Coat type is often considered to be associated with characteristic temperaments; the long-haired variety, for instance, is considered to be less excitable than the other types because it was cross-bred with the Spaniel to obtain its characteristic long coat. Some who own long-haired Dachshunds might disagree with this statement, however. Because of the breed's characteristic barrel-like chest, the dachshund's lungs are unusually large, making for a sonorous bark that belies the dog's true size.
Dachshunds also tend to be barkers, with a voice that you would not expect from an animal that size. If you do not want a noisy dog, a Dachshund might not be for you. Many a doxie will bark fiercely at anyone who enters his home, whether that person is greeted warmly by you or not. While this can be a challenging trait for those who like to host company in their homes frequently, this can also make for an effective watch dog – at least until the intruder gets a glimpse of your mighty guard! A Dachshund can also be a strong protector of his family, as well as undeniably and ceaselessly loyal to his owner.