Types of Dachshund
There are few things in life cuter than a Dachshund puppy. If one of those tiny faces has made you consider the possibility of bringing a Dachshund into your family, you will need to decide what type of Dachshund is right for you. The Dachshund breed is divided into three categories: the long hair Dachshund, the wire-haired variety, and the popular short-haired dog that is also known as the smooth-coat Dachshund. These different types are primarily determined by the type and length of the coat of the dog, but temperament can come into play with the different types as well. Within each of the three categories of Dachshund, there is also a choice of sizes. The standard Dachshund generally weighs anywhere from 16-30 pounds when full grown, and the smaller Miniature Dachshunds usually weigh in at 11 pounds or less at the end of his first year. Another commonly sought after size variant is the Toy Dachshund.
Long Hair Dachshund
Beautiful and elegant in appearance, this Dachshund type also has a reputation for being the calmest of the breed. Because of the long, silky hair on this dog, she will require a significant amount of grooming between brushing and bathing to keep her lovely coat looking its best. This dog comes in a variety of colors, including black, tan and various shades of red.
The Wire-Haired Dachshund
With his scruffy little face and his outgoing temperament that borders on clownish at times, the little guy will quickly worm his way into anyone’s heart. While grooming of this type of Dachshund requires less maintenance than his long-haired counterpart, a trip to the groomers will probably be necessary a couple of times each year to keep his beard and eyebrows looking their doggy finest. These Dachshunds can come in shades of black, red and tan as well. The scruffiness of their faces gives them a similar look to a terrier or schnauzer breed.
The Short-Haired Dachshund
This is by far the most popular and common type of Dachshund, with a smooth, sleek coat and long floppy ears. This dog has a reputation for being the most loyal to his owner, although he can also be more standoffish with strangers than the other two. The short coat of this dog might deceive you into thinking that grooming is unnecessary. The truth is that this dog will need to be brushed just like the other two Dachshund types, although probably not as often. This type of Dachshund probably sports the greatest color possibilities, since many patterns are available as well as shades. These dogs can be found in a single color, two-tone or in various dapple and pie-bald patterns. Common colors of this Dachshund include black, brown, tan, red, gold or grey. Patterns can include many different combinations of colors.
Dachshunds come in a variety of sizes, colors and patterns. One of the color variants to consider is the Dapple Dachshund. If you are in the market for a new Dachshund puppy, you may have a hard time selecting the appearance that you like best. Keep in mind that temperament and personality are equally important factors to consider when selecting that special pup for your family. Enjoy your doxie!