Dachshund breed`s small, short body was originally bred in Germany to hunt badgers.
The compact body and confidence this breed sports allows them to be agile and
fierce in the small confines of a badger`s den. They like to hunt and dig, they
will catch a scent and go after it with gusto. The Dachshund is very bold, usually
fears little and makes a great little "watch dog" . Despite their adventurous
nature they make wonderful pets. They are very loyal to their owners and most
are great with family children. Some will nip at children they do not know. Most
are stand-offish with strangers. They are independent but will join in family
activities whenever given a chance. They have lots of energy and like to play.
Once it is time to wind down though they love to sit in your lap and cuddle. Although
they can live outdoors in warm weather, they do best sleeping inside. If allowed
to sleep with you in bed many of them love to "burrow" under the covers
and will keep you warn on a cold winter`s night. Although active, the Dachshund's
exercise requirements can be met with moderate walks on a leash and games in the
yard. It is amenable to city life or apartment living, but it is still a hunter
at heart and enjoys forays outdoors.READ