An excerpt from the Dachshund breed standard, from the Canadian Kennel Club website (www.ckc.ca)
Low to ground, short-legged, long-bodied, but with compact figure and robust muscle development, with bold and confident carriage of head and intelligent facial expression; conformation preeminently fitted for following game into burrows. In spite of his shortness of leg, in comparison with his length of trunk, he should appear neither crippled, awkward, cramped in his capacity for movement, nor slim and weasel-like. Added to this, his hunting spirit, good nose, loud tongue, and small size render him especially suited for beating the bush. His figure and his fine nose give him an advantage over most other breeds of sporting dogs for trailing.
He should be clever, lively and courageous to the point of rashness, persevering in his work both above and below ground; with all the senses being well developed.
Standard Dachshund by 18 months of age - males should weigh between 20 and 32 lbs, bitches 16 to 28 lbs.
As of 2019, the DCA (Dachshund Club of America) recommends the following health screening for Dachshund breeding stock.
1. Patella Luxation (Dogs should be evaluated at 12 months of age, or older)
2. Eye Examination by a Board Certified Ophthalmologist
3. Cardiac Examination by a Board Certified Cardiologist
We decided to do further tests on our Dachshunds, to ensure they are as healthy as possible.
As of 2021, we are testing our Dachshunds for the following:
1. Hips - submitted to OFA
2. Elbows - submitted to OFA
3. CERF / CAER eyes by a Board Certified Ophthalmologist - submitted to OFA
4. Cardiac (ausculation), by a Board Certified Cardologist - submitted to OFA
5. Thyroid - submitted to OFA