There are three varieties of Dachshund — the shorthaired, the wirehaired and the longhaired. The Dachshund’s body is longer than it is tall, which is where it gets its nickname ‘Wiener-Dog.’
The Dachshund is a small scenthound with short legs and a distinctively elongated body.
This breed was originally bred to hunt, track and retrieve burrow dwelling animals.
Today it is one of the most popular breeds in the U.S. Dachshunds adapt nicely to apartment living or city life because they are so small.
However, they still need daily exercise and opportunities to burn off energy.
This breed especially appreciates a good game of catch.
Dachshunds don’t shed a lot, which makes them ideal for people with sensitivity to hair. If you’re looking for other dogs that don’t shed a lot, please visit our blog.
- Dachshunds are daring, adventurous and fond of digging, hunting, chasing game and tracking by scent — a true combination of terrier and hound.
- Dachshunds do not have a whole lot of patience when it comes to being mishandled, so while they are playful with children, adults should supervise this relationship until and unless the dog is fully trained. They also do not like spending time alone.
- The breed does well with strangers but can be reserved, shy and may sometimes snarl at those with whom they are unfamiliar. Dachshunds make ideal watchdogs (despite their size and stature) because if they recognize what appears to be an attack or threat on their family members, the Dachshund is unreservedly quick to defend against danger.
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Average Weight: 16-32 lbs.
Personality Traits: Daring, curious, playful
Country of Origin: Germany