Dachshund Dog Names Based on Body Shape, Size & Color
These are dog names based on the very different and unique
body shape of the dachshund.
One of the most obvious ways to name your dachshund is to
describe their shape. In fact, their nickname – wiener dog – is
based on the fact that they look like an Oscar Meyer© wiener.
You might think that their other nickname as “hot dog” came from
the food item, but in fact, legend says the opposite: that the
hot dog (food item) was named after our long, sausage-shaped dog
friends! The story is that a butcher created a longer, thin
sausage in the 1800’s and called it the “red hot dachshund
sausage” for its resemblance to the little German dogs. A
cartoonist who saw this treat sold years later couldn’t spell
“dachshund” and simply called it a “hot dog” in an illustration.
Whether or not this is true (the story can’t be verified), it is
of great pride to dachshund owners that their little dog names
influenced the food item and not vice versa.
When finding great Dachshund dog names based on their morphology
(or shape and structure), you can begin with the obvious: they
are long and short! But don’t forget their other great physical
characteristics. Sure, even the standards are small by some dog
standards – usually no more than 28 pounds – but they are strong
little dogs with sturdy frames and strong little legs. Their
ears are big and floppy and silky soft. Dachshunds have a keen
sense of smell (they are one of the top breeds in scenting
ability), probably aided by their large, hound-dog nose and
their proximity to the ground. Their big, brown liquid eyes have
beguiled many unsuspecting dog owners into giving them just one
more bite. Unfortunately, that leads to another physical
characteristic that is not so beneficial. Dachshunds can tend to
be overweight – a very dangerous condition for any dog, but
doubly so for a creature who’s spinal column is extra long. Too
many little dachshunds have back problems, so don’t encourage a
weight problem by choosing a dog name that reinforces this
condition such as “Fatty” or “Porky”.
We’ve left out some of the most obvious dog names because we
know that you are looking for a unique and original name for
your little pal.
The most common dachshund color is a range of reddish brown
color that ranges from auburn to nearly chocolate brown. There
are obvious names such as “Brownie” or “Brown Dog” but those
aren’t great dachshund dog names. Here are some unusual,
beautiful, and imaginative variations on dachshund color:
- Amber: A lovely dog name in general, but this is
a yellowish brown color that may suit a lighter dachshund.
It might also be the name of your favorite beer! So skip
“Bud” as a dog name and get more sophisticated with Amber
- Bister: This is a dark brown pigment extracted
from wood. It’s an unusual dog name that has a good sound to
- Bruin: This is Dutch for the word brown. UCLA
comes to mind of course, because their mascot is a bear – if
you’re a fan, here’s a perfect name.
- Buff: This is an actual color name that is
lighter, but might also fit your dachshund if he’s a big
strong standard, too!
- Burnt Sienna: Leave off the “burnt” part to give
your dog name a touch of class with this reddish brown
- Citrine: This amber-colored gemstone is very rare
in its natural form.
- Hazel: It’s either your eye color or your
grandma, but if you have a sweet girl dog, this name
reflects a color with depth.
- Henna: The body art of the same name is very
popular. When people think you said “Hanna” you can correct
them: “henna – like the body art!”
- Marron: If you’re in the Southwest US, why not
give your German dog a Spanish name? This means brown in
Spanish. The emphasis is on the second syllable: mah-RHON.
- Marrone: This is Italian for brown. It is
pronounced mah-roh-nay with a little roll on the r’s.
- Russet: This reddish brown color makes you think
of the fall and Russ is a good shortening of this name.
- Tawny: Again, a lighter shade of brown, but a
nice name that may remind you of the 80’s!
- Titian: This reddish-brown color was named after
an Italian painter in the 15th century who used it
extensively. It is pronounced “tish-uhn”
There are very few positive terms associated with the word
“short” that would make good Dachshund dog names so we’ve
borrowed from foreign languages.
- Corto: This is “short” in Spanish
- Kurz: In German, this means short, or briefly. It
is pronounced “kurts” like the name Curt with an s on the
If a dachshund’s legs were longer, he would still be a
long-backed dog. Again, there are few words associated with
length that have any sort of poetic or positive sound that would
work for a dog name. Here are a few foreign and English words.
- Estira: In Spanish, this means “it stretches”.
- Gamut: This means a complete extent or a range of
whatever you’re describing. As in “it ran the gamut from x
- Lang: This is both German and Dutch for the word
- Stirata: This means stretch in Italian.
Hot dog or Weiner Shape
Here are dachshund dog names that reference the unique and
obvious hot dog or sausage shape. They are playful, humorous
names that not only fit the shape of our dachshunds, but also
their own lighthearted and comical nature.
Takeru: The first name of the long-time record
holder for the most hot dogs ever eaten.
- Bockwurst or Bock: Another type of German
sausage. Also a strong German lager, as in Ayinger’s
- Brautwurst or Braut: This is a type of
German sausage. Pronounced Brawt.
- Bregenwurst or Bregen: Another type of
- Frank or Furter: From the word
- Oscar: You can’t go wrong with a classic taken
from Oscar Meyer
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