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The miniature dachshund weighs 11 pounds or less at maturity.

The standard dachshund weighs 16 to 32 pounds - and, for the wires and long-hairs, maybe even more.

So what is the dog that weighs something between 11 and 16 pounds?
While not officially recognized as an official size, such dachshunds are referred to as “tweenies.”

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Both dachshund sizes come in three coat types - smooth, long-haired, and wirehaired.

The smooth is the original dachshund.

Long-haired dachshunds were developed by crossing the smooth dachshund with spaniels;
the standard long-hairs tend to be somewhat larger than the smooths, and their temperaments may be calmer and more focused on their humans.

Wirehairs were developed by crossing smooth dachshunds with the Dandie Dinmont terrier, and probably other terriers as well.

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Examples of types of coats


The “classic” dachshund colors are red (actually a reddish-brown) and the same black-and-tan that is characteristic of Doberman pinschers and Rottweilers.
The most common wirehair color is a grayish-brown called wild boar.
However, breeding programs have created numerous other coat colors - including chocolate, blue, blue-and-tan, cream, and Isabella (a fawn shade).


The word "color" refers to the solid, or base, color of the coat. A dachshund may have only a coat color, or it may have a pattern superimposed on the color. Patterns in dachshund coats include dapple (light or diluted markings over the color), brindle (black streaks over the color), and piebald (large areas of white over the color). "Dapple" is called "merle" in other breeds, and "piebald" is called "parti-color." Some genetic problems -- such as deafness -- have arisen as a result of irresponsible breeding for white-patterned coats.

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Examples of coat patterns



Need to know the difference between a black-and-tan dapple and black-and-tan double dapple?
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Examples of coat colors



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