Smooth Haired Dachshund

The Smooth Haired Dachshund originates from Germany and is one of 6 varieties of Dachshunds available. It forms part of the popular hound group category.

Smooth Haired Dachshund Breed Group


Size of the Smooth Haired Dachshund

Small. A short legged, low to the ground, compact dog with an elongated body.

Colour Varieties of the Smooth Haired Dachshund

The Dachshund comes in a vast assortment of colours and markings which include:

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

Country of Origin


Time of original development

Antiquity. Drawings depicting similar type dogs to the Dachshund have been traced back to ancient Egypt.

The Smooth Haired Dachshund through history

The Dachshund was put to ground to hunt badgers and rabbits. The breed’s wide front paws proved perfect for digging, and the small stature of the Dachshund allowed it enter holes and burrows. Today the breed is kept simply as a companion pet.

Smooth Haired Dachshund Breed introduction and overview

The Smooth Haired Dachshund is a small dog with short legs and a distinctive long body. Dachshunds are available in many varieties, which can seem confusing 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

Size and weight of the Smooth Haired Dachshund

Height bitch 20-27cms

Height dog 20-27cms

Weight (kilos) bitch 9-12kgs

Weight (kilos) dog 9-12kgs

Exercise requirements of the Smooth Haired Dachshund

The Dachshund requires at least one hour of exercise every day, and even more if possible. This is a breed that can resort to unwanted and destructive behaviour around the home, such as separation anxiety, if its physical needs are not met.

Owners should discourage excessive jumping up and down to reduce the risk of injury to the vulnerable long spine of the dog. Avoid walks in areas where there are steep banks, steps or terrain where your dog has to jump.

Smooth Haired Dachshund temperament

The Smooth Haired Dachshund is generally placid and loving around the home, and tends to make a good family dog. It’s a sociable, intelligent dog and mixes well with adults and children alike.

Dachshunds are normally excellent with other dogs, rarely showing aggression. Dachshunds may not tolerate cats, and exposure to any smaller pets should be avoided.

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

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

No. The Dachshund is not a suggested breed for a novice owner. The dog is often stubborn, difficult to train and disobedient outdoors when distracted by the lure of a scent.

Smooth Haired Dachshund coat length


Grooming requirements of the Smooth Haired Dachshund

Low. The short no-fuss coat requires little attention. An occasional polish with a chamois leather will add a deep shine to the coat.

Ears should be checked regularly and cleaned with a specialist ear cleaner for dogs.


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

Health Issues in the Smooth Haired Dachshund

The Dachshund sadly comes with many potential health problems. Consult your breeder for advice on the following known issues that have been noted in the breed:

  • Epilepsy
  • Thyroid problems
  • Cushings syndrome
  • Allergies
  • Obesity
  • Spinal problems
  • Patellar luxation
  • 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 Smooth Haired Dachshund

A healthy Dachshund should expect to enjoy a life expectancy of between 12-13 years.

Approximate Smooth Haired Dachshund pedigree puppy price

Expect to pay around £500 for a puppy, although litters are not often available. In fact, there were just 157 puppies registered with the Kennel Club in 2015.

There are generally 4-8 puppies in an average litter.

Estimating how much a Smooth Haired Dachshund would need to be fed each day and the estimated weekly cost

A bitch or dog weighing 10kgs requires around185gms of complete dry food per day.

The cost of feeding a 10kgs bitch or dog is around £4.50 per week.

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