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There are three varieties of Dachshund: the shorthaired, the wirehaired, and the longhaired. With each of these varieties there are three sizes. The Dachshund’s body is longer than it is tall, muscular with short legs. They are prone to spinal disc problems (Dachshund paralysis), urinary tract problems, heart disease and diabetes. Dachshunds also have a tendency to become overweight and lazy. They are bred in a variety of colours including black, red, chocolate and cream. The Dachshund is clever, lively, affectionate and brave. Devoted to its family, it can be slightly difficult to train and housebreak.
Life expectancy: 12-15 years
Originating country: Germany
Temperament: Curious, proud, amusing
Interesting fact: They were bred to hunt small game such as badger and rabbit, their short legs enabled them to get inside the burrows where they could fight the prey.