Daschunds are short-legged dogs with elongated bodies. The name 'Daschund' is of German origin and means 'badger dog.' Daschunds were bred to hunt badgers and other hole-dwelling animals. Daschunds are popular pets in countries such as the United States, Germany, France, Switzerland, Hungary, and Japan. Daschunds are known to be loyal and playful pets, with well-developed senses, making them good hunting dogs. They belong to the hound family. Modern daschunds are characterized by their crooked legs, loose skin, and barrel-like chest. The miniature daschunds (mini daschunds) differ from the full-size in size and weight. Mini daschunds typically weigh less than 11 lb (5 kg), while the full-size daschunds average 16 to 32 lb (7 to 14.5 kg). In the 1990s, a third weight class became common, the 'tweenie,' for daschunds weighing between 10 to 15 lb (4.5 to 6.75 kg). The range of coloration in daschunds is vast, with red and black being the most common colors. But daschunds may also be cream, blue, wild boar, chocolate brown, fawn, or a lighter 'boar' red. The coats may be smooth, longhaired, or wire-haired. The wire-haired daschunds are generally shorter in spine length than the other two. Daschunds are known to have spinal problems, partly because of the extremely long spinal column and short rib cage.Some famous daschunds are Lump, the pet dog of the famous painter, Pablo Picasso; Odie from the cartoon strip Garfield; Schotzie in the television sit-com That 70s Show; Buster from the movie Toy Story 2; and so on.