|Size:||Dachshunds can be standard-sized or miniature. Standard Dachshunds are small to medium dogs, with an average weight of 9-12kg.|
|Coat:||Dachshund coats come in three types – short-haired, long-haired and wire-haired and a variety of colours, including black and tan, chocolate and tan, and red dapple.|
|Exercise:||At least 1 hour per day|
|Life span:||12-13 years|
|Breed group:||Dachshunds are part of the hound group and were originally bred to sniff out prey and follow them below ground, using their large front paws for digging.|
Dachshunds are bright, loyal and courageous. These little dogs have large barrel chests to give them stamina while hunting – a trait that can also translate into lots of running around and barking.
This breed is utterly devoted to their owners, and with good socialisation from a young age Dachshunds can also be good with children and cats. They can be a little noisy and standoffish with strangers, so are better suited to slightly older children who will take any barking or territorial behaviour in their stride.
Dachshund puppies need a few small meals a day, while adults usually require only two. Keeping your dog at a healthy weight can help to reduce back and joint issues, which can be a problem for Dachshunds and ultimately decrease their life expectancy. Vets recommend feeding a high-quality pet food to ensure your dog gets all the nutrients they need to remain healthy. When thinking about how big your Dachshund is going to get, remember to distinguish between the standard breed and the Miniature Dachshund.
Training is an important part of owning a Dachshund. They’re hardwired to pick up scents and chase prey, so it can be tough to hold a Dachshund puppy’s attention for long. But do keep at it, as good all the good habits your dog picks up early will ensure a well-socialised dog later.
Consider taking your puppy on a dog training course, where you’ll learn about walking your dog on a lead, returning when called and reinforcing good behaviour. Trips to the park are another good way to get your Dachshund used to other dogs and people. You can also reinforce your puppy’s training with our helpful tips and tricks.
How much exercise a Dachshund needs depends on their age – try not to over-exercise young puppies as this can result in joint problems later in life. For an adult Dachshund, regular playtime combined with at least a 60-minute walk should be about right. Whatever their age, try to stop them running up or downstairs as this can cause back problems.
The amount your Dachshund will shed depends on their coat type, but as a breed they only shed moderately, if at all. The short-haired Dachshund requires very little brushing, while the long-haired variety need almost daily grooming to prevent matting, particularly around their ears and legs. For the wire-haired variety, you’ll also need to brush their bushy beard.