All About Dachshunds
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The Dachschund is considered a SMALL to MEDIUM dog based on the average height and weight.
Males – Height: 8 to 9 inches.
Weight: 11 to 32 pounds.
Females – Height: 8 to 9 inches.
Weight: 11 to 32 pounds.
Dachshunds are commonly black, cream, tan, blue, chocolate, fawn and red. They typically have markings of brindle and piebald.
Dachshunds are a lively, friendly breed with lots of energy and a bold nature. They are naturally curious, which fits with their roots as a hunting dog.
Though they are independent dogs, they are also easy to train and like to engage with their owners.
Dachshunds require a low amount of activity.
Though they are energetic, their small size means that a daily walk can satisfy their exercise requirements. They enjoy the mental stimulation of playing games with their owners as well.
- Dachshunds are bred with three different coats. Smooth is short and shiny; longhair is wavy; and wire is tight and thick, offering the best protection against the elements. All three require a moderate amount of grooming, including a weekly brushing and a twice-yearly trim.
- They are a medium-maintenance grooming breed.
- Dachshunds have long, low bodies that helped them burrow into small tunnels and dens during their hunting days.
12 to 14 years
The most common health concern for Dachshunds is intervertebral disc disease. Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (dry eye) is less common but still occurs within the breed, while diabetes, epilepsy, patellar luxation, deafness and gastric torsion are seen occasionally. Obesity is also a major concern for Dachshunds, which have a propensity to gain weight easily.
Dachshunds have a medium tolerance for both hot and cold climates.
Dachshunds are good with children within their own families, but they can be snappish to children they do not know. They are friendly to other dogs but usually shy around other household pets.
- Dachshunds gained popularity as family pets in the United States during the 1930s, when they jumped from the 28th most popular family pet to sixth by 1940, and they remain one of the 10 most popular breeds today.
- After World War II, Dachshunds were referred to as badger dogs in the U.S. so as to avoid an unpopular connection with Germany.
- Sometimes referred to as "wiener dogs," Dachshunds are popular among celebrities. Owners include the singer Adele, the late Andy Warhol and, briefly, President John F. Kennedy, who had to give up his dog because of his severe allergies.