Dog Breed Guide: Dachshunds
By Dr. Marc, a veterinarian and blogger for Pets Best, pet insurance for dogs and cats
About the Dachshund
Height (to base of neck): No standard, but usually less than 9 inches
Weight: Standards – 16 – 32 lbs; Miniatures – less than 11 lbs
Color: Solid (red and cream), bi-colored (chocolate, black, fawn, or grey with tan markings), brindled and dappled.
Coat: Three types – longhaired, smooth and wirehaired
Life Expectancy: 12 – 15 years
Exercise needs: Low to moderate
Is a Dachshund the Right Dog Breed for You?
The Dachshund can be well suited to urban or rural living, as they can be active outdoors, but require only moderate exercise. They are playful, intelligent and can be affectionate companions. They are alarm barkers and without socialization can be prone to snapping at strangers and children. They can possess a stubborn nature and can be very vocal and even destructive when bored. They are considered an average shedder. Coat can vary from short to long, and grooming needs increase with the length of coat.
5 Common Illnesses, Medical Conditions and Accidents for Dachshunds
According to the number of dog insurance claims Pets Best receives
|Medical Issue||Average Claim Amount||Most Expensive Claim|
|Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD)||$2,420||$17,780|
|Periodontal (Gum) Disease||$494||$2,330|
|Lipoma (Benign Fat Tumors)||$443||$2,413|
Photos of Dachshunds
Photo above: Tucson, a four year old Dachshund enjoys the California sunshine. Submitted by Sally C.
Photo above: Hershey, a ten year old Dachshund standing on the couch. Submitted by Shannon J.
Photo above: Bailey Marie, a seven year old Dachshund from the Lone Star State. Submitted by Kristen D.
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