|Country of Origin:||Germany|
|AKC Group:||Hound Group|
|Life Span:||12 to 14 years|
|Color:||Red, cream, dapple, brindle, sable, or bi-colored (black, chocolate, wild boar, gray or fawn with tan markings.)|
|Coat:||Three coat types: smooth, long-haired and wire-haired.|
|Grooming:||Moderate. Frequency depends on coat type.|
|Size:||Small Dog Breed|
|Height:||Longer than tall|
|Weight:||under 11 pounds|
of the Dachshund type were once used in Europe to hunt badger and fox, as well as larger game. The dogs worked in packs and are reported to have been tenacious and keen-nosed in pursuit of their quarry. The Dachshund comes in three varieties: smooth-coated, longhaired and wirehaired; and in two sizes of each variety: the standard, which weighs from 16 to 32 pounds, and the miniature, which weighs less than 12 pounds.
The most popular colors are solid red, or black and tan, but the coat may be chocolate, gray or white with rust markings, dappled or brindle. Longhaired Dachshunds need to be groomed about three times a week, but the shorthair and the wirecoat can get by with weekly brushing. Don't forget to keep the Dachshund's droopy ears clean and dry. Both sizes adapt well to almost every type of accommodation, and they are excellent but noisy watchdogs. Dachshunds are alert, friendly, curious and at times mischievous. Because they are prone to disc problems, Dachshunds should not be allowed to become overweight, and play should be limited to older children who will handle them carefully. Patience is a virtue when it comes to training a Dachshund, but these smart dogs can learn quickly if properly motivated with food or a special toy. Keep training sessions short and fun. A Dachshund will enjoy long walks, but when time is short, an indoor game of ball provides enough exercise, especially for miniatures.