Dachshunds come in three sizes, 15 colors and can have one of six different patterns. When translated from German, their name literally means badger dog, which is appropriate considering the breed was created to hunt badgers and tunnel small animals like foxes and rabbits. For a time, Dachshunds were used to track wild boar. They belong to the hound family and can stand from 8 to 9 inches tall, weigh 16 to 32 pounds and live 12 to 15 years.
The most popular color for Dachshunds is black and tan, although red and dapple are also common. However, the look of the breed can expand to 15 different colors, including fawn, chocolate, black, wild board and wheaten. Fawn and tan, fawn and cream, chocolate and tan, chocolate and cream, and blue and tan are also possibilities. Additionally, black and cream and blue and cream are also commonly seen.
Dachshunds also come in several patterns. While the most common is dapple, they can also be piebald, double piebald, brindle piebald, sable and brindle.
Miniature Dachshunds are the typical image recalled when the breed is mentioned, but there are also other sizes available. Standard Dachshunds can weigh up to 32 pounds and were specifically bred for badger hunting. The third size is somewhere between the Miniature and Standard.