Dachshunds come in three distinctive coat types:
The Smooth Coated Dachshund
The smooth coated Dachshund is the best known of the various coat types, and has the classic look that one thinks of when they think of the Dachshund. Their sleek and shiny coat is made up of short, straight hair, which is why they are also referred to as a short-haired Dachshund.
The Long-haired Dachshund
As the name indicates, the long-haired Dachshund has long silky hair, which is often slightly longer and wavy around the ears, chest, back of neck, back of legs, underbelly, and tail. The long-haired Dachshund has an elegant look, almost resembling a small, short-legged Irish Setter, or Golden Retriever.
The Wire-haired Dachshund
With the exception of softer, longer hair around the brow and jaw, the wire-haired Dachshund has a short, thick, and rough outer coat, mixed with a smoother, softer undercoat that is uniformly distributed among the rougher outer coat. The wire-haired Dachshund’s coat gives it a Schnauzer, or terrier-like appearance.
Featured Image Credit: Eric Gaieta, Dachshund in a blue coat.