Dachshunds are playful, intelligent, and make great hunting companions. Here’s everything you need to know about one of the best (and cutest!) dog breeds out there.

Did you know the Dachshund breed has been traced back as far as ancient Egypt? There’s an abundance of engravings there featuring short-legged hunting pups. Today, Daschunds are one of the most popular dog breeds in the United States, and the most popular in Europe—they were even the mascot for the 1972 Munich Olympics!

There are three varieties of Dachshunds: Smooth, Wirehair, and Longhair. But no matter their type, these pups are loyal, smart, and adorable!

Why We Love the Dachshund Breed

  • Dachshunds are burrowers by nature, so it’s common to find them cocooned in blankets and other things around the house. How cute!
  • Dachshunds enjoy moderate exercise, so your daily walk will keep your Dachshund happy!
  • The life span of the Dachshund breed is 12.7 years on average, making it a great family pet.
  • Dachshunds are notoriously comical and entertaining, and if you love to give praise, they love to receive it!

Things to Consider

  • Dachshunds need a caring, loving owner who indulges their need for entertainment and exercise. If Dachshunds become bored, they can become destructive. Make sure you’re ready to spend some quality time with these adorable pups.
  • Nicknamed ‘wiener dogs’ because of their long body and short legs, keep in mind that this breed may have spinal problems or knee issues. The risk for these problems is compounded by obesity, jumping, or rough handling, so be gentle with the wiener dog!
  • Dachshunds can develop a jealous streak, so early socialization is essential for your Dachshund puppy.

Why Rescue?

Dachshunds are one of the most popular breeds in the United States, which is a double-edged sword -- they're loved, but they become victims of overbreeding. 1 in 4 Dachshunds will become crippled or paralyzed from disk disease due to their long, narrow build, and overbreeding only exacerbates this issue. Help put a stop to overbreeding. If you’re looking to get a Dachshund, consider bringing home a Dachshund rescue!

Dachshund Rescues

Whether you’re looking for a Dachshund puppy or a full-grown companion, there are tons of rescues waiting to meet you! Here are just a few:

Independent, bright & loyal
Avg. Weight
15 - 30 lbs
Avg. Life Span
12 - 16 years
Dachshunds near 20149
Animal Rescues near 20149
Organization City, State Contact
Persian Rescue of Virginia
Ashburn, VA emziemer@aim.com
The Cats at Longstreet
Sterling, VA longstreetcats@gmail.com
Save The Tails Rescue Group, Inc.
Leesburg, VA 1 888 379 5558 x1
Humane Society of Loudoun County
Leesburg, VA (703) 777-2912
Little Buddies Adoption and Humane Society
Reston, VA littlebuddies@erols.com
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