Despite their small stature, Dachshund are courageous dogs with lots of stamina. This is a guide about Dachshunds! It contains breed information and photos.
This is my baby Sasha. Isn't she the cutest thing you have ever seen? I had to share her pictures. She's an 8 week old mini-dachshund! Cute huh!?
Darci from San Antonio, TX
Hippie is now a 3 year old Mini Wire Hair Dachshund. Hippie is a registered Doxie from Stone Valley Breeders and I got him for a gift and addition to our family for my husband 3 years ago. Hippie enjoys all activities: racing, car shows, riding the 4 X 4 buggy in the woods (which he considers his), and playing in the water. He loves everyone and especially his daddy and mama. Hippie is the absolute most precious little guy ever! We love all animals and of course all the ones that are or have been in our lives, but Hippie is just an exception and he knows it. (haha) He brings us such joy and entertainment.
For a look at Hippie two years ago click here: Hippie
By Dawnie from Cumming, GA
By Brandon R. 2
Your Pet's Age
Your Pet's Breed
How and when did you get your pet?
I got him in mid-November 2015 from "All About Puppies" in Largo, Florida.
What does your pet like to do for fun?
Meet new people (especially the ladies), cuddle, and chew on his rawhide bone!
This is Simon (red) and Buster (black and tan). Simon is a 7 year old Standard Dachshund and Buster is a 5 year old Mini Black and Tan Dachshund. We got Simon from a city breeder and Buster from a country breeder. Each one has a definite city dog/country dog personality.
Simon likes to play tug and cuddle under the blankets and Buster likes to play ball and tear his toys apart. They are true best friends. I call the picture "The Ying and Yang of Dachshunds."
By Robin from Aurora, CO
Berkley is a 9 year old Minature Dapple Dachshund. Berkley was a gift to my daughter from a friend while in college. Between college and work, there was little time left for Berkley. So during Spring Break, Berkley came to stay two weeks so mom could go for a break herself. Two weeks turned into 9 years and he's still here and will stay here!
He loves to eat! He also likes riding around town with the window down and the wind blowing his ears back and laying out in the front yard sunning in the summer. Berkley is my world! He loves to give kisses and lick the lipstick off his aunt DiDi.
He likes rolling around in the dry grass scratching and then looking like a scarecrow with dry grass sticking to him all over even in his 1 cm eyelashes! He loves chasing squirrels and cats, knowing he will not know what to do with them if he were to catch them.
By Nini from Sweetwater, TX
Angel is 22 months old. Angel is a black and gold, long haired, female, mini Dachshund. In July of 2009, I was pining for a new baby after the loss (about 3-4 years prior) of our beloved "Josie", same as Angel but a black and tan and I started doing a search. We ended up searching online, and we saw her photo! Angel was born into our lives upon arrival at the airport on 07/31/2009 midnight.
She was, and still is, beautiful! She steals anything not nailed down and runs under the bed with it. It's a game to her because she likes to have you try and coax her out with treats. She also loves playing on the floor with her Daddy and running around the yard with him. She loves watching Animal Planet, and getting her picture taken.
Angel especially loves Christmas! When she sees her stocking going up on the mantle, she gets so excited. Then on Christmas eve, she sits there and stares at it. About 4-5 am Christmas day, she starts waking us up. First things 1st - that stocking!
By Geri H.
Hippie is almost 2. He is a Miniature Wirehaired Dachshund. I met a very nice lady while antiquing that breeds the Dachshunds. He loves to stay in the shop and work on cars with his Dad. He loves to get in the tool drawers and play with the tires. He gets so excited to hear the Hot Rods crank and loves to go for rides in them!
He has brought so much joy into our lives. My husband recently had open heart surgery. When I brought him home from the hospital, Hippie has been right by his side and very protective of his Daddy. He makes every step with him. So I would dare to say he has become his little nurse.
By Kathy 1
Tubby Butt is a 2 year old Miniature Dachshund. I got her last year. She was in a puppy mill and I rescued her. She was skinny and hairless and had her leg broken. Now she is the happiest doggie ever. I love her more than life itself.
She likes to play with my other doggie and eat everything and run and jump and just anything is fun for her and with her.
I am so glad I adopted her and she has the best home ever.
By Kathy from Valley Falls, KS
Kasha was 14 years old and a Dachshund (deceased 03-26-08). He was rescued from a Humane Society Shelter after being in 2 previous homes.
Kasha loved to chase lizards in the yard and go for walks.
Thank you, Little Guy, for 14 happy and loyal years. You were a sweet little joy and fierce protector.
Cocoa Beach, FL
BamBam is a 5 year old Dachshund. I got both him and his sister Pebbles on Craigslist last October. They went from being crated day and night, to having a doggie door and free run of the yard.
Linda is a 3 year old Dachshund. One day, in a store, we saw a sign saying they sold puppies and a week later we bought her. She likes to pose for photos and scare away birds from our garden.
BoBBle-Head Lou is a 9 year old Mini Dachshund. He was one of 8 babies my pair of Doxies had. He was so tiny he was literally the size of my thumb and I had to bottle feed him from day 1.
Princess is a 10 years old Standard Dachshund. Her birthday will be April 1. I got her on Mother's Day, 2000 from a breeder we she was 8 weeks old. She's been the best Mother's Day present I've ever gotten. Princess is a very fun loving dog, even at the ripe old age of 10.
Pebbles is a 4 year old Mini-dachshund. I got her and her brother BamBam on Craigslist last October. She is totally fascinated with the squirrels. In addition to chasing them all day, she loves to dig up the pecans they hide, and eats them!
He has been a part of our family since he was 12 weeks old.
I always wanted a sapphire ring when it came time to take early retirement from my job. When I went to the jewelry store to purchase one, I decided I'd rather spend the money on another Dachshund (puppy) and I would call her Sapphire!
We adopted him 3 years ago.
Lester is a 3 years young short haired dachshund. I drove over 300 miles to pick up Lester when he was 6 weeks old. Lester loves his tennis balls and he will play with one for hours when it's stuffed in an old sock.
We found her in the shelter in Fresno about two years ago and fell in love with her right away. She was the only dog in there that was sleeping in the middle of the day!
Hippie is 4 years old and a mini Wirehaired Dachshund. I picked Hippie as a gift for my husband from a wonderful family from Stone Valley.
By DAWGZ 1
Baron von Frank Fruiter, is a four year old Miniature Dachshunc. Frankie is from a litter of my other Dachshund, Priscilla. Frankie likes to chase cats and chew the squeakers out of his mother's toy, because he can't stand the noise they make.
By kim 1
Molly is 2.5 years old and a Dachshund. I was given Molly in Sept 2008 by her owner who was traveling a lot and wanted a good home for her.
Stanley is 8 years old and a Long Hair Standard Dachsund. I got Stanley through a friend who breeds and show them. He loves to sit and beg for food most of the time. He goes to work with me everyday, since I groom dogs for a living.
By Sheena 1
Molly and Oliver are Dachshunds! They are best friends. They play together all the time. They are so funny together! They act just alike.
These are my two babies, Wiz and Ebony. They are both small short haired miniature Dachshunds.
Wiz is the brown one on the bottom and he is slightly bigger. We rescued him when he was around 5 years old from a shelter. We think he was dropped off after having one long time owner (due to the severe separation anxiety he had when we got him). Other than the behavioral problems he had when we first got him, and eventually worked through, he is an absolute delight. When he sleeps, he burrows in his blankets and try to mummify himself LOL.
Ebony is the black Dachshund that likes to sit on him (her favorite seat in the house). She was rescued from Coast to Coast Dachshund Rescue. They found her, along with 40 Pomeranians and 19 other Dachshunds in a puppy mill in a woman's backyard. By the time the animals were rescued, Ebony had already had as many litters as was possible by the age of 4 and was severely underweight. She had been raised in a very inhumane environment and still to this day, is a very frightened little dog (especially of loud noises and any strangers, even relatives). We thought she was mute when we first got her because she never made a sound (bark, whine, etc). Even if she is in pain, she will still remain silent. We soon learned that dogs rescued from puppy mills most often are mute due to the extreme conditions they lived and grew up in and also for the fact that they have learned making sounds will get them nothing, and in most cases punished.
2 years later now, Ebony is doing much better. Her change has been nothing short of a miracle. She will wag her tail (around us), skip and spin around, roll around on her back on the carpet and even bark! Yes, bark! Turned out that that little lady has quite a voice on her and she will bark incessantly at the neighbors if she sees them out. Many puppy mill dogs have their vocal cords cut out so that they will not bark. We are lucky that that did not happen to Ebony.
Thanks ThriftyFun for allowing us to share our pet stories.
Mr. Wiggles is an 8 week old Mini Dachshund. He is one of Miss Penelope's little babies. There are 4 all together.
Buddy is a 7 years old Miniature Dachshund. His birthday is March 7. We got him from a breeder at 8 weeks old. I traveled 300 miles to get him and he's been worth each and every mile, and then some!
Doodle Bug is an almost 2 year old Miniature Dachshund. My husband brought her home as an early Christmas gift for me in 2009. Doodle Bug loves to snuggle, she is a real lover.
Pixie is a 12 year old Mini Dachshund. My husband bought her at 8 weeks old. She plays with toys, and likes to go for ice cream.
Stella is a 4 year old Mini Dachshund. Stella thinks she is the neighborhood watch dog, she likes to sit at the window and bark at dogs bigger than her. She also likes electric blankets, fireplaces and space heaters because she is always cold!
By Sherrie 1
Missy Jo is a 1 year old miniature Dachshund. We have the mother. She likes to play in the water.
Mikey (Dachshund) Photo. Mikey is our 13 year old dachshund. We are fostering Mikey for the local animal shelter. He needed a home or he would be put down because he was too old and sickly to adopt or go to a rescue group.
Lenard is a one and a half year old Miniature Dachshund. I got him January 2008, a gift for upcoming 'empty nest.' He likes to watch birds from his window seat, and play with his toy raccoons. He never meets a stranger, and loves everyone!
Dolley is a two year old Dachshund. I bought her when she was six weeks old. She loves to go for car rides and would you believe she likes us to put outfits on her. We give her lots of love.
By Fran Marie 2
Gilead (Dachshund). Gilead is 7 years old and is a Dachshund. Someone I know breeds Dachsies. Gilead was born without eyes and was going to be put down. I couldn't let that happen!
I rescued him from a pet shop. How anyone could have let this sweet, happy, lay on my back and rub my belly puppy go to a pet store is unbelievable.
Doxie "Delphine" saying "CHEESE"!
By Alissa M. 2
My best friend's family gave her to me as a birthday gift 8-11-15. I moved out to Illinois to live with them all by myself with no family and they thought she would help me with my depression, and she does. She's my world.
Olive is a 10 month old dachshund. We got her in Spring through the newspaper. My husband was chomping at the bit for months to get another dachshund.
I just got a mixed breed dachshund. Since he mostly resembles a Dachshund I was wondering if his back would be stronger than a purebred dachshund?
By alleycat from OH
June 18, 2009
No I have a mix breed she is part Dotson and Chiwawa with the Doston back and chiwaw face. I just took her to her Vet last week and she has been on pain pills and not herself. It hurts me to see her like that she is such a sweet dog. Vet said one day she may need back surgary. I highly suggest do not let your pet jump from beds and couch really hard to do because I love to cuddle with her but from here on out I will have to pick her up to be on the bed and put her down before she jumps! but try not to allow it on high things they always will jump down!
Good luck it really hurts to see them like that.
Shorty is a one and a half year old Dachshund. I bought her from a breeder when she was 6 weeks old.
She likes to play with toys, chase lizards and bugs in the yard, eat, and sleep
By Kaitlin from Sparta, TN
Comet is a 1 year old Dachshund. My dog had her a year ago. She likes to chase her tail and chase my kitty.
Sherlock and Watson are 7 month old Mini Dachshunds. I got them in February. Sherlock is noisy has to check out everything. Only cuddles when he's in the mood.
I am babysitting this little beauty for a friend and her family. Alexis is a sweet, smart little girl who we are happy to have in our home. She gets along with all the animals except for the ferret, Tinker.
By Jim 1
What are the differences between standard and mini Dachshunds other than size?
November 19, 2010
AKC will say there are only two sizes of dachshunds; a mini which must be under 10 lbs and a full sized which can be up to 32 lbs. I personally own a 12 lbs dachshund and I as well as most people call them tweenies because they are too heavy to be miniatures but not quite full dachshund size. But appearance wise if breed properly they should look exactly alike. Full size ones chest seem larger but that is only due to size comparisons.
Misty is a one year old mini dachshund. I bought Misty from a breeder in Alabama, and highly recommend her, in May of last year.
Baron (Dachshund) Photo. Baron is my 10 year old dachshund. I got him in June from a lady in Kennett Square who does rescues.
Delphine is a 4 year old Miniature Dachshund. I bought Delphine about 3 1/2 years ago from a local breeder as a surprise for my two children.
By Allison 5
This is Josie and Jazz. They are Weiner dogs (Dachshunds). Josie is 3 and Jazz is 11. They are both adopted.
The three oldest members of our Dachshund family; Tootsie, Dapple, and Jackpot. Jackpot was purchased from a local breeder.
Group: Hound group
Purpose of Breed: Hunting badgers
Country of Origin: Germany
Average Size: Standard Dachshunds are 8 inches and weigh 16-32 pounds. Miniature Dachshunds are 6 inches and usually weigh under 11 pounds.
Color(s): Dachshunds can be any color, except white.
Coat Type: Standard and Miniature Dachshunds have three coat types. The smooth- haired coat is short and shiny, the longhaired coat is of medium length and slightly wavy, and the wirehaired coat is thick and hard.
Grooming: The longhaired and wirehaired coat varieties require more grooming. In general, Dachshunds are medium shedders, have very little dog odor, and need less bathing than most other small breeds. This breed requires standard care for eyes, ears, pads, and nails.
Exercise Needs: Dachshunds do well in apartments as long as they get a moderate amount of daily exercise to prevent obesity. They are naturally suspicious and tend to bark at strangers.
Temperament: Dachshund's are lively little dogs with an independent nature and playful spirit. They tend to bond deeply with one person, and although they love to play, they often do so by their own sets of rules. This breed is highly intelligent, but their independent nature can make them a bit mischievous and difficult to train. Still, they are loyal and affectionate and make wonderful companions.
Common Ailments: Susceptible to genetic eye disease, disc and skin problems and obesity.
Life Expectancy: Can be long-lived, up to 16 years.
Trivia: Dachshund's were originally bred for hunting badgers. Translated from German, the name means Dachs (badgers), hund (dog).
More Information: Dachshund Club of America, Inc.