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Dachshund (Wire Haired)

This German badger and rabbit hunter comes in a variety of sizes and coat types

Breed characteristics

Size
Medium
Exercise
Up to 1 hour per day
Size of home
Small house
Grooming
More than once a week
Coat length
Medium
Sheds
Yes
Lifespan
Over 12 years
Vulnerable native breed
No
Town or country
Either
Size of garden
Small/ medium garden

About this breed

Originating in Germany where he is known as the Teckel (badger dog) the Dachshund, is still used for both tracking wounded game such as deer, and for going to ground after badger or rabbits. In his native country there are three sizes: standard, miniature and Kaninchen (rabbit dog) all defined by measuring the circumference of the chest.

In the UK there are two sizes with miniatures preferably weighing under 5 kilograms.

There are three coat types in each variety: the Smooth haired, the Long haired and the Wirehaired and the six varieties all share the same breed standard, divided by size and coat.

Read the breed standard

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The Hound breed group

Breeds originally used for hunting either by scent or by sight. The scent hounds include the Beagle and Bloodhound and the sight hounds such breeds as the Whippet and Greyhound. Many of them enjoy a significant amount of exercise and can be described as dignified, aloof but trustworthy companions.

Breed standard colours

Breed standard colour means that the colour is accepted within the breed standard and is a traditional and well-known colour in this breed.

Breed standard colours in this breed include:

  • Black & Tan
  • Black & Tan Brindle
  • Black & Tan Brindle Dapple
  • Black & Tan Dapple
  • Black Brindle
  • Brindle
  • Brindle & Tan
  • Brindle & Tan Dapple
  • Brindle Dapple
  • Chocolate
  • Chocolate & Tan
  • Chocolate & Tan Dapple
  • Chocolate Dapple
  • Chocolate Wild Boar
  • Chocolate Wild Boar Dapple
  • Dark Brindle
  • Grey Brindle
  • Red
  • Red Brindle
  • Red Dapple
  • Silver Dapple
  • Silver Dapple & Tan
  • Wild Boar
  • Wild Boar Dapple

Non-breed-standard colours

  • Black & Tan Brindle Piebald (NBS)
  • Black & Tan Piebald (NBS)
  • Blue & Tan (NBS)
  • Blue & Tan Brindle (NBS)
  • Blue & Tan Brindle Piebald (NBS)
  • Blue & Tan Dapple (NBS)
  • Blue & Tan Dapple Brindle (NBS)
  • Blue & Tan Dapple Brindle Piebald (NBS)
  • Blue & Tan Dapple Piebald (NBS)
  • Blue & Tan Piebald (NBS)
  • Chocolate & Tan Brindle Piebald (NBS)
  • Chocolate & Tan Piebald (NBS)
  • Chocolate Dapple & Tan Brindle Piebald (NBS)
  • Chocolate Dapple & Tan Piebald (NBS)
  • Isabella & Tan (NBS)
  • Isabella & Tan Brindle (NBS)
  • Isabella & Tan Brindle Piebald (NBS)
  • Isabella & Tan Dapple
  • Isabella & Tan Dapple Brindle (NBS)
  • Isabella & Tan Dapple Brindle Piebald (NBS)
  • Isabella & Tan Dapple Piebald (NBS)
  • Isabella & Tan Piebald (NBS)
  • Red Brindle Piebald (NBS)
  • Red Piebald (NBS)
  • Silver Dapple & Tan Brindle Piebald (NBS)
  • Silver Dapple & Tan Piebald (NBS)

Non-breed-standard colour means that the colour is not accepted within the breed standard and whilst some dogs within the breed may be this colour it is advised to only select a dog that fits within the breed standards for all points.

Colour is only one consideration when picking a breed or individual dog, health and temperament should always be a priority over colour.

Other colour/s

'Other' means you consider your puppy to be a colour not currently known within the breed and one that does not appear on either the breed standard or non-breed standard list. In this instance you would be directed through our registrations process to contact a breed club and/or council to support you on identifying and correctly listing the new colour.

Health

Whether you’re thinking of buying a puppy, or breeding from your dog, it’s essential that you know what health issues may be found in your breed. To tackle these issues we advise that breeders use DNA tests, screening schemes and inbreeding coefficient calculators to help breed the healthiest dogs possible.

More about health

Important health schemes and tests

We strongly recommend that all breeders, both assured breeders (ABs) and non ABs, use the following schemes, tests and advice.

Currently there are no additional health screening schemes or DNA tests for this breed. You may want to speak to your breeder, vet or local breed club about any health issues in the breed.

Find out about a particular dog's results

Please visit our Health Test Results Finder to discover the DNA or screening scheme test results for any dog on The Kennel Club's Breed Register.

You can also view the inbreeding coefficient calculation for a puppy's parents, or for a dog you're thinking of breeding from.

Have any questions about health in your breed?

If you have any concerns about a particular health condition in your breed then you may wish to speak to your vet or you could contact your breed health co-ordinator.

Breed health co-ordinators are individuals working on behalf of breed clubs and councils who are advocates for the health and welfare of their chosen breed. They acts as a spokesperson on matters of health and will collaborate with The Kennel Club on any health concerns the breed may have.

Contact the breed health co-ordinator for the Wire Haired Dachshund.

Find out more about health issues in this breed by visiting the Dachshund Breed Council's health website.

Breed watch

Category 2

Particular points of concern for individual breeds may include features not specifically highlighted in the breed standard including current issues. In some breeds, features may be listed which, if exaggerated, might potentially affect the breed in the future.

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Breeding restrictions

There are a number of The Kennel Club's rules and regulations that may prevent a litter from being registered, find out about our general and breed specific breeding restrictions below.

More about breeding

With effect from 1 January 2010, The Kennel Club will not accept the registration of any Dachshund puppies from matings which take place on or after this date, where both parents are dapple. This is due to associated health risks of impaired vision and hearing associated with the dapple gene in this breed.

Dachshund parents of the same breed may produce one or more puppies of a different coat and may be registered as the breed to which its coat most closely conforms. This proviso does not allow for the interchange of Dachshunds between the two sizes. The option to register online is not available and must be submitted by post on a litter application form. A note should be made next to the relevant puppy or in the form of an accompanying letter.

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