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They might be small in size but that’s made up for with boundless energy. ‘Dachshund’ loosely translated from German means ‘Badger Hound’. Dachshunds were used over 600 years ago to flush out game from holes. Their long, slender bodies and razor sharp claws allowed them to dig out prey faster than any other breed. They did it with such vigour and quality that it took almost no time for the breed to become a hunting favourite.

The Dachshund we of today come in three varieties - short haired, long haired, and wire haired. Whilst the short and long haired varieties are common, the wire-haired Dachshund isn’t and are found to be one in a litter. Known for their undying loyalty and unbridled affection, Dachshunds have a unique way of warming our hearts and homes.

They might be small in size but that’s made up for with boundless energy. ‘Dachshund’ loosely translated from German means ‘Badger Hound’. Dachshunds were used over 600 years ago to flush out game from holes. Their long, slender bodies and razor sharp claws allowed them to dig out prey faster than any other breed. They did it with such vigour and quality that it took almost no time for the breed to become a hunting favourite.

The Dachshund we of today come in three varieties - short haired, long haired, and wire haired. Whilst the short and long haired varieties are common, the wire-haired Dachshund isn’t and are found to be one in a litter. Known for their undying loyalty and unbridled affection, Dachshunds have a unique way of warming our hearts and homes.

Average Adult Size and Life Expectancy

Size

Small

Height

20 - 24 cm

weight

7 - 14 kg

Life Expectancy

12 - 15 years

Average Adult Size and Life Expectancy

Size

Small

Height

20 - 24 cm

Weight

7 - 14 kg

Life Expectancy

12 - 15 years

Breed Traits and Characteristics

Shedding Level

No or low shedding

Easy To Groom

Easy maintenance (Monthly)

Drooling Level

Less likely to drool

Activity Level

Morderate Energy

Need For Mental Stimulation

Needs a moderate job/activity

Easy To Train

Somewhat stubborn, but with time they learn quick!

Child-Friendly

Fairly good with children

Good With Other Pets

Somewhat get along with other pets

Breed Traits and Characteristics

Shedding Level

No or low shedding

Easy To Groom

Easy maintenance (Monthly)

Drooling Level

Less likely to drool

Activity Level

Morderate Energy

Need For Mental Stimulation

Needs a moderate job/activity

Easy To Train

Somewhat stubborn, but with time they learn quick!

Child-Friendly

Fairly good with children

Good With Other Pets

Somewhat get along with other pets

Whilst this is a fairly healthy breed, they can suffer from obesity and slipped discs as they grow older. In order to prevent the occurrence of such diseases, age-appropriate diets are necessary. Dachshund dog food is fortified with essential vitamins and minerals that reduce the probability of the dog developing breed-related issues later in life.

In addition to high-quality diets right from puppyhood, your veterinarian might recommend certain supplements to prevent the occurrence of health issues. 

Short-haired dachshunds require a weekly brushing and de-shedding. In addition to this, a weekly ear cleaning and monthly bathing is a must.  Long and wire-haired.

Long and wire-haired Dachshund require a daily brushing and a bi-weekly de-shedding. In addition to this, a weekly ear cleaning and monthly bathing is a must. 

If your Dachshund lives indoors, it is best to trim their nails once a month in order to avoid bad posture.

Don’t be fooled by a Dachshund's small size. This bite-sized bundle of energy is all about exercise. Dachshunds need a minimum of 2.5 hours of daily exercise - both physical and mental. Dachshunds enjoy playing with toys, running, swimming, agility, and digging. In order to keep their paws off the flower pots, it is best to have a designated digging box for them.

You can choose to add toys and treats to this box to make it fun and challenging. Digging is both physical and mental exercise for Dachshunds - a perfect two-in-one combo. In addition to this, you could also work your Dachshund’s brain by giving them puzzle toys of different challenge levels. Nobody like to be bored, especially if you’re a Dachshund! 

Whilst this is a fairly healthy breed, they can suffer from obesity and slipped discs as they grow older. In order to prevent the occurrence of such diseases, age-appropriate diets are necessary. Dachshund dog food is fortified with essential vitamins and minerals that reduce the probability of the dog developing breed-related issues later in life.

In addition to high-quality diets right from puppyhood, your veterinarian might recommend certain supplements to prevent the occurrence of health issues. 

Short-haired dachshunds require a weekly brushing and de-shedding. In addition to this, a weekly ear cleaning and monthly bathing is a must.  Long and wire-haired.

Long and wire-haired Dachshund require a daily brushing and a bi-weekly de-shedding. In addition to this, a weekly ear cleaning and monthly bathing is a must. 

If your Dachshund lives indoors, it is best to trim their nails once a month in order to avoid bad posture.

Don’t be fooled by a Dachshund's small size. This bite-sized bundle of energy is all about exercise. Dachshunds need a minimum of 2.5 hours of daily exercise - both physical and mental. Dachshunds enjoy playing with toys, running, swimming, agility, and digging. In order to keep their paws off the flower pots, it is best to have a designated digging box for them.

You can choose to add toys and treats to this box to make it fun and challenging. Digging is both physical and mental exercise for Dachshunds - a perfect two-in-one combo. In addition to this, you could also work your Dachshund’s brain by giving them puzzle toys of different challenge levels. Nobody like to be bored, especially if you’re a Dachshund! 

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Rottweiler

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Bengal Cat

Himalayan Cat

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