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Yorkshire Terrier vs Dachshund – Which is the better breed?

"What should I choose?" Yorkshire Terrier or Dachshund? Is Yorkshire Terrier better than Dachshund?
Yorkshire TerrierDachshund
Name Yorkshire Terrier Dachshund
Origins England Germany
GroupCompanion DogsHunting Dogs
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Other Names Yorkie Teckel, Tekkel, Tekkel Doxie, Weenie Dog, Sausage Dog, Bassotto, Worshond
Breed Type Purebred Purebred
Price $600-$1000
If you choose to purchase the Yorkshire Terrier, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a dog for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Yorkshire Terrier gets to a happy place.
$500-$700
If you choose to purchase the Dachshund, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a dog for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Dachshund gets to a happy place.
Size Small Small
Weight 2-3 kg (4-7 pounds) Toy: 8-11 pounds (3.5-5.0 kg)Standard: 16-32 pounds (7-15 kg), Miniature: 12 pounds (5.5 kg)
Avg. Weight 2.5 kg (5.5 pounds) Toy: 9.5 pounds (3.5-5.0 kg)Standard: 24 pounds (11 kg), Miniature: 12 pounds (5.5 kg)
Height 20-23 cm (8-9 inches) Toy: 12 inches (30 cm)Standard: 8-11 inches (20-27 cm), Miniature: 5-7 inches (13-18 cm)
Avg. Height 21.5 cm (8.5 inches) Toy: 12 inches (30 cm)Standard: 9.5 inches (23.5 cm), Miniature: 6 inches (15.5 cm)
Coat Fine Fine
Colors Gold Blue Tan Black Blue Red White Tan Brown Silver Black
Grooming
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition. The Yorkshire Terrier requires grooming on a daily basis. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer is essential. Everyday brushing of the dog's coat is necessary to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath should be on a weekly schedule. Taking good care of your Yorkshire Terrier is time consuming and requires excellent grooming skills. If you don't have the time and skill search for the best dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Easy to groom: The Dachshund doesn't require a lot of grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Dachshund is a good choice if you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. Recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
Yorkshire Terriers shed none to minimal. Having a puppy from this breed you don't have to be afraid of your couch or car covered by dog hair. Yorkshire Terriers could be the best choice if you don't tolerate dog hair.
Dachshunds shed none to minimal. Having a puppy from this breed you don't have to be afraid of your couch or car covered by dog hair. Dachshunds could be the best choice if you don't tolerate dog hair.
Temperament Alert Energetic Intelligent Playful Courageous Independent Loyal Clever Devoted Playful Courageous Lively Stubborn
Intelligent Rank
Smart: Yorkshire Terrier's intelligence is above average. Tricks and commands can be trained easily. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 70% of the time or better.
Average: Dachshund's has average obedience intelligence. Patience is needed for teaching this breed to any tricks and commands though, but it's worth the effort. They understand and memorize new commands in 25-40 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 50% of the time or better.
Trainability
Yorkshire Terriers are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Dachshunds are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
Yorkshire Terriers, like any other average dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark as excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Dachshunds, like any other average dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark as excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
Yorkshire Terriers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle light punishments very well. They don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
They are a little bit more emotional than other dog breeds. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Dachshunds don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits really well.
Affection Level
Yorkshire Terriers are loving and affectionate dogs. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Dachshunds are loving and affectionate dogs. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
Yorkshire Terriers need a lot of social interaction. They desire to always be with someone or around people. This breed hates being left alone.
Dachshunds are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
High: The Yorkshire Terrier is a very vocal breed. Definitely not the best choice if you prefer a quiet breed. They often enjoy barking and howling loudly. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
High: The Dachshund is a very vocal breed. Definitely not the best choice if you prefer a quiet breed. They often enjoy barking and howling loudly. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Yorkshire Terriers are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the Yorkshire Terriers will alert you if they sense something different.
Dachshunds are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but observation isn't considered as their main job.
Territorial
Yorkshire Terriers strongly protect their territory. This breed is a complete security guard, so you don't have to be afraid in case of danger.
Dachshunds are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective to their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend his territory in every situation.
Biting Potential Low
The Yorkshire Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Low
The Dachshund has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
Yorkshire Terriers have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not an aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Yorkshire Terriers need to be taught for a good attitude.
Dachshunds have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not an aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Dachshunds need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Yorkshire Terriers have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Dachshunds have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command. This breed is also able to cause damage to your fence.
Prey Drive
Yorkshire Terriers have low to average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Dachshunds have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Dachshunds are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on leash.
Apartment Friendly
Yorkshire Terriers are very apartment-friendly dogs. Besides the daily walk outside they don't require a big garden.
Dachshunds are apartment-friendly dogs. Besides the daily walks outside they don't require a big garden.
Adaptability
Yorkshire Terriers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Dachshunds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Stranger Friendly
Yorkshire Terriers are average friendly dogs towards strangers.
Dachshunds are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Yorkshire Terriers are not kid-friendly dogs. This breed is not recommended for families with children.
Dachshunds are not the most kid-friendly dogs. If you have children, you may have to reconsider your choice for having a puppy from this breed.
Cat Friendly
Yorkshire Terriers are cat-friendly dogs.
Dachshunds are average friendly dogs towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Yorkshire Terriers are not the most dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Yorkshire Terrier is not a good choice.
Dachshunds are not the most dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Dachshund is not a good choice.
Health Issues
Yorkshire Terriers are commonly healthy dogs. Vet costs aren't expensive with this breed.
Dachshunds are healthy dogs, but there are some health issues you may have to check on regularly at the vet.
Life Expectancy 12-16 years 12-15 years
Hypoallergenic Yes
Yorkshire Terriers do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction. However there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs in the world, there are a variety of breeds that are considered to reduce or minimize the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
No
Dachshunds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
Yorkshire Terriers are high energy dogs. Active lifestyle makes them happy.
Dachshunds have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
Yorkshire Terriers exercise need is very minimal. If you live a lazy life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Dachshunds have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
Yorkshire Terriers don't need to much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Dachshunds sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption Recommended daily amount: 1/2 to 3/4 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Low to Average. The Yorkshire Terrier has a low to the average risk for obesity. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight change, consult your veterinarian to make a meal plan, and measure the Yorkshire Terrier's weight regularly.
High: The Dachshund breed has a strong tendency to overweight. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you want to keep balance, increase the amount and frequency of your daily dog walk and play with the Dachshund more often. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Dachshund's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to warm weather conditions Prefers warm weather
Stinkiness Medium
The Yorkshire Terrier has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Low
The Dachshund has a low chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
The Yorkshire Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Yorkshire Terrier could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the Yorkshire Terrier. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.
The Dachshund is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Dachshund could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the Dachshund. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.
Gestation Length 60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Yorkshire Terrier: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Dachshund: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Yorkshire Terrier, Dachshund have a litter? Twice a year (maximum) Twice a year (maximum)
Litter Size 4-6 puppies 4-8 puppies