For each breed the AKC registers, there is a breed standard which is a word description of the perfect dog of that breed. Standards describe the mental and physical characteristics that allow each breed to perform the function for which they were originated. The standard describes the dog's looks, movement and temperament. Breeders involved with each breed are attempting to produce a dog that most closely conforms to the breed standard. In this respect, dog shows are not unlike cat shows, bird shows, cattle shows, horse shows, etc. In fact, for almost every species bred by man there are competitions among breeders. AKC approved judges examine the dogs and place them in accordance to how close each dog compares with their mental image of the "perfect" dog as described in the breed's official standard. Conformation competition is comparing the dogs in the ring to the standard describing how the dogs should look. Winning at conformation is the road to getting the Champion title. After getting their Championship dogs will continue on to Grand Championship and to earn rankings in their breed or group.
The Dachshund is shown in three different Varieties, Smooth Dachshund, Wirehaired Dachshund and Longhaired Dachshund. They are also shown in two different sizes, standard and miniature; miniatures are not a separate classification but compete in a class division for "11 pounds and under at 12 months of age and older". Weight of the standard size is usually between 16 and 32 pounds.
The Dachshund was AKC recognized in 1885
Classified in the Hound Group