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Dachshund (Long-Haired)

Dachshund (Long-Haired)

The Dachshund (Long-Haired) is a medium breed dog on short legs, standing around 35cm tall and about 9-12kg when fully grown. The coat should be soft, straight or only slightly waved, forming attractive feathering on the backs of legs, ears and tail.

A wide variety of colours occur but not all are accepted for health reasons – check the breed standard for further details.

The need-to-know
  • Dog suitable for owners with some experience
  • Some training required
  • Enjoys gentle walks
  • Enjoys walking an hour a day
  • Small 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
Long-haired dachshund standing in the park.

Personality

The Dachshund (Long Haired) 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 his own voice, bearing in mind his ancestral purpose!

Long-haired dachshund smiling at the camera.

History and Origins

Country of Origin: Germany

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.

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