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With so many different breeds of dogs available today, it can be difficult to know just which one is the best fit for you and your family. Having a dog is a big responsibility and commitment and you want to make sure you choose a dog wisely based on how their own personality will mesh with your own. More and more these days you are seeing people who opt to choose to purchase or adopt a long-haired Dachshund. If you are considering this breed, there are a few things you should know about this dog before you go and take a look at one to see if they are for you.
Behavior common of the Dachshund
The long-haired dachshund has many of the same personality and behavior traits of the standard Dachshund. They are both very playful and enjoy the company of people and other animals. It is when they are alone too much that they tend to develop the barking that is well known to Dachshunds.
They are also known for having a stubborn personality, which can make them a challenge to train, though the long-haired version is also noted for being a bit more timid and not quite as outgoing as the standard breed.
As is the case with any dog, you want to check out the dog personally before you make any type of decision about bringing them home. Many people adore their long-haired Dachshunds and they become a treasured part of the family, but you still want to be sure this breed and the specific dog is right for you. Take your time in choosing and finding the best for you and you will have a great friendship with your Dachshund for many years.
Appearance of the Dachshund (Longhaired)
The appearance of a long-haired Dachshund is a rather unique one. While it maintains the short, long, slender body of the traditional Dachshund, it is also noted for having a long, silky coat of hair. The hair is often considered to be very similar to that of an Irish setter with its long, wavy and soft style.
The long hair is typically found on the underside of the dog’s body and on the ears, the tail and behind the legs. They also are noted for having thicker hair on their paws. Unlike the standard Dachshund, the long hair of this dog did not make it suitable for hunting animals like badger and foxes and it was more of a bird dog.
Grooming your Dachshund (Longhaired)
Because of the long hair that this dog has, grooming of this breed is quite an undertaking. Long-haired Dachshunds need to be brushed every day to make sure tangles do not develop in their hair. Tangles can form easily if brushing is let go, so you want to be sure that you stay on top of this chore to prevent problems.
The temperament of most dogs of this breed like the brushing anyway, so this can make it much easier when it comes to grooming. It is recommended that they get bathed about once a month to help rid the hair of any debris it may have picked up. Even though it has long hair, this breed only needs a small amount of trimming.
History of the Dachshund
The Dachshund, just as the name may indicate, is a dog that has German origins. Many even refer to these dogs as a “wiener dog” or a “sausage dog” because of the unique appearance of their bodies. The Dachshund itself has a history that can be traced back some three hundred years in Germany before it gradually began to spread to the rest of the world. The dog was originally for hunting and digging after small animals that would live under ground or in dens, such as a badger or rabbit. The name of the dog itself, when translated from German, literally means “badger dog.” The long-haired version is thought to have developed from crossbreeding the standard Dachshund with a longer haired breed such as a spaniel. The long-haired version first came to prominence in the early twentieth century and has been popular ever since.