Dachshunds originated in Germany and their name literally means badger dog. As their name suggests, they were commonly used for badger hunting along with other burrow dwelling animals. Their small legs and narrow body used to come as an advantage to dig out its prey from their burrows. Dachshunds come in a variety of size, hair types and color which does make it a breed which has a lot to offer to all the dog lovers!
The most common classification of dachshunds is in between types of size and the type of coats.
Different types of dachshunds according to size
1. Standard size dachshunds
A full grown standard dachshund averages from 16 to 32 lb (7.3 – 15 kg) in weight, 20 to 25 cm in height and circumference of chest 35 cm.
2. Miniature dachshunds
A miniature dachshund averages from 9 to 11 lb (4 to 5 kg) in weight, 13 to 15 cm in height and circumference of chest from 30 to 35 cm.
3. Kaninchen dachshunds
Kaninchen also known as rabbit size averages from 8 to 11 lb (3.6 to 5 kg) in weight, 10 to 15 cm in height and chest circumference up to 30 cm.
Different types of dachshunds according to coat
1. Short-haired dachshunds
Short-haired dachshund or also called Smooth dachshund have dense and shiny coat which is smooth fitting. It requires less maintenance as compared to other coated dachshunds. All you need to do is brush the coat once a week to get rid of dead hair and also to keep the hair shiny. Brushing once a week also helps you to take notice if your dog has any bumps or lumps. It also helps to make a connection between you and your dog as dachshunds love all that attention. Though small haired dachshunds are likely to shed a lot. (See causes of shedding in dachshunds)
2. Long-haired dachshunds
Long-haired dachshund lay claim to wavy and sleek coat. Their sleek and shiny coat has an undercoat which is a close-fit. Their coat is longer at the throat and underside of their body as well as ears. Having the longest hair at their tails balances their look and makes them look adorable. Having long hair, it is quite tough to groom them as they require regular brushing and hair trimming. They also tend to shed seasonally (mostly during autumn and spring).
3. Wired-haired dachshunds
Wired-haired dachshunds are the least common out of the three. With the wild looking coat, they require brushing few times a week to keep their coat managed. The rough coat covers all of including their eyebrows and guess what? They have a cute beard too! These little bunch of happiness also shed their coat seasonally i.e. during autumn and spring.
Apart from these standards of dachshund breed, they come in a variation of 15 colors and each one a treat to your eyes.
Black and cream dachshund
Black and tan dachshund
Blue and cream dachshund
Blue and tan dachshund
Chocolate and cream dachshund
Chocolate and tan dachshund
Fawn and cream (Isabella)
Fawn and tan dachshund
Moreover, they have 6 marking combinations.
Brindle piebald dachshund
Dachshunds are not only versatile in their abilities but also appearances, and are one of the most loved breeds by all. Their charm even appealed to Queen Victoria as she once said – Nothing will turn a man’s home into a castle more quickly and effectively than a dachshund.
So which one is your little love?