The Dachshund is “badger dog” in German. He originated in Germany in the 1600s and the aim was to develop a long, fearless dog that could dig into burrows and kill the badgers inside. He has a strong sense of smell and is an enthusiastic hunter who works well above and below the ground.

His coat can be longhaired, smooth or wirehaired. He can be normal or miniature size. He’s a playful dog who makes a great pet, especially for households with children, as long as he’s supervised. He needs a moderate amount of exercise. Grooming will depend on which type of coat he has. His height and weight can vary depending on if he is full size or miniature.