Long haired dachshund
Long-haired dachshunds are much like the other two varieties, except their coat is longer and thicker, which gives them extra personality and elegance.
It is thought that the long-haired dachshund was created by crossing a smooth-haired doxy with other breeds including spaniels. In the U.S. long-haired dachshunds were mainly household pets until 1931, when AKC accepted the first registration for the variety. In 1940, a long-haired dachshund won the Best in Show title.
Long-haired dachshunds come in many colors and patterns including; dapple, brindle, chocolate, cream, chocolate and black, and red. Their coat is longer in the lower part of the body (belly, legs, and tail), chest, and ears. The coat’s texture is soft, silky, and slightly wavy; much like that of an irish setter.
This dog breed is often described of as charming, sociable, and spirited. Some people also state that long-haired dachshunds have a much quieter personality than the other varieties.
Compared to the other types, the long-haired dachshund is typically easier to train. This is because they are more gentle and willing to obey. Consistency and balance are two factors to take into consideration when training a long-haired dachshund.
Long-haired dachshunds are elegant creatures that need a lot of maintenance when it comes to grooming. Their coat must be brushed at least once daily, otherwise their hair will tangle and mats will form. The extra hair in between the pads should also be trimmed regularly to keep a tidy appearance and prevent debris and foreign objects from becoming lodged. Bathing, nail trimming, ear cleaning, and other general grooming tasks should be performed as needed.
It is important to keep long-haired dachshunds on a routine exercise program due to the fact that they are genetically predisposed to obesity. Although long-haired dachshunds are naturally energetic and active dogs, they will need encouragement once in a while. Daily walks combined with a fun game should be sufficient to keep your doxy at a healthy weight.
Health & Life Span
All dachshund varieties have a long life expectancy; however, how long a dachshund lives depends on various factors. A doxy’s weight, diet, exercise regimen, and genetic predisposition are some of the factors that determine a dog’s life span. Some of the common health ailments in long-haired dachshunds include; progressive retinal atrophy, back problems (IVDD), patellar luxation, seizures, and allergies.
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