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Originally bred as badger hunters, Dachshunds today are among the world's favorite family pets--clever, inquisitive, fun-loving dogs who are a joy to own. This updated guide gives you all the information you need to understand, select, train, and care for a Dachshund, including:
* An in-depth look at the Dachshund temperament
* The fascinating history of the breed
* Tips for selecting a Dachshund puppy or adult dog
* Pointers on feeding, grooming, and health
* Savvy advice on housebreaking and basic training
* Bonus chapter available on companion web site
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Table of Contents

Part I: The World of the Dachshund.Chapter 1: What Is a Dachshund?Built for Hunting.That Elegant Head.Sizes.Coat Types.Colors and Patterns.Chapter 2: The Dachshund's History.The Dachshund's Roots.Developing the Modern Dachshund.History of the Smooth Variety.Longhair Dachshund History.Wirehair Dachshund History.The Miniature Emerges.Chapter 3: Why Choose a Dachshund?A Hunting Hound.Quick, Playful, Hungry!Dachshunds and Families.A Faithful Companion.Chapter 4: Choosing Your Dachshund.Deciding on the Basics.Gathering Information.Finding a Good Dachshund Breeder.Meeting a Responsible Breeder.Examining the Puppies.What About an Adult Dachshund?Rescue Dachshunds.Your Life with Your Dachshund Begins.Part II: Caring for Your Dachshund.Chapter 5: Bringing Your Dachshund Home.Where to Keep Your Puppy.Puppy Essentials.Using a Crate.Puppy-Proofing Your Home.Your Dachshund's First Days.Leaving Your Puppy Home Alone.Chapter 6: Feeding Your Dachshund.Finding the Right Food.A Sensible Feeding Schedule.Reading Dog Food Labels.What About Treats?Chapter 7: Grooming Your Dachshund.Caring for the Smooth Coat.Caring for the Longhair Coat.Caring for the Wirehair Coat.Bathing.Ears, Eyes, and Teeth.Nail Trimming.Making Your Environment Flea Free.Using a Professional Groomer.Fleas and Ticks.Chapter 8: Keeping Your Dachshund Healthy.Choosing Your Dog's Veterinarian.Health Concerns for Dachshunds.Health Concerns for All Dogs.How to Make a Canine First-Aid Kit.When to Call the Veterinarian.Part III: Enjoying Your Dachshund.Chapter 9: Training Your Dachshund.Understanding Builds the Bond .Practical Commands for Family Pets.Training for Attention.Teaching Cooperation.Chapter 10: Housetraining Your Dachshund.Your Housetraining Shopping List.The First Day.Confine Your Pup.Watch Your Pup.Accidents Happen.Scheduling Basics.Appendix: Learning More About Your Dachshund.Some Good Books.Periodicals.Index.

About the Author

ANN GORDON has been involved with Dachshunds for more than 45 years as a breeder, dog show competitor, and judge. She has served as a board member and officer of the Dachshund Club of America and writes the Dachshund column for the AKC Gazette. Her books include The Dachshund: A Dog for Town and Country.

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