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This smallest of the hounds is short on leg but long on personality.
Height: Miniature, 6 inches at shoulder; Standard, 8 to 9 inches at shoulder Weight: Miniature, 11 pounds and under; Standard, 16 to 32 pounds Coat: short and shiny Life span: 12 to 15 years or older Breed Group: Hounds
Dachshunds are scent hounds who were bred to hunt badgers and other tunneling animals, rabbits, and foxes. Packs of Dachshunds were even used to trail wild boar. Today their versatility makes them excellent family companions, show dogs, and small-game hunters.