Dachshund standard

AKC standard specifies that a Dachshund should be low to ground, long in body and short of leg. He should be robust and well-balanced with a confident and intelligent manner. The gait should be fluid and smooth, and the forelegs should reach well forward. The breed standard places far more emphasis on exactly how specific parts of the Dachshund’s body should appear.

Size: Dachshunds come in two sizes: Standard (between 16 and 32 pounds) and Miniature (11 pounds and under at 12 months of age and older).

Head: The Dachsie has a small, uniformly tapered head that is slightly flat on top and not too round. The skull should slopes gradually into the muzzle.

More dachshund standards:

The ears should be near the top of the head, not too far forward, narrow, or folded.

The eyes should be medium-sized, almond-shaped eyes with prominent brows and an energetic, pleasant expression.

The muzzle should have open nostrils and tightly stretched lips.

The teeth should fit closely together in a scissor bite.

Neck: The long, slightly arched and muscular neck should flow gracefully into the shoulders.

Body: A long muscular body with a straight back and a slightly drawn up abdomen. It should have a prominent breastbone with a slight dimple on either side. In profile, it should appear as though the lowest point of the breast line is covered by the front leg.

Forequarters: The front must be strong, deep, long, and cleanly muscled.

Legs: The curved forearms should form parentheses that enclose the ribcage. The upper arms should be the same length as the shoulder blades. The joints between the forearms and the feet (wrists) are closer together than the shoulder joints, so that there is a visible curve from the front. The hind legs should neither turn in nor out.

Feet: Front paws are full and compact, with well-arched toes and tough, thick pads. Dewclaws must be removed from the back legs and are optional in front. Hind Paws are smaller than the front paws.

Coat types

There are three acceptable coats for Dachshunds: smooth, wirehaired, and longhaired.

Smooth Dachshunds have a short, smooth and shining coat.

More smooth standards

Color: Can be solid red or cream with a black nose. Other acceptable colors are dappled, brindle, sable, and two-color dachshunds including black, chocolate, wild boar, blue, and Isabella.

Nails: Black nails for dogs that are black, red, or cream and dark brown for all others.

Ears: Not leathery.

Tail: Neither too hairy nor hairless. Gradually tapered to a point.