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Last Updated:
7/14/2024 3:11 PM

This smallest of the hounds is short on leg but long on personality.
Height: Miniature, 6 inches at shoulder; Standard, 8 to 9 inches at shoulder
Weight: Miniature, 11 pounds and under; Standard, 16 to 32 pounds
Coat: short and shiny
Life span: 12 to 15 years or older
Breed Group: Hounds
Dachshunds are scent hounds who were bred to hunt badgers and other tunneling animals, rabbits, and foxes. Packs of Dachshunds were even used to trail wild boar. Today their versatility makes them excellent family companions, show dogs, and small-game hunters.
Dachshund profile on DogTime.com
General Characteristics
Amount of shedding
Cold tolerance
Drooling potential
Ease of training
Friendly toward strangers
Predatory tendencies
Potential for weight gain
Watchdog ability
Affectionate with family
Compatible with kids
Easy to groom
General health