5 Facts About Dachshunds

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The Dachshund is known for their short legs, long body, and big personality. The “wiener dog” is small, lively, and clever. Here are a few more facts about Dachshunds:

1. Dachshunds Were Originally German Hunting Dogs

The Dachshund originated in Germany and is a national symbol of the country. Their roots go back over 600 years and were originally bred to be hunters of small game.

Their weasel-type bodies were perfect for chasing after prey that could hide in burrows, like badgers. Although they were prized for working independently, they could also be used in packs to help hunt larger prey, like wild boars.

Although they are not commonly used as hunting dogs now, they still have that instinct, which means they also have a high prey drive. Additionally, they are prone to barking. So, if you don’t want barking to become a nuisance behavior, you will need to train your dog to stop barking early on to help curb the behavior.

2. They Were the First Official Olympic Mascot

The very first Olympics with an official mascot was the Olympics Games held in Munich, Germany. Waldi was to represent agility, tenacity, and resistance, which were all traits of Olympic athletes. The Olympic Marathon route was even created in the shape of Waldi.

Waldi was based on a real-life long-haired Dachshund named Cherie von Birkenhof. German designer Otl Aicher created and designed Waldi. While he came in an array of color schemes, the main color scheme was a nod to the colors of the Olympic rings. Plush toys, plastic toys, and pins were made of Waldi, with over 2 million items sold.

3. Dachshunds Were Loved by Queen Victoria

Dachshunds became quite popular due to Queen Victoria. Her husband, Prince Albert of Germany, introduced her to the breed, and over the course of her life, she owned quite a few, with some even making it into some portraits with the Queen.

The Queen mentioned Dachshunds in letters and other correspondence. She has been quoted as saying, “nothing will turn a man’s home into a castle more quickly and effectively than a Dachshund”, and she would be an authority on the matter. Other royal owners include Princess Margaret, who had a Dachshund named Pipkin.

4. The Dog Came Before the Hot Dog

Dachshunds are often called wiener dogs because of their long, lean body that just so happens to resemble the popular food item. Some might think Dachshunds got the nickname from the food.

However, the original name for the hot dog was the Dachshund Sausage. This now popular food was named that because it so resembled the dog breed. Eventually, it became the hot dog.

5. There Are Dachshund Races

Australia began hosting Dachshund races in the 1970s. The early races featured Whippets, Afghan Hounds, and Dachshunds. The popularity took off, and now, races are held worldwide.

The Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals is held yearly in Southern California and has been going on since 1995. It’s merely a fun event, so there isn’t much seriousness to the races. Dachshunds certainly aren’t made to race, but that’s half the fun!

These are just a few facts about Dachshunds. If you think this could be the right dog breed for you, learn more about them, and then check out the available Dachshund puppies. You could end up finding a new best friend!