Loyal, devoted and intelligent, Dachshunds are great for small dwellings and love nothing more than a game of fetch followed by snuggles on the couch.
Pronounced ‘dak-sund’ and affectionately known as the sausage dog, this short-legged, long-bodied little guy is playful, curious, affectionate and brave. They are loyal to a fault when it comes to family, but can be standoffish with strangers. They need a good training regime if you have young children, as they can become impatient towards them.
Dachshunds are known to be very strong-willed and may be a challenge to train (or house-train), but if you have the time you will be rewarded endlessly by this wonderful little dog. They are burrowers by nature and love soft linen, so when blanket shopping, buy two. They have a loud bark and relieve stress by chewing and whining when they suffer from separation anxiety. This breed also has an instinct to dig, so gardeners beware. They make wonderful family companions with an owner that is patient but firm, and lets them know who is the boss.
Fun fact: A Dachshund named Waldi was the first
official Olympic mascot and starred in the 1972 Munich Games.
Dachshunds are suitable for apartment living. They are fairly active indoors and don’t need a yard, but a daily walk will keep this energetic breed happy. Be careful around fellow walkers though as they are likely to be missed because of their small stature.
Discourage your Dachshund jumping from chairs or lounges, or climbing too many stairs, as they are prone to spinal injury. They exhibit three coat varieties: smooth coat (Shorthair), Longhair, and Wirehair. Shorthair or smooth coat Dachshunds are moderate shedders and should be groomed weekly.
Scheduled six monthly health check visits with your vet are important to ensure that your dog is healthy and happy throughout all life stages. Due to their elongated body, a common problem with Dachshunds is spinal issues. Together with your vet, you can determine and maintain a preventative health care program based on the individual needs of your canine companion.
How big do Dachshunds get?
A Shorthair Dachshund is a small-sized breed weighing between 4-5kgs, with a height between 31-35cms.
How much space do Dachshunds need?
Dachshunds fair well in most spaces, provided they receive enough exercise.
How much energy do Dachshunds have?
The equivalent of a gym-bunny, they love to run and play, but they also take time for plenty of rest. A daily walk and occasional game of fetch is all that’s required.
How difficult are Dachshunds to train?
They are highly intelligent, making them easy to train. However they have a dominant streak and house-training may be difficult.
Are Dachshunds suitable for families?
They are great family pets, loyal companions and even make great watchdogs.
Are Dachshunds compatible with other dogs and animals?
Dachshunds love being the only pet.
How much company do Dachshunds need?
They are neither your shadow nor independent, but like lots of love and cuddles.
Are Dachshunds a hypoallergenic dog breed?
What coat and grooming needs do Dachshunds have?
Grooming is not a demanding chore for a Dachshund. Just brush their coat weekly. They have a short smooth coat, usually black with tan markings, but it can also be a solid reddish-brown colour.
Do Dachshunds shed?
They shed lightly.
Do Dachshunds have a tendency to bark?
Dachshunds love to talk, so expect some noise.