White Long-Haired Dachshund

White long haired Dachshund
Do you fancy a white, long haired Dachshund? ¹

The White Long Haired Dachshund is a beautiful and unique breed of dog. 

Though they are not as common as the other colors of Dachshund, they are still a popular choice for many dog lovers.

Although solid white and long haired Dachshunds are available, you will not see any of these at official American Kennel Club (AKC) dog shows.

This is because a pure white Dachshund with a short, wire or long haired coat isn’t allowed.

If a long haired Dachshund is one colour, strictly speaking it should either be cream or red

So, if you have set your heart on getting a white long haired Dachshund to take to shows, the closest you will get is a cream coloured coat. 

If you are prepared to compromise a bit and have a long haired dog with two colours (with one of them being white) then this Piebald patterning is allowed by the AKC. 

The most common colour combination is white with tan patches.

Regardless of whether you want to show your dog or not, there are a few basic facts that will help you get to know this breed of dog better.

And you can find out all that you need to know by just keeping reading. 

Firstly, I want to talk a little bit about this breed’s background and history. 

A History of Dachshunds

Dachshunds have been around for centuries. 

They were originally bred in Germany as badger hunters. 

They were also used to track down other small animals, such as rabbits and foxes.

In the late 1800s, the first Dachshunds came to the United States. 

At that time, they were mostly used as hunting dogs. With time, however, they became more popular as pets. 

The long-haired Dachshund was first developed in the early 1900s. 

These dogs were created by crossing a smooth-haired dachshund with a Bichon Frise. 

White long-haired dachshunds were first seen in the United States in the 1950s.

In terms of their coat, there are three types of Dachshunds: short-haired, wire-haired, and long-haired. 

The long-haired variety is the least common of the three. 

The long-haired Dachshund was originally bred in Germany, but it quickly became popular in the United States. 

These dogs are still relatively rare, but they’re slowly gaining in popularity.

And if you have suddenly changed your mind and are thinking of ditching the idea of a long haired and white dog, white short haired varieties and white and wire haired varieties are available. 

Although you will have to hunt extra hard in order to get a white and wirehaired Dachshund.  

Having talked about their coats, next up we will talk about their size. 

Dachshund Size

Dachshunds come in two sizes, Standard and Miniature.

Both of these sizes are available in the three coat varieties outlined above.

The Standard Dachshund is the original size of the breed, and they weigh between 16-32 pounds, with a height at the withers (top of shoulder) of 8-9 inches for males and 8-9 inches for females. 

Miniature Dachshunds are smaller versions of the Standard Dachshunds and weigh between 11-16 pounds. Their height at the withers is 5-6 inches for males and 5-6 inches for females.

The White Long Haired Dachshund is a small to medium-sized dog. They weigh between 11 and 32 pounds and are about 8 to 9 inches tall at the shoulder. They have long bodies and short legs. 

Coat Color and Grooming

The beautiful coat of the White Long Haired Dachshund is one of their most distinguishing features. 

Actually, it is a double coat, which is comprised of an inner layer that is short and dense, and an outer layer that is longer. 

The hair on the outer layer is usually very silky and sometimes has a slight wave. The hair on the inner layer is shorter and not as silky. 

The coat does require quite a bit of grooming, especially if you want to keep it looking its best. 

By brushing two or three times per week, you can prevent tangles and matting, and you can also maintain the area around the feet and anus area by trimming the hair.

You shouldn’t over-bathe them, as it can strip the coat and skin of its natural oils. 

The White Long Haired Dachshund is not a particularly high-maintenance dog, but it requires more grooming than some other breeds. 

If you are prepared to put in the time to keep their coat looking its best, then they make a beautiful and loving companion.

Exercise needs

The White Long Haired Dachshund is a relatively active breed, and they need a good amount of exercise to stay healthy and happy. 

A daily walk or play session in the yard is usually enough to keep them happy, but they will also enjoy going for hikes or playing fetch. 

They are a versatile breed and can adapt to different exercise needs so that you can find the right level of activity for your lifestyle.

One thing to keep in mind with the White Long Haired Dachshund is that they are prone to obesity. 

This is something that all Dachshund owners need to be aware of, but it is especially important with the white variety. Because they are so food-motivated, it is easy for them to overeat if they are not given the proper amount of exercise. 

Ensure you are feeding them a high-quality diet and measuring their food carefully to avoid weight gain.

Children and other pets

White long-haired Dachshunds get on well with children and other pets, although they can be a little possessive of their toys. 

They are also quite independent, so they may not be the best choice for first-time dog owners. 

Training and socialization are important to prevent any potential behavioral problems.

I think that is enough about Dachshunds, don’t you?

In the next section, I will map out some other small dogs that have white and long haired coats.  

Other small breeds with long white hair

Other small breeds with long white hair include the Bolognese, Havanese, Maltese, and Papillon. 

Originally from Malta and Sicily, the Bolognese descends from the Bichon dog. 

It has a dense, silky coat that is white except for occasional light lemon markings on the head. Cuban Havanese dogs are members of the Bichon family and are part of the Havanese breed. 

It has a long, silky coat that is white, cream, gold, black, blue, or particolored. 

The Maltese are one of the oldest toy breeds, and its long white hair does not shed. 

The Papillon is like a spaniel with long white hair and erect ears. 

It is of French origin, and its name means “butterfly” in reference to the erect ears. 

These breeds all have long white hair but vary in size, shape, and temperament. 

And, let’s face it, pure white dogs do look amazing particularly after a bath or a swim in the sea.

But dogs with a solid white coat might have a “dark side” and in the next section, I will describe what it is. 

What are the health concerns of any white-haired dog?

White-haired dogs are prone to several health concerns, including deafness, blindness, and skin problems. 

Albinism is a hereditary condition that affects the pigmentation of the skin and coat and can lead to these health problems. 

Deafness is caused by the lack of pigment in the inner ear, leading to nerve function loss. 

Blindness is caused by the lack of pigment in the retina, which leads to a loss of vision. 

Skin problems are caused by the lack of pigment in the skin, making it more susceptible to sunburn and other damage.

Bottom Line

The white long-haired Dachshund is a unique and beautiful breed of dog that is sure to stand out in a crowd. 

Despite their small size, they are mighty in both personality and appearance. 

If you are looking for a playful, loving dog that will add some pizzazz to your life, then the white long-haired Dachshund is the perfect breed for you!

Photo credits

¹ Photo by Adikos on Flickr

James Grayston

My name is James and I love dogs. have owned four Golden Retrievers in the past 15 years. Currently I own two "Goldies"- a five year old and a seven month old. The photo shows me with our youngest when she was about 7 weeks old!