Dachshund Grooming: How To Care For Your Sausage Dog
Dachshund Grooming Basics
The last thing you want is for any dog’s coat to become unmanageable, unhealthy, and matted. It can damage their skin and even be quite painful. Like any dog, they need to be groomed correctly. Dachshunds come in standard and miniature sizes, both recognized as acceptable for show dogs. The most common color for Dachshunds is red, followed by black and tan.
Grooming for Short-Haired Wiener Dogs
While short-haired Dachshunds don’t require as much work as other types of this breed, they still need regular bathing and brushing. Since their coat is so short, things don’t tend to stick to it, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t need to remain clean and sanitary. When it comes to grooming, regular brushings with a soft-bristled brush will suffice.
Grooming Dachshunds with Longer Hair
Long-haired and wire-haired Dachshunds are an entirely different story and they need constant brushing in a very specific manner. If their long hair is not properly combed, many issues can arise.
Long-haired Doxies are the most prone to mats and even a brush can’t always handle those. Severe ones may need to be cut off, while others can be worked out by hand. Daily brushing with a mitt helps keep mats at bay, but they still need a regular fuller brushing every few weeks.
Wire-haired Dachshunds need a wire brush and on a frequent basis. This dog sheds in both the fall and spring and brushing will catch loose hairs before they become tumbleweeds around your house.
Best Place to Groom Your Dachshund
Placing your Dachshund on a table (but never, ever unattended) is the best way to start the brushing process. Like with humans, clips can be used to separate the hair so you can work section by section. Another option is to place your sausage dog in a sink that is wide enough to have it stand comfortably.
Now, don’t let a Dachshund’s reaction to the brush stop you. They will not like it, but just soothe them to keep them calm so they endure an act they certainly do not like. Also, remember to not bathe your Doxie too frequently as it can wash off protective parts of their coat. What kind of Dachshund do you have? Share your thoughts in the comments!