They're as beautiful as they are intelligent.
Alert, lively and active dogs.
Enjoy activities that take advantage of its keen sense of smell like earthdog trials and both outdoor and indoor tracking. Many retrieve tennis balls.
Because of their background as hunting dogs may engage in behaviors such as barking, scratching at the ground or digging and chasing wildlife.
May be suspicious or fearful of strangers, in some cases as a way to avoid discomfort from being picked up due to their long-backed body.
Did You Know?
As beautiful as they are intelligent, the famous Dachshund has often been called the ‘hot dog’ or ‘weiner dog’. But perhaps ‘Wurst’ dog might be more accurate, as some believe they originated in Germany around the 15th century.
There are two theories about how the longhaired version came about. The first is smooth Dachshunds would sometimes spontaneously produce puppies with longer hair. These puppies were then used in breeding – resulting in dogs that consistently had longer-haired litters. The second theory is the long-haired variant is the result of crosses between the smooth-haired dachshund, various spaniels and the German Stoberhund. The long and short of it, however, is that it doesn’t matter exactly how they came to be. We’re just glad that they’re here.
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