Country of Origin: The Dachshund (pronounced dak-sund) originated in Germany in the sixteenth century. They were bred and trained to chase down prey, such as a badger (Dachshund means ‘Badger Dog’) or fox, enter its burrow, kill it, and retrieve it. . 

Character: Dachshunds are energetic, brave, intelligent and independent. They are quite happy, even clownish, and can behave mischievously on occasion. The Dachshund greatly enjoys interacting with humans and is quite friendly and outgoing at home. 

Temperament: The Dachshund is somewhat reserved around strangers and may bark at them, but forms a strong bond with family and children. Dachshunds are bold and outgoing, enjoying attention and frequently seeking adventure.  

Activity: The Dachshund needs a small amount of exercise; medium length walks or a fair amount of play in the yard should be sufficient. Dachshunds can live comfortably in an apartment, but it is best if they get an occasional view of the outside. Frequent jumping and running should not be allowed as it may cause back problems. 

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