The Dachshund is a sweet-natured and rather gentle little dog. These dogs love to be around people and have low exercise requirements.

There are 6 different types of the Dachshund including the long haired, smooth haired, wire haired, miniature long haired, miniature smooth haired and the miniature wire haired.

Dachshund Facts


Exercise Requirements:      2 star rating

Good with Children:             4 star rating

Easy to Train:                        3 star rating

Good Watchdog:                    4 star rating

Low Shedding:                       3 star rating

Good with Other Pets:         2 star rating

Vital Statistics

Size: regular: 20-25 cm (8-10 in) miniature: 13-16 cm (5-6 in)

Weight: regular: 6.5-11.5 kg (14-25 lb) miniature: 4-5 kg (9-11 lb)

Coat: long haired: Soft with straight long fur. smooth haired: Short and dense smooth fur. wire haired: Straight and short with a harsh dense undercoat.

Colour: Any except white

Lifespan: 14-16 years

Special Characteristics

These small dogs are considered to be independent and inquisitive. These lovely little dogs do love to have a little dig in the garden. These dogs are good-tempered, gentle, courageous, docile, outgoing and versatile.

Exercise Requirements

When you are ready for a walk these dogs will be too, always ready to exercise but will not demand it. These dogs are considered to have low exercise requirements.

Attitude Towards:

Owners: Will be affectionate towards their owners while liking their independence too.

Children: Most are good around children.

Other Pets: Could well be problematic around small pets in the house.

Strangers: Are friendly towards strangers.

Other Unfamiliar Dogs: They are known to be friendly towards other Dachshund dogs and other breeds too.

What to Watch Out For

The long haired Dachshund will bring in mud and dirt from outside and will probably need washing on a daily basis to stop it from smelling. The long haired also needs daily grooming to keep the fur in good condition.

The wire haired Dachshund has a beard, which will need washing 1 or 2 times a day after feeding, just to stop it from smelling.

Health Risks

All types of Dachshund might suffer from these health problems; spinal problems, elbow dysplasia, Legg-Calve-Perthes, patellar luxation, progressive retinal atrophy, cataracts, diabetes and epilepsy.

Ideal Owner

The perfect owner will be easy-going like the dog, and be okay with it wanting its own independence. If you go for the long haired you need to have the time to groom its fur on a daily basis.

More Photos

Dachshund Long Haired Long Haired

Dachshund Smooth Haired Smooth Haired

Dachshund Wire Haired Wire Haired

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