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Breed Characteristics

The Longhaired Dachshund is calmest, the Smooth the liveliest, and the Wirehaired more affectionate and clownish. Many Dachshunds are highly energetic dogs, both in and out of the house. You can’t sneak up on this dog, count on him to give early warning of approaching strangers. Most are territorial. Dachshunds can be barkers and possess strong instinct to dig. The Smooth variant has little tolerance for cold.

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Germany, 1500s. Bred to hunt small game like the badger and rabbit, the Dachshund's shortened legs allows him to go after these animals into the burrows where they could kill the prey. In the German language, "Dachs" generally refers to the badger, and "hund" refers to dog. Smaller Dachshunds where bred to hunt hare and stoat.

Original Purpose

Badger hunting.

Behaviour and Temperament

Affectionate, lively, alert, confident, determined. Dachshunds are versatile and courageous dogs and have been known to take on foxes and otters.

What are some Physical Features of the Dachshund?

There are three variants of Dachshund: the shorthaired, the wirehaired, and the longhaired. The smallest of the hounds, the Dachshund comes in two sizes (standard and miniature). The miniatures are less than 5 kg; standards between 7.5 and 14.5 kg. Dogs in between are known as “tweenies”. There is no height standard for this breed. Dachshunds are known for their long backs, giving them a “hot-dog-like” appearance. Comes in a wide colour variety: red, black-and-tan, cream, black, sable, chocolate, dapple, double dapple, piebald, and wild boar.

Coat Type and Recommended Grooming

Three types: Smooth, Longhaired, and Wirehaired. Minimal grooming for the Smooth; the Longhaired needs daily brushing; the Wirehaired should be stripped a couple of times a year. Dachshund ears need special attention. Has no doggy odour, but Longhairs will benefit from frequent bathing. Professional grooming is not necessary for the Smooth but is preferable for the Longhaired and Wirehaired; only the Wirehaired is trimmed. Dachshunds are average shedders.

Life Expectancy of the Dachshund

14 to 16 years; miniatures live longer—to 19 years.

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Health Concerns

Dachshunds are prone to orthopaedic problems (intervertebral disk disease, patellar luxation, elbow dysplasia), epilepsy, cancer, diabetes, colour dilution alopecia, PRA, dermatitis, gastritis, enteritis, von Willebrand’s, deafness (in dappled coats).

Exercise Needs

Variable—moderate to high. The Dachshund has an impressive stamina; he needs to be walked daily. Should be discouraged from jumping as they are prone to spinal injuries.


Dachshunds adapt well to apartments, especially if few stairs are involved. Fairly active indoors.


A very loyal family dog, affectionate without slavishness. Devoted to children in his own family but may be wary of other kids. Mostly reserved toward strangers until introduced. Usually okay with other dogs; not good with other small animals.


Average; the Longhaired Dachshund is notably more obedient than the other types. This breed needs consistent training and confident owners. Some Dachshunds can be slightly difficult to train and housebreak, but nowhere near impossible.

Recommended Activities

Earth dog trials, field trials, tracking, obedience.

Dachshund Dog Club / Communities in Singapore

The most active Dachshund Community in Singapore is Dachshund Club Singapore, a Facebook group with over 1000 active Dachshund lovers.