Your long-haired dachshund's coat may not compete in length with the Shih Tzu's, but it will require more care than the coats of his smooth or wire-haired cousins. Still, even his more intensive grooming routine is a snap compared to the needs of other long-haired breeds.
Your long-haired dachshund will mat if the hair is neglected, so daily brushing is the best plan even though the breed doesn't shed much. Regular brushing helps stimulate blood flow to the coat and distribute the natural oils to keep it looking healthy. If you find any mats, use a detangling spray, your fingers and the edge of a comb to gently work the mat loose before you try to brush through it.
Dachshunds usually don't produce the natural doggie odor other breeds do, so unless your long-haired buddy has found something nasty to roll in, you shouldn't need to bathe him very often. Once every month or two should suffice. Too-frequent bathing removes natural oils designed to protect your pal's coat. Dry him completely after bathing with a hair dryer on a low setting. This will help his coat look its best and prevent him from catching a chill in cooler weather.
Ears and Teeth
While they can't hold a candle to the long, floppy ears of the basset hound, your buddy's ears are long enough to cause him problems unless you give them some regular attention. Their length and floppy nature make them nice hiding places for dirt, mites and resulting infections. Clean your pal's ears once a week with a cotton ball and ear cleanser. Consult your vet if they seem red or irritated. Your long-haired dachshund's teeth need attention too. Daily brushing will keep them clean and his breath fresh.
Paws and Nails
Don't forget the little paws at the ends of your pal's short little legs. Check them at least once or twice a month, and give him the equivalent of a doggie pedicure. Snip the hair that grows between his pads and toes so it's less likely to collect debris or get matted. Keep his nails trimmed. Check with your veterinarian or a professional groomer to learn how to trim them safely: If you cut into the quick, pink tissue inside the nail that contains nerves and blood supply, your pal will feel pain and the nail will bleed. He's not likely to trust you with his nails next time.
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