Main characteristics of the teckel
- Size of the teckel → Small / mini / kaninchen.
- Weight → between 9 and 12kg / between 4 and 5kg / between 3 and 4kg
- Height → between 35 and 45cm / between 30 and 35cm / between 20 and 30cm
- Life expectancy → from 12 to 16 years
- FCI Classification → Group 4, section 1.
Also known as Dachshund, it is a dog breed native to Germany. It was bred in the 17th century to hunt small animals such as badgers, rabbits and foxes.
It is believed that it is the result of the crossing of breeds such as the Basset Hound, the Pinscher and the Terrier, although its exact origin is somewhat uncertain. Initially, the Teckel was used to hunt animals in underground pits, thanks to its long and thin body that allowed it to enter these spaces. Over time, it became popular as a pet due to its small size and unique appearance.
The Teckel is a dog with a courageous and self-confident character. He is very intelligent and cunning, which makes him an excellent hunter and a loyal companion. Although he is a bit stubborn and obstinate, he is also very affectionate and loving towards his family. It is an active and energetic dog that needs a lot of exercise and mental stimulation to stay happy and healthy. In addition, it can be a bit reserved with strangers and other dogs, but with the right socialization from an early age, it can get along with everyone. In short, the Teckel is a very special and charming dog, who often becomes his master’s best friend.
Because of their long body and low height, Teckels can be prone to back problems such as herniated discs; and they can be prone to weight gain easily, which can lead to health problems such as diabetes and joint problems. Short-haired ones may suffer from allergies and other skin problems.
Like other breeds of small dogs, Teckels can have dental problems, such as tooth decay and periodontal disease.
It is important that Teckels’ families ensure good hygiene and regularly monitor the health of their dog with veterinarian check-ups to detect and treat any health problems as soon as possible.
As specified in Health, they are a breed very prone to obesity, so it is essential to properly control and administer food. Teckels also need to exercise their body and mind daily.
Basic hygiene care such as cutting the nails, brushing them regularly and cleaning the ears are also essential for this breed.
Like other doggies, it is essential to visit the veterinarian regularly to ensure that everything is fine, and the socialization of puppies will also contribute to the correct mental health of these little ones.
The education of a Teckel must start from an early age, since they are intelligent dogs but can also be a little stubborn. It is important to be patient, consistent and positive in their education.
Socializing them from an early age, training them to obey, establishing clear limits, having patience and not punishing them will be key aspects for the correct education of Teckels.
They have many nicknames and common names in different countries and cultures. For example, in Germany, their country of origin, they are known as “Dackel” or “Dachshund”, while in England they are known as “Sausage dog”. In some places in Spain, they are called “Perro viña” because in ancient times they were used to hunt in vineyards.
In some Latin American countries, they are known as “sausage dog” or “chorizo dog”.