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Dachshund Information

Dachshund Basics

Where Are Dachshunds From?

Dachshunds are from Germany and were developed as a breed beginning in the 17th century.

How Many Types of Dachshunds Are There?

There are six varieties of Dachschunds, divided into first size (Miniature or Standard) and coat type (Long-haired, Smooth-haired, and Wire-haired).

Which Breeds Mix with Dachshunds?

Dorgi (Dachshund + Corgi)
Chiweenie (Chihuahua + Dachshund)
Golden Dox (Golden Retriever + Dachshund)

Dachshund Lifespan

12-15 years. Dachshunds have the second-longest median life expectancy of all breeds.

5 Yrs20 Yrs

Dachshund Size (Height & Weight)

Miniature Dachshunds are very small, most weighing under 11 lbs and standing around 8 inches tall.

Standard Dachshunds are small, usually weighing between 20 and 30 lbs and standing around 10-11 inches tall.

Dachshund Appearance

What Colors Do Dachshunds Come In?

The dominant color in the breed is red, followed by black and tan. All sorts of color permutations exist in Dachshunds, including blue, dapple, sable, and brindle.

How Much Do Dachshunds Shed?

All three types of Dachshund coats shed moderately, with the Wire-haired versions shedding the least. Shedding is minimal.

Sheds a LittleSheds a Lot

Do You Need to Groom a Dachshund?

Grooming of the Smooth-haired and Wire-haired dogs are rather minimal, though the Long-haired version requires a bit more attention with some regular brushings to avoid the hair becoming matted.


Dachshund Temperament, Personality & Training

How Much Do Dachshunds Bark?

Dachshunds are natural guard dogs, and have a loud bark. This is because they were bred to find small animals underground and bark at the site to alert their owners as to the location of the prey, at which point they would help dig them out. However, as with any dog, they can be discouraged from barking as frequently with proper training and exercise.

QuietExtremely Vocal

Are Dachshunds Good with Kids?

Dachshunds require a lot of exercise and care, and if they receive this along with proper training, they make an excellent companion to kids small and large. Ideally, the dachshund will be introduced to the child while it is still a puppy, so as to become accustomed to the diminutive stature and playful aggression of a child.As with any breed, it is recommended that your child is always supervised when interacting with your Dachshund to keep both the child and dog safe.

Needs Lot of SupervisionVery Tolerant

Are Dachshunds Good Family Dogs?

Dachshunds make excellent companions. They are sharp sentinels, and so very protective over their family, but usually cease their barking alerts once the visitor has been acknowledged by the family. They are playful, independent but affectionate, and dedicated to their people — all desirable traits in a family dog. They may behave better around families with older children than younger children, unless introduced as a puppy.
Independent SpiritFamily Dog All the Way

Are Dachshunds Good with Cats?

The ideal situation is when the cat and the Dachshund are introduced to each other when they are both at a young age, or when the Dachshund is introduced to the household as the second pet (after the cat).
Likely to ChaseHey, New Pal!

Are Dachshunds Easy to Train?

Dachshunds are naturally independent and will need a patient, loving owner and trainer. As with any dog, obedience training and proper socialization techniques are recommended for this feisty, delightful breed.

Dachshund Health

Do Dachshunds Have a Lot of Health Problems?

Unsurprisingly, the main health problems that plague Dachunds are spinal-related. Their long backs and short legs make them predisposed to slipped discs, which can then cause complete posterial paralysis.

Prone to IssuesGenerally Healthy

What Diseases are Dachshunds Prone To?

  • Intervertebral Disc Disease: Intervertebral disc disease causes a bulge or rupture in the discs between the vertebrae. When that happens, it can cause pain, nerve damage, and paralysis. Sometimes IVDD is mild and may be relieved through crate rest and medication, but dogs with severe cases could need surgery or the use of a wheelchair cart. If your Dachshund is having trouble walking, refuses to jump, is incontinent, won’t eat, or appears anxious, he should be taken to the vet as soon as possible.
  • Hip and Elbow Dysplasia: Hip and elbow dysplasia are two of the most common skeletal diseases seen in dogs. They are similar diseases in which either the hip or elbow joint has grown abnormally or is misshapen. The abnormal shape prevents the joints and sockets from properly meeting one another, resulting in rubbing and grinding instead of sliding smoothly. Unlike in hip dysplasia, where the main problem is joint instability, the abnormalities seen in elbow dysplasia often result in pieces of bone and/or cartilage breaking loose and irritating the joint tissues. Over time, the rubbing from dysplasia can cause a variety of issues such as pain, lameness and secondary osteoarthritis. Surgery can be done to fix the joint if diagnosed before the onset of arthritis. If you are rescuing a Dachshund, have him checked out by a vet to see if he has or is prone to getting dysplasia so you know what he will be able to handle in terms of activities and exercise.
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes: This is a condition that causes the head of the femur (located in a dog’s hind leg) to spontaneously degenerate. Over time, this will lead to erosion of the hip joint and arthritis. A Dachshund suffering from Legg-Calve-Perthes will become lame, limps while walking, and experiences pain when moving the hip joint. Surgery is the most effective treatment for the disorder.
  • Brittle bone disease: Also known as Osteogenesis Imperfecta, is a genetic disease that impairs the normal development of collagen. This causes bones and teeth that are thin and brittle. A dog with brittle bone disease will be susceptible to breaks and fractures, healing will also take longer or be incomplete. There is no cure for brittle bone disease, but if you use caution and proper care with your dog, he can still have a normal life.
  • Others: Patellar luxation (where kneecaps become dislodged — often seen in Dachshunds because their short legs changes the angle of the kneecap), obesity, epilepsy, urinary stones, and eye problems such as progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) which can lead to blindness. To identify some of these issues, a veterinarian may recommend hip, elbow, spinal, and eye tests for the dog.

Purchasing vs Adopting a Dachshund

How Much Does a Dachshund Cost?

You can adopt a Dachshund at a much lower cost than buying one from a breeder. The cost to adopt Dachshunds are around $300 in order to cover the expenses of caring for the dog before adoption. In contrast, buying Dachshunds from breeders can cost around $1,000 – $2,000 or more depending on show history.

Purchase from Breeder

Where Can I Adopt a Dachshund

The easiest way to adopt a Dachshund would be through a rescue that specializes in Dachshunds. A great place to start would be by starting a breed search on Adopt-a-Pet.com. The search will show you all the available Dachshunds in your area.

Dachshund Shelters and Rescues

There are animal shelters and rescues that focus specifically on finding great homes for Dachshund puppies. Browse the list of Dachshund rescues and shelters near you, below.

Here Are a Few Organizations Closest to You

  • Rescue10.7 miles


    255 Alabama Street San Francisco, CA 94103
    Pet Types: Dogs
  • Rescue10.9 miles

    Family Dog Rescue

    PO Box 40177 San Francisco, CA 94140
    Pet Types: Dogs
  • Rescue12.2 miles

    Paws That Matter

    4061 East Castro Valley Boulevard Castro Valley, CA 94552
    Pet Types: Dogs
  • Rescue14.1 miles

    Jelly’s Place

    2905 San Pablo Dam Road San Pablo, CA 94803
    Pet Types: Dogs, Cats
  • Rescue15.0 miles

    DogZone Rescue

    San Francisco, CA 94116
    Pet Types: Dogs
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Looking for a Specific Shelter or Rescue?

For a comprehensive list of all shelters and rescues, including organizations that specifically focus on a Dachshund, try our search page. We have more than 17,000 organizations in our database with furry pals waiting for a new home!

Where Can I Find a Dachshund Breeder?

We recommend you rescue a Dachshund (or any dog) before you buy a puppy from a breeder. There are millions of homeless dogs across the country, many of which are purebred and who need homes. Adopting a Dachshund can be life changing — not only for the dog, but also the adopter.

If you’re not convinced and your intention is to buy a Dachshund from a breeder, it is safest to purchase a puppy from a reputable breeder. When working with a breeder verify that the breeder you’re purchasing from does genetic testing of their animals and be sure to verify the puppy’s health information. Also make sure that the breeder will take back any pets they sell if for any reason the pet cannot stay in their home, and that the breeder will commit to finding those pets a new home if needed.

Please understand that you may have to drive several hundred miles in order to find a reputable, safe, and dependable breeder to purchase your Dachshund and you’ll be paying $600 more on average. Imagine all the chew toys and dog sweaters you could get if you adopted a Dachshund instead!