Dachshund Breed Profile


Among the endearing qualities of the Dachshund is that they are lively, affectionate, bold, clownish, curious, clever, mischievous, devoted, calm, and a great travel companion.

Family/Child Friendly

This breed of dog makes an excellent companion for children.

Lifespan and Weight

The average lifespan of this breed of dog is around 12 to 15 years. However, with the advancement of veterinary medicine, pets have been known to live up to 20 years and even longer. The average weight for this breed of dog is around 8 to 18 lbs, depending on the size of Dachshund that you get.

Common Diseases

The most common diseases and medical conditions associated with this breed of dog include but are not limited to spinal disc problems, heart disease, urinary tract problems, diabetes and weight gain.

Housebreaking and Shedding

Housebreaking can be done with patience on part of the owner. Shedding is average, depending on the type. The long hair version of this breed will require more extensive grooming than the short haired version.

Best Owner Compatibility

Not suitable for the apartment or condo environment. Not suitable for the frequent traveler. Best suited for someone with a house and a small yard to play in. Best Owner has lots of love and attention to give.

Where to Buy

The best places to buy this breed of dog are from reputable breeders, animal shelters, and rescue organizations.

Average Cost

You can expect to pay upwards of an average of $550+ per dog. Routine veterinary care should be included in your budget.

Aggression Factor

This breed of dog can be prone to Small Dog Syndrome if they have a weak pack leader owner.

Noise Factor

This breed of dog has a tendency towards obsessive barking.

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