Dog Breed: Dachshund


Dachshund – Breed Information

Breed Information: Daschunds have very short legs and very long bodies. There are two sizes of Daschund that are recognized by Kennel Clubs (see Size), and three coat variations: short-haired, long-haired, and wire-haired. There are also a variety of recognized color variations: Solid Daschunds are either red or cream; Bi-colored dogs can be grey, black, or brown with spots of copper above their eyes and other specified locations (see Kennel Club specifications); Dappled, or Merle, dogs have a lighter shade of the same color dappled over their body. For example, a dark shade of grey base with light grey pattern. For wire-haired dogs, the “Wild Boar” color is most common, making the dog look slightly grizzled. The Daschund has a long head with a long muzzle, ears that hang down to the cheeks, and dark, oval eyes.

  • Size: Standard-Height: 14-18 inches/Weight: 16-32 poundsMiniature-Height:Under 14 inches/Weight: Under 11 pounds
  • Breed Specific Health Issues: Daschunds are predisposed to spinal difficulties dealing mainly with the discs. Serious cases are referred to as Daschund Paralysis. Because Daschunds can easily become overweight, they are also prone to diabetes and heart trouble. Being overweight is a serious issue for these dogs as the extra weight puts added stress on the back.
  • Life Expectancy: The average Daschund will live between 12 and 15 years.
  • Grooming Requirements: Long-haired Daschunds require the most grooming, needing weekly, if not more frequent, brushing. Short-haired Daschunds need only the occasional rub with a damp cloth to remove any loose hair and dirt, and wire-haired dos’ coats require stripping twice a year.

Dachshund – Breed Behavior

Disposition:Dachshunds can be very strong-willed and must begin training at an early age to avoid conflict over who is dominant owner or dog. They also must be socialized from an early age to ensure they get along with people other than their family whom they love and are protective of. Dachshunds love to dig so care should be taken if left unsupervised so they do not dig under a fence and escape. This breed is well-known for being silly and very curious.

Activity Level: Dachshunds are surprisingly active and love to play. This breed would be well-suited for apartment life as long as it had adequate time outside – whether through long walks or playing at the local park. A small backyard/garden would be ideal.