Did you know that the Dachshund is the 10th most popular dog in the US? And honestly, it’s not hard to see why. These dogs are loving, friendly, affectionate, but also highly intelligent and trainable. We all know what the Weenie looks like, small legs, a long body and a short, soft coat. But they can have many coat types. There is even a Wire Haired Dachshund!
These dogs look like your average Weiner dog, but with a different coat. These dogs have a short, harsh coat with bushy eyebrows and a beard. They almost look like little old men.
If you want to learn more about the Wire Haired Dachshund, keep on reading this article to get all of the breed info that you need.
Dachshunds have been around for a long time. In fact, they can be traced back to the 15th century in Germany! But, there is a chance this breed is much older than that! A Dachshund-type dog can be seen in ancient Egyptian and Mexican art! Besides that, remains of a similar dog have also been found in a shipwreck in Italy.
But, let’s focus on Germany as the country of their origin. The German breed standard for this breed was set in 1879, and a breed club was founded nine years later, in 1888. Back then the Dachshund was bred to hunt badgers, but now they make loyal companions to people all over the world.
If you wonder when the Dachshund was registered a the American Kennel Club (AKC), it was in 1885. Even the Wire Haired Dachshund is recognized by the AKC, and they can even participate in dog shows if they fit the standard.
Now, all of this info is about the Weenie in general. But, when did the Wire Haired Dachsund appear? The Wirehaired Dachshund first appeared in the late 19th century as well, following the smooth and long-coated versions.
Wire Haired Dachshund appearance
They are known for their elongated bodies, short legs, and low but yet muscular frame. Wire Haired Dachshunds have low-hanging ears with long faces.
There are two size varieties. The miniature Wire Haired Dachshund weighs up to 11 lbs, and the standard size weighing between 16 and 32 lbs.
They have a thick double coat that gives them a wiry appearance. Wire Haired Dachshunds look like they have a beard and bushy eyebrows due to their long coat around these areas.
They don’t shed much at all and are a great choice for people with allergies.
When it comes to the color of their coat, Wire Haired Dachshund offers some varieties as well. While the most common color is black with some tan accents, they can also be brown, gray, red, and dapple.
Due to the fact that they don’t shed much at all, they don’t require much grooming either. They need to have their coat stripped three times a year to remove the dead fur from their undercoat.
Brush them at least once a week to avoid knots in their fur.
You don’t have to bathe them too often either. Only if you notice any visible dirt on them.
Coat and Colors of the Wire Haired Dachshund
Wire-haired dachshunds are the most rough of the three dachshund breeds — longhaired, wire-haired, and short-haired. They have specific characteristics such as coarse body hair, brows, and beards.
The texture of their coats varies; some have a ‘hairy’ coat texture, while others have a ‘pin-wire’ coat texture.
Hand-strip your wire-haired doxie if necessary, but never clip them. Hand stripping is recommended twice or three times each year.
Wire-haired dachshunds come in a variety of colors, with Chocolate and Red being the most popular. Depending on numerous conditions, you can also have color combinations like Black & Tan and Chocolate & Tan. There’s also the “Wild Boar” color, which is only available in wire-haired dachshunds.
Wire-haired dachshunds are also available in Dapple and Brindle patterns.
The term brindle refers to wire-haired dachshunds with individually striped hairs that give them a grey/grizzle appearance, as opposed to longhaired brindles with tiger-stripe appearance.
Wire haired dachshunds are manually stripped rather than clipped or shaved to maintain proper hair structure (for AKC standard).
Hand stripping is the process of manually removing dead hairs with the use of a stripping knife or your hands.
Keep in mind that when done correctly, this method causes no pain or discomfort.
Wiry coat breeds go through a shedding cycle in which their hair reaches its maximum length before being shed. Grooming works in tandem with that cycle to remove dead and loose hairs manually (many of my wiry coat clients fall asleep during the process).
Their natural tough wiry hair is encouraged to take its place by physically eliminating dead hairs.
Stripping is only required every 3 to 6 months for the normal pet.
Clipping or Shaving
You can safely shave a wire coat, even if it does not follow breed standard criteria.
Keep in mind that shaving changes the texture of a wiry breed’s coat.
Rather than plucking the old dead hair out of the hair follicle, trimming leaves the hair in place and eventually causes it to die. This causes a dramatic and lasting coat alteration, which we refer to as “silky coat.”
Your Wire Haired Dachshund’s coat will eventually resemble that of a Yorkshire Terrier or Maltese. Excessive matting, brushing difficulties, and costly grooms are some of the new issues.
Wire-haired dachshunds are natural ‘earth dogs,’ as seen by their thick, protective coat. As a result, I usually advise you to concentrate on hand stripping rather than full-body clipping.
When it comes to their temperament, Wire Haired Dachshunds are as sweet as they look. They have an incredible amount of love to give and they will bond very quickly with their owners. They are playful, funny and are certain to make you laugh. These dogs are also highly intelligent and brave, but they can also be incredibly stubborn — which can make them a little bit of a handful.
Also, be warned that they have a VERY loud bark and howl, just like every other Dachshund. They bark at strangers, which makes them great watchdogs, but also a bit of a nightmare when you are trying to peacefully sleep at night if they are not trained properly. Keep in mind, while they love their whole family, sometimes it can happen that they pick one family member as their favorite.
The wire-haired Dachshund possesses a number of distinguishing Dachshund characteristics, including independence and stubbornness, energy and activity, as well as protective and devoted behavior. However, because of the terrier influence in their growth, they are also the most extroverted of the three breeds, with a loud bark designed to draw attention to the animal and a resourcefulness that helps the animal deceive even the most astute pet parent.
The wire-haired Dachshund is the most obstinate of the three breeds, raising obstinacy to new heights. While the wire-haired is a Doxie, he has the appearance of a terrier and appears to have received a double dose of the trait as well as a desire to be self-sufficient. That implies starting training as a baby and using a lot of positive reward to maximize the puppy’s intellect but avoiding the puppy’s ability to express his “opinion.”
Downsides of owning a Doxie
Couch potatoes will never be able to keep a sausage dog as a pet. Avoid Dachshunds at all costs if you don’t want to spend a lot of time outside. Because of their hunting origins, even small Wired-Haired Doxies need to burn off energy on a regular basis.
Although a few short walks per day should suffice to keep them calm, there are certain other things that should not be overlooked. Dachshunds require some off-leash time to explore, therefore regular visits to the park should be included in the workout routine.
If not properly socialized, Sausage Dogs can grow solitary and violent due to their stubbornness. That is why they require socialization and playtime with other dogs. If you want to raise an integrated and well-behaved dog, you should go to as many doggy parties as possible.
Doxies, being territorial dogs, can become obnoxious barkers, therefore you should socialize them with strangers whenever possible. It’s an opportunity for them to learn to trust others. The same can be said for strange surroundings. Take them somewhere new on a regular basis to help them gain confidence and courage.
Dachshunds are very clever dogs who enjoy both mental and physical activity equally. Teaching tricks to your dog is a terrific way to keep him interested and focused. Tricks can be tiring, so it’s a good method to keep your dog quiet on a wet day when you won’t be able to spend much time outside.
Are they good family dogs?
The Wire-Haired Dachshund is an excellent family dog. They will make the perfect pet for a lot of families with different lifestyles. But you have to be ready for their sassy attitude.
Wire-Haired Dachshunds, like pack dogs, enjoy being a member of a family and are generally nice with children, as long as the children are responsible.
Wire-Haired Dachshunds, on the other hand, should never be left alone with a baby or child. If you must leave the room, crate or lock your Wire-Haired Dachshund in another room for a brief period of time.
Wire-Haired Dachshunds, in general, do not accept being left alone for long periods of time. More than 4 hours can be challenging, and they may not appreciate being left alone at all. Many Wire-Haired Dachshunds (but not all!) struggle with separation anxiety.
When you leave, they get extremely worried and anxious, bark incessantly, and are destructive. This is something to think about if you work full-time. That isn’t to suggest you won’t be able to make it work; however, you’ll need to do some dog training or have someone call in throughout the day.
Having two Dachshunds to keep each other company can be beneficial at times. However, you must never adopt a second dog to solve the problems of the first — it will never work!
Wire-haired Dachshunds are often good with other dogs. However, this is dependent on the dog in question. They can be jealous and territorial, and they may not accept other dogs.
Cats, on the other hand, is a different story. It is possible to train Wire-Haired Dachshunds to get along with cats, but it is not always successful! Because Wire-Haired Dachshunds have a strong hunt drive, it will be very dependent on the history and status of each pet in the household.
It would be easier to introduce a Wire-Haired Dachshund puppy into the home of a cat than to introduce a cat into the territory of a Wire-Haired Dachshund.
Wire-haired Dachshunds can be difficult to teach due to their terrier-like dispositions. They are incredibly active and attentive, constantly on the lookout for trouble and devising schemes to obtain what they desire.
The wire-haired Dachshund may not be the most stubborn of the coat variations, but they will definitely show it when it is least expected. Their selective hearing appears to go hand in hand with their stubbornness, and they will disregard you if something more important comes up.
While I have not had the pleasure of rearing wire-haired Dachshunds, I have had the pleasure of showing a handful and spending time with some of the funniest and most stylish wire-haired Dachshunds on the show circuit. Wire-haired doxies, in my experience, are similar to both short-haired and long-haired doxies in that they are food motivated and will work for yummy rewards.
If you utilize harsh training methods on your wire-haired Dachshund, he or she will shut down and refuse to work for you. Use a lot of praise and positive reinforcement instead. When teaching any dog, especially a Dachshund, you must always be consistent.
Make training sessions brief and enjoyable. If you keep things brief and fun, and there are lots of treats on available, your wire-haired Doxie will be more likely to work with you. To begin, I prefer to maintain training sessions within 10-15 minutes.
While the Dachshund is devoted to its owners, they do not always get along with strangers. In fact, they can be aloof around strangers, barking and howling frequently. This is why they make excellent watchdogs!
As a result, socialization should begin at an early age so that your Wire Haired Dachshund learns how to interact with people they have never met before. It will also assist in training them to stop barking and wailing.
Introduce your Wire Haired Dachshund to a variety of sights, sounds, places, smells, people, and animals in a safe and regulated manner so that they realize there is nothing to fear. This will help them grow into well-rounded, well-behaved puppies.
Barking and Potty Training
Unfortunately, the wire-haired Dachshund has a reputation for being a bit of a brat, especially when it comes to training. The dog is prone to negative habits such as doing pee indoors and barking too loudly.
With this breed of Doxie in particular, it’s critical to begin the training process early as a pet parent. You’ll need to take the puppy outside at least every two hours or more depending on his needs if he has potty habits. Crate training is another popular strategy used by many parents. The important thing to remember is to always utilize positive reinforcement, such as a reward system, and to never speak or act negatively toward your Dachshund. It’s possible that the animal will associate training with a negative experience.
Early socialization is crucial when it comes to barking. Reduce the reasons for the animal to engage in noisy, objectionable behavior by covering draperies so he isn’t bothered by activities outside that causes him to bark. Also, gradually introduce your Dachshund to the noises, people, and activities that elicit a reaction until he is adjusted to the surroundings. Your Doxie will be less likely to bark in certain situations if he has been accustomed to them.
Dachshunds are prone to overeating and becoming overweight in general. This is why good nutrition and exercise are so vital for their overall health. I believe in providing high-quality kibble and don’t believe in grain-free or raw diets.
It might be difficult to feed a raw diet that satisfies all of your wire-haired Dachshund’s nutritional demands, and many individuals do not completely understand or have the skills to produce a well balanced raw diet for their canine partner. If you’ve decided to offer a raw diet to your pet, make sure you do your homework and come up with a well-balanced diet plan.
While I feel that too much grain in a dog’s diet is bad, I also believe that canines require at least some grain in order to consume a balanced and nutritious diet. Grain-based dog food, or dog food with a lot of grains in it, is not a good choice for your wire-haired Dachshund.
Remember that there are specialized diets for all life phases, and you’ll want to make sure your Doxie is eating a high-quality diet to acquire the nourishment they need. Puppies under the age of one year should be fed high-quality puppy food. Adults up to the age of ten should consume a well-balanced, high-quality diet.
The way you feed your wire-haired Dachshund is mostly determined by their lifestyle. A sedentary Dachshund will require less food with a lower fat content than a Dachshund who is active and gets plenty of fresh air, sunshine, and exercise.
As your senior Dachshund’s energy levels decline, you might expect them to eat less. A trip to the veterinarian may be necessary if you detect a significant change in their food consumption.
Exercise of the Wire Haired Dachshund
When it comes to exercise requirements, a wire-haired Dachshund is the same as a short-haired or long-haired Dachshund. At least 30 minutes of physical play or exercise, such as walking or jogging, should be included in your daily routine.
60 minutes each day is preferable for standard-sized Dachshunds. You may easily spend 15 to 30 minutes walking or playing fetch in the morning and then another 15 to 30 minutes in the evening.
These canines are inherently sporty and enjoy running and playing games. They also have a high prey drive, and if they don’t have enough toys and chews to keep them occupied, they’ll dig up your yard. If they are left alone to entertain themselves for an extended amount of time, they will become nuisance barkers.
A safely enclosed yard is great for your wire-haired Dachshund to come out in the sunshine and fresh air for some exercise. A sandpit is a terrific method to promote digging without destroying your yard, and a short obstacle course is another option to keep them busy; just avoid jumps and other activities that could strain their backs.
Health issues of the Wire Haired Dachshund
In most cases, Wire Haired Dachshunds live a long and healthy life with a life expectancy from 12 to 16 years. However, these adorable pups are unfortunately prone to some health conditions. Many of them are health problems that other types of Dachshunds face too.
Despite the fact that Sausage Dogs are robust and resilient pets, it’s always best to be safe than sorry, so keep an eye on your pup’s health. Pure breeds, particularly older ones, are easier to keep track of because there is a wealth of knowledge available about the potential dangers to their health.
Doxies are generally healthy canines who live to be old. If you properly care for your Dachshund, he or she can live a long and healthy life. Consult your veterinarian on a regular basis and keep them active to keep them happy and safe.
Wieners’ most conspicuous and likable feature—their elongated spine—is their greatest source of concern. They are more prone to back problems as a result of this. You should do everything you can to keep them from jumping.
Indoors, most Dachshunds injure their backs by leaping on sofas and chairs. Set up ramps to keep your dog safe if he wants to climb about the house. When picking them up, try to support their bodies and avoid encouraging them to stand on their back legs.
Remember that all of these health issues can be avoided if you buy from a reputable dog breeder.
Most common health problems
Wire-haired dachshunds are prone to a number of inherited medical problems. If you have one, make sure that your dog’s health routine examinations are tailored to avoid or lessen the risk of contracting such diseases.
Take, for example, your dog’s bodily structure. Its extended spine makes it vulnerable to back and joint problems. The fact that dachshunds frequently suffer from intervertebral disc disease is well-known.
Other problems that your wire haired Doxie could face include:
Your dachshund may be able to avoid dental problems if he or she is properly cared for. However, your wire-haired is more likely than other breeds to suffer teeth decay, which can lead to a variety of health ailments such as liver, kidney, joint, or heart problems.
According to studies, tooth disorders might shorten your dog’s lifespan by three years!
Brushing your dog’s teeth with a mild dog toothpaste on a daily basis can help maintain it healthy for a long time.
If your dachshund’s teeth are sensitive, you can employ a non-contact washing method by adding specially prepared supplements to his food.
Viral and bacterial diseases might affect your wire-haired dachshund. They are more susceptible to distemper and rabies. Depending on the dog’s age and surroundings, the appropriate quantity of immunization can typically keep these illnesses at bay.
One issue that your wire-haired dachshund is prone to is obesity. Ironically, the “love to death” you show your pal by giving it anything and everything you eat could be the “love to death.”
Obesity also increases your wire-haired chances of developing joint and back discomfort, as well as worsening metabolic issues and digestive problems.
Instead of stuffing those snacks down your dog’s throat, it’s often a good idea to take him for a walk.
Because of its hereditary flaws, your wire-haired dachshund is likely to be affected by Cushing’s disease. The sickness is caused by the adrenal glands of the dog producing more steroid than is required.
While the early indications of this illness, such as decreased activity, increased eating, and notably drinking and urinating, can be easily overlooked. Your dog may lose hair, have thinner skin, or acquire a potbelly after a while.
The best method to avoid this is to contact your veterinarian as soon as you see any of these signs.
Heart disease is one of the most common reasons of mortality in a wire-haired dachshund’s prime years, according to figures from veterinarians. It indicates that this breed is susceptible to the disease (mitral heart murmur).
The problem is usually caused by a weakened valve that stops closing tightly and leaks blood, staining the dog’s heart.
Problems with the Liver
Your wire-haired dachshund is more likely than other dogs to get liver illness.
PSS (portosystemic shunt) is a condition in which the liver does not have enough blood to function correctly.
As a result, the quantity of toxins in your puppy’s body grows. Seizures and impaired growth are two symptoms of this illness.
Cataracts, glaucoma, and dry eye syndrome are all eye disorders that can cause your dog a lot of pain and discomfort, as well as blindness. If a dog is blind, its quality of life is irrevocably changed.
This is why it’s critical to pay close attention to your pet and to report any concerns to your veterinarian.
Problems with the Nervous System
If you detect any changes in your dog’s behavior, such as excessive napping, seizures, weakness, or tremors, you should contact your veterinarian right once since your dog could be suffering from neurological disorders.
Diabetes, hip necrosis, mange and hip dysplasia, and elbow dysplasia are among problems that your wire-haired dachshund is susceptible to.
Is this breed right for me?
A Wire-Haired Dachshund is not hard to take care of. They don’t care if they live in a small apartment in the city or in the suburbs in a huge home with a large. All they care about is being loved and loving. Of course, there is something they can’t do, don’t expect them to climb a lot of stairs, at least not regularly. That would be the only limitation.
You should also keep in mind that this dog is a hunter and a nature lover, so if you live in an apartment you’ll have to take them to the park regularly. In fact, you can take them wherever you want. This is a small and robust dog, so they’ll manage to be in forests for example. But, they also know how to behave in a restaurant or hotel.
The Dachshund is an excellent family dog. But, they might have a problem with other pets because of their hunting instinct. That’s why appropriate socialization from puppyhood is a must.
Contrary to popular belief, the Dachshund is very easy to train. The problem is that the Dachshund is never submissive, he has a strong self-confidence with a pronounced will of his own. Meaning they are a bit stubborn but with consistency and patience these dogs can learn anything. And once they learn a trick or command, they won’t ever forget it.
What is the best place to look for a wire haired Dachshund puppy?
There are many Dachshund rescues around the United States, and you can find a list of rescue groups near you by contacting local Dachshund clubs or the national Dachshund Club of America. If you’re looking for a rescue, local animal shelters and all-breed rescues may be able to assist you.
If you’re wanting to buy a wire-haired dachshund puppy from a reputable Dachshund Breeder, check out the Dachshund Club of America’s breeder directory or the AKC’s marketplace website’s breeder directory.
When considering whether to adopt from a shelter or buy from a breeder, make sure you do your homework. You’ll want to trust the breeder or organization from which you’ll receive your wirehair Dachshund because they’ll be a resource for you for the rest of your dog’s life.
Famous wire-haired dachshund owners
Doxies, especially the wire-haired kind, are popular among celebrities. A list of celebrities who own dachshunds has been compiled.
Doris has a soft heart for animals, particularly dachshunds, which comes as no surprise. The animal rights activist and singer/actress had a difficult personal and professional life. Her wire-haired doxie, on the other hand, always made her smile.
Doris Day is a strong woman who doesn’t let life bother her. She has a strong-willed dachshund by her side.
David Hasselhoff, or ‘The Hoff,’ is a musician, producer, actor, and businessman who was born in Baltimore. He is the most-watched actor on television, as evidenced by his Guinness World Record title.
Despite their popularity on television, one animal in particular melts David’s heart: the wire-haired dachshund. Regardless of his travels, he always looks forward to returning home to his ever-waiting and devoted dachshund. When David goes on extended vacations, he sometimes brings his sausage dog with him.
Christian Michael Slater is an American actor who was born into a family of television personalities and followed in the footsteps of his parents and half brother.
Slater never misses an occasion to take stunning photographs with his doxie, a wire-haired dachshund he can’t seem to get enough of.
John F Kennedy
It should come as no surprise that John F. Kennedy is included on this list. He was an animal enthusiast, but his ownership of the dachshund was short-lived due to allergies he developed from the dachshund’s fur. Dunker was the name of the dog he acquired for his girlfriend at the time.
Kim’s love for dachshunds was unrivaled, since she not only had one, but two adorable puppies that brought her joy. She rose to prominence thanks to her appearance in Quincy M.E., but she also appeared in Columbo and Starsky & Hutch.
Because she didn’t have any children from her two marriages, Cattrall has put all of her love into her two dogs.
Marlon Brando is a famous actor who was born in the state of Nebraska. Brando’s devotion to his profession is comparable to his devotion to his wire-haired dachshund.
Despite the fact that he is no longer alive, the legend is one of Hollywood’s most decorated actors.
Wire haired Dachshund FAQ
Is the wire-haired Dachshund as stubborn as other Doxies?
Because the wire-haired Dachshund is a Dachshund, they have a stubborn streak that will show up when you least expect it. While terriers can be stubborn, the wire-haired terrier may have a double dosage of intransigence that can either endear you to them or make you want to pull out your hair.
Why doesn’t my wire-haired Dachshund have thick eyebrows and a beard?
Your wavy tresses A young dachshund may not be ready for the luxuries that a mature wire-haired dachshund enjoys. Their complete beard and brows usually do not appear until they are over a year old.
The volume of your wire-haired Doxie’s beard and eyebrows could be influenced by the time of year. Their furnishings may not be as thick and luxurious if they have just been stripped and plucked.
Over-bathing can cause patchy coats and skin problems in wire-haireds, so be careful not to over-bathe them. To keep dirt and debris from gathering in their beard and eyebrows, comb them a couple times a week.
What Are the Signs That My Dachshund Puppy Is Wire-haired?
To know if your puppy will be wire-haired at birth, both parents must be wire-haired and not contain genes for other coat types. Otherwise, as a puppy grows, it will become increasingly clear that it is wire-haired, and the breeder can usually determine coat type at around 3 weeks.
A wire-haired puppy’s outer coat will be rough or harsh, with the beginnings of bushy eyebrows and a beard. Their body hair will be coarse rather than sleek, and they will not have a beautiful fringe like a shorthair or a longhair.
A wire-haired Dachshund with one wire-haired parent and one short-haired parent may have a coarser coat than one with two wire-haired parents. You could also have a soft-wire-haired, which is a cross between a longhair and a wire-haired parent.
How long does a wire-haired Dachshund take to grow a full coat?
Around the age of two, a Wire-haired Dachshund will develop the complete coat.
The mature coat of a wire-haired Dachshund is determined by its genetics, conditioning, and food. Wire-haired puppies should be stripped around the age of a year, when you observe their adult coat starting to grow in.
A wire-whole haired’s coat, including their furnishings, will be around two years old. Wire-haired dachshunds mature more quickly and have their complete coat before they reach the age of two.
What causes my Wire-haired Dachshund to scratch all the time?
Itchy dogs are no laughing matter; it could be fleas or mites, or it could be something more severe, such as a food allergy or another underlying health issue. Look your Dachshund over thoroughly from head to toe for fleas. Bathe your Doxie and use a flea treatment if you notice fleas.
Examine your Dachshund’s ears or head if they are itching. Ear infections are more common in those with drooping ears. Clean and dry their ears with care. If the itching persists, see your veterinarian to rule out an infection or mites.
Your wire-haired Dachshund may be itchy and scratch all the time due to food allergies or dry skin. If your Doxie’s skin appears to be healthy and there are no flakes visible, consult your veterinarian. Your dog’s pain could be due to a food allergy.
Conclusion – Wire Haired Dachshund
The Wirehair Dachshund has been around as much as other Dachshund varieties. And basically, there is no difference between them and their brothers and sisters. Well, except for their looks.
At heart, they are still the goofy, adorable Weenie we know and love! But there is another difference, their price.
Dachshunds are very popular, so they are also expensive too. Breeders know there is a high demand for this breed, so they upped the price.
The Dachshund is normally born in litters of 1 to 6 puppies and they cost up to $1200 if you’re buying from a reputable breeder.
But, the Wire Haired Dachshund costs even more! Because they are not as common as other Dachshunds, you can expect to pay up to $3,500 for a puppy! Of course, the price depends on the area you live in if you’re buying from a reputable breeder, on the parents of the litter, and so on. Obviously, you will have to pay even more for a puppy from a champion bloodline.
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