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Small in size but with a big heart. This breed will turn your life upside down with their liveliness and friendliness. They are super intelligent dogs, cheerful but also a little stubborn and with a good character, they are not afraid of anything and are also excellent for the defense of your home.

Loyal dogs and perfect for being in the company of children too


Personality & Expectations

Dachshund.. which in German means, dach badger and hund dog; Already from the name you can understand the nature of the dachshund which in the past was used precisely for hunting small badgers.

This small dog is however suitable for living with all families because it adapts quickly to any environment. Despite being of a small size, it has a strong character and barks quite a bit. The German Dachshund is very obedient and protective, so if properly trained it is an excellent life partner.

3-8 kg
Height at withers*​
Chest circumference​
males: da 37,1 cm a 47 cm
females: da 35,1 cm a 45 cm
males: da 32,1 cm a 37 cm
females: da 30,1 cm a 35 cm
males: da 27 cm a 32 cm
females: da 25 cm a 30 cm
14-16 years

General health

Dachshunds are a very active breed with a robust constitution that does not present any particular breed diseases, however you need to be careful of some more or less serious diseases which we report here:

HERNIATED DISC: Among the most common dachshund diseases, given its structure, is herniated disc. To prevent this pathology it is important to avoid continuous and unnecessary stress on the back such as climbing stairs or very high leaps such as getting off chairs, sofas, beds etc…

PROGRESSIVE ATROPHY OF THE RETINA: causes total blindness and is a hereditary disease.

IMPERFECT OSTEOGENESIS: This pathology is also called Dachshund glass bone disease and is a very serious hereditary genetic disease. A recent increase in cases of this pathology in Dachshunds is due to mating between dogs that are healthy carriers of this pathology.

Care and nutrition

It is necessary to understand that the diet must be balanced and of high quality to avoid weighing down the skeletal system which can suffer from hernias or back problems if it has to bear more than the ideal weight.

Few steps and few jumps must be rule number 1 to be followed to the letter!


The smooth-coated dachshund has simple coat maintenance. You can also equip yourself at home for cleaning and hygiene of the fur. The important thing is to use dermatologically tested and quality products.

The fur should be dried well with a blower, it is better to avoid the hairdryer which risks heating the skin and creating more problems than benefits.

This breed sheds little hair, but it is better to help their body during seasonal changes with currant pills or salmon oil.

Good to know!

Some advice for future owners of a Dachshund puppy…

Before taking him home

Decide, together with the family, where the dog should live. First step: inside or outside the house? There are pros and cons for both choices. The important thing is to decide and be consistent over the years.
Even if the coat is short, dachshunds can easily live outdoors. The important thing is to create a shelter for them protected from the elements.

Is it necessary to attend an educator?

It is not necessary but it is highly recommended to use a professional who knows how to indicate and guide you. Get to know your life partner and know how to best interact with him and with other dogs.
Let's remember that they are hunting dogs and therefore their digging or hunting nature can be high for some subjects. We need to work on it to soften it!

Is my home suitable for a dachshund?

The dachshund is a rustic dog that loves fields and the open air but does not disdain a good pillow and a good blanket.
If you have a house with steps, teach him not to go up/down but to stay in the area where you want him to live .

Is it suitable for staying with children?

The Dachshund is a suitable dog for children but they must be taught to relate correctly. Do not lift it by its front or hind legs... lift it correctly and avoid making it jump too much.
It is a breed that is very faithful to its family and the correct choices made by the breeder and then by the owner serve to harmonize the relationship between the two. If this relationship is managed with attention and serenity, the Dachshund can be considered a true "Baby Sitter", careful to defend his owner's puppies.

What collar do you recommend?

There is no collar more suitable than others for the German Dachshund.
The important thing is the length, by law it should be a maximum of 1.5 meters but being a dog of a shorter stature you have to be careful that it has the possibility to walk with a minimum of freedom. What we do not recommend, however, is the harness which, if not correctly adjusted or of the wrong size, can then cause damage to the joints.

How often should he/her be washed?

You can think of washing your German Dachshund even 2/3 times a month, there are no limits.
The important thing is that it is always dried well and using the right tools. Due to their morphology, dachshunds may not rest their paws in an ideal way so that their nails can be filed by themselves. For this reason it is better to keep the situation monitored and use professional groomers for this job.

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