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Dachshund vs Chihuahua vs Pomeranian – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Dachshund vs Chihuahua vs Pomeranian" Compare Dachshund and Chihuahua. Which is better: Dachshund or Chihuahua or Pomeranian?
Name Dachshund Chihuahua Pomeranian
OriginsGermany Mexico Germany Poland
Group Hunting Dogs Companion Dogs Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank133222
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Other Names Teckel, Tekkel, Tekkel Doxie, Weenie Dog, Sausage Dog, Bassotto, Worshond Chihuahueño, Csivava Pom, Pom Pom, Deutsche Spitze, Zwergspitz, Spitz Nain, Spitz Enano, Zwers
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 as a Hound breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1904 as a Toy breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1888 as a Toy breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Dachshunds group, in the section. Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Chihuahueno section. Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the European Spitz section.
Breed Recognition American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club Canadian Canine Registry American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club Canadian Canine Registry
Price $500-$700 $600-$800 $600-$800

General Appearance - Dachshund vs Chihuahua vs Pomeranian

Size Small Small Small
Weight Toy: 8-11 pounds (3.5-5.0 kg)Standard: 16-32 pounds (7-15 kg), Miniature: 12 pounds (5.5 kg) 2-6 pounds (1-3 kg) 3-7 pounds (1-3 kg)
Avg. Weight Toy: 9.5 pounds (3.5-5.0 kg)Standard: 24 pounds (11 kg), Miniature: 12 pounds (5.5 kg) 4 pounds (2 kg) 5 pounds (2 kg)
Height Toy: 12 inches (30 cm)Standard: 8-11 inches (20-27 cm), Miniature: 5-7 inches (13-18 cm) 6-9 inches (15-23 cm) 7-12 inches (18-30 cm)
Avg. Height Toy: 12 inches (30 cm)Standard: 9.5 inches (23.5 cm), Miniature: 6 inches (15.5 cm) 7.5 inches (19 cm) 9.5 inches (24 cm)

Hair & Care - Dachshund vs Chihuahua vs Pomeranian

Coat Fine Fine Fluffy
Colors Blue Red White Tan Brown Silver Black Chocolate Fawn Tan Cream Red Black Blue Gray Red Tan Brown Orange White Black
Grooming
Easy to groom: The Dachshund doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Effortless: The Chihuahua requires minimal grooming.
Average: The Pomeranian requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Dachshunds shed none to minimal.
Chihuahuas shed none to minimal.
Pomeranians shed moderately.

Characteristics - Dachshund vs Chihuahua vs Pomeranian

Temperament Clever Devoted Playful Courageous Lively Stubborn Alert Devoted Intelligent Courageous Lively Quick Active Friendly Lively Sociable Extroverted Intelligent Playful Attentive Docile Trainable
Intelligent Rank
Average: Dachshund's has average obedience intelligence.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Very smart: Pomeranian is an excellent dog breed.
Trainability
Dachshunds are easy to train.
Chihuahuas are quite easy to train.
Pomeranians are easy to train.
Playfulness
Dachshunds, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Chihuahuas, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Pomeranians, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Chihuahuas don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Dachshunds are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Chihuahuas are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Pomeranians are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Dachshunds are a social breed.
Chihuahuas need a lot of social interaction.
Pomeranians need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
High: The Dachshund is a very vocal breed.
High: The Chihuahua is a very vocal breed.
Average to high: The Pomeranian is a vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Dachshunds are average watchdogs.
Chihuahuas are average watchdogs.
Pomeranians are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Dachshunds are average defenders.
Chihuahuas strongly protect their territory.
Pomeranians strongly protect their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The Dachshund has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Chihuahua has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Pomeranian has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Dachshunds have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Chihuahuas have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Pomeranians have lower 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.
Chihuahuas tend to escape less than other breeds.
Pomeranians are not the biggest explorers.
Prey Drive
Dachshunds have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Chihuahuas have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen.
Pomeranians have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
Dachshunds are apartment-friendly dogs.
Chihuahuas are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Pomeranians are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Dachshunds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Chihuahuas adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Pomeranians adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
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.
Chihuahuas tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Pomeranians tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Fighting Dog Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Dachshund vs Chihuahua vs Pomeranian

Stranger Friendly
Dachshunds are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Chihuahuas are average friendly towards strangers.
Pomeranians are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Dachshunds are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
Chihuahuas are not kid-friendly dogs.
Pomeranians are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Dachshunds are average friendly towards cats.
Chihuahuas are very cat-friendly dogs.
Pomeranians are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Dachshunds are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Chihuahuas are average friendly towards other dogs.
Pomeranians are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly No
Dachshund is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Chihuahua is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Pomeranian is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Dachshunds are not the best breed for elderly people.
Chihuahuas are not recommended for elderly people.
Pomeranians are not the best breed for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Dachshunds are generally with other pets.
Chihuahuas are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Pomeranians are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Good For First Time Owners No
Dachshunds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Chihuahuas are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Pomeranians are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Yes
This breed makes good as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Detection Dog or 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.
Not really
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.
Not really
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.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) 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.
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.
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.
Boat Dog Not really
Dachshund breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Chihuahua breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Pomeranian breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Dachshund vs Chihuahua vs Pomeranian

Health Issues
The Dachshund is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Chihuahuas are commonly healthy dogs.
The Pomeranian is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Acanthosis Nigricans Baldness Bloat Cancer Canine Diabetes Mellitus Cushing's Syndrome Deafness Demodectic Mange Elbow Dysplasia Epilepsy Intervertebral Disk Disease Legg-perthes Disease Lymphocytic Thyroiditis Mitral Valve Disease Narcolepsy Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Collapsed Trachea Heart Murmurs Hydrocephalus Hypoglycemia Open Fontanel Patellar Luxation Pulmonic Stenosis Shivering Allergies Cataracts Collapsed Trachea Dry Eye Epilepsy Heat Intolerance Heatstroke Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Legg-perthes Disease Patellar Luxation Patent Ductus Arteriosis Seizures
Life Expectancy 12-15 years 14-18 years 12-16 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Dachshunds have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Chihuahuas have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Pomeranians have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
Dachshunds have an average exercise need.
Chihuahuas exercise need is very minimal.
Pomeranians exercise need is minimal.
Sleeping Need
Dachshunds sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Chihuahuas sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Pomeranians sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption 1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. Recommended daily amount: 1/4 to 1/2 cups of high-quality dry food a day. Recommended daily amount: 1/4 to 1/2 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
High: The Dachshund breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Average.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Prefers warm weather Prefers warm weather Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Pomeranian can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Low
The Dachshund has a low chance of bad smell.
High
The Chihuahua has a high chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Pomeranian has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Dachshund is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Chihuahua is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Pomeranian is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Dachshund vs Chihuahua vs Pomeranian

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 4-8 puppies 2-4 puppies 2-5 puppies

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