Dachshund

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11-32 lbs
8-9"
Germany
Teckels, Dachels, Dachsels, Bassotto, Worshond

These adorable little dogs are placed in the top rankings of popular dogs since the 1950’s. They are known for their long bodies and small legs as well as their lively and courageous personality. Dachshunds are smart but can be difficult to train if things are too repetitive. They can also be stubborn and want to do everything their own way. They were originally used in Germany as hunting dogs for small prey, and those characteristics are still present in these dogs today. This means that you may find your Dachshund chasing after smaller pets and digging holes in the backyard. They are active both inside and out of the house, and can therefore do well in any living environment.

Purpose
small game hunting
Date of Origin
1500s
Ancestry
braque, pinscher, french basset hound, spaniel, terrier

Dachshund Health

Sketch of Dachshund
Average Size
Male Dachshund size stats
Height: 8-9 inches Weight: 11-32 lbs
Female Dachshund size stats
Height: 8-9 inches Weight: 11-32 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Bloat
Minor Concerns
  • Deafness
  • Epilepsy
  • Diabetes
  • Cushing's Disease
Occasional Tests
  • Hearing
  • Blood Test
  • Hip X-Rays
  • (Dna Test For Pra)
  • Eye Examination

Dachshund Breed History

In their place of origin, Germany, these dogs were called badger dogs, as they were bred and used as hunting dogs for small prey. With a goal to create a dog that would be fearless but small enough to dig into badger holes, the foresters from Germany in the 18th and 19th century spent time creating the Dachshund. The smooth variety was the first to come into existence and was the creation of crossing the Braque and the Pinscher, and possibly the French Basset Hound as well. The other types of Dachshunds, the wirehaired and longhaired, were most likely formed by crossing the Dachshund with Spaniels and Terriers respectively. With their long bodies with small, powerful feet for digging, these dogs could make their way into badger holes where they would hunt and kill the badger. They would then use their loud bark to be heard and pulled from the badger hole by the gamesmen. It was in 1800 that the Dachshund began being bred as a companion pet and not a hunting dog. They became a favorite amongst the royal courts in Europe, including the court of Queen Victoria. Due to their growing popularity as a pet, the miniature Dachshund was created. In 1885, this breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club, and the foundation of the German Dachshund Club followed by closely in 1888. The Dachshund Club of America was then founded in 1895. The breed went through some tough times during World War I, as they were associated with Germany. After the end of the war, some Dachshunds were imported from Germany into the United States and the breed began to grow. They went through a similar struggle during World War II, but not as severe. Today, these dogs are known as great family pets in the United States and Great Britain, and are still seen as proper hunting dogs in some areas of Europe.

Dachshund Breed Appearance

These cute little dogs come in three varieties: smooth, wirehaired or longhaired. They are also either miniature, tweenie or standard, the miniature type being smallest and standard the largest, with tweenie caught in between. The miniature size weigh 11 pounds and under, standard Dachshunds weigh between 16 and 32 pounds, and the tweenie size is anything in between those weights. They can have a variety of coat colors and patterns, and will also have either brown, light gray, light hazel, green or blue eyes, or in some cases one brown and one blue, depending on their coat. The smooth Dachshunds will have short and shiny hair, whereas the longhaired type will have slightly wavy and long hair. Wirehairs have thick, short and hard overcoats with soft undercoats. They are known for their unique and comedic body type, having short legs paired with long bodies. But don’t let these little legs fool you, they may be small but they are powerful, just like their jaws. The feet are big compared to the legs. These dogs have loose and elastic skin, which help then when tunneling into badger holes. They have an elongated head and a skull that is convex and arched, along with protruding eyebrows. The Dachshunds have long muzzles and oval shaped eyes with a powerful jaw that is robust and has a scissor bite. The big, droopy ears will hang down to the cheeks. The bodies of these dogs have protruding sternums, and abdomens that will be retracted moderately. The tail should be carried straight and in line with the back and spine.

Appearance of Dachshund
Eye Color Possibilities
blue Dachshund eyes
Blue
hazel Dachshund eyes
Hazel
brown Dachshund eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Dachshund nose
Black
brown Dachshund nose
Brown
isabella Dachshund nose
Isabella
Coat Color Possibilities
black Dachshund coat
Black
brown Dachshund coat
Brown
red Dachshund coat
Red
cream Dachshund coat
Cream
isabella Dachshund coat
Isabella
sable Dachshund coat
Sable
brindle Dachshund coat
Brindle
pied Dachshund coat
Pied
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Dachshund straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Dachshund Breed Maintenance

The adorable little Dachshund is very active and will need a moderate amount of play and exercise time per day. They will do well in any environment, including small houses, as long as they get a sufficient amount of time to run and play. If they can’t be taken on a few short walks per day, a good game of fetch would probably be enough to tire them out. Because of their very long backs, they can easily get injured or develop illnesses from jumping up steps or onto high places, like a couch or bed. Getting a ramp would be wise in order to prevent the development of a serious illness. When you pick your dog up, you must support both their back and rear. These dogs respond best to positive motivation, like treats or toys when teaching them new tricks. Keep training sessions fairly short, fun, interesting and free of repetition, and your Dachshund will prove to be a quick learner. If you live somewhere cold, your pooch may need a sweater when going for walks in the winter. Dachshunds can sometimes have a hard time understanding house training, and may require patience and consistency. Using a crate for training them to do their business outside can help as well. These dogs can make great watchdogs, but can be very vocal, which may be a problem if you are planning to live in an apartment or condo. Your Dachshund will shed, like all dogs do, but not excessively. They will not require regular baths, unless they have found themselves a stinky spot to roll in. Wirehaired Dachshunds will need regular brushing and stripping will be required once or twice a year. The longhaired variety will need brushing more frequently to prevent the formation of knots and tangles. They will also need to be bathed more often than the other types, and blow dried afterwards. These dogs have droopy ears that will need to be inspected regularly, as they can be the perfect place for fungus, mites and bacteria to form. To clean your Dachshund's ears, which should be done every week, you can use an ear cleaner to dampen a cotton ball which can be used to wipe the ears. Only go knuckle deep and do not use a cotton swab. The nails will need trimming once or twice a month. If you can hear the nails clicking on the floor as your dog walks, they need to be trimmed. Teeth brushing is also a must. Although daily is best, two or three times a week will be sufficient.

Brushes for Dachshund
Slicker Brush
Deshedder
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Dachshund requires monthly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Dachshund Temperament

These small and long dogs are known to be clever, courageous and lively. They were bred for perseverance, and can sometimes be stubborn and want to do things their own way. The personality can also vary depending on the type. For example, wirehaired Dachshunds, who have Terriers in their backgrounds, can sometimes be mischievous. Longhaired Dachshunds are more calm and quiet, and the smooth type can be anywhere in between. But overall, no matter which type, what these dogs want most is to spend time with their owners. A dog's individual temperament will depend on their background, socialization and training. It is important to socialize your dog as they grow up so that they will become calm and friendly adults. Dachshunds are not usually fond of children, but will get along fine with them if introduced at a young age. If they do not know the kids, however, things may not go as smoothly. They are known to get along with other pets better than they do with children, especially dogs of the same breed, but may be dominant and want to be the top dog. They can sometimes be possessive of their toys and attention needy. If they begin to feel lonely, they can bark.

Dachshund Activity Requirements


Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
7 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Dachshund Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1.4 cups
Daily Cost
$1.20 - $1.40
Monthly Cost
$34.00 - $45.00

Dachshund Height & Weight

6 Months
Sketch of Dachshund at six months
Male Dachshund size stats at six months
Height: 5 inches Weight: 10 lbs
Female Dachshund size stats at six months
Height: 5 inches Weight: 10 lbs
12 Months
Sketch of Dachshund at 12 months
Male Dachshund size stats at 12 months
Height: 8 inches Weight: 18 lbs
Female Dachshund size stats at 12 months
Height: 8 inches Weight: 18 lbs
18 Months
Sketch of Dachshund at 18 months
Male Dachshund size stats at 18 months
Height: 8 inches Weight: 21 lbs
Female Dachshund size stats at 18 months
Height: 8 inches Weight: 21 lbs

Top Dachshund Breeders

Check out who made our list for the most reputable Dachshund breeders of 2018.
Top Dachshund breeder Dominos Mini Ch Dachshunds M Keshlear
Dominos Mini Ch Dachshunds M Keshlear
Austin, Texas
Top Dachshund breeder Lucene Standard Smooth Dachshund and Rottweilers
Lucene Standard Smooth Dachshund and Rottweilers
Alpine, California
Top Dachshund breeder Nuforest Dachshunds
Nuforest Dachshunds
Ramona, California
Top Dachshund breeder Nancy Prouty
Nancy Prouty
Winchester, Virginia
Top Dachshund breeder Von Wolff Kennel Miniature Dachshunds
Von Wolff Kennel Miniature Dachshunds
Michigan City, Indiana
Top Dachshund breeder Kenmar Hounds
Kenmar Hounds
Pompano Beach, Florida
Top Dachshund breeder Dynadaux Miniature Dachshunds
Dynadaux Miniature Dachshunds
Del Valle, Texas
Top Dachshund breeder Wyndam Field Dachshunds
Wyndam Field Dachshunds
Oak Harbor, Washington
Top Dachshund breeder Ali'i AK Kennels
Ali'i AK Kennels
Wasilla, Alaska
Top Dachshund breeder Hill Dachshunds
Hill Dachshunds
Graham, Texas

Dachshund Owner Experiences

3 Years
People
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Energy
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Pastimes
Walking
Running
petting
Fetch
I entered into the house and was greeted by the dachshund with a million kisses and a toy. We started our walk but after he did his business he put on his brakes and started to cry. The wind chill had dropped the temperature below zero- way too cold for his feet. So, after speaking with the owner, we headed back inside and played fetch instead. Such a sweet dog!
6 months, 3 weeks ago
3 Years
People
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Walk
I have walked Dachshunds of all different ages and dispositions. One of the Dachshunds that I walked was a tiny little babe of only about 3 weeks old. She was quick to warm up to me and was very excited to run around on the walk. Since she was so small she kept tripping on the grass or the lip of the sidewalk, but nothing every got her down! An older Dachshund that I walked was also quite agreeable, and played well with other dogs, and was quite sweet with me and warmed up quickly. However, it did like to eat, and had gotten quite large by the time I met him. However, one of my worst experiences with a dog came from a Dachshund that ran away from me when trying to get the leash on and pooped in the middle of the floor while angrily barking at me and hid under its owners bed barking its head off at me when I tried to coax it out with treats.
6 months, 3 weeks ago
1 Year
People
Health
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Pastimes
Laying in the sun
Shopping
Speak
Nose work
Nap
Catch treats
Look out the window
Run
Walk
I've been told before and even read that Dashunds are more likely to bite you than a Pitbull... and in my experience this was proven to be true! I didn't even see it coming. Usually dogs give you more warning like their hackles are up or their tail or the showing of the teeth... but my hand wasn't even that close to him and he tore off some skin. I still have a scar there, but no hard feelings. They also are super cute when they run! I've seen some dashunds that have back problems and it's sad because you have to keep a watchful eye on them and make sure other dogs don't run into them. Also I've experienced that they're really good lap dogs! They seem to just be so comfortable in your arms! They're also very yappy! I once caught a duet of a brother and sister howling for no reason haha. I also observed that they could be very brave when it comes to dealing with bigger dogs they just chase and bark at them haha! And they seemed to prefer hanging out with the smaller dogs.
6 months, 3 weeks ago
2 Years
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Energy
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Pastimes
Marking
Scenting
Walk
Sweet, but not immediately affectionate toward me, a stranger. The little guy was more focused on the walk than interacting with me. Well trained, he walked next to me, and to one side of the sidewalk. He also accepted that we needed to turn around and end the walk.
6 months, 3 weeks ago
2 Years
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Run
Walk
Eating Snacks
Explore the city
Owners spoil these dogs I see it all the time . I think these are dogs just like any other dog but people make them undesirable . When owners spoil a dog it makes them difficult to deal with . How dogs behave is a refection of how they are raised . So a owner must set boundaries and limits for their dog. I know it must be hard for a owner to correct such a cute dog but it has to be done . I walked about three different dachshund and they all wanted to be pack leader . Which makes it difficult to walk them at times because they will try and run into the street . All the dachshund I walked had a retractable leash which allows them to go way ahead of you . This is no good and a result of less control . It can cause accidents and they can run into traffic . As a Wag walker I am prepared in handling such situations . This makes my job a challenge but owners need to be educated on not letting their dog be in charge .
6 months, 3 weeks ago
1 Year
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Chase
Play
Play keep away
Catch treats
Walk
Playdate
The little darling was like walking a ray of sunlight. She was enthusiastic, but because she is fairly docile, she was easy to leash up and head out. She just smiles and trots right along. She was interested in sniffing, but she really loves attention and affirmation so she was incredibly easy to communicate with when I needed her to sit at corners or maneuver through a crowded sidewalk. While walking through the park she was enthusiastic about playing with other dogs, but would calmly approach them and let them sniff her first. She is super passive, but because she's young she'd suddenly activate and start prancing around and, as is the dachshund nature, would poke other dogs with her pointy little nose.
6 months, 3 weeks ago
6 Months
People
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Energy
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Sniffing
Cuddling
I walked a very young miniature Dachshund puppy. He was extremely sweet and affectionate (and sooo cute!). He really seemed to like being picked up and cradled like a baby, which is helpful incase you have to get across a busy street quickly or get him away from something on the street. He really enjoyed sniffing things and would have eaten anything off the street if I let him. He was also very social with other dogs and always wanted to go say hello even if it was a much larger dog. He was a little reluctant to get too far from home at first and seemed to prefer to sniff around his area and be pet rather than to walk very far and get a lot of exercise.
6 months, 3 weeks ago
5 Years
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I have walked a few Dachshunds and have worked with them in the past in a boarding setting. They are always such happy and sweet little dogs! The ones I have met have been extremely cuddly and are always up for being held! One in particular, believed he was a big dog and enjoyed playing rough with the larger dogs! Some of the Dachshunds I have walked, have pulled a bit since they are so excited and love to sniff around! And they are always happy to say hi someone walking by, in fact, many times they insist upon it! They are a very loyal and loving breed and would do amazing for pretty much anyone looking for an all around friendly dog as they are one of the friendliest dogs I have ever met.
6 months, 3 weeks ago
3 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Run
Nap
Dog Parks
Dachshunds are great dogs! I’ve owned them and walked them and they are wonderful. They’re very intelligent; almost human like. They understand a lot and are very aware. They can be very sneaky when trying to get what they want. They love food and snacks. They love staying by their person. They love pets and rubs, especially siestas. Those little legs are extremely fast and energetic. They love to run and jump, but you have to be careful because their backs are prone to injury. They’re hunter dogs and will go after squirrels and mice. They can be short hair or long hair so their grooming varies. They’re extremely communicative with their barks and cries. If they want something, more likely than not, they will you! They’re generally great with other dogs as well. They love to play.
6 months, 3 weeks ago
3 Years
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Energy
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Pastimes
Cuddles
Walk
The dog I walked was a dauchsand mix but very dauchsand looking and his temperament reminded me of a miniature dauchsand I had growing up. He was very curious and affectionate. He got himself tangled in his leash a bit (I was walking three dogs at once) but he would stop and stay still while I got the leashes straight again. He was very excited about sniffing everything and definitely had a strong and sweet personality. He tried many times to get into bits of trash on the ground but kept going when I asked him to and when I gently tugged on the leash. Total sweetie but definitely has a mind of his own! When we got back after the walk, I sat on the ground and he climbed right into my lap.
6 months, 3 weeks ago
3 Years
People
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Friendliness
Energy
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Pastimes
Chasing ball
My experience walking with dachshunds have been nothing short of amazing! They are such a lovable breed! Dachshunds have so much energy and such a playful stature! I was instructed to keep him off the sidewalk in direct sunlight. Apparently dachshunds have sensitive paws and can be easily burned by hot pavement or concrete - good to know! I walked a miniature dachshund and was asked to please carry him down the stairs. He probably would have been fine walking on his own, but it is a good safety precaution to protect their backs! Dachshunds, as any good boy does, loved his belly rubbed, and to chase the ball. They were easily potty pad trained and were requested walks simply for the company to break up a long day alone. Very well behaved and friendly nuggets!
6 months, 3 weeks ago
4 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
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Pastimes
hot dogging
Doxie was a cutie but did not want to go for a walk. She was way too attached to her owner. This is good that she was loyal, but she was not getting the proper amount of exercise she needed. Doxies seem to be very stubborn. She sat down and lied down at several times during the walk because she did not want to go too far from her owners house. Doxie looked really adorable with her long body, long nose and googly eyes. She got along well with the owners kids, because it seems they had introduced them from a young age. But generally, dachshunds do not get along well with small children but do get along well with other dogs, especially other dachshunds. They have 2 coat variations, long or short haired. The dog I walked was short hair and was thus probably easier to maintain its grooming. It was generally curious and wanted to sniff but was always thinking and looking back to its owner. They seem prone to separation anxiety and nervousness, but she did not seem like she would be aggressive at all. Dachshunds are very intelligent dogs and obey commands well, but this particular one was not well trained at all. Or maybe it did not want to listen to me because I was a stranger. Doxie seemed very sturdy and healthy. She also did not seem to react to small animals such as cats or squirrels so seemed to have a diminished prey drive. Be careful with this dog and stairs or large heights. BEcause of their long bodied stature, they have trouble jumping, and going up and down large heights. Watch out for injuries that can happen, or get a ramp or something so they can climb easier without stressing their joints. Doxie did not bark once she was outsidee with me which was surprising but she found other ways to protest her walk. She did become vocal once back home, especially since there were kids running around and she got excited. They do bark alot and would not be so great for apartments where neighbors could consider this a nuisance. If you have your own home, consider getting a daschunds. But prepare to devote time to training it, because they do require a bit of extra patience getting them potty trained. They are very lovable, bold and great breed of dogs.
6 months, 3 weeks ago
2 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
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Pastimes
hot dogging
Not walking
Doxie was a cutie but did not want to go for a walk. She was way too attached to her owner. This is good that she was loyal, but she was not getting the proper amount of exercise she needed. Doxies seem to be very stubborn. She sat down and lied down at several times during the walk because she did not want to go too far from her owners house. Doxie looked really adorable with her long body, long nose and googly eyes. She got along well with the owners kids, because it seems they had introduced them from a young age. But generally, dachshunds do not get along well with small children but do get along well with other dogs, especially other dachshunds. They have 2 coat variations, long or short haired. The dog I walked was short hair and was thus probably easier to maintain its grooming. It was generally curious and wanted to sniff but was always thinking and looking back to its owner. They seem prone to separation anxiety and nervousness, but she did not seem like she would be aggressive at all. Dachshunds are very intelligent dogs and obey commands well, but this particular one was not well trained at all. Or maybe it did not want to listen to me because I was a stranger. Doxie seemed very sturdy and healthy. She also did not seem to react to small animals such as cats or squirrels so seemed to have a diminished prey drive. Be careful with this dog and stairs or large heights. BEcause of their long bodied stature, they have trouble jumping, and going up and down large heights. Watch out for injuries that can happen, or get a ramp or something so they can climb easier without stressing their joints. Doxie did not bark once she was outsidee with me which was surprising but she found other ways to protest her walk. She did become vocal once back home, especially since there were kids running around and she got excited. They do bark alot and would not be so great for apartments where neighbors could consider this a nuisance. If you have your own home, consider getting a daschunds. But prepare to devote time to training it, because they do require a bit of extra patience getting them potty trained. They are very lovable, bold and great breed of dogs.
6 months, 3 weeks ago
10 Years
People
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Pastimes
sitting in the grass
Sleeping
ear rubs
Eating Snacks
belly scratches
Hardy little dogs, the one I cared for was affectionately named Wiener. As a pup he was all over the place, running around and playing tug-of-war. But as he has aged his back has become bad as is common for stretched out dogs. But he is still kicking and will sometimes get up to play.
6 months, 4 weeks ago
11 Years
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Playing fetch
Chase
The Dachshund I had over was a great experience! I have never taken a Dachshund before but they are very cuddly and want human attention. If I was gone for a second, she would start whining. She was very friendly and loved treats. She likes playing with my dogs that are about the same size as her. She mostly just slept on the couch since she was 11.
6 months, 4 weeks ago
3 Years
People
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Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
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Barking at other dogs
Sniffing
Running
Walking
WEEEENIIIEEESSS are the best dogs ever!!!!! They are the cutest and friendliest and so blindly affectionate! The two sibling dachshunds I walked were just that... I absolutely loved them! They were lively and friendly and had no reservations at all. Although they loved to bark, it was purely out of excitement and joy! Would love to have a brood if dachshunds!
6 months, 4 weeks ago
3 Years
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Dachshunds are sweet, small size dogs that love to go on a walk. They usually greet me with kisses and you have to be very careful not to let them slip past you when opening the door. They can be vocal about their displeasure and pulls quite a bit on the leash when they are stuck on a particular direction or scent. They will bark at other dogs but can also be sweet and curious, depending on how they were brought up. They are super easy to walk, do not bolt or run, but can be stubborn and stay in one spot if they want to go the other way. They’re friendly with humans and usually with other dogs, but can be territorial around their house.
6 months, 4 weeks ago
5 Months
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chewing
Bath time
barking
Playdate
I’ve had a few experiences with dachshunds. I will speak mostly about the boarding I did with one puppy. I didn’t know he was gonna be a puppy and boy oh boy did he have energy! I’ve literally never seen a more energetic dog ever! I took him out to walk with another puppy like him for an hour and a half. All they did was non-stop play and after I bring him home and all he wants to do is play. My one year old lab couldn’t keep up! He just played played played. I had to keep bringing him outside to throw the ball so he might calm down a little bit. Extremely friendly with other dogs, but he doesn’t know when other dogs don’t want to play with him. He’s interested in toys but more other dogs. The only way to calm him down for a little is to give him a big chewy to focus on. He absolutely loved when I gave him his bath and when I was grooming him. He did have separation anxiety because when it was bed time he wouldn’t stop barking. The only way I got him to finally stop barking was when all the lights were turned off and I lied completely still under my covers for a half an hour. Once he realized there was nothing he could do about it for tonight he went to bed. Woke up super early and just wanted to play immediately. Had so much energy I had to give him a break in another room because my dogs didn’t always want to play. Lots and lots of play time to tire him out was the only answer! But super sweet dog and I would walk him again. Probably not board...
6 months, 4 weeks ago
3 Years
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I walked a Dachshund a couple of days ago. He was very friendly and affectionate as soon as I entered the house. He ran up to the door to greeted me by jumping up on my legs. He was very excited because he knew we were going on a walk. He gave me no trouble with putting his leash on. He was a very good walker and gave me no trouble. He was also very kind and affectionate toward other people. He wanted to stop to pee very frequently, probably to mark his territory literally on every tree, trashcan, or leaf we passed. He also did not want to walk in areas where we had already been, so when I turned around to head back home, he was much more hesitant to walk. Overall, he was a sweetheart, and a very nice dog.
6 months, 4 weeks ago
2 Years
People
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Belly rubs
Run
Walk
Dog Parks
This little guy was an adorable long haired Dachshund. He was not overly excited when I arrived to walk him, but when I called his name he ran over and enjoyed getting scratches and belly rubs. He was good about putting the harness on and walking on a leash. He never barked or was vocal. He ran the entire time; even though he was little, he was pulling me in the direction he wanted to go. If I tried to go another way, he would resist, either by pulling back or plopping on the ground. It turns out that the whole walk, he was pulling me in the direction of the dog park! He was dying to run around and play with some other pups. After the walk he went back to keeping to himself. He was sweet, a little stubborn at times, but in general an adorable little guy.
6 months, 4 weeks ago
1 Year
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Hyper and loved to walk. Stubborn, however, and not so amazing on a leash!
6 months, 4 weeks ago
2 Years
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Very clever, animated, high energy and brave. They have all the senses well-developed and like to be all over the place. Like picking up food left on the ground or anything that seems exciting to them. Not shy at all and seem to be unaware that they are small dogs. Loving dogs once they know you.
6 months, 4 weeks ago
2 Years
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He was a bit timid and bothered by loud or sudden noises. Once he acclimated, he was excited to be outside on a walk. He would pick up everything off the ground. He was in his own little world outside, but super easy to walk
6 months, 4 weeks ago
3 Years
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Loves to bark and run a little.
6 months, 4 weeks ago
4 Years
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Running
barking
I walked a very territorial Dachsund. She barked as I was walking in, but immediately warmed up to me because she knew I was taking her for a walk. She did not like toddlers or other dogs - I had to keep her leash tight when we passed them. Dachsunds are very energetic pups, but sometimes not the friendliest.
6 months, 4 weeks ago
6 Years
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The dachsund was very wary around me since I was new, it took about 5 minutes to get him to let me put his leash on. He needed to be bribed with treats. He was a slow walker, but very good once on the leash.
6 months, 4 weeks ago
3 Years
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Giving kisses
Short walks
Cuddling
being held
getting pets
I have walked a few different dachshunds, varying from 2-5 or 6 years old. The younger one loved to play and was very excited to get attention from people. The older ones were very sweet but not as energetic and wanted to relax and cuddle more than walk. They were all very easy to walk, except one older one who insisted on being held. Lots of barking when entering the homes of dachshunds!
7 months ago
5 Years
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Oscar is a very friendly, sweet, affectionate dog. I wanted to give him 5 stars for friendliness but the highest the system allowed me to choose was four. He eats dinner before I leave and I feel bad that he cries when I’ve locked the door. It’s always a highlight to care for Oscar! He also doesn’t meet a stranger when we are on the walks and is like a great therapy dog.
7 months ago
6 Months
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All the Dachshunds I've walked are outgoing, fun, and friendly! They don't take themselves too seriously and are truly one of a kind in the dog world of having the cutest looks, great personalities across the board, and a knack for making people laugh. I walked a 6 month old Dachshund named Gunner and I immediately noticed his cheerful personality. Maybe it was his mohawk or maybe it was his cute little legs and his big heart - but he never failed to brighten my day and everybody else's! This little guy attracted people of all sizes, little kids and big guys but they all had the same thing to say about him, "He's cute!!!" Every time we walked past the local preschool, Gunner would sit outside the gate, tail wagging, tongue lolling, and wait patiently for all the kids to run over and pet him through the fence. Gunner would also run up behind construction workers and sit patiently behind them until they would turn around and give him a belly rub. Every walk, every time, Gunner would say "hi!" to everybody that he came across and everybody, I mean everybody, loved him back! Dachshunds are simply amazing!
7 months ago
4 Years
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Dachshunds are great dogs for first timers on Wag. In fact, a Dachshund was one of the dogs in a pair for my first Wag walk. The funny part of this is that the Dachshund’s sister and crate roommate was a Bernese Mountain Dog. Oddly enough, the Dachshund was the louder and more playful one. Some of the Dachshunds I have been around outside of Wag have shown similar traits. They want to get out and run around as best as their tiny legs can go. But, they are great lap dogs and are content sleeping on someone’s chest. These wiener dogs are great family pets. Kids will love showing them off as “hot dogs” come Halloween time. I have seen different varieties, with various colors and hair lengths. All are quite pretty, but my favorite are the merle colors with longer hair.
7 months ago
3 Years
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The dachshund that I have walked a couple of times now is so sweet. She is very timid but is very loving when she got used to me. She did very well on the leash and listened to commands well.
7 months ago
7 Years
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cuddle
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All dachshunds I’ve walked are extremely happy dogs. Most are immediately friendly some take time to warm up but never takes long. They are fearless and unaware of their small stature sometimes. they are big lockers and big cuddlers
7 months ago
8 Years
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sniff
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The dachshund that I walked was a good boy. I do not know his exact age, but he seemed to be and older pup. He had very low energy, but was very excited to see me when I walked in the door. While on the walk, we would take frequent breaks because he did not seem too into the walk. The farther we got from his home the slower he would walk, and when we turned around and headed back towards the house he seemed to have more energy. At one point in the walk, he rolled over onto his back and demanded belly rubs! This little pup loved being outside. When I was trying to leave his house after our walk he tried to run out the door so he could spend more time outside! He was such a sweetheart that just wanted a little love and attention. This breed may be small, but they are full of love and affection!
7 months ago
5 Years
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The Dachschund that I walked was named Seymour. He was a little hesistant to go on in his walk so I had to carry him out of the building. He lived across the street from a park, so I took him there and once we arrived he was happy to walk around. He enjoyed sniffing the grass and plants that were around us. He did this for a very long time and would stick his nose in various spots.He enjoyed laying in the sun and rolling around in the grass. His owner warned me of a sinus issue that he had that made him wheeze a little walk he walked. Besides that, he was very healthy and just a little lazy. Towards the end of our walk he didn’t want to leave so I had to carry him back into his home. Overall, we had a really great time and enjoyed our walk at the park.
7 months ago
3 Years
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There are two long hair Dachshunds I have walked several times. They are always together. When they are in the cage, they are pretty yappy with a human around. They are also divas in a sense that they do not like being out in the rain or the cold. They are very cute and sweet, but know what they want. One of them would bark at other dogs who passed by, but they would only sniff people and as for love from people they passed. They love to sniff around wherever possible and veer off course. They are super cute and love any attention they can get! The pups are very trainable from laying down, to sitting, to shaking. Every once in a while they were eager to run and tug on each others ears. Lots of fun to be around.
7 months ago
6 Years
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Dachshunds are hit or miss on whether they like you or not. With dogs their size, it can be hard to tell. They are also easily frightened by loud sounds so staying in a quiet area with no big trucks or construction will be your best bet on keeping them calm. They don't usually want to walk that far (stubby legs can get tired quickly) but they like to explore everything: under bushes, under cars, garages, etc. They're very curious dogs.
7 months ago
2 Years
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Laying in the sun
I met a pair of Dachshunds during a scheduled walk a few weeks back. As soon as I walked in the house both dogs were barking and standing on two legs, watching me from over the gate. One of the dogs continued to bark for 20 minutes, upset that I was in the house and invading its space. The other was incredibly friendly and was excited to go for a walk. I was unable to put a leash on the barking dog and had to compromise by just letting him do his business in the backyard. His housemate on the other hand was loving, friendly and a great walker. Two opposite Dachshund personalities living in the same house.
7 months ago
1 Year
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Playing in leaves
The dachshunds that I have walked both loved playing in the leaves in the fall. They were very mellow, not aggressive. Sometimes stubborn to walk but not too bad. Love sitting on laps and being carried.
7 months ago
10 Years
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The dachshund I walked was very hostile when I first met her. She wouldn't stop barking at me when I got to her home and refused to let me put on her leash. She yapped at me and bit me, but this could have just been because of her old age. However, she eventually put down her protective guard and warmed up to me after about ten minutes. And on our walk, she had a really great time. She yapped at people and dogs, but smiled the whole walk and was glad to be outside.
7 months ago
3 Years
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I have lived with a dachshund before as well and I found them to be very loving and playful breeds. Great with kids and other dogs/cats as well.
7 months ago
3 Years
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Dachshunds are some of the most mild-mannered dogs I've experienced once the walk has begun. They are vocal when excited, so don't be surprised with a bit of barking. However, they keep a good pace and sniff everything. Of the various breeds I've encountered through my life, with the exception of potential physical problems from body shape, they seem to be ideal pets/companions.
7 months ago
3 Years
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Dachshunds are sweet dogs that enjoy exercise but also enjoy just lounging around and getting belly rubs. I have walked many dachshunds and they have all been friendly dogs with no special needs or odd behaviors.
7 months ago
6 Years
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Dachshunds can be really hit and miss for me. Some of my clients are the sweetest dogs ever. Some of them are very territorial of their house. It can take a minute to get them to warm up to you but once they’re outside it’s all business. They love to sniff. They love to pee. They can be very, very barky to dogs they pass. Or people for that matter. The whole world is theirs and you’re invading their space so they’ll let you know. They love to explore. They love to snuggle.
7 months ago
3 Years
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Great experience super super sweet and affectionate off the bat, just wanting to jump and give kisses and get belly rubs all at once lol definitely love their walks and very much seem to be companion animals, loving when another pup is by their side. From start to finish extremely seeet and carrying pups!
7 months ago
11 Months
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Dachshunds are playful, but as hunting dogs can be quite stubborn,[17] and are known for their propensity for chasing small animals, birds, and tennis balls with great determination and ferocity.[18][19][20] Many dachshunds are stubborn, making them a challenge to train.[19][21][22][23][24]
7 months ago
3 Years
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The dachshund I walked was an adorable and silly little one. She loved her house and had trouble leaving the building because she wanted to stay home. I had to carry her a few blocks away to see if she would walk, but she ended up just running back toward her building. It was funny but sad that she has such bad separation anxiety! However, she was a good girl because she didn't bark or nip at me or any other people or dogs. When we got back, I threw some toys around and she would go get them and try to hide them. She was so sneaky!
7 months ago
5 Years
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The dachshunds I've walked weren't super energetic but were friendly and well behaved.
7 months ago
3 Years
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toys
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The dachshund I walked was very very shy. It took me almost a half our to get her out of the house. She was very scared of almost everything. We didn’t get very far down the street.
7 months ago
1 Year
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Dachshunds are great, low-key dogs. They can be exciteable, but typically pretty tame and mild mannered. These small pups are delicate and shouldn’t be jumping around or off/on furniture as they are prone to back problems. Please make sure your dachshund is being walked regularly so they do not become overweight.
7 months ago
13 Years
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I've walked Dachshunds of all different ages. They're all generally in good health! I have noticed that for older Weiner dogs they usually lose some sight/hearing and have trouble going up stairs. They are usually super curious, playful, and a bit stubborn. They follow their nose, and often have a really good idea of where they want to go. They're usually wonderful with people but can be spooked by skateboards/loud noises/ being surprised. They're goofy little guys, and are very cuddly and sweet towards people.
7 months ago
3 Years
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Dachshunds are great! I've walked a 3 year old dachshund named Sherlock! They can be very energetic, and are fun to walk! Sherlock was very food driven. He was a big sniffer out on the sidewalk. They are generally obedient dogs, and can be trained easily. Some dachshunds I've met have had crankier attitudes, while others are extremely sweet. It really depends on the dog.
7 months ago
3 Years
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I walked two long-haired dachshunds who were super friendly and energetic. They really enjoyed their walk and were happy to see me. They both barked a lot, and one was more eager to get leashed up than the other.
7 months ago
3 Years
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The dachshund I walked was very shy at first. He kept barking and moving away, but he was smart. Once I got a treat and told him to sit, I was able to put his harness and leash on. By the end of the walk, I totally won him over and when I took him back, he climbed into my lap and didn't want me to leave.
7 months ago
4 Years
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petting
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The Dachshund's that I have walked have been very friendly and have a very mellow mindset. They are not overly excited upon my arrival to the walks, but they do love to be out and about when the walk begins. They walk at a pretty slow pace, and do not seem to be overly friendly with the fellow dogs while on walks. They stick to themselves but do love getting exercise.
7 months ago
3 Years
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I walk Walter every day for about 6 months now. He loves cuddling and belly bus before and after his walks. Vey picky about the treats he eats and the people he wants to meet. He has the funniest little waddle and loves frolicking in the grass. I am the only one that can make his run up the stairs:) hahaha
7 months ago
3 Years
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I have known them to have ocd! I can tell you stories
7 months ago
Dewey
10 months
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This is my first Dachshund. He's a sweet tempered dog who is good with my 1 year old grandsons, my 12 year old boxer and another puppy. Very sociable.
9 months, 3 weeks ago
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