Despite a huge difference in size, it’s fair to say that Dachshunds actually look quite similar to Dobermans when you take a good look. In fact, so many people think this, that many wonder whether the two breeds are somehow related.
The simple answer is no. Dobermans and Dachshunds are not related and are considered separate breeds. However, history tells us that BOTH breeds likely share traces of german shorthaired pointers, terriers, or pinschers.
Doberman & Dachshund Similarities
Why do so many people think that Dobermans and Dachshunds are related?
Well, to be fair, there are many visual similarities that would suggest that they are…
Similarities between Dobermans and Dachshunds:
- Similar coat colors
- Similar markings
- Similar coat style
- Similar long nose snout
Perhaps the biggest and most obvious similarity is coat color and markings. Take a look at the photo below of a black Doberman boasting identical markings with a Dachshund. Apart from the ears and leg size, the markings and colors are incredibly similar.
These two comparison photos make it easy to understand why many think little and large are related.
Doberman & Dachshund Differences
Let’s be honest, it’s not difficult to see the differences between these two breeds!
But there are a few more you might not have known about. Check them out below…
- Dobermans stand at an impressive 28 inches while Dachshunds stand at 9 inches tall.
- Dobermans often have their ears cropped while Dachshunds have large floppy ears
- Many Dobermans have their tails cropped while Dachshunds do not
- Dachshunds come in many more colors and coat styles compared to Dobermans
- Dobermans are natural guard dogs while Dachshunds are small hunting dogs
- Dachshunds originated way before Dobermans
Dachshund vs Doberman History (The Basics)
To really understand whether these two breeds are related, we need to pay our old friend “history” a visit. Let’s briefly discuss the origins and history of these two different breeds.
Dachshunds trace back to the 15th century in Germany where they were developed as a working breed to hunt badgers. In fact, the word Dachshund translates to “Badger Dog”. Dachshunds are said to be created from a mix of German, French, and English hounds and terriers.
The Doberman’s history starts a little later, originating in the late 19th century. Dobermans were developed in Apolda, in Thueringen, Germany, (around 1890). Dobermans were originally used as guard dogs for tax collectors when they were making their rounds collecting taxes.
Dobermans are said to be created from a mix of old shorthaired shepherd-dog, Rottweiler, Black & Tan Terrier, and Smooth-Haired German Pinschers.
How Dachshunds & Dobermans Link Up
Both Dachshunds and Dobermans are said to have some amount of German Shorthaired Pointer in them, as well as a few other kinds of Terrier.
Although this hasn’t been verified, it’s probably why Dachshunds and Dobermans have many similarities when it comes to their looks and coat colors.
So Are The Two Related?
Despite probably sharing certain traces of the same breeds, it doesn’t really mean that Dachshunds and Dobermans are related.
They have always been considered two separate breeds and that won’t change.
The truth is that many breeds share genetic DNA, depending on what breeds were used to develop them, but that doesn’t result in us considering all breeds are related to each other… Apart from the fact they are all dogs! of course
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What do you think? I would love to know your thoughts on this, and if you own both a Doberman and Dachshund, be sure to send us a photo! We’ll happily include it in this article to give the readers some awesome comparisons.