The average-sized dachshund is between 11 and 32 pounds and 8 to 9 inches tall. There is also a miniature version of this breed. The average miniature dachshund weighs from 1 to 11 pounds and measures 5 to 6 inches tall.
The dachshund is known for its long, low-slung body, which has earned it the nickname “weiner dog.” Historically, the dachshund has also been referred to as a badger dog or little burrow dog, because its unique body shape allows it to move easily within a tunnel or den. A natural hunting instinct, keen sense of smell and bold demeanor also make the dachshund a good underground hunter.
In modern times, the dachshund is a popular household pet. Regular exercise, such as daily walks, is required to keep a dachshund at a healthy weight, as is good nutrition.