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Dachshunds “Dachshund” comes from two German words: dachs, which means badger, and hund, which means dog. Dachshunds also are known as “wiener dogs,” because of their long bodies and short legs. They were bred in Germany to hunt badgers and other small underground animals. Although dachshunds are the smallest and weakest of the hunting dogs, they are viewed as the most courageous. There are three kinds of dachshunds; shorthaired, longhaired, and wire-haired dachshunds. Shorthaired dachshunds were the first kind to be commonly known. Their short front legs made them good at tunneling, but their short hair couldn’t protect them from bites and thorns. The silky coats of longhaired dachshunds protected them from thorns, rain and cold. The wirehaired dachshunds have a bristly coat to protect them from rain, mud and thorns. They are the least glamorous, but are the best hunters. Dachshunds look small because they are built so close to the ground. A standard dachshund can weigh up to 28 pounds, while a miniature dachshund can weigh up to 10 pounds. Dachshunds are compact and muscular. Their chests are big because they were originally bred to hunt. Large chests a Continue...

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Its tail is fairly short, straight and strong. The eyes are set on the side of the head and on a slant. Dachshund's ears are broad and rounded. When they cornered a badger underground, dachshunds needed strength to hold out against their prey. The placement of a dachshund's eyes also influences its vision. "They have 42 adult teeth and they are sharp, strong, and fit close together in the powerful jaw. One time I took my dachshund, Koko, to the groomer and as soon as we walked in the door she ran up and barked in the face of the Doberman towering over her. One thing I have learned from Koko is that it seems as if dachshunds are forever young. Dachshunds are curious about everything and are extremely nosey. The most common are red and shades of red, tan, chocolate, gray and black. A common two-color dachshund is black and tan. A well-bred and healthy dachshund is agile and vigorous. This positioning only leaves a small field of view directly ahead where the two eyes focus on a simple object. Imagine being a million times more sensitive to smell. When dogs or puppies play together for a certain period of time, eventually it is possible to see differences in their personalities.