Germany’s “badger dog,” or dachshund is an extremely friendly, loveable, kid friendly dog. Typically unaware of danger, these courageous, confident dogs have no trouble asserting themselves in any situation and becoming the center of attention. Immediately recognizable by their low to the ground, long bodies and known for their spot on sense of smell, these dogs love to hunt, find hidden objects and play with toys. They do love to dig and play in the dirt as well. These little dogs come in smooth, long-haired, and wire-haired coats. Each requires a different style of grooming. Smooth coated dachshunds need only basic maintenance such as teeth and ear cleaning, nail trimming, and a good bath. Long-haired dachshunds require the same but also need their coats maintained with regular grooms, baths, and daily brushing at home. Wire-haired dachshunds are kind of in between. Some like to shave them all the way down and some choose other breed design cuts.