Breed At A Glance: Dachshund - Wagr Petcare

    Breed At A Glance: Dachshund




    • Lifespan: Typically 12-16 years
    • Size: Small to medium (5-9 inches in height for Miniature; 8-9 inches for Standard)
    • Maintenance Level: Medium
    • Shed Level: Low to moderate depending on coat type
    • Temperament: Brave, Energetic, Tenacious
    • Friendliness: High with family, varies with strangers
    • Barking Tendency: High
    • Coat Colours: Wide variety, including solid, dappled, and brindle

    Best For

    • Families or individuals seeking a playful and alert companion
    • Owners who appreciate a dog with a unique appearance and personality


    • Long body, short and muscular legs
    • Weighs around 5kg kg for Miniature and 7 to 14 kg for Standard
    • Comes in three coat types: smooth, long-haired, and wire-haired


    • Independent, often brave to the point of recklessness
    • Charming and affectionate with family
    • Can be stubborn and strong-willed

    Care Guide

    • Grooming: Depends on coat type; regular brushing and grooming required
    • Training: Intelligent but can be stubborn; consistent training recommended
    • Diet & Nutrition: Balanced diet, careful monitoring to prevent obesity
    • Exercise: Regular exercise needed, but avoid activities that strain the back
    • Ideal Environment: Adaptable to various living situations, including apartments


    • Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD): Common in the breed; careful handling and weight management are crucial
    • Obesity: Prone to weight gain; requires careful diet management
    • Luxating Patella: Common knee issue; varies in severity
    • Bloat: Can occur; prompt veterinary attention needed for symptoms
    • Deafness: Can occur in puppies, especially with dapple colouring
    • Dental Disease: Prone due to smaller mouths; regular dental care needed
    • Ear Infections: Common due to floppy ears; regular cleaning required
    • Epilepsy: May occur; requires veterinary management
    • Eye Problems: Susceptible to several conditions; regular check-ups important

    Additional Information

    • Feeding Recommendations: Follow veterinarian’s dietary recommendations
    • Training Challenges: Intelligent but may require patience due to stubbornness
    • Grooming Needs: Varies with coat type; regular grooming needed
    • Good Family Dog: Yes, affectionate and loyal to family
    • Intelligence: High, but independent nature can make training a challenge
    • Energy Level: Moderately active, enjoys playtime and walks
    • Health Concerns: Prone to back problems and other health issues

    Grooming Guide

    • Skin Care: Regular checks and grooming to maintain skin health
    • Coat Care: Brushing frequency depends on coat type; professional grooming recommended for long-haired and wire-haired types
    • Eye Care: Regular checks for signs of eye problems
    • Ear Care: Regular cleaning to prevent infections
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