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Life Expectancy: 14 - 17 years
Dog Breed Group: Hound Dogs
Weight: 15 - 30 lbs.
Height: 8 - 9 inches

Where Does the Dachshund Rank?

See where this beloved breed ranks in comparison to other breeds in 7 key categories.


The Dachshund is relatively easy-to-train; however, you may run into several issues due to their sometimes stubborn personality.

Shedding Friendliness

This breed is not considered hypoallergenic; but, they do shed a minimal amount. 

Ease of Grooming

The Dachshund is a very low-maintenance dog in regard to grooming. Often, wiping them with a wipe is sufficient. Unless they roll in a foul-smelling object, they do not need to be bathed often.


Dachshunds are known to experience various orthopedic issues - most commonly intervertebral disc disease and luxating patella (loose knees). Obesity, which is also common in this small breed, can also cause stress on their body. Epilepsy and urinary issues, like bladder stones and cystinuria, are also common in Dachshunds.

Exercise Needs

The Dachshund does not particularly care to exercise; however, you should ensure they still exercise at least 30 minutes (on and off) daily to prevent obesity.

Good with Children

The Dachshund is good with children; however, they generally choose one person to bond with the most. You should also ensure your children fully understand these dogs may be injured easily.

Barking Restraint

Excessive barking can become a problem in this breed. To make your life easier, you should train your Dachshund when to and when not to bark.

What You Need to Know About Dachshund Dogs


The Dachshund is an extremely clever, lively breed. He was bred for perseverance so he can also be extremely stubborn at times. Dachshunds have built a reputation for being fearless and entertaining to their pet parent but also enjoy time spent cuddling.

Early socialization is crucial in this breed. At an early age, your Dachshund should be exposed to various sights, sounds and experiences to ensure he becomes a well-rounded adult. Many pet parents enroll their Dachshund in puppy kindergarten to allow her to begin learning various skills including obedience and socialization.


Overall, the Dachshund is known to be easy-to-train; however, you may run into a stubborn streak throughout training.


The Dachshund is a low-maintenance breed. This breed does shed but does not shed excessively. They are able to be wiped clean with a wipe the majority of the time and do not require a bath very often.

Health Problems

Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD) - Dachshunds are prone to back problems. Symptoms of IVDD include paralysis, lack of bladder control and/or lack of bowel control.

Epilepsy - This breed is prone to epileptic episodes.

Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) - PRA is a degenerative eye condition which eventually results in blindness.

Bloat - Bloat is a life-threatening condition which generally affects large dogs; however, it has been known to affect Dachshunds as well.

10 Health Problems in Dachshund

  • Otitis - middle ear infection
  • Periodontal Disease
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease - IVDD
  • UTI - urinary tract infection
  • Dermatitis
  • Allergies
  • Dietary Indiscretion
  • Lipoma - fatty lump between the skin and underlying muscle layer
  • Pancreatitis - inflammation of the pancreas
  • Vomiting

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