The dachshund is a vivacious creature, easily identified by its elongated body and short legs. Dachshunds are a commonly known breed in the United States, ranked as #10 in the top 10 most popular dog breeds by the American Kennel Club.
With historical accounts of short, hound-like dogs dating back to the 15th century, it seems as if dachshunds have proven strong through the test of time. Originally bred as a hunting dog, the dachshund was used to search out badgers and other small game. Today’s dachshunds still clutch to a strong prey drive, commonly searching out new scents and strange creatures.
The AKC recognizes two sizes of the dachshund breed: standard and miniature. According to www.akc.org, standard dachshunds normally weigh between 16 and 32 pounds; while miniatures are 11 pounds or under.
The AKC also distinguishes between coat types for the dachshund: smooth, wirehaired, and longhaired. They also come in a variety of gorgeous colors.
Dachshunds are fantastic family pets as long as they are trained properly and supervised around small children (due to the safety of both owner and dog). They are prone to health issues - mostly with their backs - so watch them carefully around stairs and when jumping on and off furniture. Dachshunds can also adapt to almost any living environment (they are hounds, so they do prefer some outside time), and some minor grooming.
Overall, the dachshund is a joy to have as a pet. Watch out though: your lap will never be empty and your wallet will never be full!
Do some research to determine if adoption or breeder purchase is right for you. Please help control the dog population by spaying and neutering your pets.