Dachshund Breed Information

Dachshunds are a member of the ‘Hound’ breed group. The Hound group include breeds originally used for hunting either by scent or sight. They require a substantial amount of exercise and are considered to be aloof but trustworthy dogs.

Dachshunds are known to be quite bold, curious dogs with an independent nature. They become very attached to their family, and more often than not, to one family member in particular.

Grooming once a week is all that’s normally needed to keep the coat in good condition – although Dachshunds do like to dig, so cleaning of muddy paws is sometimes required!

Breed-related health problems:

Owners are, understandably, upset when their dog develops a health problem linked to its breed. Often they wish they’d known what problems the breed was prone to have. The potential health problems that Dachshunds are prone to include:

  • Intervertebral disc disease – abnormality of the discs that provide cushioning between the vertebrae (back bones).
  • Keratoconjunctivitis sicca or ‘Dry eye' – decreased tear production, leading to dry eye and damage to the cornea (surface of the eye).
  • Heart disease
  • Progressive retinal atrophy – gradual deterioration of the retina of the eye. Symptoms can start with night blindness and progress to total blindness.

For some conditions, there are screening programmes available through the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and the Kennel Club. The Canine Health Schemes allow breeders to screen for a range of inherited diseases, so it’s a good idea to check the parents of any puppy you’re looking to rehome have been screened under these schemes. We’d also recommend discussing the medical history of your potential puppy’s parents and grandparents, and think very carefully before taking on a dog with any of the health conditions listed above evident in the family line.

You can find out more about the Canine Health Schemes on the BVA's website.

Exercise requirements:

About an hour of exercise per day will help to keep Dachshunds physically and mentally stimulated. They’ll also happily join in with family fun. Dachshunds aren’t always that obedient, but with patience and perseverance they can be trained. For top tips on how to train your Dachshund using reward-based techniques, take a look at our dog behaviour page.

Estimated lifetime cost:

The likely lifetime costs for a Dachshund are based on estimates calculated using current market prices and include:

The list above does not include veterinary costs if your pet becomes sick or injured, so these average lifetime costs could be even higher.

Insure your Dachshund with PDSA:

1 in 3 pets need vet treatment each year and vet bills can come to hundreds of pounds. PDSA Pet Insurance can give you peace of mind when your pet is poorly, especially for breeds like Dachshunds that are prone to certain conditions. PDSA Pet Insurance offers:

  • 5 Star Pet Insurance* - from the vet experts
  • 4 levels of cover to suit you
  • Monthly payment at no extra cost

*Defaqto 5 Star rating applies to our Plus and Premier policies only. Defaqto’s Star Ratings provide an independent assessment of the quality of financial products.

By insuring your Dachshund with PDSA you’ll also be helping to provide vet care to some of the UK’s neediest pets.

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Average lifespan 12-14 years
Size Medium
Coat length Short
Possible health problems Intervertebral disc disease, Dry eye, Heart disease
Average price £300-£500
Estimated cost over lifetime £23,300-£27,000
Average weight 7kg-14.5kg
Breed group Hound
Minimum garden size Medium

Not sure if the Dachshund is the right pet for you?