The Wirehaired Dachshund is energetic, clever and sometimes fiery. Its big personality combined with its intelligence and vigorousness can make it a real pint-sized powerhouse. Unlike other Dachshunds, the Wirehaired Dachshund is known for being rather friendly and outgoing with new people. But it can still be protective and it loves to bark, making it an extremely handy and compact watchdog.
The Wirehaired Dachshund loves the outdoors. It has a great nose, a durable frame and an intense curiosity. It loves to chase small animals, dig holes and play games with family members. They are also proud and bold. With plenty of attention and socialization, they will shine on everyone with a lovable and loyal disposition.
The Wirehaired Dachshund will be happiest with a decent-sized yard, but it will also be perfectly content in an apartment. Either way, make sure it gets a daily walk and plenty of attention or else it can get slightly ornery and possibly destructive.
A healthy Wirehaired Dachshund can live as long as 16 years. Common health issues include diabetes and heart problems. Due to its long spine and short rib cage, it can be prone to back problems. For this reason, remember to hold the Wirehaired Dachshund properly, supporting its full frame. Also, be sure to watch their food intake: Dachshunds can gain weight quickly, causing more back problems and other issues.