My dogs have Dachshund cousins, and I have always been a bit partial to the Dashshund breed. There also are some interesting mixes involving Dachshunds, including the Dachshund and Shih Tzu mix, also known as the Schweenie.
Schweenie Puppy Photo Credit: Tony Alter (Flickr Creative Commons)
Both Dachshunds and Shih Tzus are known to be highly loyal and protective breeds. A Schweenie will commonly be extrememly attached to the owner, but this can result in instances of separation anxiety. They also can be a bit tempermental. They are not necessarily the best dogs to have with children unless they are well socialized to them from a young age.
The coat is soft is silky. Regular grooming is required to avoid matting. The Sweenie is a cutie and is quite lovable. The dogs are also highly intelligent. But be prepared to do plenty of training to keep that intelligence working and out of trouble!