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Sebastian Acosta
Sebastian grew up on a goat farm in rural Wisconsin. He learned a lot about different animals as a youngster. While he is no longer in charge of feeding the kids, he still helps maintain the family farm on the weekends. In his free time, he travels the world and finds every opportunity to escape in nature.
  • 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.

Appearances

  • 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.

Breeding Purposes

  • They began to be bred in the 18th century to hunt burrowing animals like badgers, rabbits and foxes.

Fun Facts 

  • 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.
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