How to Tell If Your Dog Is a Pure, Full-Blooded Dachshund, Not a Chiweenie
Looking for the Perfect Dachshund
I grew up with my mom raising purebred registered dachshunds. A couple of years ago, I decided I wanted to get a few dachshunds for pets, as well as allow them to have a few litters. I began looking in the newspaper, Craigslist, Google, etc., and I found so many dachshund mixes out there. I had a very hard time even finding someone that would adopt out pure dachshunds. Most were mixed with chihuahua, some were mixed with poodle, yorkie, beagle, or Jack Russell terrier.
When I finally did find some that said they were dachshunds, the pictures would tell a quite different story. These "dachshunds" would look nothing like the long, weenie-style dog that I had grown up with. The pictures showed long-legged, long dogs, or curled-tail long dogs. The mixes had invaded the pure dachshunds. I kept looking, hoping that somewhere out there were some truly purebred dachshunds. I found one lady that had a piebald male and I met her to see the puppy. From the pictures on her listing, he looked like he had the right qualities of a dachshund. I met her and fell in love with that spotted weenie dog right away. I named him PJ (Pepper Junior) after the one my mom had when I was a kid.
This is how my search for true dachshunds began.
Registered or Not Registered
Many think that a dog that is registered is automatically a purebred dog. Wrong! Do not let registration fool you into taking a mixed dachshund thinking it is a purebred dachshund. You still have to look at the dachshund attributes to see if the dog really measures up to being a full blooded dachshund.
Registration is nice and usually will lend to purebred dogs—just do not automatically assume everyone is honest with this. Papers are good but appearance is very important as well. You must make sure that the dog looks like a dachshund. Do not think that because you are shown a picture of garnets and papers that the dog is purebred. You must look at the actual dog that you will be receiving.
What Is Better?
Things to Look For in a Purebred Dachshund
- Is the puppy looooong?
- Does the puppy have short legs?
- Are the ears long? At least to their jawbone, not wanting to stand up at all.
- Is the forehead sort of wide and flat, not rounded like the Chihuahua?
- Are both eyes the same color?
These are oh so important! If you can not answer yes to these questions, I would seriously consider looking elsewhere for a purebred dachshund.
What You Need in a Purebred Doxie
- Long eared
- Straight Tail
- Long snout
- Just think loooong!
Common Misconceptions About Purebred Dachshunds
- "My dachshunds are tiny!": Watch out for the oh so tiny dachshunds. Some are purebred, but many are mixed with the chihuahua to make for a smaller dachshund look. If you push for teeny, tiny dachshunds, chances are it will not be a true blue pure breed dog.
- "Oh, he is a long legged dachshund": I actually had a lady tell me that her "dachshunds" were the long-legged kind. Nope! Can anyone say Chiweenie! Now don't get me wrong, I am not hating on the chihuahua, I just do not want it mixed in with my dachshunds and sold as pure.
Dachshund Must Haves and Have Nots
Ears that won't lay down
Round bulbous forehead
Long Straight Tail
Penny in her Pool
One of a Kind Dog
Dachshunds are a very unique breed. They are well-known as the weenie dog and well loved by anyone who is around them.
All the pictures on this page are either dachshunds that I have accepted into my family or adopted out. All are purebreds and all are dearly loved. I challenge you to look and see the fine physical attributes of these dachshunds to help you better choose a true blue dachshund to love.