The average lifespan of a dachshund is 15 years. They are generally a healthy breed, but can experience complications such as disc disease, and tooth and gum problems.
The dachshund is one of the most popular breeds of dogs. Originally bred in Germany for hunting badger, the dachshund's short legs assisted in digging fox, badgers and rabbits out of their dens. In modern times, Dachshunds are known to enjoy human company. They are very clever and outgoing.
Dachshunds can be difficult to house train. They may also experience separation anxiety. Left unattended, they may burrow under a fence. The breed is prone to frequent barking.