Wire Haired Dachshund

Wire Haired Dachshund 101: Everything You Need To Know

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Dachshunds are very popular among dog lovers and I guess, I am also one of them. However, I am particularly into the wire haired dachshund! Why? I didn’t even know why I liked them till now {but now I know}! As I was looking for the Dachshund breed to have as a pet, I came across the cutie patootie wire haired dachshund puppy, and instantly fell in love with it. After a bit of research about them, I am still falling for them. Here’s what I found while researching the dachshunds’ wire haired version. And after reading this, you’ll also finalize your unfinalized decision on buying one of these cute wire haired dogs. 

In this article, you’ll read everything about them, from their features, history, and personality traits, to exercise needs, and along with that, you’ll also get to know about the wire haired dachshund price (on average). Without wasting a bit of time, let’s move ahead!

A Quick Overview of Wire Haired Dachshund 

Breed Name: Wire Haired Dachshund
Breed Group: Hound
Height: 33 – 37 cm 
Weight: 9 – 12 kg
Life Span: 12 – 16 years
Type of Coat: Wired
Coat Color: Red, cream, black and tan, black and cream, chocolate and tan, chocolate and cream, blue, Isabella
Temperament: Lazy, friendly, curious, alert, family-friendly, tends to bark, and a little bit stubborn
Other Names: Wiener Dog, Sausage Dog, Doxie, etc.
Grooming Needs: Normal
Training Needs: Normal
Recommended Families: Family with older adults but not children.

This was the overview of our lovely wire haired Dachshund dog breed. If you want to read about them in more detail, come along!

FYI: Just like the wirehaired dachshund, there’s one more breed in the dachshund group known as the dapple long haired dachshund. It is believed to be the rare breed and most adorable too!

History of Wire Haired Dachshund Puppy

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  • The origin of the Daschund dates back to the year 1800 and the country is Germany.
  • They were bred to go underground and remove badgers and other burrowing animals, hence the short legs and sausage body.
  • The wired hair version was the newest addition to the group and was described by Dr. Walther in 1812 as “a very good worker” and “not as low legged or crooked as the smooth variety.”
  • The wired dachshund puppies were first registered in Germany in 1840.
  • In 1887, they were brought to America and instantly received love from everyone.
  • However, their popularity came to halt after World War I & II due to the anti-german sentiment. 
  • Not so later, the Dachshund Club of America took the initiative to restore the love and make them exist once again!
  • Today, the wire haired dachshund puppies have preferred family dogs, and their shaggy appearance mesmerizes people around them.

The Appearance of Wirehaired Dachshund

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  • The first look at the dachshund gives you an idea about its appearance. It has an elongated body, short legs, wired hair, a low muscular body, and a pointy nose.
  • As for a wired dachshund, the coat has a wiry texture and is coarse to touch. However, there is a silky wire haired dachshund as well.
  • The wired hair is not all over the body but at the eyebrows and beard area only.
  • From a far distance it looks as if they are silky wire haired dachshunds. The look is smooth, but the touch is coarse. You get the point, right?
  • The wirehaired dogs have a height of 33 to 37 cm and a weight of around 9 to 12 kgs.
  • The common combination of coat colors in wire haired dachshunds is like wild boar, a mixture of brown, black, and gray.
  • The wire haired dachshund comes in many coat colors like red, cream, black and tan, black and cream, chocolate and tan, chocolate and cream, blue, Isabella.

Personality and Temperament of Doxie a Wirehaired Dogs

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  • This wire haired Dachshund is the perfect example of what a lively and courageous dog looks like!
  • It is also known for its good temperament and loyalty. People love them for their safety.
  • This breed makes the best family dog, but for the ones who don’t have children.  
  • The wire haired dachshund is very vocal and all credit goes to its ancestors. They were bred to remove badgers and burrowing animals from below the ground.
  • They are not very friendly with all the other pets, so you’ll have to socialize them at an early age and for quite some time.
  • Wired hair dachshunds need an owner with a little bit experience, it will be harder for you if you are a novice in having a pet at home.
  • They have a high prey drive, you will have to be alert all the time.
  • Also, one more thing to add, this breed has cleared all the stages of stubbornness among the three varieties (wired, smooth, and long haired dachshund).

Exercise and Diet of Wire Haired Dogs Dachshund

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  • Just like all the other hound dogs, this one also needs a minimum of 1 hour of exercise on a daily basis.
  • You like them to have a healthy lifespan, don’t miss their exercise needs.
  • If a wire haired dachshund stays active, its back and shoulder muscles will have strength.
  • It is an intelligent breed, who loves to play and it can be anything from disc throw to puzzle solving.
  • Do not ever leave them alone, or they will be the nuisance barking dog, who’ll bark the loudest {sometimes resembles the barking of a large dog breed}.
  • As they have a high prey drive, make sure toy chews are around them always.

This was all about the exercise needs of a wire haired dachshund. Now, let’s move on to its diet requirements:

  • Dachshunds are prone to overeating and weight gaining. So, you must give them the food they require or they will get all floppy and fluffy.
  • The dachshund is advised to take 450 calories per day, that is one cup of kibble.
  • Get the dog food that is specifically designed for the dachshunds and as per their age and size.

Training and Grooming Needs of Wire Haired Dachshunds

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  • The training needs of the wire haired dachshund are very normal as compared to others. If you are a training lover, then this dog might disappoint you.
  • The dachshunds are pretty intelligent and will quickly grab on to the simple basics like walking on a loose lead, settling quietly, and responding to your call.
  • While doing training, you’ll need patience because of its stubbornness. If it is willing to learn something, it will learn in minutes. And if not you’ll still be figuring out how to teach after a week also.  
  • Train them inside, where there’s no distraction, or else you’ll never be able to train them. Why? Due to their high prey drive.
  • You’ll need to socialize them at an early age. They love their people but are not very friendly to strangers. They will bark at them.

This was about the training needs, now next up is their grooming needs. Let’s see, if you’ll have to work up to maintain its charm, or if some combing here and there will work.

  • They don’t shed much, hence their grooming needs are very low. 
  • However, you’ll have to get its coat removed or stripped thrice a year to remove the dead fur from the undercoat.
  • Brush your wirehaired dachshund once a week to keep its mane healthy, wiry, and avoid knots.
  • Lift this long-backed breed carefully into the bath and check his ears and between his paw pads regularly.

Common Health Problems of Wired Haired Sausage Dog

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The dachshund lifespan is about 12 to 16 years in a healthy environment and all its needs are fulfilled. However, just like every other dog, the wire-haired dachshund also has some common health issues like

  • IVDD or intervertebral disc disease
  • Angular limb deformities
  • Gastric Torsion (Bloat)
  • Epilepsy
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Cushing’s syndrome
  • Keratoconjunctivitis sicca (dry eye)

Also Read: Top 10 Best Guard Dogs to Protect Your Home and Family

FAQs

1. Do Dachshunds Shed?

Every dog sheds once in a while. And so does the Dachshund, but it is a relatively low-shed dog breed.

2. What Is the Maximum Wire Haired Dachshund Price?

You can find wire haired dachshunds for between $500 to $3500, which makes the latter one the most expensive dachshund price.

3. How Long Do Dachshunds Live?

A dachshund lifespan is 12 to 16 years maximum. You’ll have to take care of it properly to keep your pooch by your side for 16 years.

4. Is a Dapple Long-Haired Dachshund Rare?

Yes, the dapple long haired dachshund is rare to find. It is more expensive as well. Also, raising one needs extensive care.

Conclusion

Now, you know everything about the wire haired dachshund. From its temperament to its common health issues, what’s stopping you? Also, if you are worried about how you can take care of it properly or if it is safe to have a pet, consult the veterinarian near you. To summarize it, if you are looking for a family-friendly dog, a good guard dog, and is lively as well. You know the answer – it is a wire haired dachshund.

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