When choosing a pet dog, it’s always best to know everything we can about the breed. How well can it handle being left alone? What’s its temperament, and can it work with kids?
Shedding and their grooming needs are some of our top considerations. After all, not everyone is a fan of loose fur sticking to clothes and rags. They’re rather hard to clean, especially when you don’t have a strong vacuum.
Most of all, people with respiratory problems shouldn’t be exposed to pet hair. With that said, which dachshund sheds the least?
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Dachshunds are popular among dog lovers. But it’s mostly because of their distinct look. Even when you’re not a dog lover, you’ll know a dachshund when you see one.
In fact, they’re also called “wiener dogs” because of their appearance.
With their long bodies and short legs, they do have a slight resemblance with hotdogs.
But these dogs are more than just adorable little dogs. They’re friendly and curious. They also have this spunky attitude.
So, if you’re going to get one, can you handle their shedding and grooming needs?
Do Dachshunds Shed?
All dog breeds shed—even the ones that don’t seem to do so. But some dogs are very light shedders while others are on the heavy side.
In general, dachshunds are light to moderate shedders. Some dachshunds will shed heavily at some parts of the year. But most of the time, you won’t have to worry about daily brushing.
You won’t see loose hairs accumulating around the house often. Still, it’s good to have a good vacuum for pet hair. There will come a time that your dog will shed more than usual and you might need it.
Shedding can be affected by their overall health. The type of dachshund you get does affect their shedding. It’s unlike what people believe with Labrador retrievers. It’s untrue that the color of the Lab you get affects their shedding.
Dachshunds are only affected by the type of coat they have. The color or pattern of their coat does not matter at all.
If your dog is shedding heavily more than usual to the point of losing their hair, call the vet. They might be suffering from certain skin or health problems.
Three Types of Dachshunds
For those who are unaware, there are three types of dachshunds depending on their coat. There are short-haired, long-haired, and wire-haired dachshunds. Each one of these dogs has a different level of shedding.
Short-haired or smooth-haired dachshunds are the most common type in the US. They’re basically the face of the breed as you can see them more often.
As the name suggests, these dogs have short and smooth coats. They are also considered as wash-and-wear dogs. You don’t have to wait for a long time for their coats to dry, and they’ll look dapper in an instant.
Since they have a lesser undercoat, they’re the least shedders of the three types. You only need to brush them once a week to avoid loose hairs on the couch.
Long-haired dachshunds have fleecy undercoats and a slightly wavy outer one. The undercoat ensures they stay warm during the cold season. But it’s also the reason why they shed heavily than short-haired types.
Although these dogs shed the most, it doesn’t happen always. The heaviest shedding happens a few weeks in a year. Then it takes quite some time before the next heavy shedding.
That’s because dachshunds take long to grow their hair out.
They may need brushing daily with a bristle brush, so it can reach the undercoat. Brush their hair on both directions, so you get all of their loose hair. Continue doing this until there are fewer and fewer hairs sticking on the brush.
You can also use a rubber or silicone bath mitts and massage them while bathing. These can also reduce shedding, especially when you use certain shampoos.
Wire-haired types also have the same fleecy undercoat as long-haired types. The outer layer is short, dense, and rough. Plus, they have bushy eyebrows and beards which add character to their look.
But these extra facial hair makes them the most high-maintenance dachshund type. Apart from moderate to heavy seasonal shedding, they also need grooming. They’ll require plucking and stripping at least twice a year.
Additionally, wire-haired dachshunds need regular trimming for their facial hair. It can get too long and can distract their sight and feeding.
If your wire-haired dachshund is shedding rather heavily, brush their coat daily. Ensure that the brush can penetrate the rough outer layer. It should also reach the undercoat to pull out any loose hair.
Again, using bath mitts and massaging them will also help get rid of some hair.
Most of all, have a vacuum ready at hand to avoid an accumulation of loose hair.
Overall, dachshunds are a pretty good choice if you want a dog with minimal shedding. If you don’t want to deal with any loose hair, find a short-haired type. Or you can always find ways to keep your dog’s shedding to a minimal.