Dachshund

Growth Size

Standard Dachshunds can grow to a height of 20 – 27cm, and a weight of between 7 and 15kg. Miniature Dachshunds grow to between 13 – 18cm high, and can weigh from 3 – 5.5kg.

Lifespan

14 – 17 years.

Temperament

Dachshunds are curious and lively little dogs. The can be susceptible to 'little dog syndrome' if babied, so make sure you establish leadership early on. This will curb any future behavioural problems.

Training Difficulty

Training from an early age is a must, as this breed is quite strong willed and will do its own thing without instruction.

Recommended Owners

Dachshunds are often chosen by older people looking for a smaller companion animal. This is not a breed recommended for children, as they can be easily injured and may retaliate. Ideally, they should live in a house without stairs, or not be allowed upstairs, as climbing or descending a staircase can put pressure on their backs.

Origin

Originating in Germany in the early 1600s, the Dachshund was bred to hunt game such as badgers and rabbits. 'Dachs' is German for 'badger', so essentially the name means Badger Dog. After World War I, the breed made its way to America where it gained popularity.

Diet

For Standard Dachshunds, two cups of food a day, split between two meals. This can be just dry food (there are a few brands that formulate dry food specifically for Dachshunds). Or, as these dogs are partial to wet food, swap out half a cup of dry. Miniature Dachshunds will be fine with half to three quarters of a cup of food daily. Make sure not to overfeed your Dachshund, as this can put pressure on their backs and lead to spinal problems.

Please note! The dietary guidelines specified above are only a guide and feeding may vary based on your pet's size, activity level, and metabolism.

Grooming

Dachshunds come with three different coat types; long-haired, wire-hared, and short-haired. Long-haired Dachshunds require brushing daily. Wire-haired should be groomed professionally twice a year, with regular brushings in between. Short-haired Dachshunds only require the occasional brushing to remove lose hair, or a rubdown with a damp cloth.

Comments

Dachshunds are sometimes referred to as 'sausage dogs', 'wiener dogs', or 'hot dogs', but it is actually the hot dog that was named after the Dachshund. Hot dogs used to be called 'Dachshund Sausages' until the name was shortened to hot dog.