Dachshunds are also referred to as sausage dogs because of their elongated built. They have short legs and pointed facial framework. Chasing and hunting are their favourite past times. Most dachshunds have crooked legs and chest compared to a barrel. Dachshunds are playful and loyal dogs that loves to chase small animals like birds. Their senses are very keen and well-developed though they often exhibit shyness.


Dachshund is generally a non-biting breed. Dachshunds are playful but can become bad tempered if they are neglected. Dachshunds need a caring owner who can understand their need for entertainment, exercise and companionship. Good with kids. Approximate size: 16 to 32 lbs. Minimal exercise needed. They are medium shedders and require modest exercise. Dachshunds can be difficult to housebreak, and patience and consistency is often needed in this endeavour. Dachshunds have a wide range of colouration.


The Dachshund is believed to have been developed in Germany about 300 years ago for the purpose of hunting badgers. In fact, the name “Dachshund” means badger hound in German. The badger is a small but stout carnivore. When pursued, it goes into its burrow and fights ferociously in its defence. The dachshund, with its long, low slung body and short legs could easily slip into the badger’s burrow to flush it out.


Dachshunds are clever, lively and playful animals but often given to stubbornness and are known for their propensity for chasing small animals, birds, and tennis balls with great determination and ferocity. They have good stamina and enjoy long walks and should be exercised at least once a day.


A typical dachshund is long-bodied and muscular with short, stubby legs. Its front paws are disproportionately large, being paddle-shaped and particularly suitable for digging. Its skin is loose enough not to tear while tunnelling in tight burrows to chase prey. The dachshund has a deep chest which provides appropriate lung capacity for stamina when hunting. Its snout is long.


Dachshunds come in three sizes: standard, miniature, and kaninchen or rabbit size. A full-grown standard dachshund averages 16 lb (7.3 kg) to 32 lb (15 kg), while the miniature variety normally weighs less than 12 lb (5.4 kg). The kaninchen weighs 8 lb (3.6 kg) to 11 lb (5.0 kg). According to kennel club standards, the miniature (and kaninchen, where recognized) differs from the full-size only by size and weight, thus offspring from miniature parents must never weigh more than the miniature standard to be considered a miniature as well.


If left alone, many dachshunds will whine until they have companionship. Like many dogs if left alone too frequently, some dachshunds are prone to separation anxiety and may chew objects in the house to relieve stress.


Although the dachshund is generally an energetic dog, some are sedate. This dog's behaviour is such that it is not the dog for everyone. A bored, untrained dachshund will become destructive. If raised improperly and not socialized at a young age, dachshunds can become aggressive or fearful.


Dachshunds may not be the best pets for small children. Like any dog, dachshunds need a proper introduction at a young age. Well trained dachshunds and well-behaved children usually get along fine. Otherwise, they may be aggressive and bite an unfamiliar child, especially one that moves quickly around them or teases them. However, many dachshunds are very tolerant and loyal to children within their family, but these children should be mindful of the vulnerability of the breed's back.