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Plucky and alert, the Dachshund has short legs, a long body and a surprisingly loud bark! The breed’s origins are as a hunting dog, developed to chase animals in their burrows – indeed, ‘Dachs’ means badger in German.

Should you get a Dachshund puppy? As long as you’re willing to train them properly when they’re young, they’ll make a loving family pet that can even get along with cats. Read on to find out how to care for your Dachshund.

Size: Dachshunds can be standard-sized or miniature. Standard Dachshunds are small to medium dogs, with an average weight of 9-12kg.
Coat: Dachshund coats come in three types – short-haired, long-haired and wire-haired and a variety of colours, including black and tan, chocolate and tan, and red dapple.
Exercise: At least 1 hour per day
Life span: 12-13 years
Breed group: Dachshunds are part of the hound group and were originally bred to sniff out prey and follow them below ground, using their large front paws for digging.
Size 20cm
Coat Short
Exercise 1hr Life span 12+years

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