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.