A dachshund asleep on the couch

All about your Dachshund

Faithful, versatile and good tempered.

The Dachshund is more commonly referred to as a Sausage dog thanks to their short legs and long bodies. There are 6 varieties being miniature or standard, with smooth, wire, or long-haired coats.

    Breed information & advice

    The Dachshund is identified as belonging to the hound group in the United States and Great Britain. He is loyal, and really enjoys being around his family. He can also be stubborn at times.

    • One of the most unique breeds, this dog is a real character
    • A Dachshund will shed, so you’ll need to brush his coat regularly to get rid of excess hair
    • This dog will typically weigh between 5kg and 12kg, when fully grown
    • A healthy Dachshund will usually live for 12 to 13 years

    Typical size of a Dachshund: Small: 13cm – 22cm

        Dachshund in the tub

        Recommended exercise & nutrition

        Dachshunds need to be given quite a lot of daily exercise for them to be truly happy, usually around 40 minutes each day.

            A dachshund running

            Common health problems & illnesses

              1. Intervertebral disc disease (IVDD)

              Disc problems on Dachshunds is a significant issue. Intervertebral disc disease (IVDD) tops the list of common health issues, which is a condition which causes the dog to be unable to walk and can seriously compromise the dog’s quality of life. Research shows that the risk of IVDD in dachshunds is 10-12 times higher than other dog breeds, with at least one-fifth of all dachshunds showing clinical signs in their life. The median age of onset of disease is between 5-7 years, with the Standard and Miniature Smooth Haired and the Miniature Wire Haired having the highest prevalence of this disease.

              Also Periodontal disease and skin allergies are really common.

                2. Other health problems and illnesses

                Periodontal disease and skin allergies are really common in dachshunds.

                    Long haired dachshund

                    Dog name popularity

                    If you’re struggling to think of a name for your Dachshund, take a look at the most popular ones at Tesco Bank Pet Insurance for inspiration.

                      1 Teddy
                      2 Bertie
                      3 Tilly
                      4 Bella
                      5 Max

                      Average treatment costs

                      Wondering whether pet insurance for your Dachshund is worth it? We’ve put together the top five conditions claimed for by Tesco Bank Pet Insurance customers, and the average cost of treatment.

                        Top five conditions and average costs

                        Top five conditions and average costs

                        Disc problems








                                        Foreign body - gastric


                                            Tesco Bank Pet Insurance claims data from paid treatments including excesses from 01/09/19 to 31/08/20.

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                                            Grooming advice

                                            Smooth and wire-haired Dachshunds won’t need too much care with their coat; just be sure to give him a brush a couple of times a week to reduce tangling and matting, and keep the skin healthy. Long-haired varieties need a little more grooming; it’s a good idea to give them a brush every day.

                                            Always brush down to the skin to ensure you’re stimulating hair follicles that will encourage shedding.

                                            Due to his low tummy and depending on how mucky he gets, your dog may need a bath more frequently than others. Every 8 to 12 weeks should do it.

                                            As with other dog breeds, another area that will need your attention is his teeth, and you should brush these at least once a week to ensure they stay free from plaque build-up and tartar. Nobody really likes a trip to the dentist – not even your dog, but special toothbrushes and toothpastes are available so you can be sure he gets his oral hygiene fix.

                                              Fun & interesting facts

                                              • Dachshunds love to dig holes
                                              • Dachshunds were originally bred to hunt badgers; their name translates as ‘badger dog’ from German
                                              • The breed name is correctly pronounced “daks-hund”
                                              • A Dachshund was the first Olympic mascot

                                              Important information

                                              Key information

                                              The content on this page aims to offer an informative introduction to pet breeds, but does not constitute expert veterinary advice. If your dog or cat falls ill or has an injury, contact your vet immediately. Tesco Bank Pet Insurance has a partnership with vetfone™ which means that as a customer, you can benefit from their advice as part of your policy.

                                              Tesco Bank Pet Insurance is arranged, administered and underwritten by Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance plc. The vetfone™ service is provided by VetsDirect Ltd.

                                              All facts and figures were correct at date of publication and were compiled using a range of sources.

                                                What is vetfone?

                                                Vetfone™ is a 24/7 unlimited, free telephone or video call service that provides expert advice from nurses qualified with the RCVS (Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons). If your pet has a medical emergency, or you need reassurance on grooming, feeding or general advice, vetfone™ is there to help.

                                                As a Tesco Bank Pet Insurance customer, you can access expert veterinary advice provided by RCVS registered vet nurses as a standard benefit with your policy, and the service is provided at no additional cost. A quick telephone call or video call could answer any questions you have about your pet, give you peace of mind and could even save you a trip to the vet.

                                                Tesco Bank Pet Insurance is arranged, administered and underwritten by Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance plc. The vetfone™ service is provided by VetsDirect Ltd.

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