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.)

Dog Owners Handbook

Dog Owners Handbook

There are over a hundred registered breeds of dogs. Recognizing the type of the dog is basically associated with its breed. A purebred animal belongs to a documented and acknowledged group of unmixed lineage. Before a breed of dog is recognized, it must be proven that mating two adult dogs of the sametype would have passed on their exact characteristics, both appearance and behavior, to their offspring.

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