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Dachshunds (pronounced “DAHKS-huunts” for you rookies) are one of the most unique looking dog breeds in the world  and one of the cutest!

Due to their distinct body type Dachshunds are particularly susceptible to back and spine issues. They are a relatively healthy breed with an average lifespan of 13 years, however, like any purebred dog, they are susceptible to some potentially life-threatening and expensive health problems.

Fun Fact: The German translation for the Dachshund Dog is “Badger Dog.”

What do you call a group of dachshunds?

A Spunk of Dachshunds

They may be small, but they got a lot of sass. You wouldn’t want to be caught in an alley with a spunk of Weenies, or they might just lick you to death.

What are the Colors of Dachshunds

Base colors are:  Red, black & tan, cream, black & cream, blue & cream, chocolate & tan, chocolate & cream, blue & tan, fawn & tan (isabella), fawn & cream, wheaton and wild boar. Blue is the dilute of black and fawn (isabella) is a dilute of chocolate.

What are the Patterns of Dachshunds

Patterns are: dapple, double dapple, brindle, sable and piebald. The double dapple is recognized but not recommended due to the genetic abnormalities it produces when doubling up on the dapple gene. Abnormalities are blind, deaf and/or being both blind and deaf.


Dachshunds are bred with three coat varieties (1) Smooth (2) Long-Hair and (3) Wire-Haired and is shown in two sizes, standard and miniature. 

General Appearance

Low to ground, long in body and short of leg, with robust muscular development; the skin is elastic and pliable without excessive wrinkling. Appearing neither crippled, awkward, nor cramped in his capacity for movement, the Dachshund is well-balanced with bold and confident head carriage and intelligent, alert facial expression. His hunting spirit, good nose, loud tongue and distinctive build make him well-suited for below-ground work and for beating the bush. His keen nose gives him an advantage over most other breeds for trailing.