We have been showing & breeding dachshunds for over 30 years. In that time we have learnt what wonderful dogs they are; playful, lovable, loyal companions who love the company of other dachshunds & their human family. When fully grown they need moderate exercise & love hunting.

Originally Dachshunds were working dogs that could go to ground after game such as badgers and rabbits, or to track fallen/wounded deer. Today, they are very popular as intelligent and faithful pets.

In the UK the Dachshund comes in six varieties, two sizes – Standards weighing up to 12 kg (26 lbs) and Miniatures ideally weighing 4.5 kg (10 lbs) and no more than 5 kg (11 lbs) - and three coats – Smooth-haired, Long-haired & Wire-haired.

Dachshunds are active dogs and, once grown up, will enjoy as much exercise as you can give them and you are likely to want to go home before they do. However, they are just as happy curled up on your lap or in front of the fire, snoozing. They are loyal companions and generally make good family pets.

Dachshunds are not noted for their obedience but, with patience and persistence by the owner, they can be trained. They are Hounds and when they are off the lead, if they get a scent, they can “go deaf” when it suits them.

Temperamentally they give a good account of themselves and, as such, are excellent house-dogs who will guard your property from any unwelcome guests. Their bark can be deep and people are often surprised to hear such a deep noise coming from a dog the size of a Dachshund.

The breed is characterised as moderately long and low with no exaggerations, and should have a well-muscled body with enough ground clearance to allow free movement. The front feet are used for digging and should be big, broad and well-arched, point forward, or only slightly turned outwards.

Miniature Longhaired Dachshunds

The Miniature-Long variety should have a soft textured coat with straight or only slightly wavy hair, never profuse or fluffy, with feathering on their under-parts, ears, behind the legs and on the tail where it forms a flag. The coat requires regular grooming to keep the coat tangle-free and in gleaming condition. Most common colours are Black and Tan, Red (ranging from Cream to Shaded Red), Chocolate and Tan and Silver Dapple. Miniature-Longs should have outgoing temperaments and they make ideal pets for someone who wants a small but affectionate companion.

Miniature Smoothhaired Dachshunds

The Miniature-Smooth variety should have a dense, short coat that require very little grooming other than a “quick shine” with a brush once a week. The most common colours are Black and Tan, Red (ranging from Clear Red to Shaded Red) and Chocolate and Tan.




Willowheath Silver Charmer
West of England Dachshund Club - Best in Show
Great Joint Dachs Club Res CC
The Dachshund Club Res CC
Bath Championship Res CC

Willowheath Vera Lynn

Miniature Dachshund Club Res CC

Ch Willowheath Hendrix

Dachshund Club - Best Veteran in Show & Res CC


We sometimes have puppies available to selected homes please contact us if you would like to find out about our mini long or mini smooths.

Willowheath Dachshunds
01425 653853


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