A German hunting dog of great popularity and ability, the Dachshund has been maintained in two sizes, Miniature and Standard, and in three coat types: smooth, wire, and long. The Miniature Dachshund weighs less than 9 pounds, the Standard from 15-25 pounds. In Germany these dogs were perceived first as ground hunters and second as companions. Size distinction in Germany was determined by the size of the hole a dog could fit into. The Miniature was developed to fit into rabbit burrows, while the Standard excelled on badger. The longhaired Dachshund requires regular grooming to keep clean and resilient; the wirehaired also must be attended to. The smooth, the neatest of the three, requires very little in the way of grooming attention. Discipline must be emphasized with Dachshund owners and the dog’s long back makes it prone to intervertebral disc problems – jumping must be discouraged by owners. These are active dogs that love mischief and attention; despite their well-meaning proclivities, they are fabulous pets to have.