Dachshund Dog Breed

Happy Dachshund
iStock.com/Garosha
  • Other Names:
  • Badger Dog
  • Bassotto
  • Dackel
  • Doxie
  • Long Dog
  • Sausage Dog
  • Sosis
  • Taksis
  • Teckel
  • Weenie Dog
  • Wiener Dog
  • Worshond
  • View all 12...
Overview

The dachshund is a small breed hound dog most famously known as the "wiener dog" due to the dog's long body resembling a hot dog. The dachshund has an elongated body with short legs and is commonly joked as being "half a dog high and a dog and a half long". The breed's unique body was intended to help it crawl deep into animal dens and holes to find game for hunters.

The dachshund is a brave intelligent dog that can be stubborn at times. The breed has a lot of energy and enough stamina to keep up with hunters on horseback. They have an incredible digging instinct and an incredibly deep bark which many people mistake as coming from a much larger dog.

Dachshund Breed Details

Breed Specs
TypeLifespanHeightWeight
Purebred12-15 yrs.5-11 in.11-32 lbs
  • Friendliness
  • Overall
  • Family Friendly
  • Kid Friendly
  • Pet Friendly
  • Stranger Friendly
  • Maintenance
  • Easy to Groom
  • Energy Level
  • Exercise Needs
  • General Health
  • Shedding Amount
  • Behavior
  • Barks / Howls
  • Easy to Train
  • Guard Dog
  • Playfulness
  • Watch Dog
  • Ownership
  • Apartment Friendly
  • Can Be Alone
  • Good for Busy Owners
  • Good for Novice Owners
  • Intelligence
* The more green the stronger the trait.

Below are the characteristics and traits of the dachshund dog breed:

Dachshund Breed Description

The dachshund breed can vary in size and coat. Their size is classified as miniature or standard (if a dachshund is between these two sizes they are often called a "tweenie"). Their coat can either be smooth, wire haired, or long haired. It is not uncommon for the dachshunds temperament to be different between coat types due to crossing terrier breeds with the dachshund to create a new variety of dachshunds with longer coats.

The dachshund was originally bred to be the ideal dog to help hunt badgers. Generally, the dachshund would dig into badger holes to flush the animal out (or fight it underground if necessary). Through careful breeding, hunters successfully bred the dachshund which was large enough to defend itself from animals, narrow enough to squeeze through tunnels, and had a bark deep enough the hunters could locate the dog when it was underground.

Dachshunds are intelligent dogs, but have a tendency to be stubborn at times so it can be a difficult breed to train for individuals unfamiliar with dogs. They are friendly with children who the dachshund considers part of the family, but they can be reserved towards guests. The breed does well with other pets, however they have a very bold personality so they may not get along as well with dogs that also have bold personalities.

Dachshund Coloring

Below are common coat colors of the dachshund dog breed.

Dachshund Photos

Below are pictures of the Dachshund dog breed.

Chocolate Dachshund
Black & Tan Dachshund
Red Dachshund
Chocolate Dachshund
Red Dachshund
Dachshund Puppy - Chocolate and Tan
Dachshund Running
Happy Dachshund
Dachshund Swimming

Dachshund Health

Below are health issues and concerns most common in Dachshunds

  • Bloat
  • Canine Diabetes Mellitus
  • Cushing's Syndrome
  • Deafness
  • Epilepsy
  • Intervertebral Disk Disease
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • View all 7...

Dachshund Breed Recognition

The following dog breed registries and organizations recognize the Dachshund as a dog breed:

  • American Canine Registry
  • American Kennel Club
  • America's Pet Registry
  • Australian National Kennel Council
  • Canadian Canine Registry
  • Canadian Kennel Club
  • Continental Kennel Club
  • Dog Registry of America Inc.
  • Federation Cynologique Internationale
  • Kennel Club of Great Britain
  • National Kennel Club
  • New Zealand Kennel Club
  • North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
  • United Kennel Club
  • American Canine Association, Inc.
  • View all 15...
Feedback
Leave Feedback close