The Dachshund dates back 300 years ago. It is believed that the Germans are responsible for the dog that we have today.
There are three types of coats when it comes to Dachshunds
Smooth coat: There is no grooming involved just a bath when they get smelly. The hair is short.
Long coat: The hair is a little longer, some it is longer than others. There may be a little brushing to be done behind the ears to keep out the mattes, but other than that there is still not much grooming involved.
Wire coat: The hair is more coarse and wiry, but still not really a lot of grooming involved.
The Dachshund is a hunting dog they are designed for going into badger and rabbit holes, that is why there bodies is long and slender. They have large lungs which helped them breath in the holes and a louder bark so the hunters could find them easier .There low to the ground bodies made it easy for them to get under brush. These dogs today don't really have to chase badgers anymore but they do participate in many akc events like Field trial, Agility, Tracking and Obedience, and Conformation
According to the AKC the Dachshund is to be low to the ground, long in body with short legs and robust muscles and a prominent chest. Two sizes are recognized the miniature which weighs 11 pounds and under and the standard which weighs 16 to 32 pounds. There is another size which is the tweenie, because miniature come from standards there is always the chance of getting a pup that goes over 11lbs and under 16lbs, this size is not recognized by the AKC and cannot be shown in conformation classes.
Dachshunds are very clever , lively and courageous. They will go after anything no matter the size. They are easy to train you just have to be more determined than them. They are very loving and affectionate to there family and always want to be the center of attention. Many say that Dachshunds do not like children that is not true, My Dachshunds are around my children all the time, some of them will let even the youngest (17 months) play with them, others may prefer to stay with the older ones, but being raised with them makes a big difference just as any other dog.