Short facts about Dachshund
Size: Standard, miniature or rabbit (in the UK, there are 2 sizes, standard and miniature)
Weight: 3-9 kg
Average lifespan: 13-15 years
Characteristics : Happy, harmonious, stubborn, energetic with a certain guarding instinct
Area of use: Hunting dog for small animals
Common diseases and injuries: Herniated disc and back pain
Country of origin: Germany
Are you a perfect match for a Dachshund?
Dachshunds are a breed that you will enjoy and have many fun years with. The dachshund is a "big dog in a small package", which can be good if you travel a lot or spend a lot of time in forests and fields. What many people value about their Dachshund is that it is mostly happy, lively, alert and willing to do something with you, if it just means going for a walk around the block or something else fun.
A Dachshund for everyone
There is a Dachshund for everyone, both size-wise and coat-wise. The Dachshund is available in three different sizes; normal, dwarf and rabbit. The chest girth of the dachshund is what determines which variety it belongs to. In the UK, only standard and miniature are counted. The breed is also available in three different hair layers: rough, long and short haired. The most common colours are black with brown markings, maroon or game coloured.
Normal sized Dachshund
Males: A chest circumference of 37-47 cm and weighs approx. 9 kg.
Females: A chest girth of 35-45 cm and weighs approx. 9 kg.
How much exercise and stimulation does a Dachshund need?
Today, the Dachshund is above all a family dog that likes most types of activity and dog sports. The Dachshund loves to exercise his head, is easy to teach and quick to learn new tricks. Whether you are an avid hunter, enjoy tracking with your dog, want to engage in agility, exhibition, rally obedience or other dog sports, there is always a dachshund for you. Long dog walks in any weather are (mostly!) no problem for the Dachshund, as it is hardy and thrives outdoors, preferably in the woods.
The Dachshund is one of the world's most widespread dog breeds, which is not surprising because it is a really nice family dog. The breed can be quite stubborn and a bit headstrong, but that's probably where the charm of Dachshunds lies.
The Dachshund is often calm and harmonious with a certain guarding instinct. Relatively lively for its size, they exude courage and self-assurance. The desire to hunt remains mainly in the normal-sized rough and short-haired dachshunds. While the long-haired dachshunds, dwarf and rabbit dachshunds usually do not have such pronounced hunting characteristics.
Dachshund - a healthy breed
The dachshund is a healthy breed that usually lives a long life and lives upwards of 13-15 years. Herniated disc problems and back pain are among the most common reasons for a Dachshund veterinary visit. Vomiting and diarrhoea are also a common reason for vet visits for a dachshund, just like many other breeds.
Fur care for long-haired, rough-haired and short-haired Dachshunds
How much fur care a Dachshund needs differs between the three different hair types. A long-haired Dachshund needs to be brushed and combed regularly to avoid tangles in the long coat. A rough-haired dachshund needs to be trimmed two or more times a year, while a short-haired Dachshund needs minimal fur care.
Origin of the breed
The Dachshund originally comes from Germany and dates back as far as the Middle Ages. The name translates from German as 'badger dog'. The Dachshund is one of the most versatile hunting dog breeds and works equally well as a driving and attacking dog as well as a search dog. In Sweden, the Dachshund is mainly used for deer hunting, as it is slow moving.