The dachshund has a long body, low to the ground with short legs. Has a robust muscular
build with elastic, pliable skin with no excessive wrinkling. His movement appears neither
awkward or cramped, with bold well-balanced confident head carriage, alert intelligent
Size, Proportion, Substance
Dachshunds are bred and shown in two sizes, standard and miniature, miniatures are not a
separate Classification, but compete in a class division for “11 pounds and under at 12
months of age and older.” Weight of the standard size is usually between 16 and 32 pounds
With medium sized eyes, almond shaped with dark rims, pleasant, energetic expression,
not piercing, very dark in color. The ears are set near the top of the head, of moderate
length rounded, not narrow pointed or folded. The skull is slightly arched, not too broad or
With a long muscular neck, clean cut, without dewlap, slightly arched in the nape,
gracefully flowing into the shoulders.
Long,fully muscled trunk. The back should lie in the straightest possible line between the
withers and the short, very slightly arched loin.
The front should be strong, deep, long and cleanly muscled. The breast bone should be
very prominent. Front paws are full, tight and compact, with well arched toes and tough
Well muscled, and strong. The pelvis, thigh, second thigh, and the rear pastern are ideally
the same length and give the appearance of a series of right angles. The tail is set in
continuation of the spin, without kinks or twists and not carried too gaily.
Gait will be fluid and smooth, The forelegs reach well forward, without much lift, in unison
with the driving action of the hind legs. Short, choppy movement, rolling or high-stepping
gait, close or overly wide coming or going are incorrect.
This little dog is clever, lively and courageous to the point of rashness,
preserving in above and below ground work, with well developed senses.
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