Dachshund pros

Here are some major benefits to owning a Dachshund:

i Dachshunds love you unconditionally.

i Studies show that having a pet lowers blood pressure and helps to manage stress.

i Fulfilling your dog's exercise needs may keep you in shape (see Chapter 16).

i Dachshunds are great companions and listeners.

i Dachshunds can help teach children to respect and be kind to animals.

i Dachshunds are good at warning you if someone is outside the house — welcome or not.

i If you bring home a rescued Dachshund, you can feel good about saving a life. And your dog will show his gratitude every day (see Chapter 5).

A word about the AKC

The American Kennel Club (AKC) is a nonprofit organization, established in 1884, that's devoted to the advancement of purebred dogs. The AKC maintains a record of all registered dogs; publishes ideal standards for each recognized breed; sponsors a variety of dog events, including conformation shows, obedience and field trials, agility competitions, and the Canine Good Citizen program; and produces educational information. (See Chapter 2 for more information on the AKC's Dachshund standards.)

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