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Dachshund (Long-Haired)

Dachshund (Long-Haired)

The Long-Haired Dachshund is a medium breed dog on short legs. The coat should be soft, straight or only slightly waved, forming attractive feathering on the backs of legs, ears and tail. 

The need-to-know
  • Dog suitable for owners with some experience
  • Extra training required
  • Need to be aware of potential health issues
  • Enjoys active walks
  • Enjoys one to two hours of walking a day
  • Small dog
  • Minimum drool
  • Requires grooming every other day
  • Chatty and vocal dog
  • Barks and alerts to visitors/anything unusual
  • Could have issues with unknown dogs but gets along with known dogs
  • May need additional training to live with other pets
  • May need additional supervision to live with children
  • Needs a small garden
  • Can happily live in the city
  • Can be left occasionally with training
This breed may encounter health problems

The most common health problem seen in the Dachshund is related to their body shape - with their long backs and short legs they are more prone to spinal disorders and joint problems;  
- Intervertebral disc disease: a condition where there is abnormality in the discs which act to cushion the bones in the spine. The discs can dislodge or burst, which puts pressure on the nerves in the spinal cord leading to back pain and weakness or paralysis of the limbs.
- Angular limb deformities: caused by asynchronous growth of a pair of bones, which appear bowed or rotated and may result in pain and lameness.

Long Haired Dachshunds are also prone to:
- Mitral valve disease¹ which is where the heart valves become diseased and don't work properly.
- Cushing's syndrome², which is where too much natural steroid hormone is produced, leading to symptoms such as excessive drinking and tiredness. 
- Keratoconjunctivitis sicca (dry eye) which is a painful condition where the tear gland stops working properly.
 
Priority Kennel Club health schemes and testing: 
- IVDD Scheme for Dachshunds 

¹L. H. Olsen et al, 'Epidemiology and Inheritance of Mitral Valve Prolapse in Dachshunds', 1999, Journal of Internal Veterinary Medicine 
²G. Carotenuto et al, 'Cushing’s syndrome- an epidemiological study based on a canine population of 21,281 dogs', 2019, Open Veterinary Journal

Long-haired dachshund standing in the park.

Personality

The Dachshund (Long Haired) is a bold, courageous dog with a lively personality and nature. Said to be calmer than either the Smooth or the Wire haired varieties, the Long Haired Dachshund still retains the independent and sometimes seemingly obstinate nature of the breed, but is also known for being loyal and good-tempered. They are excellent at tracking a scent outdoors, but equally make an affectionate, people-friendly housedog. It should not come as a surprise that the Dachshund is fond of the sound of his own voice, bearing in mind his ancestral purpose!

Long-haired dachshund smiling at the camera.

History and Origins

Country of Origin: Germany

Dachshunds can be traced back to the 15th Century in Germany, and came to Britain with Prince Albert. Dachshunds’ short legs allowed them to go to ground after badgers and other burrowing animals, where they would bark loudly to let hunters know where they were underground.

They enjoyed popularity throughout Britain and America during the 19th Century though lost favour during World War I due to their Germanic origins.

Today the Dachshund is again a popular family pet, and the Long Haired Dachshund is an attractive and glamorous version of the breed.

did you know?

Did You Know?

  • The Dachshund ended up a member of the hound group due to a mistranslation of their name, ‘hund’ which means ‘dog’ and not specifically ‘hound’. The Dachshund is really a terrier type, bred to go to ground and either flush out quarry or hold it at bay until hunters could dig down to them.

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