Long, low and friendly, here is a portrait of this popular "hot dog" by Sandy Bergstrom Mesmer.

Check out Standard Short Haired Dachshunds in action.

These are Standard Wire Haired Dachshunds.

These are Mini Short Haired Dachshunds.

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Long-Hairs were developed from the short-coated variety plus some spaniel stock. Here is a small picture demonstrating their friendly disposition.....

...and here is a larger image of a Long-Hair, trotting busily away.

Here is a Mini Wire-Hair, created by a judicious use of terrier bloodlines, also trotting off purposefully.

“Dachs” means badger in German, and this long and low fellow was bred to be a courageous hunter of the badger either above the ground or deep in its underground lair. They get along better than many other small dogs with children and make loveable and playful companions.

They come in standard and mini sizes and in smooth, longhaired and wirehaired varieties. Single-coloreds can be red or cream, two colored can be black, chocolate, wild boar, gray and fawn, each with rich tan or fawn markings. They can also be dappled or merle, brindle (black or dark stripes occur over the whole body) or sable (a dark overlay on red dogs). 

Here is a sable Short-Coat. Despite his short legs, this breed has a vigorous temperament and loves to go on walks.


This breed was developed in the 1600’s to be long and low enough to dig the earth out from a badger burrow and courageous enough to take on woodland predators. 

Speculation is that the long-haired variety was created by breeding with small spaniels, the wire-haired with small terriers. The long-haired variety has a softer and sweeter temperament and the wire-haired is definitely a bit sharper. But all three varieties share the unique daschie temperament: happy-go-lucky, friendly but stubborn about important matters like chasing squirrels and favorite toys. 

By the Numbers

Size: Minis should be under 11 pounds, Standards 16 – 32 pounds.
Coat Care:
Smooth, 4 – low.
 An occasional wipe-down is all that is needed.

This owner and Dachsie are congratulating each other on a job well done.

Wirehaired: 6 – medium. Requires occasional stripping or clippering 
Longhaired: 6 – medium. Needs a weekly brush and a bath
Trainability: 5 – low to medium. They are definitely trainable -- as long as they feel that what you want is what they wanted all along.
Energy level: 8 - high Coming from a hunting background, they need a surprising amount of exercise and really benefit from a good walk once a day.

But they also enjoy a good snooze!

Good with Children: 8 – high Especially the long-haired variety love to join kid games and are good with children.

Noise level: medium to high – 8: They can be noisy, especially when bored.

Low Shedding/hypoallergenic: Smooths – 6, medium amount of shedding.

Here's a Standard Short Hair getting a good belly rub.

Longhairs – 8, high; they can shed quite a lot. 

Wirehairs – 4, low – quite hypoallergenic.

To get more information or to find a puppy, start your search at the Dachshund Club of America. Check out also if YOU have what it takes with What Makes a Responsible Pet Owner.

This Standard Wire Hair is watching his owner intently to get a clue to his next adventure!

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