The Dachshund, originally bred as a hunting dog is found in longhaired, smooth, and wirehaired varieties. They are intelligent animals and make friendly, energetic companions. Titles in the Pet Handbooks series are filled with detailed pet-care advice and feature vivid color photos as well as instructive line art. All Barron's Pet Handbooks are written by experienced breeders, trainers, and veterinarians. They focus on all major aspects of owning and caring for a pet, including acquiring, proper feeding, housing, health care, breeding, and where applicable, training, exercise, and grooming.