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Dachshund.

Price range

$1000 - $5000

Common names

Doxie, Low Rider, Wiener Dog, Weenie, Sausage Dog, Dackel, Badger Dog, Hound, Hotdog.

Size

Small

Dog group

Hound

Coat length

Long

Energy

High

Kid friendly

Medium

Life expectancy

12-16 years

Dachshund.

Price range

$1000 - $5000

Common names

Doxie, Low Rider, Wiener Dog, Weenie, Sausage Dog, Dackel, Badger Dog, Hound, Hotdog.

Size

Small

Dog group

Hound

Coat length

Long

Energy

High

Kid friendly

Medium

Life expectancy

Long

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What does a Dachshund look like?

General Appearance of the Dachshund

Dachshunds are known for their long backs and muscular legs which has earnt them affectionate nicknames like “sausage dogs “or “hotdogs”[1]. They also have a long muzzle, long and droopy ears, and a tail carried in line with the back. This small, drop-eared dog is tough enough to take on a badger, which is how they got originally got their name (Dachs meaning badger; hund meaning dog).

Available in these colours

What colours do Dachshunds come in?

Dachshunds come in a variety of colours, including Red, Golden, Chocolate and Tan, Brindle, Black and Tan, Blue and Tan and Golden Sable[2].

All about the
Dachshund.

Long-haired Dachshunds are regarded as a superstar of the canine kingdom because of their known long, low silhouette, ever-alert expression, and bold, vivacious personality. They stand at an average of 35 cm tall and weighs 9 to 12 kg. These adorable dogs are originally bred to hunt badgers, which they are also known to be successful big-game hunters!

Their coat gives them a sultry and sophisticated look which makes them even more attractive to everyone. They appear to be the sweetest-natured, quietest, and most outwardly caring of the three coat varieties, with a much more composed, relaxed demeanour, owing to their spaniel roots.

These active hounds love to do different stimulating activities but are not suitable for distance running, leaping, or strenuous swimming. They are known for their intelligence and alertness and their terrifying bark making them good watchdogs. Their endearing nature and eye-catching look will surely win your hearts!

All about the Dachshund adult stats

Weight

Low 9 KG

High 12 KG

Weight

Low 20 CM

High 23 CM

Weight

Low 9 KG

High 12 KG

Weight

Low 33 CM

High 37 CM

Dachshund.

Characteristics & Tendencies:

TENDENCY TO DIG
Snoring
Drooling
Exercise needs
Grooming needs
Barking

Care and Maintenance

Feeding

How much do
Dachshunds eat?
0.5 to 1.5 cups of food a day

Exercise

How much
exercise do they need?
30 to 60 Mins

Temperament

Are they kid friendly? Yes! Dachshunds are generally great with kids. They're affectionate, loyal and playful.

Living

Do they need a lot of space? Dachshunds are the perfect size for apartments because they're small and don't take up much space.

Frequently asked questions about the Dachshund.

What are the most common health issues for Dachshunds[3]?

  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Cherry Eye
  • Obesity

It’s important to do routine body health assessments to ensure that your dog is in top shape and to continue to feed them at least twice regularly and according to the dietary instructions for their specific diet. They require a daily amount of ½ to 1 ½ cups of high-quality dry food, which can be divided into two meals. Their diet needs a constant routine and proper mix of food intakes and available fresh water at all times.

Dachshunds have different type of coats (long, smooth, wire-haired coats) and are very distinct[4]. Generally, they have double-layered coats, which means they will change from winter coat to summer coat in the early spring.

Occasional baths and weekly brushings with a horsehair mitt or de-shedding glove to pull away dead hairs will help to keep him in beautiful condition.

Their long coat sometimes touches the ground, it might pick up all kinds of waste on walks, so it is necessary to thoroughly wash and brush it regularly[5]. If necessary, the hair between their pads should be trimmed. Check ears and between paw pads regularly, and take care when lifting this long-backed breed into the bath.

Check their nails to know if they will need to be cut. Having long nails lead to various diseases and painful walking.

Their energy levels require at least an hour of daily exercise. They need to be constantly reminded of their routine, especially that they tend to follow their noses and dig under different fences. Secure the area to ensure that they are safe when they play.

Apply positive reinforcement and avoid using harsh words and actions to keep them more motivated to perform.

Their health and well-being should be ensured by visiting their vet regularly. Schedule veterinarian treatment at least twice a year, or if needed based on the dog’s condition. During these appointments, the veterinarian can do a physical inspection, as well as monitor your dog’s temperature and monitor his pulse.

Discuss any questions you have with your veterinarian right away since this is an important aspect of the prevention process.

Not only that they are cute and adorable, but they are also sensible around children, which makes them even more pleasing to them. They are loyal companions and good watchdogs. They can make a good family as long as they are respected and treated well. Like with any other breeds, they will need early and proper socialisation and training.

Smart dogs like them can easily pick up the tricks and command, but they have a short span of attention and easily get bored, especially if you stretch the training sessions into longer periods.

It is ideal to design their training routine at an average of 5 minutes for 2 to 3 times daily. They do best when they hear affirmations from you, so keep giving them praises to motivate them more to do good. And while they tend to be stubborn at times, conscious and constant routine will make them used to their training sessions.

Dachshunds have strong personalities that might find them hard to be with bigger dogs. They work best around smaller dogs and various types of terriers. Their temperament might be different from each other, but they are generally playful, so match them with other playmates who can get along with their energy level and temperament.

Dachshund breeders

Here are some of the breeders who we work with as part of our breeder awareness program.
They are invested in ensuring the longevity of the breed and that new owner become responsible Dachshunds owners.

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