Dachshund is a curious, bold dog breed who loves to explore and dig. They might be the smallest of the hounds, yet they are the biggest in spirits. The breeds have their origin in Germany. In German, “Dach” translates to Badger and “hund” stands for dog. They were bred to hunt for badgers, rabbit and other small games and hence the name.

Fast Facts On Dachshund

  • Origin

  • Weight

    Miniature Dachshund: Around 5 Kg
    Standard Dachshund: Between 7 to 14 Kg
  • Height

    Miniature: 5-6 inches tall
    Standard: 9-11 inches tall
  • Coat

    Smooth, Long Haired, Wire Haired
  • Skin Colour

    Black, Black & Tan, Chocolate & Tan, Blue & Tan, Cream, Tan, Chocolate & Cream, Red
  • Life Span

    12 - 16 years

Dachshund Characteristics

  • Energy Level

  • Exercise Needs

  • Playfulness

    Moderately Playful
  • Affection Level

    Moderately affectionate
  • Friendliness With Other Dogs

  • Friendliness Toward Strangers

  • Tendency to Bark

  • Tendency to Drool

  • Watchdog Ability

  • Guarding Potential

  • Grooming Needs

  • Cold Tolerance

    Medium Tolerance
  • Heat Tolerance

    Medium Tolerance
  • Veterinarian Visit


What Are The Best Foods For Dachshunds?

Food For Newborn Dachshunds (Birth To 8 Weeks)

If not mother’s milk, newborn Dachshund pups can be fed milk prepared from powder. They should be fed from a feeding bottle every two hours. Below are some of the best foods for newborn Dachshunds:

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Food For Dachshund Puppies (2 Months to 8 Months)

Puppy Dachshunds need to be fed a little more than their adult counterparts in order to build good muscle mass and strength. As the puppies have a good appetite, it is important not to feed them filler products like Corn. Below are some of the best foods for Dachshund puppies:

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Food For Adult Dachshunds (8 Months To 11 Years)

As Dachshunds have a small digestive tract and an increased energy requirement, a protein-rich diet is advisable to Dachshunds. Their diet should be balanced for maintaining an ideal weight which will prevent back problems which Dachshund are often vulnerable. Below are some of the foods you can give your adult Dachshunds:

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Food For Senior Dachshunds (11 Years and Above)

As Senior Dachshunds are generally not active, their fat consumption can be reduced. One can choose a diet having a moderate fat content for mature Dachsh. Below are some of the best foods for Senior Dachshunds:

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What Is A Dachshund’s Nature Like?

Dachshunds are brave, clever and devoted dogs who get along best with adults. They are highly dedicated to their owners and are quite aloof to strangers. They are a very alert breed and will bark at the slightest hint of intrusion in their territory. Dachshunds should not be kept in isolation for too long as they are susceptible to separation anxiety and may chew objects in the house to relieve their stress. They are not ideal breeds for families having small children as the dogs are quite possessive about their toys and have a tendency to bite kids. Well trained Dachshunds and well-behaved children get along well.

Are Dachshunds Easy To Train?

Stubborn behaviour of Dachshunds makes them difficult to train. Earlier the training starts for Dachshund, the better it is. Positive training, patience and giving them treats whenever required can make them obedient. Being gentle but firm in your commands helps faster learning. However, keep in mind that the training exercises must not be too repetitive as Dachshunds get easily bored.

Do Dachshunds Shed?

Dachshunds are moderate shedders and the amount of shedding depends on their coat type. Smooth-Coated Dachshunds shed the least as they have less undercoat. They should be brushed weekly for eliminating dead hair. Longhaired Dachshunds have a wavy outer coat and a fluffy undercoat causing them to shed more than smooth-coated Dachshunds. The bushy beards and the bristly outercoat of Wirehaired Dachshunds cause them to require more grooming than their other two counterparts. Wirehaired Dachshunds and Longhaired Dachshunds need daily brushing to prevent tangles and hair shedding.


How Much Exercise Does A Dachshund Need?

Exercise for Dachshunds is a great mental stimulation, apart from being a health booster. The Dachshunds love going outside and explore things. A 6-month-old puppy should have 30 minutes walk outside. Adult Dachshunds above 1 year old should have 60 minutes walk (can be two split sessions). Remember that these breeds were used as hunting dogs and their natural instincts to toil is still there. Daily walking is enough to keep them fit and healthy.

What Are The Pros And Cons Of Having A Dachshund?


  • Dachshunds are lovely and adorable dogs. If properly socialized they can be great family dogs.
  • Unless you over feed a Dachshund, they make excellent apartment dogs requiring little maintenance.
  • Excellent Watchdog. They will alarm you in the slightest of suspicion.
  • They love to cuddle making them a great affectionate breed.


  • Dachshunds are not good with smaller pets.
  • They are known as a stubborn breed making them difficult to train.
  • Can chew things in the house if isolated for a longer period.
  • They become overweight quickly if fed more.

Some Fun Facts About Dachshunds

  • Dachshunds were used 300 years ago in Germany as a Badger dog to chase and flush out badgers and to hunt smaller preys like rabbits.

  • Dachshunds come in 12 different colours and they all have different kinds of markings.

  • The breed was Queen Victoria’s favourite.

  • Dachshunds were the first Olympic Mascot in 1972 Munich Olympic Games.

  • The breed has a longer life span making it one of the longest living dog breeds. An average lifespan of a Dachshund is 14 years.

  • Dachshunds are energetic and athletic that they even took part in dog races during the ’70s in Australia.

History Of Dachshunds

A number of writers and dachshund experts have theorized that the origin of the Dachshund goes back to ancient Egypt and therefore have been in existence for over a staggering 4000 years!. An inscription on the ancient monument of an Egyptian pharaoh reads ”Teka”. This led some to believe that this is the root of the German word “ Teckel” which translates to our beloved hound dog in English. The word ‘Dachshund’ refers to badger dog in German. Original Dachshunds in the 18th Century in Germany were much larger to their contemporary counterparts. They had a weight between 14 and 18 Kg. This breed was used for killing badgers and were used for hunting rabbits and foxes. Since the existential evidence of the correct origin of this breed is unclear, the debate about their early ancestors still continues. Dachshunds have conventionally been viewed as a symbol of Germany. The breed was chosen as the first Olympic Mascot in 1972 Munich Olympic Games.

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