Dachshunds come in 3 different coat types, smooth, long and wire. We don’t breed the wire coat. We have found noticeable differences in the temperaments between the different coat types. They obviously share many common traits, but there are some differences too
Called by many different names, weiner dogs, hot dogs, dashies, sausages, mini or just doxies the dachshund is one hound dog that may be small in stature, but big in heart and devotion. Dachshunds are irresistible, playful, brave, charming,intelligent, impish and can be headstrong. Once bred for hunting they now occupy thousands of hearts. They tend to be courageous with big personalities. They are intelligent and strongly devoted. We have found they are easy and eager to learn new things and to train. They love to learn new tricks and being a clean animal they often just house train themselves with a little guidance and opportunity to outdoors.
They are a sociable dog. They are happiest when they are with people. They love to snuggle up close to you whenever possible. they are very entertaining to watch, and are very interactive with both people and other animals. They are not a dominant breed,so do get on well with other dogs.
They are a clean dog without a doggy smell. They always seem to look their best. Our longs get a brush once a week but their coats always shine and they never seem to smell.
Both coats shed but certainly not excessively. Normal brushing once a week removes most of the hair, so little is noticed left lying around.
Smooth coats were the original dachshunds, believed to have originated in Germany in the 1600s. The smooth haired dachshunds have a sleep, shiny truly classic dachshund look. The velvety coat is silky to touch. They are very easy to groom They have a tendency to become devoted to one particular family member, especially if that person is the one who mainly feeds, walks and cares for the dog. They can become totally devoted to that one person. If everyone in the family is equally involved in the care it doesn’t tend to happen as much. They are energetic, but also happy to cuddle on your lap. They love walks,playing with a ball, and curling up in front of the fire.
The long coats look noble and elegant and dignified. We have found long coats to have more of a calmer, gentle nature. It is believed the long haired are a product of the smooth haired dachshund crossed with spaniels or irish setters many years ago to develop the breed we now have. However the origins are not fully known and some controversy over how the breed began exists. The long haired is playful and fun, but needs less exercise and seems to be a little less energetic. They are more laid back than the smooth coats. They also tend to be extremely loyal, but often love everyone and is everyone’s friend. Of course there are exceptions. I have a girl totally devoted to me,who is my constant shadow, and i just have to look at here and she intuitively knows what i want. She seems to understand everything i say to here. They seem to be very easy going and adaptable. They fit into any situation with ease. They have no desire to be dominant. They do tend to need a little grooming, especially if in areas where grass seeds are as they can become embedded in the dachshund coat and work their way into the skin. They seem to shed less than the smooth coats, but maybe that’s due to the weekly brush removing any excess hair. We never seem to notice any shedding from our long coats, but do see a little from the smooths on our furniture.