Understanding Dachshund Body Language: Signs and Signals

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Dachshunds are known for their distinctive appearance and lovable personalities, but did you know that they also communicate through body language? Understanding your dachshund’s body language can help you better interpret their emotions, needs, and intentions.

Tail Position and Movement

The position and movement of a dachshund’s tail can convey a range of emotions. A relaxed tail, held in its natural position, indicates a content and calm state. When the tail is tucked between the hind legs, it often signifies fear or submission. A vigorously wagging tail generally indicates excitement or happiness, while a slow wag or stiffly held tail could indicate caution or potential aggression.

Ears and Facial Expressions

Dachshunds express a lot through their ears and facial expressions. Erect and forward-facing ears demonstrate attentiveness and curiosity. When the ears are flattened against the head, it may suggest fear, anxiety, or submissiveness. Pay attention to the position of their eyebrows and eyes as well. Wide eyes, intense stares, or raised eyebrows could indicate alertness or a warning, while soft, relaxed eyes and a relaxed brow convey a sense of calmness.

Body Posture

The way a dachshund holds its body can reveal much about its mood. A relaxed and loose body posture with a slight curve to the spine indicates a content and comfortable state. On the other hand, a stiff or tense body, with the back and tail raised, might signify aggression or defensiveness. Dachshunds may also exhibit a lowered body posture, signaling submission or fear.


Dachshunds are known for their vocal nature, and their vocalizations can also provide insights into their emotions. Barking, growling, or whining can be expressions of excitement, alertness, fear, or even pain. Each dachshund has its own unique vocal repertoire, so it’s important to observe the context and accompanying body language to understand the intended message.

Social Interactions

Dachshunds are social animals and communicate with other dogs and humans through body language. A wagging tail, relaxed body, and open mouth usually indicate a friendly and approachable demeanor. However, raised fur, a stiff body, or bared teeth may suggest aggression or a warning to back off. Understanding your dachshund’s body language in social situations can help you ensure positive interactions and prevent any potential conflicts.

At Patti’s Dachshund Farm, we believe in the importance of understanding and connecting with your dachshund. If you’re interested in adding a dachshund to your family, feel free to reach out to us at 334-385-2600 today!