Whether called dachshunds, doxies, wiener dogs or some other nickname; the Dachshund, meaning "badger dog" in German, is a lively breed with a friendly personality and keen sense of smell. Known for their long and low bodies, they are eager hunters that excel in both above- and below-ground work. Consistently one of the 10 most popular breeds according to AKC® Registration Statistics, dachshunds come in three different coat varieties (Smooth, Wirehaired or Longhaired) and can be miniature or standard in size.

A Look Back
Dachshunds were first bred in the early 1600's in Germany. The goal was to create a fearless, elongated dog that could dig the earth from a badger burrow and fight to the death with the vicious badgers.

The breed became popular in the U.S. during the early 1900’s, but fell out of favor during World War I. After the war, a few U.S. breeders slowly rebuilt the gene pool by importing German stock, and the breed began to increase in popularity again.  The beautiful English Cream color was first developed in England, and all true English Cream dachshunds can trace their ancestry back to UK bloodlines.


Illustration of Dachshunds circa 1881


Right Breed for You?
Dachshunds are lovable, playful companions, and an ideal pet for many homes, including those with children with appropriate supervision. Dachshunds are bright and intelligent dogs, and tend to be stubborn at times.  They require moderate exercise, and can adapt to most living environments. Depending on their coat type, Dachshunds may need regular grooming.


* Hound Group; AKC recognized in 1885.
* Dachshunds can be standard or miniature size. Standards range from 16-32 pounds, while Miniatures (mini dachshunds) weigh 11 pounds and under.

* Dachunds that fall between the two accepted sizes still make wonderful pets, and are often referred to as Tweenies in the dachshund world.
* Dachshunds come in three coat types:  Longhair, Wirehair, and Smooth (shorthair).