Exercising Your DachshundGood Exercises For Your Dachshund

The Dachshund is believed to be a cousin of the Basset Hound and it was probably crossed with terriers. The modern Dachshund is is a creation of German breeders. In fact, the name literally translates to “badger dog” in German. There are two sizes of Dachshund, standard and miniature.  The Dachshund  was developed to sniff out, chase, and flush out small animals, the standard sized chased badgers and larger burrowing animals, the miniature chased rabbits and smaller prey.

Breed Type


Physical Characteristics

  • small dog
  • compact, muscular with a long body and short legs
  • short or long coat


  • friendly, good-natured, affectionate with owner, not particularly friendly to strangers or children
  • fun loving, playful,
  • intelligent, clever
  • can be stubborn, especially when tracking or chasing, and difficult to train
  • moderate to high activity level depending on the dog

Best Exercises

  • Casual or brisk walk – 30 minutes or less will do
  • Chasing games especially with a lure in an enclosed area.
  • Fetching games in an enclosed area
  • Hikes on trails
  • Earthdog training or competition

Suggested Exercise Plan

This can be an active breed, but they only needs a moderate exercise session.

  • A walk most days
  • A fetching or chasing game weekly to engage their chasing instinct
  • Occasional hike in the wild, they will love the chance to explore with their nose

Things To Note

Dachshunds are prone to back issues and to patellar luxation which is where the kneecap can become dislodged. Dachshunds can be destructive if bored. They like to burrow in blankets and other items around the house.