the dachshund

The Dachshund

The name Dachshund means ‘badger dog’. ‘Dachs’ translates as badger and ‘Hund’ as dog. Dachshunds are a breed under the umbrella of the working dog and their history is steeped in hunting, as they could go to ground after badgers, foxes and rabbits. However, over the years Dachshunds have become domesticated, yet their innate hound instincts remain very much intact. It is fascinating to watch them working the ground when out walking and should they pick up a scent, they can become very focused. They tend to be expert diggers!


Dachshunds have long bodies and are low to the ground. This body structure does mean that they can be prone to Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD).  Helping them not to put undue stress on their backs by keeping them fit, and not allowing them to become over weight can help reduce the risk. It is also helpful by discouraging them from running up and down stairs or jumping on, or off the sofa. More detailed and current information can be found on this external site Dachshund IVDD.


The Dachshund comes in two sizes, the Standard and the Miniature; and in three coats, Long, Smooth and Wire haired.


  • The Long-haired Dachshund has soft feathering to the ears, behind the legs, the tail and undercarriage so regular grooming is required.
  • The Smooth-haired Dachshund has a short, smooth and shiny coat still requiring grooming although there is a lower coat maintenance.
  • The Wire-haired Dachshund has a short coat with a dense undercoat which needs to be regularly stripped as part of the grooming process

The Dachshund coat also comes in a variety of colours and perhaps the most familiar colours are black/tan, red, shaded red, chocolate, cream, brindle and dapple.


Dachshunds are capable of being wonderful pets. They are inquisitive little souls who love company. They enjoy the challenges of appropriate play, the adventures of walks and outings, yet can be just happy curled or cuddled up om the sofa.


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The Dachshund, “heritage of love; nobel of heart; gentle of spirit; regal of stature; faithful companion” (quotes.gram)