Life cycle of a dachshund

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Introduction
  • Introduction

    Life cycle of a dachshund

    The dachshund is a popular breed of dog, developed 400 years ago in Germany for hunting badgers and wild boar, according to the American Kennel Club. Immediately recognisable by its short legs, strong chest, elongated body and jaunty demeanour, the dachshund makes an excellent family pet when trained properly. Classified by its coat, there are three basic types: short-haired, or smooth; longhair; and wire-haired.

    Dachshunds make excellent family pets. (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Dan Bennett)

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    Gestation and Birth

    After a gestation period of approximately six months, the mother dachshund gives birth to a litter of three to seven puppies.

    Dachshund puppies come from litters of up to seven pups. (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Leon G)

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    Puppies

    Deaf and blind at birth, puppies are completely dependent on their mother. They begin to eat solid food at three to four weeks and are usually weaned after eight weeks.

    Dachshunds, like most puppies, are weaned after eight weeks. (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Ana_Cotta)

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    Maturity

    Dachshunds reach sexual maturity at around six months and full size between seven and eight months, although they continue to fill out and develop until 18 months, says the Dachshund Club of America. The average weight of a full-grown dachshund is about 6.8 Kilogram.

    A dachshund pup meets a Saint Bernard. (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Dan Bennett)

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    Longevity

    Like many small dogs, dachshunds are relatively long-lived, with an average lifespan of 12 to 14 years. Individual dogs regularly live to 16 and beyond.

    The dachshund is a playful breed. (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Dan Bennett)

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    Temperament and Needs

    Brave, stubborn, playful, affectionate and independent to a fault, dachshunds require attention, obedience training, moderate daily exercise and regular play sessions.

    Dachshunds come in many colours and textures. (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Tony Alter)

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    Physical Problems

    Dachshunds are prone to obesity. They also suffer from back problems, including herniated disks, as a consequence of their excessively long spines, explains the American Kennel Club.

    Dachshunds are active and hardy little dogs. (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Dan Bennett)

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