Breed of the week: Dachshund

These bossy little characters will have you in stitches. Dachshund’s are courageous little dogs that you’ll find attached to your leg or chasing anything with a tail.

Known as ‘sausage dogs’, they’re split in two varieties:

  • Miniature Dachshunds – 5 to 6 inches tall, under 5kg in weight.
  • Dachshund – 8 and 9 inches, 7 – 15kg in weight.

Both are found in three coat varieties: smooth coat (Shorthair), Longhair, and Wirehair. Shorthair or smooth coat Dachshunds are moderate shedders and should be groomed weekly, but generally they’re easy to look after.

The smooth Dachshund, with his short, shiny coat, is the most popular.

Just watch out for them around stairs and couches as they’re prone to back problems thanks to their elongated bodies.

History of the Dachshund

“Dach” means badger and “hund” means dog. Originally from Germany, today ‘sausage dogs’ are popular all over the world.

Dachshunds are scent hound dogs who were bred to hunt badgers and other tunnelling animals, rabbits, and foxes (hence the long bodies to burrow into holes).

Dogtime does some excellent digging on their history if you’re curious to go deeper.

What you’ll love about Dachshunds

  • Versatility. They love playing around the yard but will just as happily snuggle up on the couch.
  • Bravery. See ‘small dog syndrome’ below.
  • Intelligence. This can come out in (funny but frustrating) bossiness if not trained early, but Dachshunds are definitely smart.
  • Hilarity. Burrowing into blankets. Giving you the evil eye. Barking at the wind. They just bring a smile to your face like few others.
  • Your apartment will be just fine for them. They don’t need a yard, but they’ll definitely benefit from daily walks.

They might not be for you if you’re bothered by:

  • Pretty regular barking. You’ll hear sounds you didn’t know existed!
  • Small dog syndrome. It’s very real and your Dachshund will likely nip at the heals of much bigger dogs at some point. Around a small dog though? Don’t be surprised if you find them cowering in a corner.
  • A lack of personal space. They love to be loved and always stick pretty tight.
  • Your garden being in trouble. Put years of hard work into your veggie patch? Dachshunds have a strong instinct to dig, so good luck keeping it in good shape.

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Written by Mike Halligan
Mike is a huuuuuuge dog lover and the Co-Founder of Scratch. He's spent his life surrounded by Collies and Cocker Spaniels. You can find him sipping coffee in Melbourne and pointing out Bernese Mountain Dogs to his girlfriend, in hope that she'll finally let them get one.