Morphology of the Dachshund

The Dachshund is a dog that definitively does not go by unnoticed! Whether you like it or hate it, its long body, short legs and happy expression draw the eye wherever it goes. And with 3 different sizes, each with 3 different coat types – short, long or wire -, each with a wide range of colors, there is a choice for all tastes!  And names for everyone – the breed is called Teckel, Dachshund or Dackel alike, depending on the region of the world; in Portugal, it is also called Baixote (“shorty”, probably a derivation from the French word Basset).

Teckel Standard de PÍlo Curto

Black and Tan Smooth-coated Standard Dachshund

Teckel Standard de PÍlo Comprido

Fawn Long-coated Standard Dachshund

Teckel Standard de PÍlo Cerdoso

Wild boar Wire-haired Standard Dachshund

 

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But the Dachshund’s originality is not just in the body shape. It is also the only breed where the size is not measured by the height at the withers, but by the circumference of the chest, measured behind the elbows. Therefore, the Standard Dachshund has a circumference of over 35 cm, the Miniature measures between 30 and 35 cm and the Kaninchen measures up to 30 cm. This is measured from 15 months of age on, after growth is complete. The weight should not be over 9 kg in the Standard variety.

Besides the long body and short legs, it also worth noticing the long head (but not pointed), the expressive eyes, hanging ears and long tail reaching the ground.

Color-wise, there is a wide range to choose from – apart from the “common” black and tan and fawn, they can also be, for example, cream, brown and tan, brindle or merle (in the breed, called dapple in English); in the wire-haired variety, wild boar is the most common color.

Teckesl Standard e Miniatura de PÍlo Cerdoso

Wild boar Wire-haired Standard Dachshund (in the back)

Fawn Wire-haired Miniature Dachshund (in the front)

Teckel Kaninchem de PÍlo Comprido

Black and tan Long-haired Kaninchen Dachshund

Teckel Miniatura de PÍlo Comprido

Fawn Long-haired Miniature Dachshund

Teckel Miniatura de PÍlo Comprido

Cream Long-haired Miniature Dachshund

Teckel Miniatura de PÍlo Comprido

Blue Merle Long-haired Miniature Dachshund

Teckel Miniatura de PÍlo Comprido

Brown Merle Long-haired Miniature Dachshund

Teckel Kaninchen de PÍlo Curto

Brindle Smooth-coated Kaninchen Dachshund