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Dachshund Dog Breed Information

Basic Stats

  • Height- 12-22cm
  • Weight- 5-13 kg
  • Size- Small
  • Coat- Smooth coat (short hair), Long-haired, and Wire-haired
  • Lifespan- 12-16 years
  • Exercise needs- Roughly 1 hour per day


These pups are bright, loyal and pack a big punch. They were designed to have large barrel chests which gives them plenty of stamina. This trait translates into lots of running around and barking. A Dachshund will always keep you on your toes, but also shower you with love and licks.

They’re smart, brave, vigilant, and make fine watchdogs with a big-dog bark. They’re also stubborn which can be frustrating when it comes to training, but they have an endearing, devoted nature will win your heart over, time and time again.

They come with nicknames like sausage dog, doxie, low rider, wiener dog, weenie, dackel, badger dog, hound, hotdog. The list goes on!

Origin of Breed

Dachshunds are loveable scent hounds originally bred to hunt badgers and other animals who burrow. In fact, that’s how they got their name, ‘Dach’ means badger and ‘hund’ means dog. Today they make the most adorable, family companions and show dogs.

Exercise and Nutrition

Dachshunds have bounds of energy, but they aren’t built for distance running, leaping, or strenuous swimming (though you could probably find a couple of sausages who go against the grain). That being said, these tireless sausages are game for anything.

How much exercise required depends on their age. Young puppies should have very little exercise, over-exercising can result in joint problems later in life. An adult Dachshund will require around one-hour exercise combined with walkies and regular playtime.

Dachshunds are prone to disk problems because of their long body, you will need to limit the amount they climb stairs. To further protect their little long back, they need help climbing on and off furniture and their weight should always be kept in check.


The amount your Dachshund will shred depends on the type of coat they have. Generally speaking they shred moderately. There’s three different types of coats when it comes to the Dachshund. The smooth-coat dachshund requires little coat care, small amount of brushing. The long-coat requires daily brushing to prevent matting, particularly near the legs and ears. The wire-coat dachshund requires stripping twice a year and you’ll need to brush their bushy little beard.

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Written by Dog Furiendly

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