Wirehaired Dachshunds

If you like Terriers, you'll love the wirehaired Dachshund. Influenced by various Terrier stock, the wirehair takes the Terrier characteristics of the Dachshund to the max. Although all Dachsies make great earth dogs (see Chapter 15), who better to maneuver through the bracken than a dog with a wiry coat that's impervious to wind, rain, burrs, and brush? Add to that the wirehair's feisty spirit and a bark that can cow any small creature into submission, and you have a mighty hunter — not to mention a pet that will keep you laughing.

Wirehairs shed the least of the three coats, but they require a fairly extensive grooming regimen several times a year. Their coats must be stripped — a process in which the loose, dead undercoat is plucked out to make room for new growth. Some people like to strip themselves, but others would rather pay groomers. Wirehairs have a distinctive look. They're typically groomed to keep their eyebrows and beard long. The rest of the coat stays short.

Wirehairs have a distinctive personality. You want to see energy? Obstinacy? Hilarity? Wirehairs have it all. They're little extremists — always on the go, always vocalizing their opinions, and always ready for a game of catch or a romp around the yard. They're plenty cuddly, too, so don't be surprised to find your wirehair under the covers at your feet when you retire for the night.

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