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About the Dachshund

The Dachshund looks like a little sausage (hence why it’s often called a sausage dog), but within that sausage lives the heart of a warrior. These little dogs are alert and self-assured, owing to their heritage as hunting dogs. 

Most Dachshunds are lively, loyal pets who adore spending time with their people. They’re tough dogs who won’t bat an eye at taking on a badger or other small game, but enjoy play and adventure more than anything else. 

They aren’t lazy, but they’re equally at home on the couch as they are walking around the neighbourhood. When raised properly, a Dachshund is delightful to live with – if you’re okay with constant updates from your Doxie about any potential intruders.

chocolate and tan dachshund on a bed

Dachshund Breed Characteristics

20 to 23 cm at the shoulder

16 to 32 pounds

Life Expectancy
12 to 15 years

Coat Colours
Black, tan, cream, chocolate, blue, red

Here are some of the qualities you can expect from the Dachshund, rated from one to five stars. However, all dogs are individuals, and your dog may not display exactly the same characteristics.

Family Life
Friendly with Kids
Friendly with Dogs
Ease of Grooming
Exercise Needs
Prey Drive
Tendency to Bark or Howl
Good for Novice Owners
Apartment Living

Dachshund Breed History

There is evidence of the existence of dogs similar to the Dachshund as far back as the 15th century in Germany. Writings from the 16th century actually reference the ‘badger creeper’. The intentional development of the breed may have begun in the 17th century, but the idea for the dog was there well before that point.

Dachshunds are technically scent hounds, but they were used in much the same way as terriers. They went into the burrows of badgers and other small game to either hunt and kill the prey or flush it out for the hunter.

While the Dachshund has a history of being a bold and tenacious hunter, these days they’re more likely to live in comfortable homes instead of spending their time on the hunt. However, they still retain many of the same instincts that made them mighty hunters.

Caring For a Dachshund

How to Choose a Responsible Dachshund Breeder

It’s always a good idea to look for an ethical Dachshund breeder if you want to buy a Dachshund puppy. Research the breeders advertising on pet marketplaces, and look for registered breeders. Breeders who are part of breeding organisations are held accountable for how they treat their animals, and should have good knowledge about best practices when raising dogs.

Take the time to visit your breeder and meet their animals, if possible. Ask whether you can meet the dam and stud so that you get a better sense of their temperament and overall health. The well-being of the parents has a large influence on the health and personality of the puppies.

Dachshund FAQ

No, they require some attention throughout the day. While they may be okay to be left alone for a couple of hours at most, leaving them for an extended period may result in them becoming moody and developing destructive behaviours.

No. Short-haired dogs of this breed may produce a little less dander than other coat types, but still tend to cause allergic reactions.

Dog Breeds Similar to the Dachshund

The information is for general use only. For any specific advice or queries, please consult with your veterinarian.

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