This dog is curious and may tend to dig. It is independent and may try to take over the house without a proper authority figure.

Breed Overview

This German dog originated in the 1500s for the purpose of flushing badgers.  In German, its name translates to “badger dog”. This bold and curious dog would follow their game, enter its burrow, pull it out, and kill it. There are several different types of Dachshunds. They come in three coat varieties and two sizes. They may have smooth, long, or wire-like coats. The long haired ones tend to be quieter and the wire haired ones are more outgoing. The miniature ones are more prone to being timid, but all are great family dogs, are great around children, and are active. They require moderate walks and daily exercise. Although hunters at heart, they are capable of living in apartments and the city, but still enjoy the outdoors very much. Ideal human companions are city dwellers, families with older children, singles, and those who enjoy the outdoors. Smooth coated Dachshunds require minimal grooming while the longer ones require weekly brushing. The wire coat requires brushing weekly as well and trimming stray hairs twice per year.

Breed Characteristics

Grooming requirements:
1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming
Energy level:
1 = low energy - 5 = high energy
Friendliness toward strangers:
1 = shy - 5 = very friendly
Ease of training:
1 = difficult - 5 = easy
Affection toward owners:
1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Breed Details & Traits

Height: Miniature: 5-6"; Standard 8-9"
Weight: Miniature: 11 lb; Standard: over 11 lb
Lifespan: 12-14 years

Breed Traits

Adventurous, Bold, Brave, Scenthound,


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