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Dachshunds Dog Breed: The Ultimate Guide 2020



Are you thinking of parenting a long-living, comical, and entertaining dog that makes a keen watchdog? If you answered yes, then a Dachshund is your ultimate dog and this is a comprehensive guide that is going to take you through the complete Dachshunds dog breed profile. 


What Are The Characteristics Of Dachshunds

Dachshunds possess several characteristics that make them the best dogs to raise.

  • They're small bodied, playful, and amusing to make a perfect dog for apartment living.
  • Their physical needs are moderate but require more training to get along with all that you require of it.

Take a look at how they have been rated and how they perform in some of the characteristics that you expect a good dog to possess.


1. Adaptability


These clever, lively, and curious dogs have a moderate adaptability rating of 3 stars out of 5. They happen to be the among the best breeds who match any in house lifestyle.

Depending on different environments, they easily adapt and learn to live with the changes.

Here are more attributes on adaptability and how they've been rated:

  • Adapts well to apartment living: The best thing a dog parent can ever have is a dog who adapts to apartment living. According to most dog parents, they prefer to have indoor dogs to outdoor dogs. If you have the same dream then this is the time to bring a Dachshund in your life. They are small bodied and receptive to commands making them adaptable to any living space and lifestyle. For that case, they hold 5 stars out 5 for being the best apartment dogs.

  • Good for novice owners: If you're nervous to get a Dachshund because you never had one before then don't be. I understand that you don't want a dog who will be a burden to raise. These dogs are good family friends and easier to take care of. Dachshunds are intelligent and loyal thus making great pets for novice owners. They have been rated at 4 stars out 5 for this attribute. 

  • Sensitivity level: Dachshunds are emotionally delicate breeds with a high sensitivity rating of 4 stars out of 5. When touched unknowingly, they could give you a dirty look. However, this does not mean that they're bad. Sometimes owners need a dog who is receptive to their emotions and if that's so, look no further than Sausage dogs.

  • Tolerates being alone: It is not a good idea to leave these dog breeds all by themselves as you go for a walk or to work. If you should leave them, it should not be more than four hours. When left alone, Dachshunds tend to be anxious, bored and lonely and could become problematic and destructive so they possess 3 stars for this character.

  • Tolerates cold weather: Dachshunds have short, thin fur that doesn't protect them against cold. They have a 1-star rating for cold weather tolerance. Leaving your Dachshund in the cold can cause health issues like hypothermia and frostbite.

  • Tolerates hot weather: They moderately withstand temperatures above 4.4 Celsius but not extreme. They hold 3 stars out of 5 for their ability to adapt to hot weather.



2. All-Around Friendliness


A friendly dog with low stranger tolerance is what pet owners want. This is because your dog should be loving to you, your family, other dogs in the household and pets as well. If you like to cuddle, then a dachshund is the perfect pet for you and has an overall rating of 3 stars out of 5 when it comes to their all-round friendliness.

Here are more rating regarding other friendliness attributes  that Dachshunds have:

  • Affection with family: I am a Dachshund owner and trust me, they are a great family pet. This fellow is incredibly loving and affectionate to the entire family. They scoop a whole 4 star rating out 5 for being family loving dogs.

  • Kid-friendly: These dogs are very playful and like the company of kids who on the flipside love making fun with pets. They score 5 stars out 5 regarding their friendliness with children.

  • Dog friendly: Some dogs get wild when they are in the company of other dogs. For this breed, this is rarely seen and if it happens that a Dachshund is angry being around other dogs, then it is because it wasn't introduced to them early. They hold 3 stars out of 5 when it comes to their relationship with other dog breeds.

  • Friendly towards strangers: When it comes to strangers, they are very protective. For that matter, they possess only 1 star out 5 since they bark at unfamiliar people and animals.



3. Health And Grooming Needs


Dachshunds have an overall rating of 3 stars out of 5 when it comes to their general health and grooming needs. For my case, I have a smooth-haired Dachshund and I find grooming an easy task. Grooming wire-haired and longhaired Dachshunds would need much effort.

Here is their performance on various characteristics in this section:

  • Amount of shedding: All dog breeds shed so that new fur could grow and Dachshunds are not an exception. They are moderate shedders who hold 3 stars out 5 since they don't moult much. To minimize the amount of shedding in them, daily brushing and a diet rich in omega fatty acids will help.

  • Drooling potential: Fractured tooth, tumors in the mouth, irritation and tartar buildup are the major causes of drooling. At times, this can be normal or can also be because of excessive salivation (ptyalism). Dachshunds are low droolers holding only 1 star out of 5 for their drooling potential. However, to completely minimize this, watch out for any of the causes mentioned.

  • Easy to groom: These dogs are moderately easy to groom. The smooth haired are in fact the easiest of the three types of Dachshunds because they have short and smooth fur. They only need brushing once a week and no hair cuts will be required. The other two (long-haired and wire-haired Sausage dogs) need regular grooming. Combined, they possess 3 stars out 5 for being low maintenance breeds.

  • General health: Dachshunds hold 2 stars out of 5 regarding their general health. They are at risk of contracting some of the deadliest diseases like Intervertebral Disk Disease, Patella Luxation and Hip Dysplasia. Regular vet check ups are important to help him hit his life expectancy. As for Smooth Dachshunds, heart failure is the main cause of death in their golden ages.

  • Potential for weight gain: Overweight could cause severe health issues in dogs. Dachshunds happen to be greedy little dogs who don't know how to stop eating. This character could lead to obesity since they have a weight gain potential of 5 stars out of 5. Unless you stop leaving out food all day, they will not comprehend the harm they could do to themselves. A good weight for a Miniature Dachshund should be 5Kg and standard Dachshunds should weigh 7.3Kg to 15 Kg.

  • Size: Sausage dogs are relatively small dogs scoring only 1 star from a grid of 5 stars when it comes to their body size.



4. Trainability


Holding 4 stars out of 5, Dachshunds are easy going when it comes to training. They tend to grasp teachings easily but if you wait until it has grown to start training it, you won't be able to shape it into a dog you wished for.

Here are other attributes:

  • Easy to train: They have 2 stars out of 5 when it comes to ease of training. This is because they're stubborn dogs but with consistency and persistence, they can be easily trained.

  • Intelligence: Dachshunds were bred to follow scents and hunt down badgers. This means that they can think on their own. When it comes to their intelligence, they possess 4 stars out 5.

  • Potential for mouthiness: Since they were bred as hunting dogs, they have a considerable rating of 4 stars out of 5 for being mouthiness prone dogs.

  • Prey drive: They are natural hunters which means they can do whatever it takes to hunt down anything they consider a prey. For that reason, they hold 5 stars out 5 regarding their prey drive.

  • Tendency to bark or howl: They are relatively small but have a 5-star rating for their tendency to bark or howl.

  • Wanderlust potential: Since they follow scent, they have a high wanderlust potential of 5 stars out 5. Leashing them will be wise whenever you take them out for a walk.



5. Physical Needs


Being small bodied, they have moderate physical needs as compared to bigger breeds like Great Danes. Standard Dachshunds need at least 60 minutes of exercise a day. For the miniatures, a 30 minute exercise session is enough. They hold an average of 3 stars out of 5 for being a breed with minimum physical needs.

Let's explore the characteristics that add up to this rating:

  • Energy level: Dachshunds have a moderate energy level rating of 3 stars out of 5. To use this energy well, a minimum of two walks a day is helpful.

  • Intensity: Dachshunds are genetically aggressive dogs. They hold 3 stars out of 5 regarding their intensity level.

  • Exercise needs: They have 3 stars out of 5 when it comes to their exercise needs. Ensure that you have a minimum of 2 exercise sessions a day else they'll put on weight. Remember, they are rated at 5 stars for their weight gain ability

  • Potential for playfulness: These are highly playful dogs with a score of 4 stars out of 5. Fetch and ball games with kids will keep them happy and engaged.



Important Stats You Should Know About Dachshund Dogs




Dog Breed Group/Purpose 

Hound Dogs


Clever, Stubborn, Devoted, Lively, Playful, and Courageous

Coat Length

Smooth haired, wire-haired, long-haired

Average Height

20 - 23 Centimeters Standard Dogs, 13 - 15 Centimeters Miniature Dogs

Weight Range

5 Kg Miniature, 7.3 - 15 Kg Standard Dachshunds

Life Expectancy

12-16 Years

Exercise Requirements

60 minutes a day for standard dogs, 30 minutes a day miniature for dogs

Social/Attention Needs


Overall Grooming Needs



More Fun Facts About Dachshund Breeds


  • They make great apartment dogs because of their small sizes and ease of care.

  • Dachshunds are stubborn and crate training is the best way to train him.

  • They're intelligent and independent dogs.

  • They're playful dogs and sometimes mischievous but this can be shaped through training.

  • They were bred as hunting dogs. You'll need to introduce them to other pets so that they don't become hostile. Timing is very important because they need someone who can handle them well.

  • They are great diggers since they used to dig badger burrows. Setting aside a digging zone will help keep your yard in shape.

  • They have loud deep barks so you'll need to control this during training. They can be extremely noisy for your neighbours.

  • Exercise is important else they can become fat and lazy. An overweight Dachshund is at risk of back strain. Apart from exercise, this can be controlled by dieting. You should never overfeed them.

  • These dogs should not be allowed to jump. They have small limbs and high jumps could lead to paralysis.

  • They were bred to hunt badgers and other animals but they make ideal family companions.

  • They are hardworking and can participate in agility competitions, Dachshund races (e.g Wiener Nationals).


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