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Physical Characteristics


Breed Group:



Standard: 16 – 28 pounds

Miniature: <11 pounds


Standard: 14 – 18 inches

Miniature: under 14 inches


Dachshunds can be red, black-and-tan, cream, blue, wild boar, chocolate brown, and fawn. Solid black and solid chocolate brown can also occur.


Dachshunds come in three different coat varieties: smooth, long-haired, and wire-haired.



The short stature and elongated bodies are some of the most prominent features of a Dachshund’s endearing image. Dachshunds are courageous little dogs, and their fearlessness in spite of their small physical size makes them fun companions. Their enduring popularity as family pets all around the world is the perfect testament to the loving nature of this breed.

Country of Origin:



Images of short-legged hunting dogs can be found in Egyptian engravings, which have led to speculations of the Dachshund’s ancient origin. The modern Dachshund, however, was created in Europe by combining the traits of many hounds and terriers. They were traditionally used to hunt badgers, rabbits, and foxes.
The Dachshund is also famous for being the symbol of Germany.


The name of this breed literally means “badger dogs” in German. In Germany, it is known as Dackel or Teckel.
It is also often known as “wiener dogs” or “sausage dogs.”


Dachshunds are loving, playful, and energetic. They are fearless to the point of being rash, and can become aggressive if not well-trained. They love companionship, and get bored if not receiving attention. They are fiercely loyal, but rather stubborn.



The Dachshunds’ stubbornness means that they can be hard to train. While they are intelligent, they often only choose to learn things that suit their own needs. Housebreaking can also be difficult with this breed. Patience and consistency are keys to Dachshund training. Early socialization is needed for Dachshund puppies.


While Dachshunds only need modest amount of exercise, daily walks are important since obesity will lead to serious spinal problems. Because of their elongated spinal columns, jumping and taking staircases should be discouraged.


Because of the difficulty involved in training Dachshunds, they are usually not considered beginner’s dogs. However, a well-trained, well-socialized Dachshund is a charming companion that provides a great source of entertainment.


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