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Life span

17 Years


12 Kg


Hound Dogs

Dachshund Overview

The Dachshund to chase, scent and sniff out badgers. They'e very devoted to their loved ones and courageous by nature. The Dachshund enjoys the outdoors and playing games with their companion. They can be stubborn so require a patient approach to training.

The Dachshund colour comes in black and tan, chocolate, black and white and black and tan. They typically weigh anything between 7.3-15kg.

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Dachshund Characteristics

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History & Origin

The Dachshund dog breed originated in Germany back in the 1600s. They were bred to hunt dwelling animals like the badger. The word Dachshund means "badger dog'. Early in the 16th Century they looked very different to how they typically look today. In their early existence they looked more like basset hounds or terriers. They were also taller and bigger than they are today. 

Dachshund Temperament

The Dachshund is intelligent, full of life, and courageous. They're known to be bossy and love attention. This dog breed is fun-loving and extrovert and loves to keep busy and be needed. If their not socalised correctly, this dog breed is prone to developing separation anxiety if left for long periods of time on their own. 

They love spending time with their family and some existing owners would describe this wonderful dog as needy at times.

Dachshund Training

The Dachshund is intelligent and stubborn dog breed. They are willing to learn and obey so training is vital. During training the Dachshund needs to be rewarded so they known they've done good. Training correctly and rewarding accordingly will make your Dachshund patient and happy. 

As this dog breed is known to being stubborn and sometimes their temperment can be frustrating. It is important to remain calm and consistent whilst training their dog. 

The best way to train your Dachshund is to reinforce positive behaviour rather than punishing bad behaviour. 


Dachshunds need regular grooming. Regardless of the length of their coat, they need a regular brush, trim and wash of their coats. Regular checking of their ears to make sure they're clean and free of fleas and ticks is important too. Their nails should be clipped on a regular basis and their teeth brushed properly with doggy toothpaste and dog toothbrush. 

Regular grooming will help keep your Dachshunds coat clean and shiny. 

The length of your Dachshunds coat will determine how often you will need to groom them. If they-re long-haired they will need frequent brushing and if their short-haired they require less brushing. 


Dachshunds are very energetic and sometimes it can be hard to tell if they're suffering with any health issues. As with other dg breeds, Dachshunds suffer with health conditions such as Intervertebral disc disease, Patella Luxation, Hip dysplasia, Obesity and eye issues. 

Intervertebral disc disease is a a result of the size of short legs and long bodies. As they're very active, they are prone to developing this condition. 

Patella Luxation occurs when your dogs kneecap pops out from its groove. This dog breed is prone to this condition because of their short legs and angle of their kneecaps. 

They can also suffer with with congenital eye problems better know as dry eye. T

This dog breed can also suffer with obesity if not fed correctly and exercised enough. To prevent your Dachshund from becoming over-weight, it is important to feed them a high quality dog feed and the correct amount twice a day. They must also be exercised a minimum of twice a day for at least 45 minutes, twice a day.

Dachshund Exercise Needs

Daily exercise is a must for all dog breeds, especially the Dachshund. As they're a hunting breed, they are very energetic and need to release their energy on a daily basis. taking your Dachshund for two daily walks will help keep them stimulated and happy. If they do not receive enough exercise they are prone to becoming bored and very naughty. The average Dachshund needs a minimum of 40 minutes exercise on a daily basis. 

Children and other pets

The Dachshund is a loving dog breed and they love to play with their family. As they love physical exercise, they make great companions for those that love walking. This dog breed isn't ideal for young children as they can be snappy if their tail is pulled or the child wants to play and the Dachshund doesn't. 

They are very loving and affectionate but don't do well with strangers and this is where they must be trained and corrected to deal with meeting new people in a more positive manner. 

The Dachshund is usually good with other pets in their own family; especially with other Dachshunds. They can be fiesty with other pets that are not part of their household and this behaviour must be stopped straight away.