Dachshunds have long, well-muscled bodies and extremely short legs. Their front paws are enlarged for digging, and their skin is loose to allow them to travel easier through tunnels and burrows. They have a long nose and deep chest. Their floppy ears help prevent dirt and debris from entering their ears.
Their coat may be smooth and short, long, or wire-haired. Their usual coloration is reddish-brown, but a variety of coat colors exist.
Standard dachshunds can weigh up to 30 pounds. Miniature varieties are bred that weigh less than half that.