Project Description


  • Dog Breed Group: Hound Dogs

  • Recommended for: Singles, families

  • Maintenance Level: Medium

  • Life Span: 14-16 years

  • Height: 20 – 27 cm

  • Weight: 4 – 5 kg

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Exercise Needs

Dachshund Breed Overview

The Dachshund is a small dog that contains short, muscular legs. There are numerous varieties of dachshund such as longhaired, shorthaired, wirehaired and most of them shed. They have shaped eyes and a long muzzle.

Their coat is sleek and shiny and they come in different colours such as:

  • Black
  • Cream
  • Red
  • Dapple
  • Piebald
  • Brindle
  • Chocolate
  • Wild Boar

Their weight can go up to 5 kg.

On the other hand, they can reach the height of 27 cm.

Dachshund lifespan is up to 16 years.

  • Suitability for Children – Low
  • Tendency to Bark – High
  • Energy – Medium
  • Suitability as a Guard Dog – Medium
  • Grooming Requirements –  Upto Once a Week
  • Trimming Required – None
  • Amount of hair shed –  Moderate
  • Food Cost –  $10 to $ 15
  • Average Monthly Pet insurance Premium – $56
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Origin of Dachshund

They were habitat from Germany, where they were known as dogs that hunt badgers. The translation of their name is badger dog. There are sources from the 15th century where Dachshunds date back. They are known for their low flat body, and they could easily crawl into dens in searching for foxes or badgers.

During the 19th century, breeders used them and breed them as pets. They were loved by people from Great Britain, especially Queen Victoria. After World War 1 their popularity decreased because they were associated with Germans. However, in the ‘50s they regained the popularity and remained popular ever since.

Dachshund Temperament

You have to know that they are very difficult to train because of independent nature. However, they are still loyal companions and family pets. You just have to be persistent in training and it is important to start early in order to achieve basic training. They have a strong hunting instinct, which means that it is far better to keep it on a lead during walking.

Common Dachshund Conditions and Diseases

Epilepsy – This is a disease that could happen to Dachshund as a result of head damage and some trauma that it experienced.

Interesting Facts

  • They can be quite stubborn and to have big attitudes.
  • The famous name for them in Australia is “sausage dog”.
  • The oldest Dachshund achieved 23 years.
  • They have the possibility to put some weight on, so you have to feed them healthy and walk them regularly.

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