When it comes to health issues, there is still a lot of debate as to whether having long hair makes dachshunds more prone to certain conditions. There are a mere few where the evidence of direct correlation exists while others are just theoretic. Whichever the case, these doxies suffer more or less the same conditions as their short haired and wiry haired counterparts. Here are some of these conditions.
Dachshunds have long and droopy ears which are already alone a risk factor for ear infections. With the long fur offering additional warmth, moisture trapping and darkness, the incidences of these infections only increases.
Fur pest infestations
Pests like fleas and mites also thrive in the thick and long cover offered by this coat type. This is associated with issues like contact dermatitis that if not handled correctly could lead to complications like skin infections and fur loss.
These are common with all doxies and include hip and shoulder dysplasia as well as patella luxation. With proper supplementation and a calcium rich diet, the effects of these conditions can be controlled.
This is associated with their high appetite and occasional mobility issues due to skeletal problems. The obesity could lead to other conditions like diabetes and cardiac diseases that often have fatal consequences.
The most common issues here include progressive retinal atrophy and cataracts. These eventually lead to blindness which negatively impacts the dog’s quality of life.
Studies have shown a higher prevalence of heart diseases including valvular failure in older long haired dachshunds than the other two coat variants. These diseases eventually lead to death.
Intervertebral disc disorder affects all doxies equally and is related to the short stature and disproportionately long torso.