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Group 4 dogs: Dachshunds, what are the particularities?

Group 4 has very few dog breeds since it only includes Dachshunds, as established by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) and the Société Centrale Canine (SCC). It should be noted, however, that three varieties of Dachshunds are allowed and different types of coats.

Group 4 dogs: Dachshunds

As surprising as it may seem, Group 4 is made up of Dachshunds and... only Dachshunds, so unclassifiable that they are enough to form a group on their own. The following are allowed:
  • Different textures:
    • The long-haired Dachshund,
    • The short-haired Dachshund,
    • The wire-haired Dachshund.
  • Different sizes:
    • The Kaninchen Dachshund: it is the smallest with a maximum chest size of 30 cm and a weight less than or equal to 3.5 kg,
    • The Dachshund : not very big either, it has a chest circumference of 30 to 35 cm and a weight which must be lower than 4 kg,
    • The Standard Dachshund: his chest size is 35 cm and his ideal weight is between 6 and 7 kg but a tolerance is conceded up to 9 kg at most.
  • Different dresses :
    • Harlequin: it is a rare dress in the Dachshund,
    • Unicolor : charcoal or not, from red to fawn,
    • Bicolor: it can be a brown and tan peppered color that we call boar, or a black and tan, or even a chocolate brown and tan.

Main characteristics of Group 4 dogs

All Dachshunds are German Basset Hounds. These are dogs born from various crossbreeds, the first (short-haired) dating from the 16th century. Dachshunds form a group by themselves because they cannot be classified in any other group. They have very specific characteristics that are not found in any other dog breed.

They are small dogs that have been around since the Middle Ages and are known for their willpower, alertness, dynamism and agility. Excellent companions, Dachshunds were used to hunt foxes and badgers. And for that, you really don't need to lack courage! It's no wonder that they are all excellent hunters, both underground and on land. The Dachshund is neither timid nor aggressive. It is very appreciated for its many qualities, knowing that it is well balanced in terms of character.

As far as the morphology of these dogs is concerned, it is compact and close to the ground, as the expression goes, which is why Dachshunds are said to be ellipometric, and the profile of these little dogs is straight. Their legs are short, their body is long with a nice musculature. The Dachshund has a high head carriage that gives him a certain presence, a rather haughty look.

Many generations remember Patapouf, absolutely touching, who is none other than the short-haired Dachshund of the eponymous character of "Martine", whose first album was released in 1954. Of course, we can't forget Marcel Marlier (1930 - 2011), a genius cartoonist who knew how to give life to all these characters.