Miniature Dachsunds come in three varieties. There are longhaired Dachshunds, smooth short haired Dachshunds and wire-haired Dachshunds. We ONLY breed longhaired dachshunds! Dachshunds were originally bred to be scent hounds, but then people realized Dachshunds made great family companions. Dachshunds are known to be clever, lively and especially courageous for such little sausages.