Dachshunds, as a breed, come under the category of the 'Hound Group' of dogs. They originate from Germany and the word Dachshund means 'Badger Dog' ('Dachs' meaning badger, 'Hund' meaning dog).
They were bred and used originally as working/hunting dogs, with the purpose of going down into badger sets and rabbit warrens to retrieve prey. Even though not used for these purposes as often nowadays, they still love to hunt when off lead and you will often notice them, nose to ground, snuffling around in the hedgerows.
Within the UK, Dachshunds are mainly found in two sizes - Standard and Miniature. Within these two sizes are 3 coat types - Smooth, Long and Wire - making 6 types in all. Sometimes you will see another size that their owners refer to as a 'Tweenie'. This is a nickname, short for the word 'inbetween', as the 'Tweenie' size occurs when a Standard Dachshund is mated with a Miniature Dachshund.
We are very privileged within the breed, and the UK, to have a very active Breed Council and three invaluable websites dedicated to Dachshunds that owners and breeders can use as point of reference. These websites are the 'Dachshund Breed Council UK', 'Dachshund Health UK' and most recently, 'Dachshund-IVDD UK' which I personally helped design with the Breed Council (please see 'link's page).
In the pages of these three sites you will find endless information regarding 'Everything Dachshund'. Topics covering buying and owning Dachshunds, health and welfare, breed standard and breed clubs, to name a few.
As with all dogs, there are some prevalent health isses within the breed that current owners, breeders and future owners must be aware of. PRA and IVDD are the main health issues within Miniature Smooth Dachshunds, please see the seperate pages on this website regarding these conditions.