Short-legged and long-bodied, dachshunds were originally bred to work underground, as their shape made them ideal for burrowing into the lairs of badgers and foxes (the name "dachshund" means "badger dog" in German).
While they are seldom used for such endeavors today, dachshunds are a popular breed that most often come in two sizes: standard and miniature; and three hair types: short-haired, long-haired, and wirehaired. As a general rule, these dogs require little grooming, although long-haired dachshunds may need some extra grooming, and wirehaired do well with an occasional combing with a stiff wire brush. Hardy, vigorous, and tireless, they make great family dogs, but interact best with older children who won't be as intimated with dachshunds' bold nature. Intelligent and courageous, dachshunds need plenty of exercise, and respond well to positive reinforcement training.
If you're interested in bringing a dachshund into your house, visit the Coast to Coast Dachshund Rescue.