Though very loyal to their owners, Dachshunds can take time to warm up to other people. A benefit, however, is that their relentless barking at the sign of strangers makes them an extremely handy, and compact, guard dog.
Dachshunds, true to their hunting lineage, love the outdoors. With a decent-sized yard to run around, they will frolic: chasing small animals, fervently barking and possibly digging a few holes. They will also be happy in an apartment (they are among the most popular city dogs), but require lots of play, interaction and regular walks to stay in physical and mental shape.