The word “Dachshund” comes from a German word that means badger dog. They are similar to the terrier group of dogs due to the behavior that it exhibits. There are three types of dachshund: short-haired, long-haired, and wire-haired. They have a life span of 14-17 years. As of 2012, Dachshund is the 10th most popular dog in the U.S. (AKC Dog Registration Statistics).