Most people are familiar with the charming sight of the low-standing Dachshund (sometimes referred to as Doxies) but more likely than not, they are only aware of the iconic short-haired version of this wonderful companion breed.
The Wirehaired Dachshund is another variant of the world-famous “sausage dog” with a longer, coarse outer coat of fur that once protected the breed as it chased prey through thorny briars and other underbrush.
Whether or not you’ve heard of the Wirehaired Dachshund before, you should keep reading to learn more since we have your attention!
Wirehaired Dachshund Dog Breed Information
|Height||5-6 inches for the miniature|
8-9 inches for the standard
|Weight||11 pounds or less for the miniature|
16-32 pounds for the standard
|Life Expectancy||12-16 years|
Black and tan
|Coat Type||Wiry with medium length|
|Affection Levels||Very loving|
|Shedding Level||Less shedding|
|Health Issues||Intervertebral disc disease (IVDD)|
|Exercise||Average exercise needs|
|Friendliness to People||Alright with strangers|
|Friendliness to Dogs||Pretty good with other dogs|
|Drooling Levels||Less drooling|
|Mental Stimulation||Average mental stimulation required|
|Barking Level||Lots of barking|
Wirehaired Dachshund Appearance
Wirehaired Dachshunds share many of the same physical traits as their short-haired and long-haired cousins so it makes sense that they will look like a Dachshund you are used to seeing.
While a Wirehaired Dachshund can be at the standard or miniature size, the latter is typically more common because of the breed’s role as a household companion these days. That is to say, expect shin-high Wire-haired Dachshunds.
The long, sausage-like back is still prominent in Wirehaired Dachshunds as well as a pointed snout that retreats into an almost apple-shaped head and skull.
What sets Wirehaired Dachshunds apart from other types of Dachshunds is their thick, coarse coat of fur. The hair is not as long as long-haired Dachshunds, but significantly longer than the short-haired Dachshund’s coat.
This medium-length fur often aggregates around the head and face of a Wirehaired Dachshund with bushy eyebrows and a long beard on their chin, giving them the appearance of a wise, old sage.
Personality and Temperament
Dachshunds, among other small dog breeds, have notable personality traits and the Wirehaired Dachshund is no exception.
A Wirehaired Dachshund is typically active and independent, often with a stubborn streak. If proper, consistent training is not pursued with dogs like these, you may find any Dachshund (including Wirehaired Dachshunds) asserting their authority over your own.
Even after being potty trained, particularly, willful Wirehaired Dachshunds may retaliate to harsh reprimands or training by vengefully peeing inside the house or barking loudly and excessively.
That being said, many people find the Wirehaired Dachshund to be the most loving and outgoing of all Dachshunds. They are more friendly toward strangers and are receptive to positive training methods.
Some people attribute their improved demeanor to the terrier genes thought to be bred into a Wirehaired Dachshund along with the wiry coat. This makes socialization easier but all the more important when the breed has a bad reputation for non-lethal bites.
Wirehaired Dachshund Grooming and Care
Dachshunds are typically considered a low-shedding breed with the Wirehaired Dachshund shedding the least thanks to its coat composition. Even so, the breed is not entirely maintenance-free.
A Wirehaired Dachshund should be casually brushed a few times each week to loosen dead or dying hairs and remove dirt or other debris that may be lodged in clumps of hair.
A technique known as “stripping” is necessary to keep a Wirehaired Dachshund looking its best with a healthy coat. This involves gently plucking dead hairs with a brush from the outer coat. If done properly, this should cause no pain and need only be done two or three times a year.
Similarly, baths are not as much of a necessity for Wirehaired Dachshunds as they are for other breeds because these little dogs don’t have a doggy musk to them. Unless they are particularly dirty, you can often stick to bathing a Wire-haired Dachshund once every three months or so.
You may be tempted to strip a Wirehaired Dachshund after bathing them to consolidate grooming time but this would be ill-advised. Clean, wet hairs are harder to strip and you may inadvertently harm a Wire-haired Dachshund by pulling on healthy hairs.
Other care procedures include checking the floppy ears of a Wirehaired Dachshund regularly for cleaning and signs of infection as well as trimming nails close to the nail bed quickly monthly.
Small dogs like the Wirehaired Dachshund often live long, happy lives but they can be plagued by a variety of diseases and debilitating conditions.
Most of these can be avoided until well into a Wirehaired Dachshund’s twilight years by sourcing a Wirehaired Dachshund from a reputable breeder and ensuring it has the proper diet and exercise it requires.
Perhaps the most prevalent condition that all Dachshunds suffer from is intervertebral disc disease. This is a condition where the soft discs of tissue between each spinal vertebrae deteriorate.
As a result of the deterioration, discs can slide out of place, physically presenting a protrusion along the spine and causing unimaginable amounts of pain. If allowed to continue, paralysis is the inevitable result.
Issues like Cushing’s disease and most cardiac issues can be screened out while concerns like ear infections and dental disease can be easily handled with regular inspections.
- Wirehaired Dachshunds are thought to originate in Germany and may be the result of crossing a short-haired Dachshund with breeds like the Dandie Dinmont Terrier
- Dachshund means “badger hound” in English – a name they were called (along with Liberty Hound in America) during the World Wars due to anti-German sentiments
- Soft-wired Dachshunds are the result of a Wirehaired Dachshund and a Long-haired Dachshund crossing
- Pin-wired Dachshunds come from Wirehaired Dachshund and Short-haired Dachshund parents
Wire-haired Dachshund FAQ
Are Wirehaired Dachshunds Hypoallergenic?
Although they are well-known as a low-shedding breed, no Dachshund can be considered hypoallergenic. Along with the shedding of hair and dander, Wirehaired Dachshunds also produce allergens through their bodily fluids like drool.
Why Doesn’t My Wirehaired Dachshund Have A Beard?
If you’re certain that you have a Wirehaired Dachshund but it does not have the signature bushy eyebrows and lengthy beard, the most likely reason is that your Wirehaired Dachshund is simply too young to have grown these features yet.
It’s also possible, if you purchased or adopted a Wirehaired Dachshund at an older age, that these assets have been trimmed or stripped too far back – you will have to wait for them to grow back.
Are Wirehaired Dachshunds Good Family Pets?
In general, yes, Wirehaired Dachshunds are excellent family pets when trained properly from a young age. They are playful and loving but they will lash out at children if they feel stressed out during play sessions.
They do well with other dogs and can be socialized to accept other pets as family instead of prey. Thanks to their small size, Wirehaired Dachshunds are also highly adaptable to a wide array of living arrangements.
Wirehaired Dachshunds are lovable, proud little pups with a history of hunting behind their short legs. They are happy to participate in almost any activity as long as it isn’t overly exhausting and they can be the focus of attention.
First-time dog owners beware as they can be stubborn and independent which can quickly turn into a hostile takeover situation of your home.