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Breed: Dachshund
Country of Origin: Medieval Europe
AKC Group: Hound
Function: Tracker of badgers, rabbits, and fox
Life Span: 12-15 years
Appearance: Long, low to the ground, long muzzle
Color: Chestnut, black, brown, tan, and mixtures
Coat Type: Smooth, glossy, shedding
Grooming: Long-haired require daily combing and brushings; wire-haired need professional trimming twice a year, and smooth-haired require regular rubdown with a damp cloth.
Height: Regular 9 inches/Miniature 5-6 inches
Weight: Regular 12-24 pounds/Miniature under12 pounds
Activity Level: Very high
Watch Dog: Very high
Protection: No
Intelligence: High
Trainability: Low
Good With Children: Medium
Good With Pets: Medium
Good With Strangers: Low acceptance
Character: Playful, active, bold
Home Environment: Apartment O.K.
Best Owner: Patient
Potential Problems:  
Behavior: Stubbornness, dominant, snappy
Physical: Serious spinal and eye disorders, osteoporosis
Recommendations: Do not over feed, keep nails trimmed