National Dachshund Council

The National Dachshund Council is an affiliate of Dogs Australia. The primary role of the NDC is to encourage and promote in every way the quality of breeding, care, training and exhibition of the Dachshund.

Member Clubs

The are 5 member clubs representing States and/or regions in Australia that are affiliated with the NDC.

The NDC Constitution

Find out more about the Objectives of the National Dachshund Council and a link to our full Constitution.

ANKC Breed Standards

See the full ANKC Breed Standard and Standard Extension as approved by Dogs Australia.

NDC National Shows

All the details and information you may need on past National Show winners plus information on the next National Show.

Health & Welfare

Information about genetic diseases that can be found within some dachshund varieties, and results of our testing databases.


Links to groups that offer IVDD support, information, and resources; as well as dachshund rescue support.


The Dachshund

Nine Varieties
One dog, three coats, three sizes = nine varieties

Dachshund is a German word meaning “badger dog” and the breed’s German history goes back some 600 years. They were bred to dig their way into a badger den and despatch it’s occupant. The Dachshund’s long low body was custom made for tunnelling underground.

There are three sizes of dachshund: the Standard, the Miniature and the Kaninchen (or Rabbit as they are known in Australia). Each size comes in a variety of 3 different coat types, namely Long Haired, Smooth Haired and Wire Haired which means there are nine varieties of dachshunds within the breed.

Dachshunds are very intelligent dogs that have a mind of their own. They respond positively to training, although their innate stubborn streak may sometimes exhibit itself. They can also be brave to the point of rashness.

A Dachshund of any variety will be a clever, playful and lively addition to any household. A Dachshund is a splendid choice around children. They are dedicated and protective as well as affectionate and playful.

Their size, cleanliness and lack of “doggy” odour make them easy to have as indoor pets. They are alert watchdogs. Once they know what is expected they will loudly proclaim the approach of a stranger with a bark that belies their small stature. Dachshunds are easy to love, but they give much more than they receive. Their delightful antics will provide you with hours of pleasure.

If you want to be owned by your dog – buy a Dachshund!