Dachshund Dog

Dachshunds are often described as being “a half-dog high and a dog-and-a-half long”. Sometimes known as ‘sausage dogs’ and ‘wiener dogs’, they have long muscular bodies and short legs. Their unique shape made them ideal for their original job as hunters of subterranean animals in the forests of ancient Germany. Despite their tiny legs, they are quite fast and agile. Their larger front paws meant they could dig and burrow just as fast as foxes and badgers.

There are three types of Dachshund and they come in three different sizes. The most common kind is the short-haired, then there is the long-haired, while the wire-haired is the one seen the least. Their sizes are Standard, Miniature and ‘Kaninchen’ which means ‘rabbit’. A wide variety of colours is to be seen within the breed, with any combination of black, red, chocolate, blonde and fawn fitting into the Breed Standard. They are generally very healthy and hardy, with an average lifespan of 12-15 years.