Meet the Dachshund is the first official publication endorsed by the American Kennel Club (AKC) devoted to the world's favorite wiener dog! Thanks to the experts at the AKC and the Dachshund Club of America, this volume offers the most accurate and authoritative information available on this breed. Eleven chapters offer everything anyone might want to know: *The history of the breed *Characteristics and special requirements for owning this colorful hound breed *Guidance on how to locate a qualified breeder and to recognize a healthy, sound puppy *Training the puppy, including house-training and obedience work, favoring positive-training techniques *Home care, safety, feeding, and healthcare *And much more! As an official publication of the AKC, Meet the Dachshund explains the many vital programs offered by the country's leading canine organization to all pet dog owners, including the S.T.A.R. Puppy and the Canine Good Citizen programs, as well as descriptions of various dog sports such as conformation showing, agility, obedience, and more. A detailed resources section offers recommendations for websites, books, periodicals, and club affiliate programs, all of great interest to responsible new dog owners.