Long Haired Dachshund - Breed Facts & Characteristics

It’s no exaggeration to say the Standard Long-Haired Dachshund is dogged in their pursuit of all things: Part of the Scent Hound group, the breed is celebrated for their compact size. How could a dog this tiny, you wonder, catch anything? But the Dachshund dog was bred small for sport, specifically to burrow into the narrow earth to find badgers and the most tiny animals. A background like this gave rise to their brave, take-no-prisoners attitude. As if their unique size weren’t enough, Dachshunds come in a miniature version as well.

Official name: Standard Long-Haired Dachshund

Other names: Doxie, Dashie, Badger Dog

Origins: Germany

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Drooling tendencies

Very low

Warm weather? Medium
Grooming needs High Cold weather? Very low
Shedding level Medium
Suited to apartment living? Medium
Barking tendencies Medium Can stay alone?* Medium
Energy Level (high, low, medium)* Medium Family pet?* Low
Compatibility with other pets Low

* We advise against leaving pets alone for long stretches. Companionship can prevent emotional distress and destructive behaviour. Speak to your veterinarian for recommendations.
Every pet is different, even within a breed; this snapshot of this breed specifics should be taken as an indication.

For a happy healthy and well-behaved pet, we recommend educating and socialising your pet as well as covering their basic welfare needs (and their social and behavioural needs).

Pets should never be left unsupervised with a child.

Contact your breeder or veterinarian for further advice. All domestic pets are sociable and prefer company.

However, they can be taught to cope with solitude from an early age. Seek the advice of your veterinarian or trainer to help you do this.

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Illustration of brown and beige standard long-haired dachshund
37 - 47 cm Height
9 - 12 kg Weight
35 - 45 cm Height
9 - 12 kg Weight

Baby age Birth to 2 months
Puppy age 2 to 10 months
Adult age 10 months to 8 years
Mature age 8 to 12 years
Senior age From 12 years

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Get to know the Standard Long-Haired Dachshund

All you need to know about the breed

The Standard Long-Haired Dachshund is one breed that’s easy to have around. An unruffled demeanor and tons of energy means they’re up for any game you propose. Repeatedly. You’ll always find the affectionate Dachshund right by your side. They are known to be warmhearted. And the Standard Long-Haired Dachshund’s lifespan of anywhere from 12 to 16 years means a lot of together-time.

As energetic as they are, this is one breed that’s never going to be a marathon buddy. Small jaunts around the block each day are enough to keep both little legs and a long body fit.

There are three Dachshund coat types: the Wire-Haired, the Smooth-Haired, and the Long-Haired. There are three Dachshund sizes too: Miniature, Standard, and Kaninchen. The latter has a wider chest - measured at 11.8 inches - and a weight of no more than 7.7lbs. Kaninchen translates from German as “rabbit”, the size developed specifically to burrow and hunt rabbits or other small animals. Lovers of the breed commonly call weights between 11 and 16lbs “tweenies.” However, this category is not recognised by any official kennel club.

The Dachshund dog tends to be an independent spirit but they are not at all aloof. Conversely, they very much bond with one person. It’s important to train your Standard Long-Haired Dachshund correctly to ensure they are as social as possible and to prevent any nipping at strangers. With their legacy as a field sport dog, Standard Long-Haired Dachshunds possess a tenacious streak; crate training can help when necessary.

When it comes to work, this is a breed that likes to have a job, and doesn’t mind helping you with yours. They are characteristically courageous and, ironically, have a big bark - even sounding like a big dog - for such a little breed.

Standard Long-Haired Dachshunds should be kept warm as their small bodies don’t hold up to the cold. Canine-appropriate winter gear can be a good idea. And Dachshunds can certainly pull it off.

Standard Long-Haired Dachshund sitting in grass


2 facts about Standard Long-Haired Dachshunds

1. Dachshunds can be suspicious of strangers

A sweet breed, the Standard Long-Haired Dachshund personality is one that’s standoffish, especially when newcomers arrive, given their ability to attach to one person so strongly. Socialise your dog early so they fully develop their affable side.

2. Two for one:  A small size and big bark 

Despite their diminutive dimensions, Standard Long-Haired Dachshunds have a huge bark, a result of their role in trapping: After burrowing deep into the earth for prey, the bellow alerts hunters above that they might have found something interesting below.


History of the breed

The Standard Long-Haired Dachshund ancestry is a rich one emanating from Germany, where they are a source of national pride. A quintessential field sport dog, the breed is a member of the Hound Group bred from the German Bassett over six centuries. The German Dachshund Club was formed in 1888, and the Dachshund became a member in the American Kennel Club studbook in 1885.

For a small breed, they have a very loud bark that makes them sound like a much bigger dog. The distinctive Standard Long-Haired Dachshund bark developed due to their role as a field sport dog, to notify hunters above ground where the dog was when down below burrowing for prey. Often used in packs to hunt much bigger animals, like wild boar, their determined nature worked in their favour.

With anti-German sentiment rising after World War II, American fans of the friendly Dachshund breed changed their name to Liberty Hounds for some time. Luckily, it never took. The Dachshund eventually developed into the national symbol of Germany. The even-tempered breed has now become cherished the world over.

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From head to tail

Physical characteristics of Standard Long-Haired Dachshunds

1. Ears

Long-to-moderate length ears hang down from head, set high

2. Head

Tapered, elongated head, but not pointed.

3. Body

Distinctive elongated body with short legs, low to ground, muscular, broad chest.

4. Fur

Shiny, flowing hair of coat, longer under neck, forechest, underside of body, legs and ears.

5. Tail

Long and straight tail (despite hair length or type), no kinks, extends line of spine.

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Things to look out for

From specific breed traits to a general health overview, here are some interesting facts about your Standard Long-Haired Dachshund

Don’t let your Dachshund jump too much

Although Dachshunds are more prone to spinal problems than other breeds because of their long back, studies have shown that the more active and fit they are, the less likely they are to experience a problem. Keep an eye on your dog so he doesn’t make any moves that might wreak havoc on him physically. Regular exercise will keep their back strong and their legs too.

Likes to hunt and dig

Standard Long-Haired Dachshunds were bred for the field, the prototypical sport dog, so it is, at times, hard to shake in-bred traits - like digging. While at home, it may be the case that your dog bores through plants, the garden, or even laundry and personal belongings, just to satisfy this innate drive. Their small legs were perfectly designed to handle this task, along with super-sharp claws and teeth. Due to their innate desire to please, they can be trained to tone down this tendency. Doing so early will best instill great manners in your dog.

Prone to epilepsy

The Standard Long-Haired Dachshund is a healthy dog but the breed can be prone to epileptic seizures. The cause of the condition is genetic and is a chronic neurological disorder, characterised by jerking, shaky movements, and muscle twitching. Epileptic seizures start with little-to-no warning and are usually short-lived, and end on their own. Stay calm during a seizure since they are over fairly quickly, more often than not, and your dog is not normally aware of the problem as it happens. Pay close attention when it does, so you can communicate information on your Standard Long-Haired Dachshund to your veterinarian. As with all illnesses, early detection is key and regular vet checkups will help monitor the situation. Epilepsy can usually be controlled with medication.

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Caring for your Standard Long-Haired Dachshund

Grooming, training and exercise tips

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A natural-born athlete, the Standard Long-Haired Dachshund needs to keep up their vigorous training routine! A robust body and high energy equates to needing as much exercise as the next dog. Twice-daily walks are recommended but never long jogs; Standard Long-Haired Dachshund and running do not mix. A fenced-in garden is enough to give this breed room to run to their heart’s content. Dachshunds are not suited to jumping. Their elongated back can be fragile with shorter legs beneath and a jarring movement from on high could put them in serious peril.

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The Standard Long-Haired Dachshund is known for their short and sleek coat, which is typically very shiny if cared for properly. Twice-weekly brushing of your Dachshund should keep them groomed sufficiently and bathe only when needed to keep the coat in good shape. Nail trims are recommended once or twice per month. Teeth should be brushed, however, at least two to three times a week, daily if you can get away with it.

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Despite being known for their persistent manner, Standard Long-Haired Dachshunds are very easy to train, especially as a dog that finds solace in bonding with one person. Their sporting background has trained the breed as a digger, terrier and hunter, so training should be early and firm; since they’re strong-willed, patience is your friend! Standard Long-Haired Dachshund traits include courage and boldness so they’ll need to know who is in charge. Independence is a plus but make sure they don’t wander off as a result. Dachshunds normally get along with other dogs and cats in the house but may at times feel the need to be in charge.


All about Standard Long-Haired Dachshunds

The Standard Long-Haired Dachshund is one of three varieties of the distinctive long-bodied and charming dog, one of the most popular breeds there is. Dachshunds can also be Smooth-Haired and Wire-Haired, with all other characteristics remaining the same, save for their coat and their many colourings. The breed is known to be lively and playful but also to need solid companionship, attaching easily to one person as well as to their family.

Their long and very shiny coat is a great choice but the breed is in an almost permanent state of moult, or shedding of the old coat to make way for the new. Not to worry: It won’t come out in clumps but in miniscule amounts each day. Brushing your Dachshund must be consistent then, but once a day or every other should work.


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