Often called Sausage dogs, Dachshunds have short legs and long bodies. They have a compact and well-muscled build with powerful front legs that are paddle-shaped, perfect for digging. They weigh 16 to 32 pounds and stand 20 to 27 centimetres. The Dachshund has a head that is narrowed with an arched skull and less prominent stop. With dark eyes, this dog breed has a complex expression that is almost soulful. It also sports a barrel-chest perfect for a loud and deep bark that is typically a characteristic of large dogs. Dachshunds use it well as they like to bark.
Dachshunds come in three coat varieties: smooth-shorthaired, longhaired and wirehaired. Accepted colours under The Kennel Club breed standard are black, cream, tan, brindle, chocolate, dapple, shaded red, and silver that is often combined for a two-colour coat. The Dachshund is a low-maintenance breed because it doesn't shed much. Nevertheless, weekly brushing is important to keep loose hairs from falling. The wirehaired Dachshund is an exception. Its wiry hair needs stripping at least twice a year.
It is important to keep an eye on the Dachshund’s droopy ears since they are more prone to bacteria build-up, which will potentially be infected if not cleaned. Longhaired and Wirehaired Dachshunds often have excess hairs in between pads, which must be trimmed regularly as well.