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      Dachshund Characteristics

      Size
      Small
      Energy
      Moderate
      Coat
      Smooth, Wirehaired, or longhaired
      Weight
      16-33 lbs
      • Size

        Small

      • Energy

        Moderate

      • Weight

        16-33 lbs

      • Coat

        Smooth, Wirehaired, or longhaired

      About Dachshunds

      Originating in Germany, this dog was historically not intended to become the easy-going lap dog it is today. Dachshunds were bred to be badger-hunting dogs, with their sensitive sense of smell and low-to-the-ground stature. Today, Dachshunds come in two sizes (standard and miniature) and in three varieties (smooth-, wire- and long-haired). They are curious and friendly in nature. These long-bodied, lively pups are sure to steal the hearts of everyone they meet.

      Did You Know?

      This versatile pooch comes in 15 colors, 2 sizes, and 3 coat types!

      Origin

      Documents of the Dachshund date back as early as fifteenth-century Germany, where they were bred as badger hunters. They varied greatly in size, from 35 to 5 pounds, the larger of which were used to hunt larger game animals and the smaller of which used to hunt smaller prey (other than just badgers).