While the Dachshund is a smart and affectionate dog, they can be a bit headstrong, often being tough to train and housebreak. The Dachshund needs to know that they are lower on the totem-pole than any human, otherwise they may be guarded and protective around strangers. All of this, however, is avoidable if the dog is not coddled and allowed to run amok. Basic note when raising a small dog: don’t let the dog get away with anything a large dog wouldn’t be able to. Take care of that, and the Dachshund is one of the most pleasant, family friendly dogs around.
Dachshunds come in a wide array of colors, from solid black, red, brown, tan, cream, and gray, to bicolor combinations of the aforementioned colors (i.e., black/tan, brown/cream, gray/tan). They can also come in a variety of patterns and tricolor blends (brindle, dapple, piebald).