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How to Tell if Your Dog Is a Pure, Full-Blooded Dachshund, Not a Chiweenie

I am a proud dachshund owner and I love sharing knowledge about them. I have enjoyed having dachshunds as family members for decades.



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.

Black & Tan, Red, Black & White Piebald

Black & Tan, Red, Black & White Piebald

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's 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.

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

  1. Long
  2. Low
  3. Sturdy
  4. Long eared
  5. Straight tail
  6. Long snout
  7. 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 purebred 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

Must HavesHave NOTS

Long body

Ears that won't lay down

Long snout

Round bulbous forehead

Long straight tail

Long legs

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.

Questions & Answers

Question: I sometimes have problems training my purebred Wiener dog, she is very stubborn. Any tips on training her?

Answer: Consistency, one word phrases (i.e. outside, potty, sit, etc), and lots of love. If you are consistent with your routine and make things repetitive for them it will help greatly. The Dachshund breed does tend to be stubborn, but they can be trained. Use treats as rewards for a job well done. Turn that stubbornness in your favor.

Question: Are there black Piebald Dachshunds?

Answer: Yes there are. They are beautiful. Typically they have a base of white and then spots that are black. There are also black dapples that have a gray, freckled base and black spots. Both are gorgeous.

Question: Is the dog we bought a Miniature Dachshund? He’s 6 months and weighs 13 lbs.

Answer: It sounds like he is going to be a standard or what they call a Tweenie. Miniature dachshunds are typically under 12 pounds.

Question: I bought what was supposed to be a Chihuahua. She is 4 months old and the ears don't stand up yet. Her tail is a corkscrew as well. What in the world do I have?

Answer: I am not sure what would have a corkscrew tail. Dachshunds and Chihuahuas do not have a curly tail. The ears not standing up may be an indicator of either some dachshund mixed in or another breed.

Question: I bought a mini Dachshund or so I thought, but have been told that her nose is too short. At what age does the nose look obviously like a dachshund?

Answer: The noses begin lengthening around 6 weeks. They are longer at this point than a Chihuahua's would be. Definitely should see a long nose by 4 months.


Mouse on July 14, 2019:

I love my rescue Chiweenie. He’s miles better than a pure Doxie.

Vic on May 22, 2019:

Honestly I agree with most of what was said however if you look back to the Original Dachshund they were not Always Long and Low to the ground they actually were a little taller and little shorter than the ones being bred now. Because being long and low doesn’t make for good hunting and this breed is used for hunting and tracking game.

But otherwise like I said I agree with most of what was said except that ALL Purebreds are ALWAYS Long and Low.

Brandy on September 11, 2018:

Do all dachshunds have long ears

Priscilla on July 19, 2018:

How to tell if your 8 week old miniature dashound is cream and black not going to be tan and black

Lee on November 28, 2017:

Was doubting my 3rd Dachshund was full dachshund as he has longer legs than my other 2 but he looks exactly like the red piebald in picture above.. build wise

Joe on November 11, 2017:

Would love to find another weenie for our girl that we got 3 years ago but looking for a mini girl

Amanda on January 07, 2017:

We just adopted a black and white female dacshund puppy she is 6 weeks old she's cute and sweet as can be they showed us mom and dad but my husband isn't fully convinced she's full blooded how can i share a photo of her?

Kimberly penn on December 28, 2016:

My doxie is all black. Is that part of that breed? All black. No brown at all. But she is long, short legged, long ears and a straight short tail. We were not REALLY looking but I fell in LOVE with her. Thanks!

bigandsmallhounds on May 24, 2015:

Many people should keep a mental note of this when looking for a doxie, Soo many people breeding for "cute" but in the end, it's destroying the true breed when people get one and Don't know there's no such thing as a long legged dachshund, or the less honest breeders out there who don't care.

All ours are AKC, and we made sure they met all the criteria and then some. they don't have a super-stretch long body but they are long like yours are, you have beautiful color choices in yours =) we have a black/tan male, and a dapple female and 2 tan females. love em to pieces!