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The Westphalian Dachshund, a dynamic and lively little dog

He may be small, but that doesn't stop him from being dynamic and lively. The Westphalian Dachshund was originally used to catch game. Thanks to its gentleness and loyalty, it has become a popular family pet.

Characteristics of the Westphalian Dachshund

The Westphalian Dachshund is immediately recognizable by its small size. It is not more than 38 cm and 15 kg according to the standard requirements. Although it is small, this dog reveals a muscular and powerful body with a rather massive look. Its head of medium size reveals a noble aspect. It is elongated and rather narrow, with a slightly accentuated stop and a nose with a light-colored band in the middle. The Westphalian Dachshund has expressive dark eyes that reveal a mixture of seriousness and gentleness. At the top of the head, the ears are well laid back and of medium length. They end with rounded tips. As for the coat, the Westphalian Basset has a short to medium-length hair, rather rough and tight. The coat ranges from red to yellow and may have white markings or a black coat.

History of the Westphalian Basset

Not much is known about the origins of the Westphalian Basset. We know that it comes from Germany, from the eponymous region which is in the north. The breed has been talked about since the 17th century, mainly because of its success in the German royal courts. From the point of view of genetics, the Westphalian Dachshund is said to be the result of a cross between bassets like the Dachshund and the German Hound. A first recognition of the race is effective towards 1935, but it will be necessary to wait until 1950 so that the international recognition is official. If one hears very little about this dog in France, it is a little normal, because the breed is almost unknown outside its native country.

Living conditions and behavior of the Westphalian Dachshund

Due to its origins as a hunting dog, the Westphalian Dachshund is particularly energetic and dynamic. It is an animal with an exceptional sense of smell that allows it to easily track and catch its prey. The Westphalian Dachsbracke adapts to all types of hunting grounds and develops a fighting and courageous character. This dog also makes a wonderful pet because of its gentleness and affection. It is loyal to its masters and very obedient. However, it needs a firm education and a lot of physical exercise. Untiring, the Westphalian Basset wants to be constantly stimulated. It is not suitable for owners who are not very athletic.

Food and main problems of the Westphalian Dachshund

The Westphalian Dachsbracke has an iron health. The breed is not struck by any genetic defect so far. However, it is strongly advised to watch the possible appearance of ear infections at the level of their ears because of their drooping shape. As far as food is concerned, as this is an energetic dog, it needs the necessary caloric intake to be in good health.