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Dachshund profile

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Lifespan: 12-14 Years

Avg height: 12-22cm

Avg weight: 7-14.5kg

Coat type: Three coat types: smooth, long, wirehaired. Dense, straight, harsh topcoat

Coat colours: Black and tan, chocolate, red, brindle, fawn, grey and tan

Originally bred for: Flushing badgers

Breed traits: Bold, curious, adventurous, outgoing, vocal


A little about Dachshunds

Dachshund's are full of personality, and are common companion pets. They have a curious nature, and are always up for an adventure. They love digging, tracking scents and flushing out small game however despite their liveliness can be reserved around people they don't know. 




Obesity is a problem with Dachshund's, especially as the more weight they carry the more likely they are to experience back problems. Other health concerns are intervertebral disc disease, eye problems, diabetes, seizures, gastric torsion, Cushing's disease and patellar luxation.


A day in the life of "Lily"


TODAY IS THE DAY!! I open my eyes, tail wagging and bound out of my bed straight to little owner’s room. Wake up, wake up, wake up! Silence. I get impatient. I let off a few yaps as I race through the door and into the backyard. The sun is low in the sky, but it doesn’t matter. I can still clearly see the freshly filled hole from yesterday. Big owner gets so grumpy when I make these, just about as grumpy as I get when he fills them in.

I’m just about to start making a new one when I hear the creak of a bedroom door open. YES! I run to my little owner to let them know what day it is. What if they forgot? This can’t happen. My little human giggles as they make their way to the kitchen. Time for breakfast! I watch as their hand carefully measures out my food, just like my big human taught them. I chow down as my small person grabs my bandana and fixes it around my neck. They remembered! 

The big owner is now up and ready to go. I know because they already have the bright grey shoes on. That means running! I wait patiently at the door, my front feet hopping on the spot. FINALLY, we’re ready to go.

The door opens and I run to the car. And once I’m secured, we’re on our way. I can’t wait to see all my friends! I hope they haven’t forgotten what day it is. I see the park out the window. There are flags everywhere, but more importantly, my friends! And they all look like ME!

We jump out of the car and slowly make our way to the starting line, talking to everyone and sniffing everything. Little Owner is so excited by all my friends. I’m so happy that they're happy. I’m led to the line and we wait patiently for the whistle. Wait. Wait. Wait. There it goes! Little Owner releases me with a ‘Go Lily go!’

Please be advised the information provided is purely an indicator of breed traits and characteristics and that within some breeds there can be significant variation.