May 18

Long Haired Dachshund



Long haired Dachshunds come in either standard or miniature size. Long haired dachshunds do have a few differences from the other two varieties of dachshunds, which are wire haired and smooth haired.  

While they are puppies they have short hair, but then their hair grows out by the time the become and adult dachshund.

long haired dachshund

The long haired dachshund does require grooming as they have a beautiful flowing coat.

Their coat is soft and longer on the ears, chest, stomach and has some feathering on the tail and back of the legs. They have a single coat, whereas the wire haired dachshund has a double coat which is curly and rough.

The long haired dachshund does shed seasonally.  However, they don’t shed a lot and they are fairly easy for maintenance.

They do require regular brushing to get rid of any tangles in their hair. Special attention should be made for brushing behind the ears and their tail. If you don’t do this, they can get matts, which then would have to be shaved out with a clippers.

It is easy to groom your long haired dachshund as you only need a dog brush and a metal comb. This will also help keeps them from shedding all over the house.

Even with their long hair, they are a pretty clean dog and only need a bath like once a month, unless you let them dig in the yard and get dirty.

1. One difference is that the long hair dachshund normally has the nicest disposition over the short haired and wire haired dachshund. Usually, they are more obedient as well.

The reason for this is because of their crossbreeding origination. They bred the smooth haired dachshunds with the long haired spaniels to produce the long haired dachshund.

2. Another difference, is that the Long haired Dachshund has fewer issues with back problems then the other two coat varieties.

This doesn’t mean they can’t develop back problems as all dachshunds have a tendency for back issues. It just means of the three varieties, the long haired dachshund generally has the lowest incidence of the back problems.

3. The third difference is that the long haired dachshund can sometimes develop Progressive retinal atrophy.  This means they have the genetics that they could develop this, but doesn't mean that they all will develop this.   It is just something to pay attention to.  

Here is report by the British Veterinary Journal, Volume 149, Issue 1, 1993 "Progressive retinal atrophy in miniature long haired dachshund dogs"  

If they get bored they are likely to want to dig or bark excessively.

They do very well in houses with little yard space, but they need to get enough exercise.  The long haired dachshund requires at least an hour of exercise each day. It is recommended to take them on short 15-20 minute walks about 3 times a day.

But the key is not to over exercise them and also make sure you don’t allow them to jump up and down off sofas as they can injure their long backs. You shouldn’t let them go up and down stairs either.

The long haired dachshund is stubborn and when walking they tend to want to sniff and go on scent trail, so you need to make sure you train them correctly.

If you are not always able to walk them several times a day, you can play with them as they like to fetch a toy or play tug of war.

long haired dachshund

The long haired dachshund reaches their physical maturity in about 12 -18 months.  They don’t mature mentally until almost 24 months.

The long haired dachshund is a very intelligent dog, very playful, and devoted to their owners. They like their cuddle time, but also are independent and can be very stubborn.

They are bold and not afraid, so you have to be careful when approaching other dogs as some dachshunds can be guarded and aggressive towards other dogs and strangers.

They also have a tendency to bark whenever someone comes to the door.

There is an old joke that the inventor of the door bell never owned a dachshund.

With proper behavior training, you can help calm them down when approaching other dogs or people and also stop excessive barking.

Realize that barking is naturally bred in them, and you don’t want them to stop barking altogether.

But you do want to stop the excessive barking and they only way to do that is with proper dachshund training.

They are very devoted to their owners and if you leave them alone very long they can become stressed and decide to chew on things in your house.

You can get a large kennel cage for indoors when you have to leave for a short time.  Preferably don’t leave them alone for more then 4 or 5 hours.

The American Kennel Club classifies all dachshunds as hounds. They also have their own club, which is the Dachshund Club of America, established in 1895.

Here are the characteristics of the long haired dachshund for both standard size and miniature.


8-9 inches for standard and about 5-6 inches for miniature


16 – 32 pounds for standard and 11 pounds and under for miniature


12 – 15 years

Breed Type



Hunting Badgers


May be aggressive towards other dogs and strangers


Black And Tan, Tan, Red, Cream, Brindle and Piebald


Strong willed, Independent Intelligent, Quick-Witted, Affectionate and Sassy


Likes to sniff, chew, and bark especially when bored, stressed, or lonely.

The long haired dachshund can develop dental issues with their teeth and gums, so it is recommended to do regular tooth brushing.

Make sure you purchase a toothpaste that they enjoy, as some dachshunds to not like having their teeth brushed.  However, with a good tooth paste flavor they may actually enjoy it.

If your long haired dachshund doesn’t like their tooth brushing, you can get a dog chew like Greenies as well.

If you want a dog that is quick to your ever command and easy to work with, the dachshund may not be for you.  But if you want a lovable cuddly dog that is independent, stubborn, and smart, this could be a goof fit for you.

The long haired dachshund as well as the other dachshund varieties, love to eat.  So one good way to get them to be an obedient and trained dog is using dog treats. This is a positive way to train them, but remember, you need to have patience.

Like all dachshunds, the long haired dachshund has a long lifespan for a dog. They generally live between 12 and 15 years, and if they are well cared can even live longer.  I have had several of my dachshunds live to be 17 + years.

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About the Author

I have owned dachshunds for the past 27 years and have been part of my family and my life. I had my first dachshund develop a back issue, but by giving him natural joint supplements he was able to be pain free the rest of his life. He lived to be 17 years old. My goal is to show others what information I learned throughout the years for providing the best healthy dog food, supplements, and treats. ​ I continue to learn from other dog breeders, vets, and scientific research to help your dachshunds live a long and healthy life.


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