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Also referred to as Teckel or Badger Dogs

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height & weight, the typical colorings & temperaments, plus information
about their activity level, age expectancy, typical health concerns & more!

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All About Dachshunds

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Average Height & Weight

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.

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Typical Coloring

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.




Activity Level

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.


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Breed Characteristics



Age Expectancy

12 to 14 years

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Known Breed-Related Health Issues

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.




Ideal Climates for this Breed

Dachshunds have a medium tolerance for both hot and cold climates.





Family Orientation
(good with kids, or other pets?)

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.





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