○ BREED NOTES Standard dachshunds are only 8 to 9 inches high at the shoulder and weigh 16 to 32 pounds.
The wire-haired dogs enjoy protection against briars and thorns in rabbit thickets.
○ HUNTING STYLE While they were originally bred to enter holes and hideaways to chase out badgers (dach in German), these dogs are actually hounds (hund in German) and will trail rabbits like a mini basset. Low-slung dachshunds are perfectly sized to sleuth through rabbit cover. Dachshunds excel in little or no snow.
○ BONUS POINTS Dachshunds may not look athletic, but they have exceptional energy and they never let that wiener-dog build slow them down.