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.
The wire-haired variety was emerged a little later, in the late 19th century. Some think they came about through crossing hard-coated terriers and wire-haired pinschers such as the Schnauzer, the Dandie Dinmont Terrier, German Wirehaired Pointer and Scottish Terrier, all crossed with the shorthaired Dachshund.
Whatever the real mix, the result is a dog with the diminutive stature of the dachshund and the distinctive beard and wiry coat of a terrier. And the heart of a devoted and loyal friend.
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