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12 to 15 Years
Commonly referred to as the "Wiener Dog", Dachshunds are characterized by their log body and short legs. They are very good sniffers and originated in Germany, where they were bred to help hunt small game and tunneling animals, as their short legs keep them close to the ground and able to enter tight spaces where prey may hide. Today they make great family dogs, as they are attentive, playful and devoted to their owners.