Wire Haired Dachshund

The Wire Haired Dachshund is small, short-legged dog with a distinctive long body. It originates from Germany and is one of the six varieties of the Dachshund breed available.

Wire Haired Dachshund breed Group

The Wired Haired Dachshund forms part of the hound group.

Wire Haired Dachshund temperament

The breed is generally placid, loving and loyal. It is normally good with children, but younger members of the family must be aware of rough handling and the injury risks of the Dachshund because of its vulnerable physical make up. The natural hunting and chasing nature of the Dachshund makes it unsuitable for homes with smaller pets, and cats can be a problem too. However, if socialised from an early age some Dachshunds may live quite happily with cats.

The standard Dachshund has a remarkably deep and powerful bark and makes a good guard dog around the home.

Country of origin & uses through history

The Wire Haired Dachshund originates from Germany and is a very old breed, with similar looking hounds appearing in Ancient Egypt history. The Dachshund was a popular choice of dogs with royalty throughout Europe.

The Wire Haired Dachshund  was originally used to go to ground to hunt badgers and rabbits. It also tracked deer  with its excellent sense of smell. Today it is kept simply as a companion dog, and is one of the most popular dogs in the hound group.

Colour Varieties of the Wire Haired Dachshund

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

  • Black & Tan
  • Black & Tan Brindle
  • Black Brindle
  • Brindle
  • Chocolate
  • Chocolate & Tan
  • Dark Brindle
  • Red
  • Red Brindle
  • Wild Boar

Size and weight of the Wire Haired Dachshund

Height bitch 20-27 cms

Height dog around 20-27 cms

Weight (kilos) bitch 9-12 kgs

Weight (kilos) dog 9-12 kgs

Exercise requirements of the Wire Haired Dachshund

This small dog is very athletic for its small stature and requires a good hour of walking off lead every day and ideally more. Lack of exercise can result in unwanted and destructive behaviour such as separation anxiety.

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

No. This dog is not suggested for a novice owner This breed is best suited to an owner with good knowledge of the Dachshund breed.. The dog is difficult to train and can be stubborn especially when it picks up a scent on the dog walk. Recall is often ignored by this fiesty and head strong dog. . The hunting instinct of the Dachshund can make training difficult.

New owners should be aware of the importance of not allowing the Dachshund to jump up and down, and the dangers of stairs in the home, that can prove fatal in this vulnerable long bodied dog.

Wire Haired Dachshund coat length and grooming requirements

Medium. The Wire Haired Dachshund  has a harsh, wiry outer coat with a soft downy undercoat. The face of the Wire Haired Dachshund features the distinctive eyebrows and beard.

The coat requires specialist grooming 2-3 times per year, and needs to be hand stripped and never clipped. Consult your groomer for advice, and expect to pay from £40 for a hand stripping session. Hand stripping is not painful for your dog, and keen owners can learn to groom their dogs easily themselves.

A soft slicker brush will keep the coat tangle free. The muzzle hair should be kept clean and free from build up of food and foreign bodies.

Ears need to be cleaned and checked regularly for any sign of infections.


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

Health issues in the Wire Haired Dachshund

Sadly, the WHD does has its fair share of health issues, so do consult your breeder about the recorded health issues found in the breed:

  • Spinal problems
  • Epilepsy
  • Thyroid problems
  • Cushings syndrome
  • Obesity
  • Eye problems - Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Patellar Luxation - a condition where the knee cap becomes dislodged.

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 Wire Haired Dachshund

A healthy WHD should enjoy a lifespan of between 10-12 years.

Approximate Wire Haired Dachshund pedigree puppy price

Expect to pay around £650 for a puppy, and be aware that available litters of puppies are harder to find than smooth haired Dachshunds. Register your interest with established reputable breeders, so they can notify you when a litter is due. You may have to travel long distances to find your suitable puppy. There were 544 Wire Haired Dachshund puppies registered with the Kennel Club in 2016.

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

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

A bitch or dog weighing 10kgs requires 185gms of complete dry food per day.

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 confusing to the prospective new owner, so here’s a simple guide to all the different varieties.

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

The 6 varieties of Dachshund are:

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