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Dachshund Facts

  • Group
  • Hound
  • Affiliations
  • Height
  • 5" - 10"
  • Weight
  • Dachshunds can be standard or miniature size. Standards range from 16-32 pounds, while miniatures we
  • Lifespan
  • 14 years | Add yours

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  • Exercise Requirement
  • Moderate - This breed enjoys typical daily activity
  • Training Requirement
  • Difficult to Train
  • Grooming Requirement
  • Easy
  • Colors
    • Various Colors
  • Breed Characteristics
    • Adapted to city living
    • Hunting heritage
    • Should sleep indoors

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Alternate Names

teckel, badger dog


The Dachshund originated in Germany.

Date Of Origin

The dachshund developed in the 1600's.


It is believed that the Dachshund is a cousin of the basset hound and may go as far back as the sixteenth century. It is probably crossed with terriers. Early in the 17th century, the name Dachshund (badger-dog) became the designation of a breed type with smooth and longhaired coat varieties, and in 1890 wirehairs were added as a third variety. German breeders learned early on that crossing between longhairs and either smooths or wirehairs did more harm than good, and barred such crossed from registration. However, early on in the development of wirehairs, some crosses with smooths was permitted to establish the variety in higher numbers.


The dachshund is a compact, muscular dog with a long body and short legs. It has a wedge shaped head, long drop ears, a deep chest and a long tail. There are two sizes, miniature and standard, and three coat varieties, smooth, long, and wire haired. The coat is short and smooth, long and silky with feathering, or long and wiry with bristly facial hair.


This is a friendly, good natured, and fun loving dog. It is intelligent, playful and affectionate.


The dachshund is a wonderful hunting dog as well as a companion.

Health Concerns

bloat, epilepsy, hypothyroidism, intervertebral disc disease.

Additional Information

The dachshund is adaptable to many living situations, including city or rural life. The miniature is ideal for apartment living.

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2 Comments For "Dachshund"

Carly Williamson

Carly Williamson

my dogs part dachshund

January 13, 2012 at 1:18PM  Sign In or Join to Comment

Micayla Jurasik

Micayla Jurasik

Under temperment they should add stubborn! My dachshund Hoagie is soooooooo stubborn!

July 3, 2012 at 12:24AM  Sign In or Join to Comment