Other names : Dackel, Teckel, Weenie, Sausage Dog

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Life expectancy

The Dachshund has a life expectancy of between 12 and 14 years




Adult size

Female Between 7 and 10 in
Male Between 7 and 10 in

Adult weight

Female Between 7 and 20 lb
Male Between 7 and 20 lb
Coat colour
Black Brown Red
Type of coat
Short Long Hard
Eye colour

Purchase price

The Dachshund costs between £1200 and £2000

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More details about the Dachshund

Dachshund: Origins and history

At the origin of this breed and other similar breeds, selection was made according to hunting ability. It is likely that the usefulness of the Dachshund in the hunt was discovered at the same time in different parts of the world. The Dachshund is considered to be a recent breed dating from the 18th-19th century: His ancestor is the German Basset, his close cousin, in addition to the Pinscher, who also made it possible to specify the size of the dog that we know today. His more recent history begins in Germany and more precisely in Bavaria, where the first Dachshund farms were created. In England too, the Dachshund is bred with a lot of passion, either as a hunting dog or as a pet dog, (but with a different ‘standard’). In addition, the two varieties (Standard and Miniature) are distinguished by their size differences. The Miniature version is newer. Concerning the sub-varieties of coat: the Smooth-haired is the oldest, followed by the Long-haired created in the 16th century when it was crossed with Cocker Spaniels. Finally, the Wire-haired version, created at the end of the 19th century, was the fruit of crosses between the Smooth-haired and the Schnauzer, the Dandie Dinmont Terrier and probably the Scottish Terrier.

FCI classification of the Dachshund

  • Group 4 - Dachshunds

Dachshund: Varieties

  • Dwarf dachshund

Training a Dachshund

This small hunting dog has a thick head, and is not easy to educate - especially if he fails to perceive any sense or logic in the exercises requested of him.

Education must be started early. It needs to integrate firmness and coherence. Despite his small size, you must not show any weakness to this dog since he will exploit the slightest hesitance.

However, his intelligence, enthusiasm and playful side will make it possible to work together effectively, especially if the educational methods are adapted to his type and they favour the positive reinforcement of good behaviour.

Dachshund: Purchase price

The price of a Dachshund varies depending on its origins, age and gender. An average of £1,200 to £2,000 is required for a dog registered with the KC. 

Regarding the monthly budget, it takes between £20 and £30 to meet the physiological needs of this small dog.

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