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Dachshund (Miniature Long-Haired)

Dachshund (Miniature Long-Haired)

The Long-Haired Dachshund is a medium breed dog on short legs. The coat should be soft, straight or only slightly waved, forming attractive feathering on the backs of legs, ears and tail.

The need-to-know
  • Dog suitable for owners with some experience
  • Some training required
  • Enjoys gentle walks
  • Enjoys walking half an hour a day
  • Little toy dog
  • Minimum drool
  • Requires grooming every other day
  • Non hypoallergenic breed
  • Very vocal dog
  • Guard dog. Barks and alerts
  • May require training to live with other pets
  • May require training to live with kids

Key Facts

Lifespan: 12 – 16 years
Weight:  9 – 12kg 
Height:  33 – 37cm 
Colours:  Red, cream, black and tan, black and cream, chocolate and tan, chocolate and cream, blue, Isabella
Size:  Medium
UK Kennel Club Groups: Hound

Ratings

Family-friendly: 4/5
Exercise needs: 3/5
Easy to train: 2/5
Tolerates being alone: 3/5
Likes other pets: 3/5
Energy level: 3/5
Grooming needs: 3/5
Shedding: 3/5
Miniature Long-Haired Dachshund standing in the yard

Personality

The Long-Haired Dachshund is a bold, courageous dog with a lively personality and nature. Said to be calmer than either the Smooth or the Wire-Haired varieties, the Long-Haired Dachshund still retains the independent and sometimes seemingly obstinate nature of the breed, but is also known for being loyal and good-tempered.  

They are excellent at tracking a scent outdoors, but equally make an affectionate, people-friendly housedog. It should not come as a surprise that the Dachshund is fond of the sound of their own voice, bearing in mind their ancestral purpose!

Brown Miniature Long-Haired Dachshund sitting

History and Origins

Dachshunds can be traced back to the 15th Century in Germany, and came to Britain with Prince Albert. Dachshunds’ short legs allowed them to go to ground after badgers and other burrowing animals, where they would bark loudly to let hunters know where they were underground. 

They enjoyed popularity throughout Britain and America during the 19th Century, though lost favour during World War I due to their Germanic origins. 

Today the Dachshund is again a popular family pet, and the Long-Haired Dachshund is an attractive and glamorous version of the breed. 

did you know?

Did You Know?

  • The Dachshund ended up a member of the hound group due to a mistranslation of their name, ‘hund’ which means ‘dog’ and not specifically ‘hound’. The Dachshund is really a terrier type, bred to go to ground and either flush out quarry or hold it at bay until hunters could dig down to them.
  • Dachshunds are sometimes affectionately called Doxies!
  • You may have heard Dachshunds called ‘Weiner Dogs’, but did you know that hotdogs were originally called Dachshund Sausages because of their similar shape?
  • Dachshund’s can be incredibly fussy about the weather and if you try to walk them in the rain, they may refuse! 
  • They are quite the hunters and have a high prey drive, so beware if walking them off the lead.

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