Dachshunds are scent hound dogs bred to hunt badgers and other tunneling animals, rabbits, and foxes. Hunters even used packs of Dachshunds to trail wild boar. Today their versatility makes them excellent family companions, show dogs, and small-game hunters.
Dachs meaning badger; hund meaning dog . However, you may know them by one of their many nicknames, including Wiener Dog, Sausage Dog, Doxie, and more. If you’re looking for a little pooch who will keep you on your toes and shower you with love, this may be the breed for you!
Smooth dachshunds have a short, shiny coat that comes in a variety of colors and patterns, including solid red or cream; black and tan; dappled (also known as merle), with evenly distributed light and dark colors; brindle, with dark stripes against a lighter base; and sable. The color of smooth dachshunds' eyes vary based on coat color and pattern. Solid- and bicolor-coated smooth dachshunds typically have dark eyes while dapple dachshunds tend to have partially or wholly blue eyes.
Longhaired dachshunds have sleek, shiny, often wavy hair that's longer on the ears and under the neck, body, and behind the legs. These doxies come in all the same colors as the smooths.
The dachshund coat varieties have slightly different grooming needs. All varieties are low-shedding, low odor, and remain fairly clean despite time spent outdoors (though their paws may need attention after a vigorous digging session). They are not, however, considered a hypoallergenic breed. All dachshunds should be bathed sparingly, no more than once a month—any more and their sensitive skin can dry out.
Smooth-coated dachshunds are very low maintenance, requiring little more than a wipe-down with a towel or a quick brushing once a week. Longhaired doxies will need more frequent brushing, paying special attention to possible matting.
HEIGHT 5 to 9 inches
WEIGHT 11 to 32 Pounds
LIFE SPAN 12 to 16 years
BREED SIZE small (0-25 lbs.)
Available to homes after 11/8/2023