Dachshund Breed Information

Dachshund Breed Information (all about Dachshunds)

The Dachshund is a short, elongated dog of the hound family. The breeds name is German and means "badger hound" and is classified as a hound. Many Dachshunds, especially the wire haired exhibit behavior and appearance that is more similar to the terrier breed of dogs. The standard size was developed to scent, chase and flush badgers as well as other burrow dwelling animals, while the miniature was to hunt rabbits. Due to the long and narrow build, they are sometimes referred to as a wiener dog.

Commonly Known Facts About Dachshunds

Contrary to popular belief, many Dachshunds are not good with very young children.

Dachshunds come in two sizes, mini and standard. Although not recognized by AKC, dogs in between the mini and the standard are referred to as tweenies.

Dachshunds come in several different colors and coats. There is black and tan, red, dapple, pie bald, cream and brindle to name a few. The coats are smooth, long hair and wirehair.

Dachshunds prefer to live indoors and should not be kept as outdoor dogs.

Dachshunds were bred to be hunters.

Dachshunds are prone to back problems due to their long spine. Climbing and jumping off high places on a regular basis could increase the chance of future back problems.

Dachshunds love to eat and will eat more than they should if allowed. Overweight Dachshunds are unhealthy and could increase the chance of back, knee and heart problems.

Dachshunds live an average of 12 to 15 years.


Dachshunds are very smart and stubborn. If you are looking for a dog that will obey your every command, this is not the breed for you.

Dachshunds can be difficult to housebreak. They will do it in their own good time if they want to.

Dachshunds are very protective and territorial.

Dachshunds love to cuddle.

Dachshunds are barkers and can cause problems if left alone. Like all dogs, if they are bored, they can be noisy (bark a lot) and be destructive.

Dachshunds like to burrow. Most Dachshunds prefer to sleep in bed with their people and under blankets.

Dachshunds are social dogs and are better in pairs. Not many Dachshunds like being the "only dog". They are also prejudiced and are known to prefer other dogs of their own breed.