Long Haired Dachshund

The Long Haired Dachshund is a small dog with short legs and distinctive long body. The Dachshund is also known as the badger hound, and of course the sausage dog!

Long Haired Dachshund breed group

The Long Haired Dachshund  forms part of the hound group.

Country of origin

The Standard Long Haired Dachshund originates from Germany.

Long Haired Dachshund temperament

The Long Haired Dachshund is generally a placid and loving dog, and makes a good companion around the home. It’s an intelligent breed, bold, loving and loyal, with a stubborn streak.

Although most Dachshunds are fine with children, they’re not the most patient dog to deal with the often persistent attention and handling from young children. Children should also be aware of the potentially fatal risk of injury from excessive jumping and rough handling.

It normally mixes well with other dogs, although cats may be a problem for some dogs. This is not a suitable dog for families owning smaller pets.

It makes a good guard dog around the home, with a surprisingly deep and powerful bark.

This breed is best suited to a owner with good knowledge of the traits of the dog.

The Long Haired Dachshund’s uses through History

The Long Haired Dachshund was put to ground to hunt rabbits and badgers, its large, wide front paws making them perfect for digging. They also tracked deer.

The Dachshund was a popular dog in royal households throughout Europe. Today it is kept simply as a companion pet.

Colour Varieties of the Long Haired Dachshund

The breed comes in an assortment of colours and markings which include:

  • Black & Tan
  • Chocolate & Tan
  • Chocolate Dapple
  • Red
  • Shaded Red
  • Silver Dapple

Size and weight of the Long Haired Dachshund

Height bitch around 20-27cms

Height dog around 20-27cms

Weight (kilos) bitch 9-12kgs

Weight (kilos) dog 9-12kgs

Exercise requirements of the Long Haired Dachshund

The Long Haired Dachshund is an energetic and athletic breed for its size, and requires at least an hour of vigorous exercise daily off the lead. If the dog becomes bored and not exercised sufficiently, unwanted and destructive behaviour such as separation anxiety may set in.

Is the Long Haired Dachshund a good dog for a first time dog owner?

No. This dog is not suggested for a novice owner. The dog is difficult to train and can be stubborn and disobedient outdoors if it picks up a scent. It is best suited to an owner with experience of the breed.

Long Haired Dachshund coat length and grooming requirements

Medium to long. The Long Haired Dachshund has long, silky featherings on the ears, backs of legs, body and tail.
of the Long Haired Dachshund.

The coat requires grooming daily with a soft slicker brush, paying special attention to the long feathers which can quickly tangle.

Ears need to be cleaned and checked regularly for any sign of infections. Ears may be trimmed if they cause problems with eating and water breaks. Seek specialist advice from a professional groomer.


No. The LHD sheds hair steadily throughout the year, making it an unsuitable choice of dog for allergy sufferers.

Health Issues in the Long Haired Dachshund

The Dachshund comes with quite a list of health issues that have been noted in the breed, so do consult your breeder about the following known problems:

  • Epilepsy
  • Thyroid problems
  • Cushings syndrome
  • Spinal problems - intervertebral disease
  • Obesity
  • Patellar luxation - dislodging of the knee cap
  • Allergies
  • Eye problems - Progressive Retinal Atrophy

As with all pedigree dogs, it is very important to obtain a puppy from a reputable source where you can be guaranteed that it has been bred with a view to avoiding the inherent physical and psychological diseases of the breed.

Average lifespan of the Long Haired Dachshund

A healthy LHD should expect to enjoy a life expectancy of between 10-12 years.

Approximate Long Haired Dachshund pedigree puppy price

Expect to pay around £650 for a puppy, and litters are not often available. In fact, there were only 163 puppies registered with the Kennel Club in 2015. There are generally 4-8 puppies in the average litter.

Estimating how much a Long Haired Dachshund would need to be fed each day

A bitch or dog weighing 10kgs requires 185gms of complete dry food daily. The cost of feeding a 10kgs bitch or dog is around £4.50 per week.

Our figures are based on feeding an ‘above average quality’ and popular complete dry food bought from a leading supermarket. A good quality feed is suggested for the energetic dogs in the hound group.

Other financial costs to consider when owning any dog breed

Remember to budget for essential pet treatments and procedures that are not covered by pet insurance policies including:

  • Worming and fleas preparations
  • Annual Vaccination boosters
  • Neutering or spaying
  • Microchipping
  • Dental treatment

The different types of Dachshund

Dachshunds are available in many varieties, which can seem bewildering to the prospective new owner, so here’s a simple guide and explanation to all the different varieties available:

There are 2 sizes of Dachshund, miniature and standard, the word standard is commonly dropped.

There are 3 different coats available, these are the smooth, wire and long coats.

There are standard and miniature sizes of Dachshund, available, in the 3 different coats, making a total of 6 varieties!

So, the 6 varieties of Dachshund are:

  • Smooth Hair Miniature
  • Smooth Hair Standard
  • Long Hair Miniature
  • Long Hair Standard
  • Wire Hair Miniature
  • Wire Hair Standard