0
TOTAL
SHARES

Dachshund

Personality:Go look up the word “spunky.” We’ll wait. Did you see a photo of a Dachsie? We thought so.

Coat & Grooming:There are three coat types: smooth, wirehaired, and long

Energy Level:Somewhat Active; A moderately active dog, but his intelligence means he gets bored easily, so it’s good to keep him busy

Originally: Germany

Nicknames: Dachsie

Size: Medium

Meet the Dachshund

​Chances are you’ve already met a Dachshund — how can you miss them? With their long, low body, short little legs, velvety ears, and vigilant expression, Dachsies are one of the most recognizable breeds around. They come in two sizes: standard (about 16 to 32 pounds) and miniature (11 pounds and under), and three coat types. So many combos to love! Because of their long back, don’t allow them to jump from heights; even furniture may be too high.

What's Their Story?

​The Dachsie’s personality is the result of his original job: “Dachshund” means “badger dog” in German, and he was bred to enthusiastically dig his way into a badger’s den to hunt them. His long and low body made this job easier for him than for other dogs. Badger dogs go all the way back to the 1400s, and the Dachsie, as a specific breed, has been around since the 1600s.

What are they Like?

​You should always choose a dog based on what he’s like, not what he looks like, and the Dachsie’s unique physical appeal easily becomes the focal point. Luckily, he is as much fun to live with as he is to look at. But because he was an eager hunter, he can be a bit stubborn and sometimes wonders why you’re not onboard with his plans. It’s hard to stay in a bad mood with a Dachsie around—his upbeat, curious, and friendly nature is contagious.

See more Dachshund photos here

Tips on Training Your Senior Dog at Sports

Teaching your older dog a new activity is possible—and safe.

Sep 22, 2014 | 690 Views Read More

Cadet Saves Texas A&M Collie Mascot from Fumbling Player

It wins our vote for play of the week.

Sep 22, 2014 | 38 Views Read More

Budweiser Releases Tearjerker Video with Dog to Prevent Drinking and Driving

Drink responsibly—your buddy is counting on you.

Sep 22, 2014 | 420421 Views Read More

15 Largest Dog Breeds

These 15 breeds live by the motto, "Bigger is Better"

Sep 19, 2014 | 33285 Views Read More

WOOF WATCH: Husky Imitates Baby

This dog is interested in what can be learned from the mouths of babes.

Sep 10, 2014 | 115865 Views Read More

WOOF WATCH: A Dog Makes Friends With Little Boy With Down Syndrome

A new friendship is born out of love and acceptance.

Sep 08, 2014 | 37006 Views Read More