Yes – dachshunds do shed. There are three coat types (wire-haired, smooth, and long), and they all shed varying amounts.
The AKC considers dachshunds to be moderate shedders. However, it is far less noticeable than double-coated breeds of the same size.
Do they shed a lot?
Generally speaking, dachshunds do not shed a lot. Compared to double-coated breeds of the same size, like the Pug or Beagle, they shed significantly less.
Are Dachshunds Hypoallergenic?
Dachshunds are not hypoallergenic. It’s often assumed that people are allergic to shedding hair, when in fact, it’s the loose pet dander that causes allergic reactions.
Dachshunds inherently release less dander due to their smaller size, but may still cause a reaction.
Urine and saliva may also cause an allergic reaction.
See the full list of dog breeds that don’t shed.
Factors That Affect Dachshund Shedding and Dander
Shedding and dander are affected by several factors, including coat type, seasonal changes, age, stress, and diet.
We’ll look at the three coat types first:
- Short / Smooth
- Long Haired
- Wire Haired
Smooth dachshund shedding is low to moderate.
It depends on your specific dog. Some smooths barely shed, while others shed significantly.
Long Haired Coats
Long haired dachshunds have a lot more undercoat, and undercoat hairs are responsible for most of the shedding.
Longs are moderate shedders but can be high depending on the dog and season.
Wire haired dachshunds are low shedders. Their bristly hairs are typically hand stripped and don’t tend to freely release.
While there is no hard evidence, allergy sufferers report that they are less reactive to wire-haired dogs.
As the days become shorter and winter approaches, a dog’s coat will naturally respond to daylight and begin to grow thicker for the colder weather.
This means that their old summer hairs will be pushed out to make way for new hair, resulting in a significant increase in shedding during the fall season for a few weeks.
Conversely, as the days get longer in the spring, dogs shed their winter coat as it is no longer needed.
This shedding process is commonly known as “blowing out” their coat and happens every spring season.
You’ll certainly notice this more with long haired dachshunds.
As dogs age, their skin loses some of its elasticity, causing loose hairs to release more easily.
Furthermore, older dogs are lazier, so their hair isn’t naturally being released while running around outside or playing.
Dogs tend to shed more when they are stressed, just like humans.
If a dog is nervous when visiting the vet, you may notice them shedding excessively.
You can help them cope by giving them a little extra affection during a stressful period.
If the area of stress is not obvious, then you’ll need to discover the source of anxiety and remove it. It could be related to some unseen pain or illness, disturbing noises, or new people or pets in your home.
Diet and Hydration
A dog’s skin and coat are susceptible to the impact of nutritional deficiencies, which is why it’s crucial to monitor their food intake.
Ensure that your dog’s diet contains a balanced mix of nutrients, such as protein and essential fatty acids found in high-quality foods.
These nutrients promote stronger hair follicles and skin elasticity, which results in a healthier coat and reduced shedding. A lack of Omega 3 and 6 in their diet can lead to a dull coat, flaky skin, and excessive shedding.
Managing Dachshund Shedding
Smooth Coat Grooming
Short-haired dachshunds can be brushed using a Rubber Curry Brush, like the Kong Zoom Groom.
Gently work the brush in a circular motion to loosen up loose hairs. You may be surprised by just how much hair you get out.
Long Haired Grooming
Long-haired coats require more care. They are susceptible to matting and tangles and have a generous amount of undercoat.
I recommend a good slicker brush and a greyhound comb.
A slicker brush separates hairs as it works through the coat, ideal for coats that tangle. Slickers are also great for removing loose hair.
A greyhound comb is a long tooth steel comb that can reach deep into the coat, perfect for finding hidden tangles.
Wire Haired Dachshund Grooming
Wire-haired dachshunds are low shedding if their coat is properly maintained.
Their hair will continue to grow extensively and eventually will lead to shedding more often.
Unlike other coat types, wire-haired breeds are hand stripped.
I have a full guide on how to hand strip a wirehaired dachshund here.
Minimize Your Allergic Reaction to Your Dachshund
You may be able to manage your allergies in such a way that allows you to own a dachshund. Or, if someone with allergies is visiting your home, you can follow these steps:
1. Bathe your dog regularly
Bathing removes the build-up of dander and oil on the coat and stops it from releasing in your home. I recommend a bath once per month. Bathing too often will cause dry and irritated skin on your dachshund and could even worsen the problem.
2. Vacuum and dust Often
Pet dander will go airborne and settle on furniture, fabric, and floors. Make a regular cleaning schedule to remove the build-up of dander. Vacuuming and Swiffer sheets are quite effective.
3. Clear The Air
Pet dander will remain in the air for a significant amount of time before settling. While you could invest in an expensive air purifier, I would recommend the DIY approach from this video first, as it’s proven to be just as (if not more) effective than commercial purifiers.
4. Keep Away From Your Face
While I don’t want to discourage you from petting your dachshund, you can make contact in a way that minimizes reactions. Ideally, keep your dog away from your face while petting.
As pet skin cells enter the nasal passages and eyes they cause inflammation.
Remember, you may also have reactions to the protein present in pet saliva. So if a dog licks your face or hands (and then you rub your face), that may trigger a reaction.