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Dachshund (Miniature 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.

  • Dog suitable for owners with some experience
  • Some training required
  • Enjoys gentle walks
  • Enjoys walking half an hour a day
  • Little toy dog
  • Minimum drool
  • Requires grooming every other day
  • Non hypoallergenic breed
  • Very vocal dog
  • Guard dog. Barks and alerts
  • May require training to live with other pets
  • May require training to live with kids

Key Facts

Lifespan: 12 – 16 years
Weight:  9 – 12kg 
Height:  33 – 37cm 
Colours:  Red, cream, black and tan, black and cream, chocolate and tan, chocolate and cream, blue, Isabella
Size:  Medium
UK Kennel Club Groups: Hound


Family-friendly: 4/5
Exercise needs: 3/5
Easy to train: 2/5
Tolerates being alone: 3/5
Likes other pets: 3/5
Energy level: 3/5
Grooming needs: 3/5
Shedding: 3/5
Miniature Long-Haired Dachshund standing in the yard


The Long-Haired Dachshund 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 their own voice, bearing in mind their ancestral purpose!

Brown Miniature Long-Haired Dachshund sitting

History and Origins

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. 

Health and Common Issues

The most common health problem seen in the Dachshund is related to their body shape, making them prone to spinal disorders. Heart disease is also relatively common in the breed. As with many other breeds, various inherited eye disorders can be seen, and breeding dogs should be routinely eye tested. 

The breed club monitor the health of the breed carefully and should be contacted for the most up-to-date information and details of any DNA or additional testing they recommend. Breed Clubs can be found on the Kennel Club website. 

Exercise Needs

The Long-Haired Dachshund requires at least an hour’s exercise per day. Ensure they have a good recall before letting them off the lead as they will be inclined to follow their noses and can get into some small spaces and under fencing!

Space Requirements

Whilst this is not a huge dog, they are long-backed and care should be taken to provide steps and ramps to avoid them jumping on or off furniture. Repeated trips up and down long flights of stairs should be avoided so the Dachshund is better suited to single storey living. A small to medium garden will suit as long as varied walks are provided. 

Nutrition and Feeding

Your dog's diet needs to have the right balance of all the main nutrient groups including a constant supply of fresh water. It's also important to conduct regular body condition scores to ensure you keep your dog in ideal shape and remember to feed them at least twice daily and in accordance with the feeding guidelines of their particular food.  

Ensuring the Dachshund is not allowed to become overweight is crucial, as excess weight can put pressure on their back. 

Grooming Long-Haired Dachshunds

The soft, straight coat is longer on the chest, tummy, tail, and back of the legs – areas that are more susceptible to tangling if not thoroughly groomed at least three times a week. Being low to the ground, the coat can sweep up all sort of debris on walks, so check it when you return home. Check ears and between paw pads regularly, and take care when lifting this long-backed breed into the bath.

Training Long-Haired Dachshunds

Not a dog ideally suited to those who enjoy training as a hobby, the Long-Haired Dachshund is capable of learning the basics, including walking on a loose lead, settling quietly and a reasonable level of recall. Typically a friendly dog, they should still be well socialised with people and other animals from an early age.

Best Family Dog Breeds

The Long-Haired Dachshund can make a good family dog with older children or families without children. Their long back is easily damaged and their short stature easily leads children to try to pick them up, especially when young, or treat them as toys which they will not tolerate. 

While many dogs are traditionally thought of as being good with children, all dogs and children need to be taught to get on with and respect each other, and be safe together. Even so, dogs and young children should never be left alone together and adults should supervise all interactions between them. 

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.
  • Dachshunds are sometimes affectionately called Doxies!
  • You may have heard Dachshunds called ‘Weiner Dogs’, but did you know that hotdogs were originally called Dachshund Sausages because of their similar shape?
  • Dachshund’s can be incredibly fussy about the weather and if you try to walk them in the rain, they may refuse! 
  • They are quite the hunters and have a high prey drive, so beware if walking them off the lead.

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