Function: Badger Hound
Brave, Curious, Lively
The breed is full of character. quick in attack and defence,
faithful when properly brought up, and very obedient.
9 - 15 years If kept at a reasonable weight the dachshund can
stay healthy and active to a good age.
Dogs should not exceed 11.3 kg (25 lbs). Bitches should not
exceed 10.4 kg (23 lbs).
Wire Haired:Dogs: 9-10 kg (20-22
lbs) Bitches: 8- 9 kg (18-20 lbs).
up to 7.7 kg (17lbs) for bitches & up to 8.2
kg (18lbs) for dogs.
Mini Long, Smooth & Wire
Haired: approximately 20cm (8")
ideal weight is 4.5 kg (10 lbs) not exceeding
5 kg (11 lbs) in weight.
Black and tan, dark brown with lighter shadings, dark red, light
red, dappled, tiger-marked or brindle. In black and tan, red and
dappled dogs the nose and nails should be black, in chocolate they
are often brown.
Mini Long Haired & Smooth Haired:
Any colour. No white is permissible except for a small spot on the
breast and even this is undesirable. The nose should be black except
in Dapples and Chocolates in which it may be flesh coloured or brown.
In all cases the coat colour should be bright and clearly defined.
In black and tans the tan should be rich and sharp. Dapples should
be free from large unbroken patches, the dappling being evenly distributed
over the whole body.
Mini Wire Haired: Any solid
colour, two colours & brindle
Smooth Haired: Any colour other than
white (except a white spot on breast), Nose and nails should be
black. In red dogs a red nose is permissible but not desirable.
In Chocolates and Dapples the nose may be brown or flesh coloured.
In Dapples large spots of colour are undesirable, and the dog should
be evenly dappled all over.
Wire Haired: All colours are allowed
but a white patch on the chest, although not a fault, is not desirable.
Except in the case of Chocolates, when it may be brown or flesh
coloured, the nose should be black.
Haired & Long Haired:
Soft and straight or slightly waved, of shining colour. Longer under
the neck, the underparts of the body and, particularly, on the ears,
behind the legs, where it should develop into abundant feathering,
and reach the greatest length on the tail, where it should form
a flag. The feathering should extend to the outsides of the ears,
where short hair is not desired.
Mini Smooth Haired & Smooth Haired: short
dense and smooth, adequately covering all the parts of the body;
coarsest on the under-side of the tail.
Mini Wire Haired & Wire Haired:
With the exception of the jaw, eyebrows and ears, the whole
body is covered with a completely even, short, harsh coat and undercoat.
There should be a beard on the chin. The eyebrows are bushy. The
hair on the ears is almost smooth.
Smooth & Wire Haired:Long
and low, but with compact and well-muscled body, with short legs.
Wedged shaped head with almond shaped eyes. Ears hang to the side
of the head. Tail is long.
Mini Long, Smooth & Wire Haired:
Small sized long body with short legs. Wedged shaped head
with almond shaped eyes. Ears hang to the side of the head. Tail
Dashchund pronounced dak-sund,
originated in Germany, the word Dachs, in German means badger. They
were breed to hunt and follow these animals under ground. The miniatures
were breed to go after hare and rabbits. The Wire-haired came about
from the crosses of the Dandie Dinmont lines and the Longhaired
from crosses with the German Stoberhunds.
They are alert and very lively; they are also very affectionate
and make good companions. Early socialisation is required in order
to acclimate dachshunds to children, strangers and other animals.
They are a breed that becomes quite attached to their family and
usually one family member in particular, however, they will be less
friendly with strangers.
Although eager to please they some times can be stubborn. Care should
be taken so they don't have to jump around, as can cause damage
to the spine. Dachshunds can live happily in a flat or house. In
a home with stairs, Dachshunds should be discouraged from frequent
travels up and down stairs as this will harm their elongated spines.
If living in a place with a garden it must be very well fenced due
to their hunting instincts. Bear in mind that Dachshunds were bred
to 'go to ground' and can dig under many types of fencing.
Long coated dachshunds should be completely brushed and
combed at least once a week. The extra hair between their pads should
be trimmed as needed. Special attention should be paid to keeping
the ears clean as drop eared dogs are more likely to develop ear
infection. Although a dainty eater, a long coated dachshund can
sometimes get food on their long ears, so these may need additional
Smooth Haired: Smooth coated dachshunds should
be groomed with a rubber glove once a week to remove dead hairs.
This breed does shed.
Wire Haired:Wire haired dachshunds need their coats plucked
two to three times a year. The facial furnishing should be combed
out at least once a week and will need the occasional trimming.
It is best to let an experienced groomer pluck the coat unless the
breeder can teach a new owner how to do it. Make sure the coat is
plucked/stripped and not clipped. Clipping will ruin the texture
of the coat.
they are quite active for little dogs, so regular walks and plays
This breed is generally sound but some can be subject to genetic
eye problems and skin problems. Watch out for back problems.
For Diet and other general dog health information Health/Nutrition