Instantly recognizable due to its idiosyncratic design, the Dachshund has extremely short legs and an elongated body and so has trouble getting up stairs, which can be a plus. They originated in Germany where the word dachshund means ‘badger dog’. They have silky ears, enchanting faces, are lively, courageous and wonderfully portable, but they can be stubborn and vocal. Dachshunds are a popular choice with artists: Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol and David Hockney have all owned Dachshunds, variously called Lump, Archie, Amos, Stanley and Boodgie.

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