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Type of dog Hound
Land of origin Germany
Date first bred 18th century Germany or Ancient Egypt
First recorded breeder unknown
Weight 16-32 lbs. (standard), less than 12 lbs. (miniature)
Life span 12 years
Other names Sausage Dog, Wiener Dog
Recognition American Kennel Club (1895)

The Dachshund is a small dog breed originating from Germany, though people do say that they've also had ancestry in ancient Egypt. These small hounds are characterized by their long bodies and short legs. Its name in German means "badger hound", referring to how dachshunds in Germany were originally used for badger hunting. While they may be small, they make up for that with a stubborn and spunky attitude, as well as being an intelligent breed in need of brain stimulation.