Dachshund (wire or long haired)

About the Breed

The Dachshund (or Doxie) is a beloved and iconic breed of dog that is known for its playful yet loyal nature. This small, elongated hound has a long history, and comes in two types: wirehaired or long-haired. History Dachshunds originated in Germany and were bred to hunt badgers. This is why their legs are so short they are perfect for digging! The breed was popularized by German aristocracy in the 1800s, who bred them to be both hunters and companions. In America, they became a popular breed after World War II when soldiers returning home brought them back from Germany as gifts. Temperament and Ideal Owners Dachshunds have a spunky personality that makes them great companions for those looking for an active dog that loves to play. They are loyal to their owners but can be quite independent-minded at times, making them ideal for more experienced owners who understand how to effectively train these strong-willed dogs. Dachshunds tend to bond closely with their human family members but can be wary of strangers; this makes them good watchdogs as well as loyal friends. Healthy Weight and Health Checks A healthy weight for an adult Dachshund ranges between 16-32 pounds depending on the size of the dog (standard or miniature). It is important to keep these dogs at a healthy weight because they are prone to obesity which can lead to serious health problems like arthritis or even heart disease if left unchecked. Regular vet visits including checkups, vaccinations, deworming treatments, dental care, heartworm prevention tests, flea/tick prevention treatments are all necessary in order ensure your pet's ongoing health and wellbeing throughout their life. The Dachshund is an iconic breed of dog with a long history dating back centuries in Germany where it was originally bred as an expert badger hunter. Thanks in part to soldiers returning home from WWII with these little hounds as gifts from overseas, the Doxie quickly gained popularity among American households looking for active yet loyal companion animals. While they tend bond closely with their human family members and make excellent watchdogs thanks to their alertness towards strangers, Dachshunds must also kept at a healthy weight due regular checkups and routine preventative care like vaccinations and flea/tick treatments. For experienced pet owners looking for an active yet loyal companion animal,the Doxie may just be the perfect choice!

Healthy weight:

9-12 lbs

Recommended Food

Medium or Large breed dog food such as Royal Canin Golden Retriever or Hills Science Diet

Breed Colors

  • Cream
  • Black and Tan
  • Red
  • Chocolate and Tan
  • Wheaten
  • Blue and Tan
  • Isabella and Tan
  • Wild Boar
  • Fawn
  • Silver Dapple

Ideal for owners that

  • Patient
  • Loving
  • Loyal
  • Active
  • Energetic
  • Funny
  • Dedicated
  • Intelligent

Health Considerations

  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus (GDV)
  • Osteogenesis Imperfecta
  • Chronic Allergic Dermatitis
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Cervical Vertebral Instability
  • Epilepsy
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Hip

This breed may be cute, but these are some of their common health issues to be aware of.

Temperment & Skills


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