Breed Profile

A small and unmistakable member of the Hound Group of dogs, the Dachshund comes in a number of varieties: Standard Smooth-Haired, Standard Long-Haired, Standard Wire-Haired, Miniature Smooth-Haired, Miniature Long-Haired and Miniature Wire-Haired. There is also another variety, only recognised in certain countries, known as the Rabbit or Kaninchen Dachshund, a variety bred for hunting rabbits.

Other Names: Teckel, Dackel, Doxie, Wiener Dog, Worshond
Country of Origin: Germany
Size: Small
Height: Around 26 cm (10 ins)
Weight: 9 – 12 kg (20 – 26 lbs)
Colour: All colours except white
Lifespan: 12-14 years
Coat: Smooth-Haired: Smooth, dense, short
Long-Haired: Soft and straight (or slightly wavy)
Wire-Haired: Short, harsh, straight
Grooming: Moderate
Exercise: Moderate
Child Friendly: Yes (Not recommended for younger children)
Pet Tolerant: No
Novice Owner Suitability: Yes
Health Issues: Acanthosis Nigricans, Adenocarcinomas, Alopecia, Atlantoaxial Subluxation, Blepharitis, Black Hair Follicular Dysplasia, Cutaneous Histiocytoma, Cataracts, Congenital Deafness, Corneal Dystrophy, Corneal Ulcers, Cryptorchidism, Cushing’s Disease, Dermoid Cysts, Diabetes Mellitus, Distichiasis, Ear Infections, Ehler-Danlos Syndrome, Entropion, Epilepsy, Glaucoma, Hernias, Hypothyroidism, Immune-Mediated Hemolytic Anaemia, Intervertebral Disk Disease, Lipomas, Lysosomal Storage Diseases, Malassezia Dermatitis, Mast Cell Tumours, Melanoma (Limbal), Mitral Valve Disease, Narcolepsy-Cataplexy, Pannus, Patella Luxation, Patent Ductus Arteriosus, Pemphigus Foliaceus, Persistent Pupillary Membranes, Pododermatitis, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), Pyoderma, Retinal Detachment, Sebborhea, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, Thrombocytopenia, Urolithiasis, Vasculitis, von Willebrand’s Disease