This article also relates to: Dachshund (Smooth-Haired), Dachshund (Long-Haired), Dachshund (Miniature Long-Haired), Dachshund (Miniature Smooth-Haired), Dachshund (Miniature Wire-Haired) and Dachshund (Wire-Haired)

The Dachshund originates from...

Derived from the German for "badger dog," the origins of this unique breed are subject to speculation. It is believed that the miniature Dachshund, part of the 'hound' group, was first recognised in Germany in the early 1600s, although theorists have argued that its historical ancestry belongs with the ancient Egyptians, with engravings and mummified remains supporting this. Principally bred for hunting badger and other sporting activities, the modern Dachshund is now bred as a house pet and show competitor.

The Dachshund is characterised by...

Possessing three different coat types, the Dachshund is characterised as Wire-Haired, Smooth-Haired or Long-Haired and is either Standard-sized or Miniature. Whatever the hair type or proportions of the Dachshund it boasts a distinctive appearance, with an elongated body, short limbs and a long muzzle. It is perhaps better known as the 'Sausage Dog.' The Dachshund comes in black and tan, blue, rust, wheaten and tan, with potential colour dappling of the coat.  Deep-chested, the Dachshund has a large lung capacity for stamina when hunting and a long snout for detecting subtle smells. Popular throughout Europe and ranked seventh in the popular dog breed register in the United States, the Dachshund enjoys widespread appreciation as an affectionate, versatile breed for families and sole owners.

The average Dachshund...

Extremely compatible with other pets, the Dachshund is intelligent, adaptable and enthusiastic. The breed possesses a keen hunting instinct that stems back to its early existence, is relatively easy to house train, and despite common conjecture suggesting it is a temperamental dog with a tendency to bite and incessantly bark, such is not a true reflection across the whole breed. A healthy, Standard sized Dachshund will weigh approximately 5 kg at the age of 12 months old, and have a life expectancy of 12-15 years when shown appropriate care.


Due to its unusual proportions, the Dachshund is susceptible to afflictions resulting from over-feeding, especially diabetes and spinal disc problems because of the breed's characteristically elongated spinal column and short ribcage. The breed is also known to suffer with urinary tract complaints, cardiac disease and is subject to mast cell tumours.


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Added on 28/10/2014
Joined 09/10/2011
From Greater London, United Kingdom

Absolutely full of character and a big THINKER!

Added on 28/11/2017
Joined 22/11/2017
From South Yorkshire , United Kingdom

Love the breed would definitely recommend I perfer my long haired but smooths and wires r just as nice each have there own character a mind of there own can be quite stubborn but they only have to look at u with them big eyes and they get away with everything once u have 1 u will definitely be having more like me

Added on 11/12/2017
Joined 11/12/2017
From Hampshire, United Kingdom

I own two miniture long haired, one is 7 months and the other 2 .1/2 and both boys. They can be very noisy and I have to be careful with their feeding but what characters they have They make me smile so much and I love them to bits.

Added on 22/02/2018
Joined 27/04/2017
From Durham, United Kingdom

My Lottie what can I say she is full of character she is 2 and a half years old now and I am thinking of breeding her because she has a superb temperament she will bark at strangers but once she knows you your her friend for life she is so gentle and loving everyone looses their heart to her she is my best friend I would recommend this breed to anyone she snuggles up with my 2 year old niece a d would let her take the food out of her mouth she is that gentle I wouldn't be without my Lottie I adore her

Added on 20/03/2018
Joined 12/03/2018
From Gloucestershire, United Kingdom

We have 2 standard dachshunds 11months and 4 months both girls they are very playful
and love their cuddles also very affectionate,
and placid dachshunds they are just amazing
love them

Added on 24/06/2018
Joined 24/06/2018
From Gloucestershire, United Kingdom

Feisty hunting dogs... Can be vocal with is annoying but quickly forgiven when you look into their almond shaped puppy eyes! I live on a farm, so he is very much and independent adventurer who loves hunting for rabbits... A big dog in a little body. Highly loyal and loves nothing more than a good snuggle.

Added on 06/09/2018
Joined 06/09/2018
From Suffolk, United Kingdom

Tani is great company full on with affection she is determined stubborn she knows what she likes not sure about strangers but when is introduced she make friends loves playing with my daughter.in.laws cat elvis he is a siamese
She likes walking on a lead