According to the American Kennel Club, the dachshund was the eighth most popular breed choice in 2009. Both females and males have the fearless personality suited to a vermin hunter, though there are some marked differences between the sexes.
Coat and Color
Although female and male dachshunds are similar in the colors and patterns of their coats, male dachshunds tend to have a lusher coat than female dachshunds, whether they are longhaired, short coated or wirehaired.
Males are somewhat larger and taller than females, but there is not a significant difference in size. All dachshunds are classified as either miniature (11 pounds and under) or standard (16 pounds or more). Dachshunds falling between those two categories are often called tweenies.
Both Morgan's Longhair Dachshunds and Starlight Kennel report their male dachshunds to be more loyal, attentive and fun-loving and their female dachshunds to be more aloof, independent and task-oriented.
You might expect male dachshunds to exhibit more dominant behaviors (for example, marking and mounting), but according to Morgan's Longhair Dachshunds, females dachshunds are much more territorial, often fighting with each other and exhibiting mounting behaviors.
Spay or Neuter
Female dachshunds and male dachshunds are unlikely to develop gender-specific behaviors if spayed or neutered before they reach sexual maturity. For example, male dachshunds neutered before they reach six months old rarely lift their leg to urinate.