Wirehaired Dachshund Dogs
The Wirehaired Dachshund is energetic, clever and sometimes fiery. Its big personality combined with its intelligence and vigorousness can make it a real pint-sized powerhouse. Unlike other Dachshunds, the Wirehaired Dachshund is known for being rather friendly and outgoing with new people. But it can still be protective and it loves to bark, making it an extremely handy—and compact—watchdog.
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Ideal Human Companions
- Outdoorsy types
- Active singles
- City dwellers
- Families with older children
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- Bold and clever
- Great trackers
What They Are Like to Live With
The Wirehaired Dachshund loves the outdoors. It has a great nose, a durable frame and an intense curiosity. It loves to chase small animals, dig holes and play games with family members. They are also proud and bold. With plenty of attention and socialization, they will shine on everyone with a lovable and loyal disposition.
Things You Should Know
The Wirehaired Dachshund will be happiest with a decent-sized yard, but it will also be perfectly content in an apartment. Either way, make sure it gets a daily walk and plenty of attention—or else it can get slightly ornery and possibly destructive.
A healthy Wirehaired Dachshund can live as long as 16 years. Common health issues include diabetes and heart problems. Due to its long spine and short rib cage, it can be prone to back problems. For this reason, remember to hold the Wirehaired Dachshund properly, supporting its full frame. (Warning: You’ll find most Wirehaired Dachshunds don’t like being picked up). Also, be sure to watch their food intake: Dachshunds can gain weight quickly, causing more back problems and other issues.
Wirehaired Dachshund History
The Dachshund—coming from the German dach, which means “badger,” and hund, which means “dog”—is a very old breed, dating back hundreds of years. Used widely in Germany for hunting, its short, sleek frame allowed it to track animals into all sorts of nooks and crannies. The Wirehaired Dachshund first appeared in the late 19th century, following the smooth and long-coated versions.
The Look of a Wirehaired Dachshund
The Wirehaired Dachshund has a long, low, muscular frame covered in a short, hard outer coat and a soft undercoat. It comes in a wide range of colors including black & tan, dark gray and various shades of red. Its long head is erect and alert with low-hanging ears and a pair of happy oval eyes. Its neck slopes down to a protruding chest, and its tapered tail is covered in thick hair. Overall, the Wirehaired Dachshund manages to appear balanced in spite of its squat frame.
Talk About Wirehaired Dachshunds
Great for kids and adults
Wire Dachshunds are faithful, loving, mischievous and are real comedians. They are very easy to look after and to train. They get on with both children and adults. They love walking in woodlands and can walk a long way. They like to be handled and stroked. If they are brought up in a quiet house they will have a placid superb temperament. Wirehaired Dachshunds are one of the most loving dogs today.
~Sean F., owner of a Wirehaired Dachshund
Entertaining and quirky
These dogs are just happy to be in their skin. They love people, and people love them. They are very intelligent and can be quite quirky, with many adorable antics and wide vocal variety.
They are fun to live with, because they really love you and are very entertaining, but they do bark and can be quite stubborn. Grooming can be a chore. They should have a variety of toys, as they love to play, and chew snacks are a good idea.
I highly recommend these dogs, especially for those with limited space. They need a little exorcise, and grooming, but are otherwise are a very low-maintenance dog that will give you many years of enjoyment.
~William J, owner of a Wirehaired Dachshund