Dachshunds were born and bred to be badger hunters.
They are playful, happy dogs, and are loving affectionate pets, that love to be with you all the time. They are lap dogs and love to be close all the time.
Mine love to sleep with me and are my constant companions.
If raised with other animals they get along wonderfully.
Dachshunds are very versatile. I compete with mine in obedience, agility and conformation. We have also tried lure coursing and barn hunts. They love it all. I also have 2 certified therapy dogs.
Of course I have a few that are just couch potatoes.
Dachshunds (pronounced DAKS hund — never dash-hound) come in three varieties: smooth (shorthaired), wirehaired and longhaired. In the United States, Dachshunds are either miniature (11 pounds and under as an adult) or standard (usually between 16 and 32 pounds as an adult). If your Dachshund weighs between 11 and 16 pounds, he's called a tweenie. Other countries have a wider variance in the sizes. For example, in Germany, the official birthplace of the Dachshund breed, Dachshunds are identified as Standard, Miniature, or Kaninchenteckel, based on a chest measurement taken at the age of fifteen months.
The Dachshund is a versatile companion. With his variety of sizes, colors, coat types, and personalities, there's a Dachshund to suit almost anyone.
Pictured below, on of my boys Ziggy taking his first points in an AKC show.
Ziggy is now an AKC Champion.