Dog Facts

Exercise Requirement:
Affection Level:
Fairly affectionate
Not very protective
Grooming Maintenance:
Moderate (for long coat varieties)
Temperature Preference:
Typical Lifespan:
12 - 14 years

About the Dachshund Breed

The Dachshund, otherwise known as the Sausage Dog, is a very short, very long dog. The low slung body and short legs means that the dog can easily manoeuvre in tunnels and dens, as well as get through brambles and briars, a trait very useful to its history as a hunter, following prey (often badgers and similar woodland creatures) into their burrow and dragging them out. It has a smooth gait and is surprisingly good at agility training. The Dachshund comes in two different sizes, the standard, and the miniature, and its name translates from German to 'badger dog'.

The Dachshund also has several different coat varieties, wire, smooth and long. The wire haired tends to give the most protection, but is more rough looking, and the smooth gives the least protection. The long haired variety will need brushing every so often and trimming every six months to remove dead hair.

It is a bold and curious dog. It loves to look and sniff around and dig, due to its hunting ancestry. It is comfortable with its owner family, assuming it is socialised correctly, and is accepting of children in that family. It may have some reservation or even a slightly aggressive attitude towards strange children.

Despite an active attitude and history, the Dachshund can have its exercise requirements met by long walks on the lead or intense games in the garden. Therefore, it can get along happily in a city, but will still always enjoy good outings into the countryside. However, obesity is a problem for the Dachshund, and so it is important to make sure this exercise requirement is met, even if it is relatively low compared to other breeds.

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