Recognised for its elongated head, muscular body, and short legs, the Dachshund has long been a favourite of households all over the world. Its distinct appearance has earned it silly nicknames such as “wiener dog,” “hotdog,” and “sausage dog.”

Breed Overview

Origin: Germany

Breed Group: Hound

Weight: 5 kilograms (miniature); 7 to 15 kilograms (standard)

Height: 12 centimetres (miniature); 20 centimetres (standard)

Lifespan: 12 to 16 years old

Coat: Short-haired, long-haired, and wire-haired

Coat Colours: Red, blue, chocolate, tan, fawn, beige, and black

Patterns: Bicolour, flecked, speckled, spotted, merle

Markings: Dapple, piebald, sable, and brindle

Intelligence: High

Energy Level: High

Grooming Requirement: Moderate

Feeding Needs: Moderate

Exercise Requirement: Moderate

Social Needs: Moderate

Barking Level: High

Drool Amount: Low

Snoring Tendency: Low

Hypoallergenic: No

Shedding: Occasional

Is the Dachshund Right for You?

Originally bred in Germany to hunt badgers and other tunnelling animals, the Dachshund may show signs of tenaciousness and stubbornness at times. With early socialisation and proper training, however, it makes one of the most loyal companions for both single people and families.

Also called “Doxie,” the Dachshund is playful, energetic, and entertaining. It loves to be with its human to the point of following them around, wanting to cuddle with them, and even helping them do simple things, like tying their shoes. It also feels more comfortable with a single person and can show signs of jealousy or anxiety when their human’s attention is diverted to someone or something else. The good thing is, the dachshund is intelligent so you will not have a hard time teaching it to be independent when you are not around.

Due to its small size, the Dachshund makes a wonderful choice for apartment dwellers or those who do not have a backyard at home. However, it is still important to note that this breed still needs daily exercise to keep it healthy and happy.

Because of its hunting background, this canine naturally excels in agility, obedience, conformations, and field trials. This is why it is no surprise that there continue to be wiener races throughout Australia annually.

Aside from being a good competitor, the Dachshund is a great service or therapy dog for those suffering from anxiety or depression. With practice and discipline, this dog can offer emotional support where size is not an issue. Given its exceptional temperament, small stature, and adorable appearance, it may help aid a person in distress from self-harm or panic attacks.

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