5 Reasons the Dachshund is a Hot Dog

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By the AKC's definitions, dachshunds range from the miniature (under 11 pounds or 5 kilograms) to the standard (16 to 32 pounds or 7 to 14.5 kilograms), but their personalities are so much bigger than a number on a scale. The breed's attitude is so fundamental, in fact, that the AKC considers it a "fault" if a dachshund's disposition is anything other than confident and courageous.

More than a week after a tornado ripped through Joplin, Mo., on May 22, 2011, leveling one-third of the city and killing 153 people, a dachshund made national headlines when it was discovered in the rubble of a five-story apartment building. The long-haired dachshund survived without food or water, and was able to alert passersby to its presence by barking.

Rescuers pulled the dachshund from the building's remains, no worse for wear. The dog's plucky persistence comes as no surprise to most dachshund fans. It's all part of why we love them.

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