The affable “weiner-dog” was developed in the 1600’s in Germany to be a fierce hunter with the appropriate physical features (long, low, and narrow) for entering burrows to go to battle with their ferocious quarry, badgers. While they retain their characteristic physical features today, they are better known for their pleasant, comical personalities than as savage hunters – though they can formidable earth dog competitors. Their small size and moderate exercise requirements make them popular family pets suitable for a variety of living situations. They are affectionate, fun-loving companions that can be very good with children, supervised of course. Dachshunds come in two sizes, miniature and standard, and three coat varieties, smooth, wirehaired, or longhaired. Their grooming needs vary according to coat length and texture.