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Name : Dachshund

Other Names : Standard Dachshund, Miniature Dachshund, Toy Dachshund, Kaninchen, Doxie, Wiener Dog, Little Hot Dog, Hotdog Dog, Sausage Dog, Long Dog, Little Burrow Dog, Earth Dog, Badger Dog,

Origin : Germany

Size Type : Small Dog Breed

Breed Group : Hound dog breeds

Life span : 12-15 years

Litter Size : 2-6

Temperament : Energetic, Curious, Happy.

Height : 8"-10"

Weight : Standard: 16 to 32 pounds Miniature: is 11 pounds and under.

Colors : The Dachshund comes in 12 different colors as listed by the AKC: Black & Cream, Black & Tan, Blue & Cream, Blue & Tan, Choclate & Cream, Choclate & Tan, Cream, Fawn & Cream, Fawn & Tan, Red, Wheaten, Wild Boar, Black, Choclate, Fawn.

Puppy Price : $300-$1200

Body type

The dachshund lies low to the ground, with a long body and short legs. The skin is tight as the dox moves smoothly, well balanced and confident. His outstanding nose, and meaning full build makes him a perfect hunter for tunnel living animals. These traits give him an advanced advantage versus other breeds for hunting.

Head- The head reduces thickness uniformly to the tip of the snout. Medium sized almond shaped eyes, which radiate energy and and happy expression. The rounded ears lie down toward the back of the head, in moderate length. The skull is slightly arched, connecting to the muzzle. Powerful bite, with well developed jaw bones.

Forequarters- Bred to dominate hunting underground the forequarters are strong, deep and well defined. The front and back legs are short, keeping the dachshund low to the ground. They stand upon medium sized feet, which are webbed helping the dachshund move large amounts of dirt with ease and in record breaking time.

Body- Neck is long, muscular and free of wrinkles flowing with ease into the shoulders. The back is straight and exceptionally long compared to the body as a whole. The abdomen is drawn up and tight along with rest of the body.

Hindquarters- Strong and muscular are the thighs and the forequarters as a whole. The legs are set straight forward Lower leg lies down at right angle from the upper thigh.


The doxie comes in three different coats Smooth (most common), wire-haired, and long haired. Each take different grooming responsibilities and require different amounts of attention. As a whole they are a low maintenance breed and tend to stay clean and they're known to shed lightly.

The smooth coat is the most simple and only requires a wipe down with a damp cloth every couple of weeks with minimal grooming efforts.

Wired coats aren't anything like the smooth coat. They have a short, thick and hard outer coat with a soft undercoat. Wired coat wiener dogs need to be regularly brushed and stripped 2-3 times a year ask your breeder how to do this.

Long haired dachshunds have a lustrous, slightly wavy coat that radiates elegance. This long hair needs to be brushed more frequently and they tend to need a bath every couple of weeks. Many fanciers of this breed like to blow dry and use different shampoos to make the fur more shiny and soft.


Good with Kids : 83 %
Cat Friendly : 83 %
Dog Friendly : 100 %
Trainability : 66 %
Shedding : 50 %
Watchdog : 16 %
Intelligence : 66 %
Grooming : 50 %
Popularity : 83 %
Adaptability : 66 %
Hypoallergenic : No
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Dachshunds (pronounced DAKS hund) or wiener dog as I've always heard them called originated in Germany in the 15th century. The Germans named this breed Dachshunds, Dachs means badger in English and hunds means dog. This breed was used to hunt badgers and other tunneling animals. They've continued to be bred to be awesome family dogs and dominate in the show ring. The dachshund has an unique body structure, many would referrer to as Half a dog tall, and two dogs long. This breed has three different coats Smooth, Wired, and long hair. Also comes in two different small sizes, Standard, and Miniature. Miniature weighs under 11 pounds, while standard is 16-27 pounds. It's hard not to laugh at how confident this breed is, with it's long muscular body and short stubby legs. Their odd body shape and unique personality has them made a loved and cherished breed by cartoonist and movie directors. Their odd shaped body was bred for a purpose. This short body and short stubby legs helped them dig and hunt small tunneling game. This breed has been a favorite in the united states since the early 20th century. They can live and thrive in both apartment and country life. The dachshund does well in warmer climates and short hair versions may require a sweater in cold environments. Do to the extreme popularity of this breed many breeders just use the Dachshund just for money rather than for the love of the breed. Be careful when selecting your breed as many breeders neglect breeding healthy breeding stock.


The Dachshund comes in 12 different colors as listed by the AKC: Black & Cream, Black & Tan, Blue & Cream, Blue & Tan, Choclate & Cream, Choclate & Tan, Cream, Fawn & Cream, Fawn & Tan, Red, Wheaten, Wild Boar, Black, Choclate, Fawn.
Light colored dogs tend to have lighter colored eyes as dark colored dogs usually have various shades of brown eyes.

Health Problems

Dachshunds are a generally health breed. Their elongated back results in a lot of back related health issues. They tend to have many conditions that relate to overweight humans. Including Back problems, diabetes, decreased stamina, weak joints. As a whole the dachshund is a pretty healthy breed and researching your breeder helps minimize most of these risks.


It's pretty hard to be lazy and stay in a bad mood around the Dachshund. Their upbeat personality and lively attitude helps improve every ones mood. You need to have regular exercise and time to be out in the open.

Early training and socialization is needed to be efficient at training and forming proper behaviors. The Dachshund can be stubborn and sometimes a real pain to train. Persistence and positive reinforcements help anyone training this breed.


The dachshund has historical accounts of being seen as early as the 15th century by hunters hunting with dogs with elongated bodies. It was in the 1600's when the smooth and long haired variations were distinguished in this breed. Wired hair wasn't accepted until 1890 giving the three variations still in place today.

These variations were created in Germany. German dachshund lovers improved this breed during the 18th and 19th century to it's present day formation. Experimenting in size and the variations of coat and color. It took hundreds of years to perfect this breed adding in the ultimate underground hunter by creating the perfect size and breeding in the fearless personality.

It's said to believed a variation of terriers and beagles were crossed to create the Dachshund. The exact breeds used is all a speculation. The wired variation is said to be a cross from a few different spaniel breeds.

The dachshund was first registered in the United States in the late 1800's. They went through peaks of high and low popularity in the early 1900's. During 1950 after World War II, many Dachshunds were brought home from Germany and became extremely popular. The dachshund has stayed atop the top ten list of most popular dogs since the 50's. In recent years the popularity has started to dip as the AKC ranked the Dachshund as the 11th most popular breed. This being the first time the Dachshund wasn't in the top ten since that time.
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