The dachshund, developed in Germany three centuries ago, is a perfect example of form following function. With his long, low body, prominent forechest and front legs designed for digging, the dachshund is well equipped for going underground to hunt badger and other den-dwelling animals. A versatile hunter, he has the instincts and intelligence to excel in conformation, earthdog, obedience, agility and tracking events. The clever, affectionate dachshund is an entertaining and devoted pet. The three varieties – longhaired, smooth, and wirehaired – compete separately. Within each variety the two sizes, miniature and standard, are shown together.