This tenacious four legged friend originally hails from Germany, although it is ranked #12 in popularity among dog breeds in the US. They belong to the hound group, although their appearance is slightly different than their fellow hounds. It’s this unique short legged, long body style that has made the breed iconic among dogs. Although they are short in stature, they make up for the height difference with big personalities. There are two different sizes of dachshund, 3 coat types, and an assortment of color variations making them very versatile in appearance. The standard dachshund is 8-9 inches in height, and 5-6 for miniature dachshunds. They weigh between 16-32 pounds in standard size or less than 11 for miniatures with a life expectancy of 12-16 years.