The Dachshund has often been called the ‘hot dog’ or ‘wiener dog’.
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 is some evidence to suggest that the breed may also have been around in Greece, Egypt, China and Mexico – quite a long way for their trademark little legs to carry them.
The short-haired type (sometimes called the ‘smooth variety’) is the oldest and first Dachshund. Their standard size is the default size of the breed (before
it was further diversified and miniaturized). Ask any owner, and they’ll probably agree you just can’t beat a true original.
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