Do Dachshunds Shed? Yes, But Not Much
Do Dachshunds shed? Well, this is a very commonly asked question and while many people simply assume that they
don't for whatever reason, they certainly do! However, you are not going to have tuffs of hair blowing through your
home like tumbleweed like you would with a snow breed but you still will see a moderate amount of shedding. The
easiest way to avoid hair on everything in your dog's path is with proper grooming habits.
Many people who are asking the question, “Do Dachshunds shed?”, are often referring to those with smooth hair
but these dogs shed too! There are basically three types of Dachshunds being Smooth-haired, Long-haired and
Wire-haired and the answer to the, “Do Dachshunds shed?” question for all three is absolutely yes. All varieties of
Dachshunds should be groomed in their own unique way.
Although you may not be looking for a dog that sheds, this shouldn't deter you from owning a Dachshund because
all dogs will need some amount of grooming. Fortunately, these are not a breed that really ever have an issue with
body odor unless there is a problem with diet. Therefore, if your Dachshund is emitting an unpleasant doggy odor,
you may want to address food selection.
Even though the answer to “Do Dachshunds shed?”, may not be the one you had hoped to hear, at least they don't
need bathing all that often. Only give your four-legged friend a good scrubbing as needed because bathing too often
will dry his skin out.
Always use shampoo and conditioner that is specially formulated for dogs. You may also find dry shampoo handy
for between bath touch-ups, especially in the winter. When you bathe your Dachshund, avoid getting water in his
ears. To clean them you should use a soft damp cloth.
Do Dachshunds Shed? A Closer Look at Hair Type!
• Smooth-haired – As mentioned, most people who ask, “Do Dachshunds shed?”, are questioning this variety because
they appear as though they don't. However, although they do shed, grooming is extremely easy with them. They can be
brushed using a soft-bristled brush or even wiped with a cloth. On a side note, if your Dachshund's coloring is on
the lighter shade, he may need sunblock if you're going to be outside exposed to the sun's rays for any length of
time. Smooth-haired Dachshunds are susceptible to sunburn.
• Wire-haired – If you are asking, “Do Dachshunds shed?”, in hopes of receiving a negative answer, the
wire-haired variety may not be for you. These dogs must be brushed regularly using a brush with short-wired
bristles to remove dead and loose hair. If you slack on grooming, your dog will end up with tangles and matting.
Also, you must brush these dogs out before bathing. Most wire-haired owners prefer to have their dog's coat trimmed
twice a year by a professional groomer.
• Long-haired – The answer to the, “Do Dachshunds shed?” question is also yes for Long-haired varieties however,
they fall somewhere in the middle of the first two. They do need to be brushed regularly but they aren't as prone
to tangles as the Wire-haired Dachshunds are. Their hair picks up debris and dirt that needs brushing out and
always be mindful of the belly and rump area where matting is more prevalent. Spraying on a dog detangler can be
helpful with these grooming sessions.
If you're asking, “Do Dachshunds shed?” because you have allergies, you should know that these are not
hypoallergenic dogs. Additionally, if you're wondering, “Do Dachshunds shed?” because you just are not looking
forward to grooming, then these are probably not the dogs for you. Even if you take yours to the groomers, you will
still need to brush him regularly.
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