Dachshund Dogs & Puppies for Sale

The Dachshund is a scent hound dog originating from Germany. In German, their name means Badger dog as they were bred to hunt small animals like badgers, rabbits, and foxes. It’s unknown how long this breed has been around, but it is most likely since the 18th century.

Although some still serve as hunting dogs, the Dachshund is a popular companion animal adored for its entertaining nature and cute “hot dog” appearance. They’ve picked up many nicknames throughout the years, too, such as Doxie, wiener dog or sausage dog for their distinctive long body and short, stubby legs.

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Meet the Dachshund

The standard Dachshund can weigh between 16 and 32 pounds but will never stand more than 8 or 9 inches tall. They have long, muscular bodies with distinctive short and stubby legs and large, paddle-shaped front paws, giving them an utterly disproportionate appearance. However, their unique body shape makes them so good at digging and hunting tunnel animals.

Dachshunds have deep, barrel-like chests for increased lung capacity, long noses for an excellent sense of smell, and curved tails to help spot them while burrowing. Another distinctive feature of Doxies is their flappy drop-down ears that also serve a purpose, to keep dirt and grass seeds out of the ear canal while they are digging.

Standard Dachshunds come in three varieties; smooth (short haired), wire-haired and longhaired. Smooth is the most popular variety, featuring short, shiny coats that require minimal grooming. However, this type of Dachshund is the most sensitive to the cold, and they need to wear a dog sweater if living in a cold climate.

Long Haired Doxies have long and sleek coats that can be slightly wavy. This variety has much higher grooming needs as their hair can easily matt, especially around their elbows and ears. Therefore, if you choose a longhaired Dachshund, you’ll need to brush them every day. Finally, wire-haired Dachshunds have thick, wiry, short coats that feel much rougher than the other two types. They have bushy eyebrows and a beard and need regular brushing, although not as much as the longhaired Doxies.

The most common coat colours are wild boar, a mix of black, brown, and grey, black and tan, and various shades of red. Cream, black and cream, tan, chocolate and tan, and fawn are all possible shades, as are patterns like dapple, brindle, sable, and piebald.

The temperament of a Dachshund

Dachshunds have lively, animated characters with a playful nature. However, they also have an affectionate side and love to cuddle, making them fab companion animals and even therapy dogs. Some people believe that Longhaired Dachshunds have a more docile temperament than the Smooth or Wirehair varieties, who are more mischievous.

Doxies are intelligent canines but can be stubborn, choosing to make their own rules instead of following yours. However, they are confident and courageous animals, and because of their hunting origins, they have a strong desire to seek out and catch small animals. Therefore, they should not be allowed to roam. Also, because they are very good at digging and burying, you’ll need to take extra precautions to ensure your garden is securely enclosed.

Dachshunds develop very close bonds with their owners but can particularly attach themselves to one person in the home. As a result, they can become jealous if their favourite person gives attention to someone else, so socialisation and training are essential. They love to be around their humans; thus, this breed can develop separation anxiety, too.

Their large lungs allow them to bark much deeper and louder than other dogs their size, and they are pretty vocal. Moreover, Doxies can become snappy when irritated or threatened if their owners do not train them well.

10 reasons to add a Dachshund to your family

  1. They have a unique appearance - The Doxie’s cute hot dog shape makes them stand out from other canines.
  2. They have adorable expressions - Their round, soulful eyes and floppy ears result in them displaying a wide range of visual emotions.
  3. They will devote themselves to you - This breed is extremely loyal and protective of their owners and will spend their days by your side.
  4. They are cuddly - Their loving nature and small size make them fantastic snuggle buddies.
  5. They are perfect for single people - If you live on your own, a Doxie is an ideal companion. This loyal hound will prevent you from ever feeling lonely.
  6. They are adaptable to different living environments - These dogs do well in houses or flats of any size as they do not require much space.
  7. They come in three coat types - You can choose whether you want a fluffy, curly, or easy to groom pup.
  8. They are entertaining to watch - Dachshunds can be pretty goofy when they play, which is often hilarious to see.
  9. They love adventures - Doxies love to explore new places where they can follow unfamiliar scents and discover new things.
  10. They are full of confidence - Doxies don’t let their size hold them back. They have big, courageous hearts and are not scared to take up space in the world.

Best homes for a Dachshund

In one aspect, these dogs are well-suited to living in an apartment or flat as they are small and do not necessarily need a garden. Although they are energetic, they are happy to play indoors as long as they have plenty of toys. However, as they are loud for small dogs, you might want to reconsider this if you live very close to others.

Dachshunds are one-person dogs, so they usually do best with single people. However, they are adaptable, so there is no reason they cannot do well with a couple or family. They enjoy walks but do not need lots of exercise.

The main concern with this breed is how they respond to being left alone. Many will become anxious, leading to destructive behaviours, so they will surely be happier with an owner who works from home or a retiree. They can get along fine with children and other dogs, but it can be more complicated with cats. Some Doxies will be friendly towards felines, but others will require thorough training and a lengthy introduction.

Frequently Asked Questions About Dachshund Puppies

Why should I choose a Dachshund from The Pedigree Paws rather than elsewhere?
As such a popular breed, unethical breeding of Dachshunds is unfortunately not uncommon. However, we take extreme measures to ensure that we do not support this in any way and only work with reputable and trusted breeders. Animal welfare is our highest priority and at the heart of all our operations. So, we commit to selecting only the most respected and ethical Dachshund breeders that raise puppies in a healthy and nurturing environment.
Is a Dachshund the right puppy for me?
Dachshunds are entertaining, cuddly, and loyal companion animals. They are an excellent choice for single people as they bond very profoundly with solo owners, and they will do best with someone who is home often. They will live happily in any home environment, whether a house or flat, as they do not need an outdoor area nor take up much space. However, they can be relatively vocal, so they are not the right choice for you if you want a quiet pup. Doxies can also be a bit stubborn, so you will need to establish a firm and consistent training regime with them.
Is The Pedigree Paws trustworthy?
As fellow pet parents, we understand first-hand the worry of accidentally buying from a rogue breeder. To ensure your new pup is friendly and healthy, it's essential to buy a Dachshund from a trustworthy breeder. Luckily, we have created The Pedigree Paws to help you find a loving, well-tempered Doxie raised in the best conditions. Our platform brings together high-quality puppies and excellent breeders to facilitate happy and prosperous companionships. We require all breeders to complete a thorough application and adhere to our strict requirements.
Are Dachshund puppies from The Pedigree Paws healthy?
Dachshunds are prone to specific medical conditions relating to their genetics, such as slipped discs. Moreover, as they are a popular breed, some people breed them for money rather than passion. Therefore, you should take extra precautions when buying this canine. However, the good news is that any breeder who applies to list their offspring on our site must meet our strict health and well-being requirements. They must prove their breeding dogs are healthy by supplying DNA test results and must demonstrate they have knowledge and experience with Doxies. Furthermore, they must take all their puppies to a vet for a complete health checkup before advertising them for sale.
When can I receive my Dachshund puppy?
All ethically raised Dachshunds stay with their mother and littermates until they are eight weeks old, at the very least. These first two months are vital for their development, disposition and health. When puppies leave their mothers before eight weeks old, they often suffer in one of the above areas. All Dachshund puppies on our platform will be ready to leave their mother sometime between eight and 12 weeks old. As well as ensuring they are healthy, the breeder uses this time to start the socialisation process. So, your Doxie will arrive as a friendly, confident and cuddly pup, not a scared or aggressive one. The breeder will let you know the exact delivery date.
Can I see the parents of my Dachshund puppy?
Although Dachshunds are naturally loving and friendly, their specific temperament depends on how the breeder raised them and their early socialisation. Because of this, we recommend seeing your new Doxie before buying. You can arrange a face to face meeting, or a video call with the breeder to meet the puppy and mother and check their temperament and health. You'll be able to see if they are friendly and comfortable in the presence of humans, giving you an idea of what they will be like with you.
Will I receive the pedigree documents of my Dachshund?
All honourable dog breeders will register their pedigree puppies before selling them and send their registration documents to the new owner. You can rest assured that all our partners do this, and you will receive the official registration at the same time as getting your new Doxie pup. The certificate will come from a leading pedigree organisation that recognises this breed, such as The Kennel Club or FCI.
Do your Dachshund puppies come from good breeders?
As animal welfare is our number one focus, we are serious about choosing the best Dachshund breeders in the UK and Europe. This means that we do not offer our platform to just any breeder; instead, they have to go through an extensive application and selection process. Along with ensuring they meet our in-house assessments, breeders also have to show that they satisfy the conditions of the top international pedigree associations. As a result, we are proud to say that we are a 100% trustworthy matchmaking agency and an ethical choice for choosing your new Doxie puppy.
Are these Dachshund puppies raised in a family home or breeding facility?
We strongly feel that the only place to breed companion pets like Dachshunds is in a nurturing home environment around people. Therefore, to ensure our customers receive friendly, loving and confident puppies, we require all our breeders to raise their offspring where they reside. As well as giving the pup early socialisation, living in a family home allows them to stay with their mum and siblings. Unfortunately, this is not how commercial facilities and puppy mills raise canines. These places tend to separate the babies from the mother far too early and place them in cages with insufficient human interaction. Needless to say, we do not associate at all with any organisation like this!
How can I help my Dachshund puppy settle into its new home?
One of the benefits of Dachshund puppies spending the first months of their lives in a family home is that they are already familiar with humans when they come to you. However, leaving their mother is still a massive change for them, so naturally, they might arrive feeling scared or shy. You can help your new Doxie adjust fast by creating a soothing environment that feels safe for the pup. For example, you can put a comfy bed in a dark environment away from activity and noise. You can also supply a hot water bottle, especially if you're getting a short haired Doxie.