The Dachshund or Dackel was developed as a breed to scent, flush out, and chase burrow-dwelling animals such as rabbits, prairie dogs, and, especially, badgers. In fact, their name translates from German as Badger Hound. They have stubby legs and front paws that are built for digging while their bodies are not shortened or lengthened in any way. According to the breed standards of the American Kennel Club, "the dachshund is clever, lively and courageous to the point of rashness, persevering in above and below ground work, with all the senses well-developed.

The VKC Dachshund will develop an individual personality based on its experience, the praise it receives, and the sort of training provided. 


  • Basic Positions: stand, sit, down, bang, beg, bellyup, shake, rest
  • Basic Activities: come, getbone, howl, itch, pounce, roll, rove, sniff, speak, wag, wander
  • Other Activities: go, run, on, greet, get (These require you to name a destination or an object; for example, "Fido go Sandry" or "Fido run redball" or "Fido greet Bichon")
  • Owner-only commands: heel, follow (Follow also requires you to name a destination)
  • Special command: fetch (Requires a redball toy, free at VKC Dog Parks)

These instincts are not described in any detail because it will be much more fun for you and your dog to try them out together.

Special Commands

The name Lola is used here as an example. You should use your dog's actual name or the general name, dogs, to command your dog.

  • Lola touch ball (This command requires the name of an object you want the dog to touch.)

It is important to mention that touch is designed to allow the dog to touch small objects and intended to be incorporated into your tricks, for example ringing the bell. It will not work very well if you tell your dog to touch an avatar or a large object like a house or tree.

  • Lola here

This command tells the dog to jump into the arms of its owner. When an owner gives this command to the dog, the avatar bends down just in time to catch the little dog as it leaps into the arms of its owner. The owner can then walk around and even TP while holding the dog. Only the owner may give this command and the owner must grant permission for the command to work.

Permission: Before the "here" command will work, the owner of the dog must give permission to allow the dog to animate his avatar. To do this, use the following command:

  • Lola attach

A menu will appear seeking permission to animate the avatar. Click "yes" to grant permission. The dog will remember this permission until it is revoked by the owner, so this usually is a one-time command. Once the dog has permission to animate the avatar, the owner only needs to use the command "here" to get the dog in his arms.

Stop Carrying Dog: To stop carrying the dog, the owner should right-click on the dog and select drop from the pie menu. The dog will jump down to the ground. If you prefer, you may right-click on the dog and select detach from the pie menu. In this case, the dog will appear in your inventory.

Special Poses

When you pet the Black and Tan Dachshund, the avatar kneels in front of the dog, then moves forward as the dog sits up to receive a little hug and kiss. Then the sits to allow the avatar to caress the dog's head, ears and face. 

When you pet the Red Dachshund, the avatar kneels down beside the dog and tickles its tummy. The the dog sits so the avatar can rub its back.

The following poses add liveliness and charm to tricks you teach your dog. They must be used with the command pose. For example, to get the dog to bow down in the play pose, you would say, "Ella pose play."

  • beg2, beg3 (slight variations of the beg pose)
  • bellyup2, bellyup3 (similar to bellyup but dog holds his head and tail in different positions)
  • down2, down3, down4, down5, down6, down7, down8 (slight variations of the down position)
  • drop (pose to drop a toy or other object from his mouth)
  • play, play2 (slight variations of the play bow)
  • rise, leap, land (this is a trio of poses that are part of the instinct pounce)
  • sit2, sit3, sit4, sit5 (slight variations of the sit pose)
  • stand2, stand3, stand4, stand5 (slight variations of the stand pose)

Color Options

The Dachshund is available with a Black and Tan or a Red coat.

The collar on these dogs provides a wealth of control for customizing it. There are 41 textures built into the collar. You can change the texture by simply clicking on it or you can use the collar command along with a value between 00 and 40.

For example, say, 

fido collar 01 (for a nice dark brown collar) 

or say, 

dogs collar 27 (for a lovely brown leather woven collar)

(Click to enlarge the photograph; right click or control-click to download it to your computer.)

The collar also can be changed using the tint and color commands. Although you can use any of the textures when you use the tint and color commands, you will get the truest colors if you begin with either of the white leather textures (collar 00 or collar 15)

Say, for example,

dogs collar 15 color 255 255 0 

to make the collar bright yellow woven leather.

To remove or restore the collar, use either of the following commands:

  • tint-1 (restores the collar to its original color)
  • tint-2 (makes the collar invisible)


The [breed names] are not transferable. If you wish to give one as a gift, please use the Gift Vendors in our VKC Dog Parks.

You can also send a dog as a gift from our Marketplace Store.

Prim Count - 25

Land Impact - 31

Release Date

February 2012