If you’re in the market for a Dachshund, one question you’re probably asking yourself is whether Dachshunds shed.
The simple answer is they do. Dachshunds are considered moderate shedders. However, to answer that question in more detail, we’ll first have to consider the different coat varieties that Dachshunds can have. Dachshunds have three coat varieties: smooth, longhaired and wirehired.
The most common of the three, they are often considered wash-and-wear dogs because of their short, shiny coats. With a lot less undercoat than his longhaired and wirehaired cousins, they shed the least of the three varieties. They should be brushed once a week with a grooming mitt to remove dead, shedding hair.
With their sleek, slightly wavy outercoats and fleecy undercoats, Longhaired Dachshunds shed more than smooth-coated dachshunds. They need to be brushed daily with a bristle brush to keep their coats tangle-free and to remove shedding hair from their outer- and undercoats. To remove any tangles that might have developed, they should be brushed with a wire-pinned brush.
Wirehaired dachshunds also have thick undercoats that make them shed more than smooth-coated dachshunds, but it is their bristly outercoats, bushy beards and bushy eyebrows that cause them to require more grooming than the other dachshund varieties. Like longhaired dachshunds, wirehaired dachshunds also require daily brushing to prevent tangles and remove shedding hair. In addition to daily brushing, wirehaired dachshunds also require stripping and plucking twice a year, as well as regular trimming of their beards and eyebrows.