The standard size of the Dachshunds were first developed to chase, scent, and flush burrow dwelling animals including badgers from their hiding spots. The Miniature Dachshunds were developed to hunt rabbits. Because of the narrow, long build, the Dachshunds are often called in the United States and other countries as the sausage dog or wiener dog. These terms however are often considered disparaging to Dachshund purists. Notwithstanding the German origin of the Dachshund's name, throughout Germany the breed is informally and formally known as the Teckel or Dackel.
Dachshunds are fun and playful dogs. They are often known for their propensity to chase small birds, animals and tennis balls with great ferocity and determination. Many Dachshunds are stubborn and strong minded making them very difficult and challenging to train. Dachshunds are also known for their loyalty and devotion to their owners. If Dachshunds are left alone, many dogs will whine until they have companionship.
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