Fun Facts About The Longhaired Dachshund

Fun Facts About The Longhaired Dachshund

Author WDF Staff


The Dachshund is a charming small dog that became one of the most popular family pets in the world. It has been described as “half a dog high, and a dog and a half long.” The longhaired Dachshund is a lively breed that captured our hearts and minds for the past 500 years.

The modern longhaired Dachshund is not the hunter it used to be, but don’t let that fool you. They are still feisty and courageous little dogs that will not back down from a challenge. Most longhaired Dachshunds are very gentle and loving dogs that have a special bond with their owners. We love these purebred, charming dogs, so we decided to bring you the list of our favorite longhaired Dachshund fun facts.

1. Old breed

The longhaired Dachshund is a relatively old dog breed. Their origins can be traced back to 15th century Germany. The Dachshund was very popular among German hunters. When Prince Albert took a couple of Dachshunds with him back to Britain, the breed’s popularity soared. They became popular in the UK and the US. Their popularity dropped after World War I. due to their German origins.

longhaired dachshund licking

2. Badger hunters

The name Dachshund can be translated from German, and Dachs means badger, and Hund means dog. Their name states what the longhaired Dachshund is - a badger hunter. These fearless dogs were used for badger hunting, and they used to run to burrows and drive their fierce prey, the badger, out in the open where the hunters could have a clear shot at the prey.

3. Longhaired is one of three coat varieties

Dachshund lovers are most likely aware of this, but Dachshunds come in three coat varieties - smooth, longhaired, and wirehaired. They are all a variety of the same breed, and the difference is their coat. Smooth Dachshunds have a short, smooth coat, while wirehaired dogs have a thick, wiry double coat. Longhaired Dachshunds have a shiny, wavy coat that makes them a lot more elegant than the other two varieties.

longhaired dachshund portrait

4. Longhaired Dachshund has a milder temperament

The longhaired has a milder temperament than the other two coat varieties. Some dog owners and breeders believe that their character was heavily influenced by selective breeding. Longhaired coats were praised at dog shows, and only the best looking dogs with calm and biddable temperaments were bred.

5. Longhaired comes in three sizes

The official Dachshund standard allows three Dachshund sizes; the Standard, the Minature, and Rabbit. Most owners don’t know that the difference is in their height and the girth of their chests. The Standard is the biggest variety, and the Rabbit is the smallest, standing only at 6-7 in and weighing a maximum of 8 pounds.

dachshund in park

6. Color variety

Not only are there nine different size and coat varieties, but the Dachshunds can also come in 15 different colors and six different coat markings. Longhaired Dachshund’s most popular colors include black, chocolate, fawn, blue, and markings include brindle, piebald, and sable.

7. They are enthusiastic eaters

Looking at a chubby longhaired Dachshund can be pretty fun, and they make a charming chubby dog, but having an overweight dog is no laughing matter. Obesity can seriously harm your dog, and it is crucial that you keep your dog on a healthy and balanced diet. These dogs will eat anything, and if you do not control their diet, they will become obese rather quickly. If you are unsure about what a good diet should look like, ask your vet for advice.

longhaired dachshund playing

8. Long-living breed

The longhaired Dachshund is one of the longest living dog breeds in the world. It is not unusual that these dogs live to be 20 years old. As a general rule - the smaller the breed, the longer it lives. These popular small dogs are here for a long time so make sure you are prepared to get a long-term friend who needs constant care and a fair amount of grooming.

9. Nicknames

Dachshunds are a breed that has been called by many names over the centuries. Some of their most popular nicknames include Wiener dog, Doxie, Sausage dogs, Teckel, Dackel, Datsun, Doxie dog, Dachie, and many more. It is fitting that such a popular breed has many nicknames their loving owners bestowed upon them through the years.

black longhaired dachshund

10. Longhaired Dachshunds are royal dogs

The longhaired Dachshund was very popular among many royals, and the most famous royal to own these dogs was Queen Victoria. She was a dog lover and was the trendsetter of her time. If Queen Victoria had a breed, that breed was immediately popular among British royals, nobles, and commoners. These dogs captured her attention and thus became popular in the UK.

World Dog Finder team