Extrovert, bold and clever, Wire-haired Dachshunds are also self-opinionated and can be rather vocal. H.L. Mencken described the Dachshund as ‘a half-a-dog high and a dog-and-a-half long’. As idiosyncratically designed as the smooth- and long-haired versions, the Wire-haired Dachshund is an endearingly whiskery little creature and may be the result of a cross between the Smooth-haired Dachshund and a Dandie Dinmont Terrier or Schnauzer. Napoleon Bonaparte was a fond Dachshund owner.