There are different kinds of Dachshunds that exist, though the Long Haired Dachshund is easily one of the most visually appealing ones. This is a medium sized breed that has short legs and has a big personality despite being so little. 

The gorgeous look of this breed can be deceptive; they can be quite fierce and feisty due to their hunter instincts as they are scent hounds that were originally bred to hunt. They were bred to hunt prey such as foxes, rabbits and other small animals that like to tunnel underground.

These dogs originated from Germany where they’re known locally as Teckel (badger dog). Till today, the long haired Dachshund is still used to locate injured deer and to hunt rabbits and badgers. There are three sizes of this breed in Germany: Kaninchen (rabbit dog), standard, and miniature. These sizes are determined by how big the dog’s chest is.

There are also three types of coat of long haired dachshunds: the Wirehaired, the long haired and the Smooth haired. All Long haired dachshund share the same breed characteristics, with their differences coming by their size and coat type. They have a lot of nicknames: Sausage dog, Wiener dog and more.

These dogs are versatile, and despite having a tendency to be quite fierce around little animals they see as prey, they’re also quite friendly and jovial. Owners of this breed can expect their pet to have lots of love and emotions to give and will keep you on your feet with their bubbly personality.

Dachshunds are quite popular in the house due to being a hunting hound whose qualities fit a domestic lifestyle closely, as they can thrive as well indoors as they do outdoors. Their long and beautiful fur also helps their appeal and popularity. Their hunting pedigree has now made them great watchdogs for households.

History of the Long Haired Dachshund

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This breed originated from Germany and can be traced all the way back to the 15th century in Germany. They were originally used for hunting badgers as their peculiar shape served great purpose for this. 

Their long and slim body helped them to slip in the dens of badgers easily, and their ability to dig quickly and ferociously came in quite handy for these hunting trips.

These dogs were able to go into the ground in chase of badgers and other animals that burrow as a result of their short legs. These dogs bark ferociously once they sense burrowing animals beneath them, to let hunters know that the animals are underground and nearby.

Packs of long haired Dachshund were also commonly used to hunt larger prey like boars and foxes. This helped them gain popularity outside Germany before they eventually became personal watchdogs and household companions.

Their unusual shape and personality helped their appeal to humans, and soon different coat types were bred to suit the needs of those that wanted their Dachshunds to have an elegant look.

Long Haired Dachshund Characteristics

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The long haired Dachshund has a little body with stubby and short legs. Their shape that is reminiscent of a sausage adds to their appeal and has become iconic.

The hair of dogs of the long haired Dachshund breed is long and wavy, and is what is used to identify them separately from other Dachshunds. The drawback of their beautiful long and wavy hair is the need to groom their hair periodically to keep them looking good.

The Long haired Dachshund stands at around 35cm tall and weigh about 9-12 kg at full adult size. Their coats are either straight, soft, or slightly waved which results in beautiful feathers on their ears and tail 

Health of the Long Haired Dachshund

The health of a breed that’s about to be adopted is a vital consideration as it has an effect on their personality and how much time you the owner get to spend with your pet. Some health issues are common in certain breeds, so it is important to research and discover health issues that a particular breed you’re interested in suffers.

Dachshunds are known to suffer bone related disorders because of their body shape that makes them prone to spinal injuries and disorders. Long haired Dachshunds also suffer from heart disease quite commonly and can inherit eye disorders that are glaring. 

Getting your dog routinely examined by a vet for these problems and also getting routine eye tests for them is important. It is also important to feed your long haired Dachshund regularly and with quality dog feed to keep them nourished and keep infections and diseases away.

Dachshunds live for about 12 to 16 years.

Behavior and Temperament of Long haired Dachshund

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These dogs are fondly described as little dogs with big personalities. Their personality can be humanlike because they also go through different moods in a day. This makes it hard for you to know what mood your Dachshund’s mood will be at different points in a day.

They go through mood swings that might be hard to pinpoint, though these mood swings always have a reason. When these dogs are down, they tend to be nippy and might bite. They need some space when their moods get like this and should be left alone entirely when they get like this. 

An owner of this breed needs to develop an ability to read the dog’s mood and observe changes in their behavior. These dogs can get destructive and behave weirdly when they’re neglected by their owner. Long haired Dachshunds are quite chatty though, and enjoy barking conversations with owners.

Around strangers, these dogs can get anxious which hinders their ability to socialize. They need their owner to be nearby to be able to effectively socialize with others.

Exercise

Dachshunds do not need a lot of exercise because their spines are so delicate and can be damaged by vigorous exercise. They also shouldn’t be handled by children for this same reason, and they detest when they’re not handled correctly.

Dachshunds do need about an hour or less of daily exercise that should be split between walks and play. They don’t have so much energy, though their energy comes in bursts and only ends when they become tired.

The most important thing about exercising Dachshunds is remembering that their spines are delicate and exercising them with caution

Training

Training Dachshunds is a bit different from training other breeds. They’re playful but not too playful because of their energy level. They have big brains and humanlike personality that makes it hard to pinpoint what they’re up to.

The mood of Dachshund is something its owner must pay attention to because there needs to be a sense of respect between owner and dog. They also need to be socialized and taken on play dates to deepen their bond with their owners.

They need walks and play activities in doses and commands should come when playing with them.

Long haired Dachshund was originally bred to hunt badgers and tunneling animals in Germany. They became popular household watchdogs and personal pets because of their attractive look and personality. These dogs do have a humanlike personality and a delicate spine that means they cannot be exercised vigorously.

  When well trained and socialized, these are pleasant dogs that are fun and protective of their owners, and can be expected to live for as long as 16 years. 

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