Dog Breed Guide: Dachshunds

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a caramel colored Dachshund dog with short hair.

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.

Origin: Germany

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
Skin Allergies $438 $3,467
Ear infections $190 $1,478
Periodontal (Gum) Disease $494 $2,330
Lipoma (Benign Fat Tumors) $443 $2,413

Photos of Dachshunds

a black and tan Dachshund named Tucson sits outside on the deck.

Photo above: Tucson, a four year old Dachshund enjoys the California sunshine. Submitted by Sally C.

a brown dachshund dog named Hershey sits on the couch.

Photo above: Hershey, a ten year old Dachshund standing on the couch. Submitted by Shannon J.

Bailey a caramel colored Dachshund dog lays in bed with ears flopped up.

Photo above: Bailey Marie, a seven year old Dachshund from the Lone Star State. Submitted by Kristen D.


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