The Dachshund fell one spot this year from number eight to nine, but this pint-sized breed can consistently be found in the AKC’s top 10, even climbing to the fourth position in 2001. Dachshunds are a lively and playful breed known to be excellent hunters — hence their name, which means “badger dog” in German. Their adaptability, as well as their affinity for children, makes them the ideal family pet.
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