Meet the Dachshund. Commonly known as the Sausage Dog or “Worsie”.



Dachshunds originated from Germany.

The standard size dachshund was developed to scent, chase, and flush out badgers and other burrow-dwelling animals, while the miniature dachshund was bred to hunt smaller prey such as rabbits.

Their life expectancy is 12 – 16 years and normally weigh 7,3 – 15kg. Miniature Dachshund weighs about 4,5kg.



They are lively, stubborn, clever, devoted, playful and courageous pets.



The Dachshund is a short-legged, long-bodied, hound-type dog breed.


They comes in different coloures and types. They may be smooth-haired, wire-haired, or long-haired.

The typical colours are Red, Black & Tan, Chocolate, Dapple and Cream.

Eye Colour

Light-colored dachshunds can sport amber, light brown, or green eyes; however, kennel club standards state that the darker the eye color, the better. Dapple and double dapple dachshunds can have multi coloured “wall”eyes with fully blue, partially blue or patched irises due to the effect of the dapple gene on eye pigmentation expression.


Health Concerns

The most common health conditions found in Dachshunds include: Intervertebral Disk Disease (back problems), Acanthosis Nigricans, Hyperthyroidism, various eye problems, injuries, obesity and skin problems.



Interesting Fact

The very first Olympic mascot in the history of the Olympic Games was Waldie a dachshund for the 1972 Munich Olympic Games. The Olympic marathon route was designed to be in the shape of the dog that year.


WARNING: When holding a Dachshund, make sure you have a safe and firm grip. For some reason these silly sausages have a tendency to jump from your arms, often hurting their backs!


Welcome to the Dachsie Club!

Comment your Dachshund’s name and type below.


4 Responses to Dachshund AKA Sausage Dog
  1. Zoli & Roxy, both miniature one chocolate and the other black in color.

  2. Tammy 7 years and Kalinka 3 years both rescues and red/brown in colour.

  3. Mine passed away 6th Oct 2018 after a succesful back op teo and half yrs prior. Then suddenly he got sick and it was Adenocarcinoma. But i will never forget him. He was the best the best companion ten yrs of my life. His name was Cody


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