Do Dachshunds shed? are these cute little dogs hypoallergenic? Many people love the happy go lucky look and attitude of a Dachshund. One of the most common questions I get about them is, “Do Dachshunds shed?”. I also get asked about their temperament in general and how they do in a family environment.
Hi my name is Mike and I love working with animals. Dogs are my pet of choice and I decided to create this website to help others learn about our furry little friends. Today we will be discussing the Dachshund breed and answering the question, “Do Dachshunds shed?”. I’ll also go into their temperament and other general information about this fantastic breed!
Do Dachshunds Shed
So do Dachshunds shed then? The answer is yes but all dogs shed in one form or another. The real question should be, “How much do Dachshunds shed?”. Luckily, the amount is quite little compared to many other dog breeds. This dog is seen as more on the hypoallergenic side because of it as well.
All dogs shed. Some shed a little bit each day and its hardly noticeable. Others can “molt’ or let off giant tufts of hair on a regular basis as well as shedding each day. Thankfully, Dachshunds don’t do this. As stated above, they will shed a bit each day but you probably won’t notice at all until you vacuum or sweep the floor. Then you may find a few hairs in your dust pan.
At certain times of the year, all dogs will shed a bit more. This tends to be in the spring and fall when the seasons change. This is when you will see the most amount of shedding from your Dachshund. Granted, it won’t be much!
General Dachshund Information
Lets go over some of the basic information of the Dachshund breed. Keep in mind that this is only a broad overview. Every dog will have their own personality and attitude which may overwrite the information here. Think of this as an outline of what you could be getting if you decide to adopt a Dachshund.
Lets talk lifespan. Dachshunds are smaller to middling size dogs and thus have longer lifespans than many bigger breeds. Generally speaking, we are talking between 12-16 years. The oldest living Dachshund that I know of expired at the ripe old age of 20 in her sleep.
For the most part, a 12-16 year lifespan is quite long for a dog. You could definitely consider these dogs long lived for their species. If their health holds up, they may be able to make it all the way to 20.
There are a few different sizes when it comes to Dachshund but they all have the same general shape. There’s a reason these dogs are referred to as “sausages”. That’s exactly what they look like!
Most Dachshunds have quite a long body and spine. This will make them much longer and disproportionate when compared to other similar sized dogs. This shape also causes them to have an affinity for spinal and internal injury if mishandled or allowed to get obese but more on that later.
The size range for these dogs is as follows:
- Kaninchen: Less than 8 pounds. This is a German phrase meaning rabbit btw.
- Small: Less than 12 pounds. This breed is common in the US
- Standard: Up to 35 pounds. This breed is also common in the US
While these are the general size ranges of a Dachshund, there are many sub breeds that fall in between these ranges as well. They are often referred to as “tweenies”. Enough hot dog puns yet?
Dachshund Breed Types
Dachshund come in a few different sub breeds. They are classified as follows:
Wire Haired Dachshund
This is a double coated breed. The top coat is made of wiry hair while the second coat underneath is soft and fluffy. Typically these dogs do not shed much except for twice a year. Once in the spring and once in the fall. During these times you may notice some increased shedding from them. A great way to manage this is to have a groomer take care of them during these times of the year. Potential shedding problem solved!
Smooth Haired Dachshund
This is a single coat breed with smooth hair allover their little sausage bodies. They tend to shed a little each day but not enough to notice. They don’t require seasonal grooming like the wire hair version but you may may notice a little hair now and then when you are vacuuming up. Easily the most hypoallergenic of the breed.
Long Haired Dachshund
These tend to be the biggest shedders out of the bunch. Keep in mind that this is not a lot though. All breeds of Dachshund shed minimally and are easy to care for in this way. With the long haired version, they tend to shed heavier on the spring and winter seasonal change. They also have a double coat. Their hair is much longer than the other two breeds and is thus easier to notice. This may be why some people think that they shed more. Their hair will definitely be easier to spot than their short haired counterparts.
A brush a few times a week works wonders for these dogs though. You can practically eliminate what little shedding there is by using a brush on them during the seasonal change.
Dachshund Health and Nutrition
For the next section, I wanted to touch on some of the common health concerns and nutritional information that is good to know when thinking of getting one of these dogs. As I stated earlier, The temperament and attitude of your dog will largely depend on them. I can give you a rough outline but it will be up to you to work with them and figure them out.
Dachshunds do have some genetic health concerns that may come into play if you decide to purchase one. Lets go over the major issues one at a time.
IVDD (Invertebrate Disk Disease)
This is one of the main afflictions that this breed has to deal with. Due to their extremely long spine and small rib cages, their vertebrates can become misaligned or disks can slip. When this happens it can cause all types of medical issues including trouble walking and paralysis in the worst cases.
Surgery or oral medications are sometimes needed to treat this condition. In the worst cases, permanent paralysis is the usual outcome. The dogs can still live meaningful lives but not without pain and strain. Luckily, good nutrition and proper care can mitigate these risks somewhat but more on that below.
Osteogenesis Imperfecta (Brittle Bone Disease)
This is another common condition facing our little friends. This disease can cause bones to break easily or joints to come out of socket if stressed. This is mainly seen in the knee joints of the wire haired Dachshund. The wire hairs are actually the most affected by this disease. The problem had become so bad that an actual genetic test was developed to determine who were carriers of this genetic imperfection. They were then kept from breeding with other carriers of the opposite sex. This helped to reduce the prevalence of the disease quite dramatically.
Genetic seizures or Epilepsy is somewhat common in this breed as well. These can be anything from the brief and unnoticed to the full body kind. Many Dachshunds may just have the seizures as they are growing to adulthood where it stops as well. If you think your Dachshund may be having seizures, contact your vet and share your concerns. In many cases, treatment is available and works well.
Patent Ductus Arteriosus
this is a congenital heart defect noticed in many breeds but more likely in Dachshunds. This disorder occurs when one of the heart valves does not close properly and thus some of the oxygenated blood from the lungs spills back into the heart. This defect, if left untreated, can lead to pulmonary hypertension and eventually heart failure. Luckily there is a surgical option to correct the problem. When caught early enough, recipients of the surgery go on to live normal dog lives.
So now that we have discussed some of the potential health problems of this breed, lets talk about what preventative measures we can take to help prolong their lives and keep them healthy!
Firstly the diet. It’s all about the diet. If these dogs get the proper nutrition from the get go, they will be much less likely to develop any of the risk factors that can lead to some other grave health concerns for the breed. For example, obesity is preventable with good diet. If your pup becomes obese, that puts them at risk for all sorts of metabolic diseases and predisposes them to osteogenesis or IVDD issues.
The key concern here is to find the proper nutritional plan for your dog and stick to it. As tempting as it may be to give your dog pizza crust and other human foods, stay away from them if possible. A good suggestion would be to get with your local vet and have them help you with a meal plan or guide you to a good dog nutritionist. These professionals will take a look at your dog’s medical and genetic information and help you to craft an optimal diet plan. This diet plan will also change over time depending on how your dog reacts to it and mature with them as well.
Exercise is paramount when keeping your dog in good health but you must also be careful with it as well. Every dog has different areas that we must use more caution with. For example, Dachshund’s spines and bones are prone to injury. Because of this, we want to make sure to keep them from getting too obese and not to rough house with them too much. This goes doubly so for when they are puppies.
How do we exercise a Dachshund properly? Short infrequent walks each day is a great way to start. Keep them on their feet for 10 to 15 minutes at a leisurely pace and let them rest. Don’t go full tilt running with them especially when they are younger pups and still growing. Once this dog matures, they will be able to do more in terms of physical activity but it’s important to establish a healthy baseline early on. A few good walks each day followed by some training exercise and a little fetch or dog time should be plenty of exercise for this breed starting out.
A good thing to touch base with your vet on is exercise as well. They will be able to give you some better information suited to your actual dog based on what they see in the exam and how the dog is reacting to it’s current level of activity. Vets or dog nutritionists are excellent resources in this regard and should be utilized as much as you see fit.
Do Dachshunds Shed Explained
So there we have it. This breed is fun an exciting to be around. They have a generally good temperament and make great family dogs. Do Dachshunds shed though? The answer is yes but much less than many other dog breeds. This would be a safer option if you are looking for a hypoallergenic pet.
Another good thing about Dachshunds is that their shedding can be kept under control by infrequent combings or seasonal grooming visits. I’ve personally worked with many little sausage dogs over my training years and I’ve enjoyed the time spent with them. They are smart little dogs with good intelligence and great spirit. Definitely a good family animal and a great companion dog as well. If you take care of them, they will take care of you!
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