What is short, long and packs a big personality? The Dachshund! This breed was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 and originally comes from Germany.

History

According to the American Kennel Club, the Dachshund dates back to the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries when illustrations featured dogs with elongated bodies, short legs and hound-type ears. In fact, they were known for hunting badgers (Dachshund literally means “badger dog” in German) and noted to have the tracking ability of hounds with the proportions and temperaments of terriers. So, despite their lapdog reputation, Dachshunds are accomplished hunters.

Looks

We all know and love Dachshund’s short legs and long body. They are shown in two sizes, standard and miniature. Standard breeds typically weigh between 16 and 32 pounds, while miniatures are usually classified as 11 pounds and under.

Dachshunds are also known for their variation in coat. They can be smooth, wirehaired or longhaired. They even come in approximately 12 different colors. These include black and tan, red, blue and tan and more.
 

Characteristics

Dogtime.com describes the Dachshund as a versatile breed that make excellent family companions. They have consistently ranked near the top of the most popular dogs since the 1950s. Their adorable appearance and lively disposition have inspired many nicknames for the Dachshund, including wiener dog, hot dog, sausage dog, Doxie, Dashie, and (especially in Germany) Teckels, Dachels or Dachsels.

They have a playful nature and love to be close to their human companions. Because they are smart dogs, they sometimes have their own ideas when it comes to rules.

Fun Facts

  • During the post-war years, they were often referred to as “Badger Dog.”
  • Queen Victoria is known for her love of the breed.
  • They were the very first Olympic mascot for the Olympic Games (1972 Munich Olympic Games). The marathon route was even designed in the shape of a Dachshund.
  • Many celebrities (former and present) call Dachshunds family members including Adele, Doris Day, Joan Crawford, Kelsey Grammer, Jack Black and more.