A guide to the Dachshund

“The famously long, low silhouette, ever-alert expression, and bold, vivacious personality of the Dachshund have made him a superstar of the canine kingdom. Dachshunds come in two sizes.”

“Dachshunds also have three coat types of various colors and patterns. The word ‘icon’ is terribly overworked, but the Dachshund’ with his unmistakable long-backed body, little legs, and big personality’ is truly an icon of purebred dogdom. Dachshunds can be standard-sized (usually 16 to 32 pounds) or miniature (11 pounds or under), and come in one of three coat types: smooth, wirehaired, or longhaired.

Dachshunds aren’t built for distance running, leaping, or strenuous swimming, but otherwise these tireless hounds are game for anything. Smart and vigilant, with a big-dog bark, they make fine watchdogs. Bred to be an independent hunter of dangerous prey, they can be brave to the point of rashness, and a bit stubborn, but their endearing nature and unique look has won millions of hearts the world over.”

Key Stats

Life Expectancy:
12 – 16 years
11 – 32 pounds
5 – 9 inches

These dogs are characterized by a lively and friendly temperament, making them excellent companions. They are known for their strong bonds with their owners, often displaying a protective nature. Dachshunds are intelligent and can be independent, but they thrive on positive reinforcement training and socialization from an early age.

Despite their small stature, Dachshunds are often filled with energy and enthusiasm. Regular exercise is essential to keep them happy and healthy. Their playful nature and love for exploration make them suitable for various living environments, from apartments to larger homes with yards.

While Dachshunds are generally sociable, they may be reserved or wary around strangers, making them excellent watchdogs. They are known for their distinctive bark, which they use to alert their owners to potential threats. Early socialization can help mitigate any potential shyness or aggression.

An overview of the Dachshund

A confused dachshund stood in a field
Difficulty Overview
Potential Positives
  • Family suitable
Potential Negatives
  • Messy
  • Bark a lot
  • Not very sociable
Family affection
Good with other dogs
Good with other children
Shedding Level –
Drool quantity –
Openness to strangers
Protectiveness –
Ease of training
Barking level –

“Naturally this overview is generic to a breed and not every single of its kind. However the information and stats we provide in our breed overviews can really make a beneficial impact on your decision making in regards to a specific breed.”

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