Till this moment, there are three varieties of Dachshund: the wired-haired, the short-haired, and the long-haired.

The Dachshund is muscular dog, with an intelligent expression. The legs are short and vigorous and the head is a little convex. The muzzle is long and the jaws are robust. Also, the teeth are quite strong and they usually are 24. This dog breed has oval dark-red or brown-black eyes and their expression is very friendly. One distinctive mark is the hanging ears along the cheeks and the tail carried in line with its back.

dachshund-dog The coat is very shiny and uniform with a wide variety of colors: red, chocolate, black, creme and even a shade of blue (gray). There are also bi-color dachshunds that are black and tan, or black and crème or many other combinations.

This dog breed is quite affectionate and bold. Other character traits include: pride, intelligence and kindness. Curious and clever, this dog likes to explore and discover new things. Be careful not to over feed him because it has the tendency to gain weight really fast.

dachshunds_puppies Some breeders say that it is a dog breed a bit difficult to train because they are stubborn. But with the right amount of patience, that can be arranged. Also, they are ideal dogs for traveling. Besides all this, the Dachshund is a dog that loves children and it is well mannered with visitors.

You should also know that this dog loves to bark so he can be a bit loud sometimes. Other habits include digging. If you have a yard and he is left there to play, he will try to dig a hole with or without baring something in there.

They live between 12 and 15 years and they develop health problems like: spinal disc problems (Dachshund paralysis), heart disease, urinary tract problems, and even diabetes.