The Dachshund Dackel, known for its short-feeted and long-and-narrow shape, has been bred to hunt small prey, like rabbits, and drive it out of its nest. It is a playful, intelligent, and loyal dog, devoted to its master. It needs human company, and if left alone for long periods of time it may become destructive. It is stubborn and so it is difficult to train. It also has the tendency to bark a lot, as well as to cry when it is left alone, but proper training will curb these tendencies. It must be socialized from early on to prevent over-cautiousness toward strangers. It may live in an apartment as long as it gets plenty of daily exercise.
The Dachshund Dackel, also known as a “sausage”, comes in three sizes. The Standard size weighs from 7 to 13 kilos; the Miniature size weighs less than 5 kilos; and the Kaninchen (meaning Rabbit) weighs from 3.5 to 4.5 kilos. The Dachshund Dackel also comes in three coat varieties: shorthaired, longhaired, and roughhaired. The color of its coat varies greatly, and can be single-colored, two-colored, or two-colored with white spots. Common colors are black, grey, brown, reddish, and yellow, as well as combinations of these colors.