The Dachshund is a clever, resourceful dog with a courageous and curious character. The short-haired Dachshund is very muscular and powerfully built with a firm head posture and an attentive expression. It is a cheerful companion dog, but also a courageous hunting dog that hunts with great passion and perseverance. As a domestic dog, his cheerfulness and vigilance are particularly striking; he is courageous, loyal and affectionate, but also smart and self-willed.

Breed description Dachshund

Breed descent: Germany

Other breed names: Teckel, Dackel, Doxie, Weenie Dog, Wiener Dog / Sausage Dog, Rough Haired Dachshund


The coat of this Dachshund is short-haired and the most common colour is reddish brown and black and tan. However, you may sometimes see them with a chocolate brown colour or a tiger pattern.

Physical features


Long. Muscular, dry neck, without dewlap. Powerful, rather prominent sternum. Deep, broad chest. Seen from the front, the rib cage is oval. Quite flat ribs. Belly line well tucked up. Long, round, compact croup, very slightly sloping towards the tail. Low, long and compact body. Short stiff back. Short, broad, firm and slightly arched loins.

Average weight

Less than 9 kg; preferably 6.5 to 7 kg

Height at withers

26 to 37 cm, depending on the variety.

Approach to training

Require consistent training. With the right approach to the training and lots of patience, the Dachshund can learn quite a bit, although they will never be completely obedient. A calm training where the owner focuses completely on the Dachshund and is very active is most beneficial, as this way the Dachshund knows it is all about him. Dachshunds can also protest enormously if they feel they have been unjustly punished. They are very persistent in their behaviour when they want something the owner doesn't agree with. It is best to stay consistent and not give in too easily.

Common symptoms

  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Hernia (Because of long back)

Dog sports

Because of the long back, jumping sports are not suitable for a Dachshund, as they may suffer from back pain.

Dachshunds are suitable for owners who:

  • Are looking for a small and sweet but stubborn dog
  • Love walking the dog a lot

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