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There are a few different types of Dachshunds; regular standard sized and the smaller miniature sized. Their coats offer a few options as well; long hair, smooth, and wire haired. No matter which version you get, their personalities are often quite similar to one another. These are energetic little dogs that can certainly hold their own and put up a fight. Originally bred in Germany and used as hunters, Dachchunds are typically kept as house pets today. These dogs are generally friendy, lively, energectic, very cute, curious, and fun. Be sure to take a test drive first because their energy level can be a bit much when a guest knocks at the door.

Continue reading to learn more about Dachshunds, otherwise known as the hotdog dog or the wiener dog.

Popularity: Very popular.

Trainability: Training this dog the first time around may not stick, so repetitive consistency are key to forming a trained adult Dachshund. It's important to complete this breed's training because once it is completed, you'll have a very companionable dog that's a pleasure to be around. If you don't complete the training, you might find yourself with a dog that excessively digs, barks and is bossy. Speaking of bossy, the Dachshund respects the alpha in the home, so make sure that's you by showing who's in charge in positive ways and by using rewards and praise for good behavior. Undisciplined Dachshunds can become stubborn and can form bad habits. Regarding boredom, you don't want this dog to become that. Always have a toy for your Dachshund to play with as their behavior may turn destructive if there is nothing for it to do.

Size/Weight: Small sized dogs, weighing in at an average of 16-32 pounds.

Origin Location/Date: The Dachshund was first bred in the 1500s in Germany and used as hunting dogs. They used to hunt badgers and fox. This dog was brought to the United States in the 1870s and was used to hunt rabbits. It was formally recognized as a breed by the American Kennel Club in 1885 and the Dachshund Club of America was created in the 1880s.

Energy Level: Dachshunds aren't the most energetic dogs on the planet, but they're not the least energetic either. They require at least two good walks a day to stave off becoming overweight as well as to build strong muscles. Due to this dog's elongated back, there needs to be enough muscle mass to support the body. It's important to note that the Dachshund shouldn't be allowed to jump off the couch or run up and down stairs because of risk of injury. This breed enjoys playing in the back yard and walking in the park, but will primarily enjoy being inside with its owners the most.

Temperament: The Dachshund is a big dog in a little dog's body. It's courageous, bold and outgoing. It may initially be shy around those it doesn't know and simply bark or it may actually become aggressive around strangers. This dog does bond well with its family though. Be cautious with Dachshunds around young children because the dog may bark or nip at the child if its not familiar. This dog loves receiving attention and it regularly seeks adventure. Overall, this is a good family dog that has received high praises, but you'll need to be careful with it around those the dog doesn't know well.

Necessary Space: This is a small dog that's wildly popular with those who live in urban settings. It's a good dog to own if you live in an apartment as it will do well exercise-wise by going for daily walks. Be warned though, Dachshunds have been known to bark, so if you have neighbors nearby, you may want to avoid this dog.

Talents: Dachshunds are excellent hunters of small burrowing prey where the dog can track down the animal and follow it into its burrow. It's also a very affectionate dog with those it knows well. It's spunky, energetic and exciting.

Life Expectancy: 12-16 years.

Group: Hound Group.

A few terms and phrases to describe the typical Dachshund puppy and dog: good hunter, energetic, likes to bark, can be aggressive, good for apartments, bold, outgoing, good family dog, tenacious, good at burrowing, quick, intelligent, popular, adorable, clever, hilarious and affectionate.

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