The typical dachshund is long-bodied and muscular, with short and stubby legs. Its paws are unusually large and paddle-shaped, for efficient digging. It has skin that is loose enough not to tear while tunneling in tight burrows to chase prey. The dachshund has a deep chest to allow enough lung capacity to keep going when hunting. Its snout is long with an increased nose area that absorbs odors. There are three types, classified by their coats: short-haired, called “smooth”; long-haired; and wire-haired. Dachshunds come in three sizes: standard, miniature, and kaninchen , which means rabbit . Although the standard and miniature sizes are recognized almost universally, the rabbit size is not recognized by clubs in the United States and the United Kingdom, but is recognized by all of the clubs within the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (World Canine Federation) (FCI), which contain kennel clubs from 83 countries all over the world. An increasingly common size for family pets falls between the miniature and the standard size, frequently referred to as “tweenies”, and is considered by most breeders to be undesirable. A full-grown standard dachshund averages 15 lb (6.8 kg) to 28 lb (13 kg), while the miniature variety normally weighs less than 11 lb (5.0 kg). The kaninchen weighs 8 lb (3.6 kg) to 10 lb (4.5 kg). According to kennel club standards, the miniature (and kaninchen, where recognized) differs from the full-size only by size and weight, thus offspring from miniature parents must never weigh more than the miniature standard to be considered a miniature as well. While many kennel club size divisions use weight for classification, such as the American Kennel Club, other kennel club standards determine the difference between the miniature and standard by chest circumference; some kennel clubs, such as in Germany, even measure chest circumference in addition to height and weight. H. L. Mencken said that “A dachshund is a half-dog high and a dog-and-a-half long,” although they have been referred to as “two dogs long”.This characteristic has led them to be quite a recognizable breed, and they are featured in many a joke and cartoon, particularly The Far Side by Gary Larson. Data refer : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dachshund Dachshund Dog Directory Beetle The Great Dachshund – Tells about his pastimes and provides some details about the breed. He lives in Gurgaon,India. Dash’n Doxies – Miniature longhair dogs for show and field/den competition. Pedigrees, photos and kennel details. Alta, California. Duchwood Kennels – Miniature smooth dogs for show and pets. Pictures, show results, and litter announcements. Louisiana. DutchDachs – Photos and details of the owner’s dogs, general breed information, and tips on canine care. Porth Kennels – Breeder of miniatures. Photographs, litter announcements, and contact information. Lexington, South Carolina.
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