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.
Small. A short legged, low to the ground, compact dog with an elongated body.
The Dachshund comes in a vast assortment of colours and markings which include:
Antiquity. Drawings depicting similar type dogs to the Dachshund have been traced back to ancient Egypt.
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.
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:
Height bitch 20-27cms
Height dog 20-27cms
Weight (kilos) bitch 9-12kgs
Weight (kilos) dog 9-12kgs
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
A healthy Dachshund should expect to enjoy a life expectancy of between 12-13 years.
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.
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.
Remember to budget for essential pet treatments and procedures that are not covered by pet insurance policies including: