If you are thinking of becoming a new Dachshund parent, you’re likely taking one of the best first steps in becoming a new pet parent: researching how much your particular dog breed of interest sheds.
As a family dog expert, I get asked all the time about which breeds shed, and which dog breeds are good for families with allergies.
Or, maybe you’ve already become a new Dachshund parent. In this case, we’ll provide you with the answers to all your questions on your new baby’s shedding cycle so you know what to expect.
Even if you’re a dog lover, you likely enjoy having a clean home. That may have you wondering: do Dachshunds shed? To put it simply—yes, Dachshunds shed.
All dogs shed. However, some dogs shed more than others.
Continue reading for fun facts and helpful information regarding your pet’s health and happiness and how to keep your pet-friendly home sparkly clean. So, let’s dive into the shedding cycle that’s specific to adorable Dachshunds.
Types of Dachshunds
Becoming a new pet parent is a commitment. There are many factors to consider when finding the perfect pet to fit your lifestyle. Indeed, chances are you have already decided to bring a Dachshund into your home if you’re reading this.
That’s a great first step!
However, your decision-making process isn’t quite complete yet. There are a variety of Dachshund types to consider as well. Let’s take a look:
- Standard size Dachshund: A Standard size Dachshund will grow between 7.5 inches to 9.5 inches tall and 16 pounds to 32 pounds in weight.
- Miniature Dachshund: A Miniature Dachshund, or Mini Dachshund for short (pun intended), will grow between 5 inches to 5.5 inches in height and 9 pounds to 11 pounds in weight.
- Kaninchen Dachshund: A Kaninchen Dachshund will grow between 3.5 inches to 5.5 inches in height and 8 pounds and 11 pounds in weight. You may hear Kaninchen Dachshunds referred to as “rabbit-size” Dachshunds.
- Smooth Dachshund: A Smooth Dachshund is often referred to as a “short-haired” Dachshund. You can identify this type of Dachshund by its short, thick, and smooth coat.
- Long-haired Dachshund: Do Long-haired Dachshunds shed? Yes! These Dachshunds’ coats are lengthy in some areas (particularly around the ears and tails), wavy, and sleek. These furry friends also have an undercoat. That can require more specialized grooming techniques.
- Wire-haired Dachshund – A Wire-haired Dachshund has a rougher, or more wire-y, coat. These little buggers are adorable. They have a unique look that sets them apart from their other Dachshund relatives. These babies even have beards. Beware: wire-haired Dachshunds have a more stubborn personality. This can be an adorable, laughable personality trait—if you’re feeling up for a challenge when it comes to training.
All of these types of Dachshunds are adorable. Dachshunds also come in a variety of 15 different coat colors, which is sure to make your Dachshund decision even more interesting.
You should know what to expect from a Dachshund’s personality before you commit to bringing one home. After all, every dog has a unique personality, just like humans, but each breed has a specific set of personality traits (temperament) that can help you decide if one is the right fit for you.
Energetic and Playful
Dachshunds tend to be energetic little dogs. The breed originated in Germany where they were used for hunting small burrowing animals. They needed to have a lot of energy to be successful hunting partners for their masters.
You’ll need to be prepared to help your Dachshund expend their energy if you are not planning to bring your Dachshund small animal hunting regularly. This translates to lots of playtime!
Friendly and Courageous
These fur babies are known for being people-friendly and courageous. That means they’re likely to be super-loving cuddle bugs. However, they are prone to separation anxiety.
You may need to consider a pet sitter or doggie daycare if you work outside of your home.
A Mind of Their Own
This breed is also known for being slightly stubborn. You may need to ask your furry friend multiple times to do what you ask them to do. Still, don’t worry!
You can always try bribing (did I say bribing? I meant “training”) them with a reward for successfully responding to a command. Stubbornness can be seen as a frustrating trait, but I prefer a dog with a bit of this trait as it adds so much to their character.
Protective and Territorial
Dachshunds are also territorial. They may become aggressive if they feel as though someone (person or animal) is encroaching upon their home or pack (again, person or animal). When that happens, they are not going to be prone to sharing.
That’s something to consider if you are interested in having multiple pets. But, don’t worry! Usually, patience and proper training can help you get past the obstacle of integrating a new pet into your pack, so this doesn’t need to be a Dachshund dealbreaker.
The Difference in Shedding by Type of Dachshund
Your Dachshund’s type of coat will determine how much they are likely to shed:
- Smooth Dachshunds will shed year-round. This may sound overwhelming, but it’s not as bad as it sounds because they shed in very small amounts.
- Long-haired Dachshunds shed very little despite the deceptive nature of their name, “long-haired”. You may not even wonder, “do long-haired Dachshunds shed” because of their name. However, they only shed twice a year – seasonally.
- Wire-haired Dachshunds shed the least of all the coat types. They also shed seasonally like their long-haired counterparts.
Pros and Cons of Shedding
Now you know the answer to “do Dachshunds shed?” Shedding can be a challenge for pet owners, but it’s an essential part of a dog’s physical wellbeing.
Cons of Shedding:
- Mess on the floor
- Mess on the furniture
- Fur on your clothes
Benefits of Shedding for Dogs Include:
- Natural replacement of old, dead hair
- Control of body temperature
- Maintenance of skin protection
In short, dogs need to shed to achieve and maintain optimal health even though we don’t enjoy collecting and cleaning up all that fur.
We can’t manage our dog’s shedding routine, but we can manage the maintenance of the mess it makes. All you need is a lint roller for your clothes, a broom with a dustpan, a good vacuum, and a routine cleaning schedule.
Grooming your pet regularly will reduce the amount of hair that’s shed on your floors and furniture.
Brush the coat regularly to pick up loose, dead hairs.
Clean and condition the coat regularly to keep your pet’s hair healthy. That prevents extra, unwanted hair loss that could be caused by damage.
Must-Have: Grooming Products
All Dachshund owners can benefit from having a slicker brush, a paddle brush, and a deshedding brush handy for their furry pets.
Use a high-quality, safe dog conditioner after shampooing your pet. That will keep the hair healthy longer and lead to slightly less shedding.
Pet-safe scissors, nail clippers, and a dog toothbrush with dog toothpaste are also must-haves, but they won’t play a role in your pet’s shedding routine.
How to Manage Loose Dog Hair in Your Home?
As long as you stay on top of your grooming and cleaning routines, it should not be too hard for you to manage your pet’s loose hair.
So, do Dachshunds shed? Yes, but so do all dogs. Regardless, Dachshunds are adorable, and their shedding can be easily managed when you know what to expect!
With the right approach, you can ensure that your home is not overwhelmed by your pet’s shedding.