The Dachshund is a hunting dog that hunts badgers. The breed originated in Germany.

Appearance & Grooming

The Dachshund is a small dog with short legs and a long waist. The breed can have smooth hair, long hair, and wire hair in blue, red, tan, brown, black, chocolate, cream, and fawn. The Dachshund sheds occasionally and requires weekly brushing.

Behavior & Disposition

The Dachshund is intelligent, courageous, agile, friendly, and playful. Adult supervision is recommended when playing with children and other dogs.

Activity Level

The Dachshund has a moderate activity level and it is easy for the breed to become overweight. For optimal health, the Dachshund should be carefully monitored for calorie consumption and avoid foods containing cooked bones and high fat contents.


The Dachshund is a clever, stubborn dog, and training may not be easy. A combination of positive reinforcement and patience is recommended.

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