- Dachshund is a breed of dog, also known as wiener dogs, badger dogs, or sausage dogs. They are recognizable for their short legs and long bodies. Here are some other facts about Dachshunds.
- Dachshunds have been bred to be regular-sized (16-32 pounds) and miniature (11 pounds). An even smaller variety, known as rabbit-sized, is also bred. However, it is not a recognized breed according to the American Kennel Club.
- There are three coat types found in dachshunds: smooth coat (short hair), long-haired, and wire-haired.
- Their distinct long ears and long tail were purposely bred into the breed.
- The long, flap-down ears aid in protecting the ear canal from grass, dirt, and other things entering the ear while digging and burrowing.
- The long tail serves to help their master find them in tall grass and bushes.
- Their long spines and short legs make them prone to issues with their spines and knees.
- They began to be bred in the 18th century to hunt burrowing animals like badgers, rabbits and foxes.
- Dachshund is a German name, which translates to badger dog.
- Though discouraged by breeding associations, dachshund racing is an immensely popular spectator sport, often drawing large crowds to greyhound tracks for the infrequently occurring events.
- A Dachshund named Waldi was the first mascot of the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany.
- Famous Dachshund owners have included Grover Cleveland, John F. Kennedy, William Randolph Hurst, E.B White, Pablo Picasso, Clark Gable & Andy Warhol.