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Dachshund History

The Dachshund is a breed of domesticated canine, distinguished by its long, low body. Its name means “badger hound” in-German, though it has little to do with dachs, a type of badger. The origin of the Dachshund by most historians is in Germany, where the early hounds are called “Teckel”. The dachsie is believed to have descended from the hounds of ancient Rome.

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Dachshund Physical Characteristics

The Doxie is a small, long, short-legged breed of domestic dog characterized by its long, low body, angulated hindquarters and short legs. The breed standard specifies that the dachshund is 10 inches at the withers and 12 to 15.5 inches in length. The weight of a properly proportioned dachshund is between 11 and 16 pounds.

Eye Colors

Blue, Hazel, Brown

Nose Colors


Coat Colors


Height Range

Male Height Range: 8 – 9 inches

Female Height Range: 8 – 9 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 11 – 32 lbs

Female Weight Range: 11 – 32 lbs

Dachshund Health

Description of breed health.


12-15 yrs

Dachshund Health Concerns

Intervertebral Disc Disease, Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Bloat, Deafness, Epilepsy, Diabetes, Cushing’s Disease

Dachshund Temperament and Behaviour

The Dachshund is a lively and courageous small sized dog. These dogs are very intelligent and full of energy. They are often quite stubborn and independent, which can lead to them developing bad behaviors such as excessive barking and digging. They are protective of their owners, and make good watch dogs and guard dogs. They are loyal to their families and love children.

Dachshund Activity Requirements

Dachsunds are a breed of small hound dog that were initially bred to hunt. These days, they make great companions and are popular as pets. Dachsunds have a reputation for being loving, loyal, and curious. While they don’t require a lot of physical exercise, Dachsunds do benefit from a daily walk. They are a very intelligent and curious breed that enjoys spending time with their owners. Walking is a great way to bond with your Dachsund. While a Dachsund doesn’t need a ton of space, they do need room to play. They are not a sedentary breed and can become bored and restless without regular access to outside time. If you live in an apartment or don’t have a fenced yard, a Dachsund may not be the best choice for you.

Miles Per Day

7 miles

Activity Per Day

60 minutes

Daily Food

1.4 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Recognized by the American Kennel Club

Dachshund is part of the Hound group.

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The Kennel Club

Recognized by The Kennel Club

Dachshund is part of the Hound group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Recognized by the Australian National Kennel Council

Dachshund is part of the Hound group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Recognized by the Canadian Kennel Club

Dachshund is part of the Hound group.

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