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Dachshund (Smooth-Haired)

Dachshund (Smooth-Haired)

A fearless, elongated dog with a superior sense of smell, the Dachshund was bred in the 1600s in Germany to go to ground to rid farms of vermin. This lively breed is lovable, friendly and exceptionally playful, making him an ideal family pet. Dachshunds come in three coat varieties: Smooth, Wirehaired and Longhaired. They also can be standard size or miniature.

DID YOU KNOW? Dachshund means “Badger Dog” in German.

ALSO KNOWN AS: Teckel, Dackel, Tekkel Doxie, Weenie Dog, Wiener Dog/Hotdog, Sausage Dog, Worshond

The need-to-know
  • Dog suitable for owners with some experience
  • Some training required
  • Enjoys gentle walks
  • Enjoys walking an hour a day
  • Small dog
  • Minimum drool
  • Requires grooming once a week
  • Non hypoallergenic breed
  • Very vocal dog
  • Guard dog. Barks and alerts
  • May require training to live with other pets
  • May require training to live with kids

Pet Card

  • Living Considerations: Not hypoallergenic, suitable for apartment living, good with older children
  • Size: Toy/Small/Medium
  • Height: 12 to 20 centimetres at the shoulder
  • Weight: Standard – 7 to 14 kilograms, Miniature – 5 kilograms or less
  • Coat: Short/Long
  • Energy: Medium
  • Colour: Solid red or cream; or black, chocolate, wild boar, grey, or fawn with tan or cream markings
  • Activities: Agility, Field Trails, Obedience, Conformation, Tracking,
  • Indoor/Outdoor: Both


This dog can be very independent and needs kind, consistent, patient training. Early socialisation is required in order to acclimate Dachshunds to children, strangers and other animals. They are a breed that becomes quite attached to their family and usually one family member in particular, but they can be reserved with strangers.

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