A black and tan Dachshund lying down

Dachshund

Everything you need to know about Dachshunds

Size
Small
Life Expectancy
typically 12+ years
Shedding
Medium length with heavy shedding

Dachshunds are low to the ground with a long body. They are sometimes referred to as daxies. Dachshunds can be long haired, smooth haired or wire haired. In the UK, there is the standard size and the Miniature Dachshund. Standard Dachshund colours include fawn, black and tan and red.

There’s lots of doggy behaviour that comes naturally to all breeds of dog, including Dachshunds, from digging and chasing to searching and retrieving.

Thinking about giving a Dachshund or Dachshund cross a forever home? Here are some Dachshund facts that might help you decide.

Caring for Dachshunds

Every dog is different with their own personality and needs. Here are some areas to think about when taking care of a Dachshund.

Health issues

Before you give any type of Dachshund a home, it’s important to know about possible health issues. Not every dog will suffer them but it’s good to be prepared.

To find out more about potential health issues for ...

How much food does a Dachshund need?

The amount of food a Dachshund needs depends on their:

  • age
  • size
  • activity levels
  • fitness
  • weight.

You can use the information on dog food packets as a guide, taking...

An infographic showing the key indicators of healthy body condition for a dog

How much exercise does a Dachshund need?

Dachshunds usually need daily walks, but they might not manage tough exercise like long walks or mountain hikes. Typically, they'll need daily walks, plus plenty of time and opportunity to explore, burn energy, and pl...

What size crate do you need for a Dachshund?

When inside their crate, your dog should have plenty of space to:

  • sit and stand up at their full height
  • turn around without touching the sides
  • lie down fully stretched out
  • comfortabl...

How much grooming does a Dachshund need?

Dachshunds with short fur and wire-haired Dachshunds will typically need a weekly brush. Long-haired Dachshunds will need more regular brushing.

Short-haired Dachshunds are unlikely to need professional grooming...

Dachshund behaviour and training

Even if you think you know about Dachshunds, it’s important to remember that every dog has their own personality.

What’s the temperament of a Dachshund?

Just like you, every dog is an individual with their own personality and prior experiences. So every Dachshund temperament is different. As dogs grow from puppies, they learn all about the world. They develop their ow...

Are Dachshunds easy to train?

You can teach any breed of dog new tricks! It’s all about positive learning. Find out what your dog loves so you can use this to reward them after a success. Whether it’s treats, toys or lots of praise, training with ...

Are Dachshunds good with children?

Every dog has their own unique personality that has been shaped by their own experiences of the world. They’ll have their own likes and dislikes and will respond to situations in different ways. However, there are som...

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