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Dachshund Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Dachshund so you can get to know the breed more.

OriginGermany
Group Hunting Dogs
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Other Names
What other names does the Dachshund have? The dog breed also known as...
Teckel, Tekkel, Tekkel Doxie, Weenie Dog, Sausage Dog, Bassotto, Worshond
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Dachshund recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 as a Hound breed.
FCI Group
Is Dachshund recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Dachshunds group, in the section.
Price
How much does the Dachshund puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Dachshund price:
$500-$700
If you choose to purchase the Dachshund, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Dachshund for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Dachshund gets to a happy place.

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General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Dachshund size:
Small
Weight
How much does the Dachshund weigh? Dachshund weight:
Toy: 8-11 pounds (3.5-5.0 kg)Standard: 16-32 pounds (7-15 kg), Miniature: 12 pounds (5.5 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of this canine? Dachshund average weight:
Toy: 9.5 pounds (3.5-5.0 kg)Standard: 24 pounds (11 kg), Miniature: 12 pounds (5.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Dachshund? Dachshund height:
Toy: 12 inches (30 cm)Standard: 8-11 inches (20-27 cm), Miniature: 5-7 inches (13-18 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Dachshund average height:
Toy: 12 inches (30 cm)Standard: 9.5 inches (23.5 cm), Miniature: 6 inches (15.5 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Dachshund have? What does this canine coat look like?
Fine
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Dachshund's coat?
Blue RedWhiteTanBrownSilverBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Dachshund and how often?
Easy to groom: The Dachshund doesn't require a lot of grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Dachshund is a good choice if you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. Recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Dachshund dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of this canine? Dachshund shedding level:
Dachshunds shed none to minimal. Having a puppy from this breed you don't have to be afraid of your couch or car covered by dog hair. Dachshund dogs could be the best choice if you don't tolerate dog hair.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Dachshund have? What characteristics does the breed have?
CleverDevotedPlayfulCourageousLivelyStubborn
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Dachshund? Are they intelligent?
Average: Dachshund's has average obedience intelligence. Patience is needed for teaching this breed to any tricks and commands though, but it's worth the effort. They understand and memorize new commands in 25-40 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 50% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are Dachshund dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Dachshunds are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Dachshunds, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark as excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Dachshund sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Dachshunds don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits really well. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Dachshunds are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does this dog need? Dachshund social needs:
Dachshunds are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Dachshund dogs bark a lot? Why does my dog bark?
High: The Dachshund is a very vocal breed. Definitely not the best choice if you prefer a quiet breed. They often enjoy barking and howling loudly. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Dachshund good as a watchdog?
Dachshunds are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered as their main job.
Territorial
Do Dachshund dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Dachshunds are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective of their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend his territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
Do Dachshund bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from this dog? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Dachshund? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Dachshund has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Dachshund do?
Dachshunds have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Dachshunds need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Dachshund to run away? Does this breed wander a lot? Does Dachshund roam?
Dachshunds have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command. This breed is also able to cause damage to your fence.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Dachshund have high prey drive?
Dachshunds have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Dachshund dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Dachshund good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Dachshunds are apartment-friendly dogs. Besides the daily walks outside they don't require a big garden.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Dachshunds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Dachshunds do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Fighting Dog
Where Dachshund dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Dachshunds are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Dachshund dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Dachshund and children:
Dachshunds are not the most kid-friendly dogs. If you have children, you may have to reconsider your choice for having a puppy from this breed.
Cat Friendly
How well do Dachshund dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Dachshunds are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Dachshund good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Dachshund dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Dachshunds are not the most dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Dachshund is not a good choice.
Office Friendly
Are Dachshunds good office dogs? Do Dachshunds make good office friendly dogs? Can Dachshunds be ofiice dogs?
No
Dachshund is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Dachshund dogs get along with the elderly people? What is this canine temperament with senior people? Are Dachshund dogs good for elderly owners?
Dachshunds are not the best breed for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Dachshund dogs get along with other pets? Are Dachshund dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Dachshunds are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Dachshund breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Dachshunds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Dachshund be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Dachshund is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Dachshund be a therapy dog?
Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Dachshund breed is a good choice for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Dachshund be a sniffer dog?
Yes
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Dachshund breed is a good choice for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Dachshund be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Dachshund is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Dachshund be a boat dog?
Not really
Dachshund breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Dachshund be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Dachshund is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Dachshund dogs have health problems?
Dachshunds are healthy dogs, but there are some health issues you may have to check on regularly at the vet.
Life Expectancy
How long do Dachshund dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Dachshund be?
12-15 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Dachshund breed hypoallergenic?
No
Dachshunds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Dachshund have?
Dachshunds have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Dachshund dogs require per day?
Dachshunds have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Dachshunds sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Dachshund need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Dachshund risk for obesity:
High: The Dachshund breed has a strong tendency to overweight. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you want to keep balance, increase the amount and frequency of your daily dog walk and play with the Dachshund more often. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Dachshund's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers warm weather
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Low
The Dachshund has a low chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Dachshund drool?
The Dachshund is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Dachshund could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the Dachshund. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does it take to have Dachshund puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Dachshund: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Dachshund have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Dachshund have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
4-8 puppies

Pros & Cons of Dachshund

Pros
  • Trainability: Dachshunds are easy to train.
  • Apartment Friendly: Dachshunds are apartment-friendly dogs.
  • Grooming: Easy to groom: The Dachshund doesn't require a lot of grooming.
  • Shedding Level: Dachshunds shed none to minimal.
  • Drooling tendency: The Dachshund is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Stinkiness: The Dachshund has a low chance of bad smell.
  • Adaptability: Dachshunds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Therapy Dog: This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
  • Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog: A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Dachshunds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Weight Gain Potential: High: The Dachshund breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
  • Mouthiness: Dachshunds have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Dachshunds have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Dachshunds do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Child Friendly: Dachshunds are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Dachshunds are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Dachshund is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Dachshunds are not the best breed for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Dachshunds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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