True dachshund lovers know this breed wins for personality and flair. Between the iconically long silhouette and big-dog attitude, this breed takes the bacon when it comes to sheer doggy enthusiasm.
Originally bred in Germany in the 1400’s, “dachshund” means “badger dog.” As you may have suspected, they were originally bred to hunt badgers. These days, doxies are now great miniature watchdogs (and slightly less great athletes!). Dachshunds come in smooth, wired and long-haired varieties, with a spectrum of colors to match. Though the smooth-coated dachshund is relatively low maintenance, the long-haired dachshund requires a little more grooming upkeep to keep those flowing locks looking good.