The Dachshund Breed

Information on Breed key facts of care and responsibility

Breed Key Facts

Before you take home your new addition...

Have you done your research, is your home ready for you new bundle of mischief to arrive, are you aware of key Breed facts, including how to handle your Dachshund, as they are prone to back issues if not cared for correctly.

General Appearance 

Dachshunds have an extremely unique look that makes them easy to spot even among individuals who don't know much about dog breeds. This singular appearance is a result of the very long body and short legs. The overall body is quite defined muscular, and solid during puppyhood, but the chest deepens and becomes more sinewy as the dog develops, with more well built forelegs. The dachshunds muzzle is long for a fox-like face, but with dark eyes in an almond shape, a bright expression, and long high set floppy ears. There are three types of coat for a Dachshund: (Smooth) Short Haired, Long Haired, and Wire Haired. We breed the Miniature Long Haired Dachshunds at Walnutfarm.


The grooming requirements of a Dachshund depends on its coat type. Long and Wire Dachshunds require daily brushing, whilst the Long Haired may also require additional combing too. It is suggested that Wire Haired Dachshunds will need the occasional clipping, usually every six months. Short Haired Dachshunds need a gentle brushing around twice a week, but will require a rub down with a clean damp cloth on a regular basis.


Though these are dogs bred for hunting and are accomplished at digging and burrowing, they are generally at their happiest when they are indoors spending time with their human families. This breed should never be walked off leash because even the most well trained individual has very strong hunting instincts, which can kick in as a result of just about anything...From pursuing rodents such as squirrels, to chasing a leaf blowing in the street. This can cause the Owner to lose control of the dog, putting him or her in danger of traffic, or simply getting lost during the chase. Dachshunds do require regular exercise, but because they have short legs, they do not need to go too far. A half hour walk once or twice a day is sufficient, with one of the walks replaced by some play time in the house.


Training of Dachshunds should begin at an early age, especially in terms of socialisation. Obedience training and dominance training should start as soon as the dog is brought home to prevent problems in the future such as aggression, begging and chasing people or cars. Consistency and positive reinforcement are key with Dachshunds. Training should be performed in frequent short sessions as dachshunds don't respond well in long sessions.

Looking their Best

 Here are a few things to really take note of when caring for your new Puppy.


Ensure you brush your Dachshund daily to avoid knotting.


Keep your dachshunds nails clipped, and feet well groomed.


Ensure your Dachshunds eyes are clean and free from dust to avoid infection.


Always keep your Dachshunds ears clean, and well groomed, to avoid infection and knotting.

Certified Dog First Aider

We have worked with dogs for many years, and are very experienced in dog welfare, however it is good to always keep learning new things. We attended a First Aid course for dogs, and are pleased to say we passed the exam, and are now fully certified Dog First Aiders.

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