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

Because no breed is without weakness...

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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Our Dachshund owners' thoughts

28th Oct 2014
Eva Torok
  • VioVet Customer Since: October 2011
  • From: Greater London, United Kingdom

Absolutely full of character and a big THINKER!

28th Nov 2017
Jo Walton
  • VioVet Customer Since: November 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

11th Dec 2017
Bridget Andrews
  • VioVet Customer Since: December 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.

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