Origin and characteristics

The Dachshund was created in Germany as the badger dog, dachs meaning badger and hund meaning dog. He was also used on den animals such as foxes, and packs of Dachshunds trailed wild boar. Those early Dachshunds varied greatly in size.  Although the original German Dachshunds were larger than the Dachshunds we know today, you can still see the fearlessness for which the breed was developed. Their versatility makes them excellent family companions, show dogs, and small-game hunters. They are also known as Wiener Dog or Sausage Dog.

Dachshunds are bred and shown in two sizes: Standard and Miniature. Standard Dachshunds of all varieties (Smooth, Wirehair, and Longhair).

The Dachshund is described as clever, lively, and courageous dog. They have a reputation for being entertaining and fearless, but what they want most is to cuddle with their people. They often bond closely with a single person. They may even become jealous of their owner’s attention and can, if not properly trained and socialized, become snappy.

The Dachshund is an excellent watchdog but can be noisy. Minis, in particular, can be yappy.

Dachshunds have a lot of stamina and energy. They love to take a walk or play outdoors with other dogs, and they like to hunt and dig.

They’re not suited to living outdoors or in a kennel but should live in the home. Dachshunds can injure their backs jumping on and off furniture. Because of their long backs, they are susceptible to slipped or ruptured (herniated) disks in their backs, which can result in partial or full paralysis. When they’re held, their chest and back always must be carefully supported.

Dachshunds can learn quickly if properly motivated. The Dachshund will quickly become bored if made to repeat the same exercise over and over, so make obedience practice fun and interesting.

The Dachshund personality can also vary with coat type. Because the wirehaired Dachshunds have terrier in their background, they can be mischievous troublemakers. Longhairs are calm and quiet, and Smooths have a personality that lies somewhere in between.

  • Lifespan:  12-15 Years

  • Size:  20- 23 cm

  • Weight: 7-15 kg

  • Breed group: Hound Dogs

  • Coat: variety of short, wire-haired and long haired

Coat, Shedding, Grooming

Dachshunds come in three varieties: smooth (shorthaired), wirehaired and longhaired

Their coats are short and shiny and need little grooming. They do, however, need a sweater in the winter if you live in an area with cold weather.

Longhaired Dachshunds have sleek, slightly wavy hair and can be the same colours as the Smooth Dachshund. They should be brushed every day to prevent mats from forming, especially around their elbows and ears.

Wirehaired Dachshunds have wiry, short, thick, rough coats with bushy eyebrows and a beard. They won’t need a sweater in the winter, but they do need to be brushed regularly to prevent mats from forming.

The Smooth Dachshund’s coat is short and shiny.

Wirehaired Dachshunds have a very different coat from the Smooth Dachshunds. They have short, thick, hard hair on the topcoat with a softer undercoat. The hard topcoat hair is found everywhere on the body except for the jaw, eyebrows, and ears.

Longhaired Dachshunds have glistening, slightly wavy long hair which gives them an elegant appearance.

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