Dachshunds are curious little dogs – sometimes referred to as sausage dogs or doxies, they are a popular breed for their look alone! However, these canines have more about them than an odd way of walking!
Whether you are already a fan of dachshunds or are thinking of getting one of your own in the near future, here are a few facts worth knowing before you get to know them personally! You’ll likely find dachshunds to be loyal pets. Here’s a file of interesting facts about dachshunds on what to expect from the pups.
- Dachshunds are amongst the first breeds to have ever been registered by the American Kennel Club. They were first seen on the register back in 1885.
- They’ve been around for centuries. In fact, they were first bred three centuries ago back in Germany.
- In fact, they weren’t originally bred to look cute or dopey – they were bred to hunt. They were bred to hunt badgers, hence their rough translation into German as ‘Badger Hounds’.
- They were useful for hunting down badgers thanks to their short stature, and their sometimes fierce and feisty natures.
- Believe it or not, there are communities which race dachshunds, too. These races are generally started for fun, and it’s thought the trend traces all the way back to Australia back in the 1970s.
- There’s a regular race which takes place in San Diego. It’s called the Wienerschnitzel Wiener National!
- It’s not unheard of for German dog breeders to measure and class dachshunds based on the size of rabbit hole or tunnel they can dig into.
- Despite the fact that dachshunds look dopey, they can be vicious. It’s thought that they are actually some of the most aggressive breeds.
- A study undertaken in 2008 found that dachshunds were amongst the fiercer breeds towards other dogs as well as humans.
- Dachshunds have been cloned, too. In fact, the first ever dog to be cloned in the UK was a dachshund, by the name of Winnie.
- Winnie was cloned as a result of a competition. She was cloned through a skin sample, meaning that a ‘Mini Winnie’ now exists!
- It’s thought that dachshunds’ big ears come as a result of selective breeding. These ears help to keep the dogs free from grass and dirt that might lodge along a hunt.
- Bizarrely enough, there was a scheme set up by Nazis in World War I to encourage dachshunds to speak. Some believed that dachshunds could say ‘Mein Fuhrer’ – with one – allegedly – being able to complete such a feat.
- This highly suspect scheme was referred to as the ‘Hundespreschschule’, loosely translated as dog speaking school.
- Dachshunds are amongst the smallest dogs registered through the AKC. However, even the AKC recognizes that they are still amongst the fiercest!
- The USA tried to reclaim dachshunds for their own following years of German propaganda surrounding the dogs during wartime. They referred to them as ‘liberty dogs’.
- Dachshunds love to burrow, as is their innate, bred nature. This is why many owners find them burrowed beneath clothing!
- Dachshunds work well together when hunting, despite the fact that they are relatively small and light – compared to other hunting animals, in any case.
- Dachshunds can be unpredictable. Unfortunately, there have been cases where the dogs have sprung free from being held, only to cause themselves minor injuries.
- Believe it or not, a dachshund was the famous face of at least one Olympic Summer Games. Specifically, it was the Munich Games of 1972.
- Waldie the dachshund wasn’t the only dog-themed element of these Games. The track for the marathon that year was even shaped like a dachshund.
- Dachshunds tend to live longer than most dogs, with age expectancy likely to reach 15 years of age.
- Some of the oldest-living dogs on record have been dachshunds. These have included Chanel, who was 21 years old when she passed away.
- Other dachshunds, such as Scolly, have reached 20 years old with no trouble. Therefore, if you’re looking for an enduring pet, dachshunds are the way to go.
- It seems that dachshunds have an arty connection. Andy Warhol was famous for his pet dachshund, who would ‘answer’ questions during interviews.
- David Hockney depicted his pet dachshunds in over 45 different paintings.
- What’s more, Gary Larson – the cartoonist famous for the one-panel ‘Far Side’ cartoons – produced a book called ‘Wiener Dog Art’. This was a book full of dachshunds in famous pieces of classical artwork.
- Unfortunately, dachshunds are known to suffer with back problem. It’s thought that a quarter of all sausage dogs will suffer from IVDD, or intervertebral disc disease.
- Dachshunds are well-known for overeating, which means that they are prone to obesity. This can put extra strain on their backs and joints.
- Believe it or not, the hot dog was actually named after the dachshund – not the other way round. The original name for the cinema and stadium treat was a ‘dachshund sausage’.
- It’s normally not a good idea to house dachshunds with small pets. They are keen hunters – which means they may well see gerbils and hamsters as prey.
- Queen Victoria was very taken with dachshunds. “Nothing will turn a man’s home into a castle more quickly and effectively than a dachshund,” she stated.
- Dachshunds work incredibly hard – they are fiercely intelligent as well as being innate hunters. This means that they are unlikely to give up goals they have in mind.
- There are different sizes and types of dachshunds. Some are miniature, while you’ll find some have wiry or long hair.
- Not all dachshunds look the same. Believe it or not, there are 15 different colors of dachshund. You’ll also find that there are six different marking categories, too.
- A ‘celebrity’ dachshund known as Crusoe was notable for helping to bring IVDD to owners’ attentions. He underwent surgery for the condition.
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