Dachshunds are as playful in character as they look physically. Although Dachshunds are low to the ground, with a long body and short legs, they are quite muscular dogs with a robust built. Although they might not look as threatening as many other dogs, Dachshunds were bred to scent, chase and flush out badgers and other burrow-dwelling animals and still have a hunting instinct.
Dachshunds are known for being playful, but like many other hunting dogs, they can be quite stubborn. They love to chase down small animals, birds, little tennis balls, and really anything with a lot of determination and ferocity. It can be challenging to train a Dachshund so it’s always important to give them lots of praise and rewards during training. They are great watchdogs because of their alertness and loud bark.
Since they were bred to have a hunting instinct, Dachshunds should never be left alone with small animals such as rabbits, hamsters, etc. They can be great family pets as long as they have been socialized well with the other dogs or animals in the house. While they are one of the top ten most popular breeds in the United States, they can be quite possessive and territorial and it is important for them to go through proper training.