Breed Description +

The Dachshund is one of the more diverse breeds with three coat variants of wirehaired, shorthaired, and longhaired, as well as two size variants of miniature and standard. The coat color is generally solid or bicolor with combinations of light and dark black and tan shades. The brindle and dapple patterns are also sometimes seen in this breed as well as blue eyes. Wisdom Panel® tests for: Miniature Longhaired, Shorthaired, Wirehaired and Standard Longhaired, Shorthaired, Wirehaired
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  • Common Name(s):

    Teckels, Dachels, Dachsels, Badger Dog, Wiener Dog, Hot Dog, Doxie, Dachsy

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  • Observed Weight:

    17-32 lbs

  • Show Weight:

    13-31 lbs


Identifying Features:

Average Height: 14 -18 in


The Dachshund, also known as the "hot dog" or "wiener dog," dates back to the fifteenth century. Many accept the theory that the breed originated in Germany, although there is evidence that suggests that the breed may also have been present in Greece, Egypt, China and Mexico. The Dachshund was originally developed to hunt badgers, but they are also well-suited for hunting larger game. In 1888 the German Dachshund Club was founded and a breed standard was developed in an effort to promote a dog that was as beautiful as it was intelligent. Three different coats are associated with the breed, including the smooth coat, long coat and wirehaired coat. Dachshunds also come in different sizes including standard and miniature. The breed was introduced to the United States in 1885 and received American Kennel Club recognition at that time.

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