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The coat of the smooth or Shorthaired Dachshunds should be shiny and smooth, while lying neatly against the body so as to give the dog a slicked appearance with an overall length that generally does not exceed ¾ inch. The hair of the tail should lie in the same direction as that of the body while tapering gradually to a point at the end. The underside of the tail is permitted to have longer bristles that are considered a patch of strong growing hair. Brush tails, completely or semi hairless tails are considered to be a fault. The ears should have short uniform hair covering the outside of their length while not being bald or giving the appearance so as to be leathery.
Smooth Dachshunds are typically the clingiest of the three types; most apt to suffer from separation anxiety and to be aloof with strangers.
Shorthaired or Smooth Coated Dachshunds are the easiest of the three Dachshund coat varieties to care for when grooming. Their smooth, thick coat requires minimal brushing to reduce shedding and remove dead hair; bathing should only be done once or twice a month or when dirty.