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Bright, loyal and courageous

Dachshunds are a German origin breed of dog who were originally bred for hunting. Dachshunds literally translates as ‘badger dog’! The unique build of a Dachshund enables them to chase animals into burrows. They have a surprisingly loud bark and plenty of energy. We can safely say you won’t have a dull moment with a Dachshund around!

Vital Stats

Size:Small to medium (standard-size or miniature)
Coat:3 varieties: short-haired, long-haired and wire-haired
Exercise:1 hour a day
Life span:12-13 years
Breed group:Hound
TemperamentPlayful, loyal, independent
  • Intervertebral disc disease – abnormality of the discs that provide cushioning between the vertebrae (back bones). Both standard and miniature varieties are affected by back problems.
  • Heart disease (miniature varieties).
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy – gradual loss of sight over several months or years.
  • Dry eye.

We always recommend doing research of breeders if buying a puppy, or if rehoming then ask for a clinical history. If you are unsure what you are looking at then book an appointment with one of our vets and we can go through the history for you and put it in less vetty words!

Our verdict

Dachshunds are great little companions and by following our advice, or that of the various online resources, you can get an insight into the little badger dogs and what to expect when you become the lucky owner of one!