Breed Standard for the Miniature Long Haired Dachshund
In an effort to simplify things this ONLY covers the Miniature Long Haired Dachshund points and is very much a quick reference guide ONLY. As such it is intended to get you on the right road with enough basics to have a good idea of what makes a good Dachshund. The information below is my own simplified down version so you MUST always check with the Dachshund Breed Council and Kennel Club as they have the definitive FULL version before making any decisions based on any of the information shown here. It has been checked by highly reputable people within the Dachshund world and signed off to be correct as of 10-9-09. Please note while I've orientated this for miniature long haired dachshunds given that's what this site is about, less for detail regarding coat/hair it is also correct for all Dachshunds in the UK as of 2009. For a full break down and comparison of all standards, UK, USA and EUROPE (FCI) please go here
Moderately long and low with no exaggeration, compact, well muscled body, with enough ground clearance to allow free movement. Height at the withers should be half the length of the body, measured from breastbone to the rear of thigh. Bold, defiant carriage of head and intelligent expression. Movement should be free and flowing. Stride should be long with the drive coming from the hindquarters when viewed from the side. Viewed from in front or behind, the legs and feet should move parallel to each other with the distance apart being the width of the shoulder and hip joints respectively.
Correct Body size ratio:
Please NOTE: Blue dotted line on diagram below indicates actual line of body/rear thigh under long hair. European standard is 66% against 33% only the UK is 75% against 25%.
Should be dark medium size, almond shaped, set obliquely. Except in Chocolates where they can be much lighter hazel shades. In Dapples, one of both wall/blue eyes and or part eye are permissible. NOTE: In order to see the true colour when using an LCD screen you must look square on at eye level. If you do not the colour may appear lighter than it really is. The chart below is an attempt at showing the likely ranges of eye colour anything very different from these is likey to be incorrect,
Quick Reference Guide for fault/not allowed issues:
Many Thanks to Ian Seath www.sunsong.co.uk for help with understanding the revisions made to the 2009 Breed Standard along with the correct factual references to and also to contributors from www.dachshundforum.co.uk for their constructive criticism of my various early trial size/ration illustrations of the Breed Standard.