Dachshund, often referred to as 'weiner dogs', 'sausage dogs' or 'badger dogs', is a breed known for its distinctive, elongated shape. Originating from Germany where they were bred to hunt rabbits, badgers and wounded game, the Dachshund comes in three varieties: short-haired (smooth), long-haired, and wire-haired and two sizes: standard (16-32 lbs) and miniature (under 11 lbs). These energetic dogs possess coats in a multitude of colors including cream, red, black, chocolate, and combinations with various patterns. Often lively and affectionate, Doxies have a reputation for being bold and somewhat stubborn, yet this adds to their unique charm making them ideal, engaging companions. Though small, a Dachshund requires regular exercise due to its energy levels and to maintain a healthy weight. They are intelligent, trainable, and possess a strong sense of smell, being originally bred for hunting.
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