Have you ever seen a long-haired dachshund? These dogs are gorgeous creatures and look so beautiful when they have just been brushed, so you might want to find out a bit more about them.
As the name suggests, a long-haired dachshund is simply a dachshund with a long coat. These dogs are usually around thirty-five centimeters tall when they are fully grown, and may have slightly wavy or totally straight hair, depending on their parentage.
Long-haired is one of the recognized coat types for dachshunds and is accepted by Kennel Clubs across the globe. These dogs come in a variety of different colors, but not all colors are accepted by all breeding standards.
What Does A Long Haired Dachshund Look Like?
So, what do these dogs look like? Well, as established, they have long, sometimes wavy hair, which gives them a graceful appearance. The hair tends to feather outward on the backs of the legs, the tail, and the dog’s ears and forms little tufts beneath the chest and body.
Otherwise, these dogs look much like other dachshunds. They are long-bodied, short creatures with sweet faces and large, floppy ears. Sometimes known as sausage dogs, they are very popular pets.
You can also get short-haired and wire-haired dachshunds, as opposed to long-haired. Short-haired have smooth, sleek coats, and wire-haired dachshunds usually have curlier, stiffer coats that form rough curls and waves.
Long-haired dachshunds can be both miniature and standard, and they can come in any color, as the length of the hair doesn’t determine any other genetic features.
Do You Have To Groom A Long Haired Dachshund?
Yes, you do. If you aren’t keen on grooming your dog, look into short-haired dachshunds, which need significantly less brushing and do not shed as much of their fur. Long-haired Dachshunds are quite high maintenance if you want to keep that gorgeous coat looking soft and luxurious.
Not brushing your dachshund can leave the dog uncomfortable, as its coat will knot and mat, and bits of fur may have to be cut away if they can’t be brushed out.
You need to groom your dachshund regularly if you’re going to maintain its coat and keep it comfortable. A long-haired dachshund should be introduced to grooming when it is still a puppy so that it gets used to and can enjoy the grooming process.
Always make grooming a positive experience for your dog, as otherwise, you may find it very difficult to get it to submit to being groomed, and this can be detrimental to its health.
Fortunately, these dogs don’t need to be bathed too often, and frequent bathing is actually not very good for them. You only need to wash a long-haired dachshund if it is dirty or smelly.
Do You Have To Trim A Long Haired Dachshund’s Coat?
In some situations, yes. If the dog’s hair reaches the ground, it is likely to pick up a lot more muck and dirt, as well as burs and possibly bacteria that could be dangerous to you or your dog.
It is a good idea to have fur that touches the ground trimmed away, as this reduces the amount of dirt picked up by the dog, and the amount of work needed to maintain its coat.
You should take your dog to a grooming parlor regularly to get its coat trimmed and make sure that it is not so long it tangles up on the floor.
Where Did They Come From?
You may be wondering where these pretty dogs originated from. Dachshunds are thought to have first come from Germany and were bred around six hundred years ago as hunting dogs. They have a keen instinct to chase and catch almost anything that moves, so be aware of this before you take one on.
Some people believe that dachshunds came from France, but the general consensus among breeders is that Germany is a more likely option.
It was mostly their stature and the “cute” factor that led to them becoming popular across Europe, and royal courts soon began keeping them. However, it wasn’t until the 1800s that they became refined into the dog that we see today.
It is quite likely that the long coat occurred when the short-coated dachshund was bred with spaniels and setters, both long-haired breeds themselves. This long hair was then passed into the resulting offspring, and long-haired dachshunds were the result.
The aim of this breeding was to give the dog a calmer temperament, but instead, it changed the coat texture. The wire-coated dachshund is the result of breeding the dog with terriers, while short-coated are thought to be the original kind of dachshund.
It is said that crossing them with spaniels and setters also altered the temperament to a degree, and that long-haired dachshunds are generally calmer, sweeter, and easier going than the wire-haired or short-haired dachshunds.
Of course, a lot of this is down to the individual dog and the handling and training that it gets. Dachshunds are not easy dogs in many ways, so be sure you can handle one before you take it on!
What Colors Can They Be?
Although dachshunds can be almost any color really, there are some more common colors for the long-haired dachshund. Red, chocolate, fawn, blue, wheaten, and cream are the standard colors you will see.
Long-haired dachshunds can have any kind of markings, and there isn’t any known correlation between mini dachshunds and standard dachshunds in terms of particular coat colors. All seem to be about as common between the two kinds, although some colors (such as blue and fawn) are rarer than others overall.
Long-haired dachshunds are sausage-shaped dogs that have longer coats than short-haired or wire-haired dachshunds. They are potentially a little gentler and calmer than the two other kinds, but they are still high-energy dogs that need a lot of care and attention, plus regular grooming.