It is one of the oldest and well- known hunting ground dogs. In the 18 th century the dogs of Dackel breed took active part in hunting for foxes, badgers and other ground animals. There are Dackels of various kinds: dwarfish and standard, wire-haired, long-haired and sleek-haired.
Wire-haired Dackels are owners of dense short wool on all body. Ears are covered smooth, but wiry fur and there are mustaches and beard on a muzzle. The color of fur can be any, corresponding to this breed (except white).
The sleek-haired Dackel’s structure and body development is identical to the wire-haired. All distinctions are reduced to fur structure: at the sleek-haired Dackel the fur is dense and shining and covers the dog’s body regularly. More often, the color of this breed is one-color or tiger-like.
Long-haired Dackel has been deduced in the beginning of 19th century at crossing of long-haired hunting dogs with the ordinary Dackel. Long, smooth, silky fur protects an animal from a cold. Despite the raised firmness to frosts, in hunting such breed almost isn’t used – the length of fur complicates movement of a dog and it is tired quickly .
The dwarfish rate is rather new breed, deduced more likely for the house, than for hunting – the dwarfish Dackel will get only to a belly of common Dackel. In the same “compact” sizes the rabbit Dackel differs also. A difference between them is only in volume of thorax and weight of a body.
In spite of the fact that Dackels are the dogs intended for hunting, for the maintenance in usual city apartment they perfectly approach. The most important thing is to arrange to a dog a place where it could retire. It is better, that the small house was similar to a hole – the dog will feel comfortable, and won’t spoil furniture and things in search of secluded places.
Small growth (about 20 sm) and small weight (to 6 kg) are advantages of this breed. And considering their cheerful nature and friendly character, Dackels very well get on with people, especially with children.