The Dachshund: thinking about getting a Dachshund?
Dachshunds are even-tempered, independent and keep a big personality inside their small bodies – which is part of their charm. They were originally bred for badger hunting but make popular domestic pets for many families today.
Place of origin: Germany, originally breed to hunt badgers (‘dachse’)
Dachshund life Expectancy: 12 – 16 years
How big are Dachshunds? 20 – 22cm
How heavy are Dachshunds? 7 – 14kg
Colour: Black, Black & tan, Chocolate & tan, Blue & tan, Cream, Tan, Chocolate & cream, Red
Please note: a dog’s exercise, training/stimulation and grooming requirements can depend on several factors such as age and health. The same goes for ongoing costs of ownership. For advice on one specific dog, we always advise chatting with a vet.
How much exercise does a Dachshund need?
Dachshunds love to play outdoors, hunting and digging in particular. Despite their small stature, they need more exercise than you might think in order to maintain the muscles of their characteristically long back. Your Dachshund will need 2 sizeable walks a day.
Because of their small size and short legs, Dachshunds could easily be injured if they use their body in the wrong way. It’s a good idea to keep them from jumping up and down stairs or on/off your furniture.
Training: how to train a Dachshund
Like many hunting dogs, Dachshunds can be stubborn, often making them difficult to train. They’ll benefit from obedience training early in life – Dachshunds are intelligent dogs and can learn quickly if properly motivated. Treats and toys can be a great method of keeping your Dachshund interested!
Dachshunds are prone to barking, which makes them great guard dogs but perhaps not the best choice if you live in close proximity to your neighbour (in a flat or apartment).
Dachshunds come in 3 varieties: smooth coated, longhaired and wirehaired. Longhaired Dachshunds require more frequent brushing to prevent their coat from tangling. Wirehaired Dachshunds will need a trim every now and again.
Dachshunds are naturally independent dogs, cautious of unfamiliar people and animals. They are incredibly loyal and loving though, so don’t let this put you off! Socialise your Dachshund by introducing them to family members and other pets when they’re at a young age.
Bear in mind that a Dachshund’s small size can make them vulnerable to children and other pets, particularly if they’re bigger or boisterous-natured. Never leave young children unsupervised with your Dachshund and if your home environment is particularly hectic, consider that a Dachshund may not be the breed for you.
When you’re considering the lifetime cost of owning a Dachshund, remember to take into account:
- Dachshund dietary needs
- Veterinary care
- Pet insurance
- Kennels or dog sitters
- Grooming your Dachshund
- Toys and equipment
- Preventative healthcare
As a rough guide, allow between £80 and £90 a month to cover the ongoing costs of owning a Dachshund. Our vets have drawn up this handy guide to save dog owners money.
Need more info?
For more info on finding the best dog breed for you and your lifestyle, have a chat with your vet.