The Dachshund is a famously long-bodied, short-legged pup. You know them when you see them. Beyond their charming demeanor, this breed has a knack for digging. Historically, Dachsunds were raised and trained to hunt badgers, and they were really good at digging their way into the dens. This is how they earned the title “badger dog,” which translates in German to “Dachshund.”

Average Height

8-9 inches (standard)
5-6 inches (miniature)

Average Weight

16-32 pounds (standard)
11 pounds & less (miniature)


Dachshunds are moderate shedders. Their exact shedding level depends on the climate their in as well as their coat type.


Dachshund coats present in one of three varieties: smooth-coated, longhaired, or wirehaired. Smooth-coated Dachshund coats require little to no care beyond the occasional bath. Longhaired Dachshunds will need to be brushed more frequently, and the Wirehaired Dachshunds can be hand-plucked a few times each year. All varieties should have their teeth brushed frequently, their nails trimmed monthly, and their ears kept clean and dry.

Energy Level

Exercise is especially important for Dachshunds, as excess weight puts strain on their back. Daily exercise will help them stay healthy and strong.