate to in English? 

A: Badger Dog


Did you know...?

Dachshunds (and certain other breeds of dogs including Beagles, Miniature Poodles and Basset Hounds according to "Dachshunds for Dummies" by Eve Adamson) are considered "chondrodystropic"? Chondrodystropic means they have a skeletal structure that is "disproportionate".