Dachshunds Top 10 Facts

Today we will look at 10 interesting facts 
about Dachshunds you need to know!
  Dachshunds, often affectionately known as 
Doxies or Weiner dogs, are most famous for   Their adorable and quite funny shape. But these long bodies and short legs were   Intended for more than simply making 
humans fall in love with them.   Although they may not look it, Dachshunds were 
carefully bred to be ferocious hunters. They   Were employed on the trail to scramble down 
badger and rabbit holes to flush out prey.
  They are still used as hunting dogs, 
but most modern dachshunds are just as   Happy with daily playtime and lazing 
around the home with their humans.
  The Dachshund is undoubtedly one the most 
unmistakable dogs that are easy to spot   And even more effortless to love. They are an interesting breed that is   Fiercely loyal and make for wonderful pets. So let's get onto the facts about these dogs that   Will surely leave you amazed!
Fact number 1:   They have been around for a long time!
This breed actually first appeared in the   Early 1500s, but it wasn't until about 100 years 
later that they earned the name "Dachshund."   The original German dachshunds were bigger than 
the modern variety, weighing between 31 to 40 lb,   And initially came in both straight-legged 
and crook-legged varieties, with the modern   Dachshund being descended from the latter. What's more, Doxies were one of the first 14   Breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club. The 
Dachshund took its place on the registry in 1885,   Just one year after the organization's founding. These fierce little dogs descend from the Pinscher   And the miniature French Pointer. 
They have certainly inherited   Their looks and big personality too!
Moreover, while Dachshund's "Weiner dog"   Look is iconic, breeders created them for 
a particular function over many years.   They favored those with narrow, low-slung bodies 
for navigating through small holes and floppy ears   To protect their ear canals from dirt and bugs. Although it looks like they have weirdly long   Bodies, they're reasonably proportionate in size 
to other small hounds, being only a little longer;   It is their very short legs and rib 
cage that give them such an odd shape.   Even the curved tail of the Dachshund has 
deliberately been bred into the dog. It   Has a dual purpose: to be seen more easily 
in long grass and to help haul the dog out   If it becomes stuck in a burrow. So it seems 
that humans have had a heavy hand in shaping   This breed for over 400 years!
Fact number 2: They have a range of looks!
  The Dachshund has many distinct kinds of coat 
styles and coloring, and they are all equally   Adorable. Doxies can have smooth, wire-haired, 
or long-haired coats. Once upon a time,   All Dachshunds used to have smooth coats, 
and this variety is still the most popular.   We think that breeders likely crossed smooth 
Dachshunds with other dog breeds to produce the  

Other coat varieties. The smooth-haired 
Dachshunds are silky short-furred pups,   Whereas the wire-haired Dachshunds have more 
bristly and shaggy-looking coats. Meanwhile,   Long-haired Dachshunds are precisely what 
they sound like: long, smooth-haired dogs.   The list of standard coat colors 
the AKC recognizes is also huge and   Includes various combinations of black, 
brown, cream, and tan, as well as a red,   Fawn, and the unusually named Wheaton and Wild 
boar. That's a lot of different looks for one   Little dog! Which is your favorite?
Fact number 3: One size doesn't fit all!
  Doxies are all pretty petite, but they do 
come in 2 sizes: miniature and standard. The   American Kennel Club considers Dachshunds 
of 11 pounds or under as miniature,   Whereas those weighing between 16 to 32 pounds 
are regarded as standard. The standard version   Of the Dachshund was the original breed descended 
from the crooked-legged hunting hounds we learned   About earlier, and the miniature varieties didn't 
come about until later on. Both are popular,   With one being more suited to an indoor urban 
lifestyle while the other fits in well with more   Active households. Regardless of size, weiner dogs 
rank among the top 10 most popular breeds in 76 of   190 major US cities surveyed by the AKC.
Fact number 4: They go by many names!
  As you may have already realized, the Dachshund 
seems to have more aliases than any spy. They're   Known by a variety of names, including badger 
dogs, sausage dogs, weiner dogs, and Doxies.
  The original name dachshund is 
actually made of two German words:   Dachs, meaning badger, and hund, meaning dog.
In Germany, dachshunds are also widely called   Dackel; however, there are hunters that refer 
to them as teckel. This causes some to think   That it's a different breed of dog entirely. 
Yet, in reality, dackel and teckel are just   Two different words for the same lovable pup!
One of the reasons for these many names is that   The popularity of this breed declined during 
the War since they were used as anti-Germany   Propaganda. Posters emblazoned with the 
Dachshund's image would proclaim, "We love dogs,   But not this one," and propaganda literature would 
liken the German Kaiser to a rabid Dachshund.   While this wasn't a good look for the docile 
Doxie, their popularity would once again soar   In the years that followed the War. To counteract negative connotations,   The AKC tried rebranding Dachshunds as "badger 
dogs," and even as "liberty pups." Since those   Names never really stuck, we are not sure how well 
it worked, but by any name, we are glad they are   Still around. ===
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Fact number 5: The food was named after them!
Although it may seem counterintuitive,   It is thought that the deli food name 'hot 
dog' was coined because of the iconic looks   Of the Dachshund. Remember, this is an 
old breed, older than the food concept.   As the story goes, hot dogs were initially called 
"Hot Dachshunds," but a sports cartoonist named   "Tad" Dorgan had a hard time spelling it. So Tad nicknamed the food "hot dogs,"   And it stuck.
Weirdly enough,   Things have come full circle, and now Dachshunds 
are often called wiener dogs because of their   Long bodies that resemble hotdogs! So perhaps there should be a new saying:   'What came first, the Dachshund 
or the Hot Dog?''
  Fact number 6: They have a history in sport!
The official mascot for the 1972 Munich Olympic   Games was a colorful stylized Dachshund named 
Waldi, created by the German designer Otl Aicher.   Waldi was based on a real long-haired Dachshund 
named Cherie von Birkenhof and was created to   Represent the attributes described as required 
for athletes — resistance, tenacity, and agility.
  This was actually the first time the Olympics had 
a mascot, and the Olympic officials even went so   Far as to plot that year's marathon 
route in the shape of a Dachshund.
  What's more, Waldi-related items were sold 
worldwide. The Doxie mascot was available as a   Plush toy and plastic toy; it appeared on buttons, 
posters, stickers, and as a pin. Additionally,   The overall bill for the 1972 games was $750 
million, which was more than three times the   Amount Mexico spent on the 1968 games. This 
resulted in some unofficial posters of Waldi   Appearing, depicting the mascot using 
the Olympic Tower as a Fire Hydrant.
  Moreover, Dachshund races started in Australia 
in the 1970s and have since spread worldwide.   The Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals have been 
going on every year in Southern California   Since 1995. It's not a very serious sport, 
since Dachshunds were never meant to be   Racing dogs, but it sure is fun to watch. Fact number 7: They were born to be hunters!
  As you now know, the word Dachshund means "badger 
dog" in German, and the breed is true to its name.   The tiny but mighty standard Dachshund 
was notoriously good at catching badgers   Burrowed in their holes. This breed's short 
legs help keep them low to the ground,   Allowing them to track scents, and their narrow 
bodies enable them to crawl into burrows looking   For prey. Despite their small size, Dachshunds 
are very brave and fierce. Yet badgers aren't   The only animals Doxies are good at hunting. Over 
the years, they were bred in different varieties   In order to hunt different kinds of prey. They 
have also been known to track wounded deer,   Flush out foxes, and even take on wild boar 
and wolverines! Even the miniature Doxie's   Small size doesn't stop them from catching small 
game like rabbits and squirrels.
  Fact number 8: They're really 
good at the sport Earthdog!
 

The Dachshund's specially shaped body and talent 
for digging make them pros in the earthdog world.   If you're unfamiliar with earthdog, it's 
essentially a sport where dogs run through   Man-made holes dug in the ground to mark a scent. 
These tests gauge how good a hunter your dog   Really is. They're non-competitive and every dog 
is judged individually on their ability to seek   And locate rats underground. But fear not, rodent 
lovers: In these tests, the rats are safely caged   And are never harmed! Dachshunds are clearly well 
suited to this task. They are naturals at earthdog   And are one of the most common dogs to be used in 
these competitions; after all, it's what they were   Bred them to do! ===
  What's your favorite fact about Dachshunds? Let us know in the comments and share your   Thoughts with other enthusiasts!
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  Fact number 9: They're a favorite of the famous!
As we mentioned, this is an old breed,   And that means they've been popular with a lot 
of people throughout history. The breed garnered   So much favor in early 19th century Europe 
after Queen Victoria expressed them as her   Favorite breed. To quote the queen, "Nothing 
will turn a man's home into a castle more   Quickly and effectively than a Dachshund."
Additionally, the current Queen of Denmark,   Margrethe II also has a particular fondness 
for dachshunds and has kept many throughout   Her life. Her 80th birthday, celebrated in 2020, 
was marked by posing with one of her favorites,   Lilia, on the grounds of Fredensborg Castle.
Other famous and celebrity owners of this   Breed include the artists Andy Warhol and 
Pablo Picasso. Actors Jack Black and Josh   Duhamel. Musician Adele, and Presidents Grover 
Cleavland and briefly John F. Kennedy before he   Realized he was allergic to them. With company 
like that, it is impossible to deny just how   Well-loved these dogs are! Fact number 10: They can live forever?
  Well not exactly. Let us explain: Dachshunds do 
typically live 13-to-16 years which is longer   Than most dog breeds on average. In fact, 
two of the 23 dogs to hold the Guinness   World Record for the oldest living dog have 
been Dachshunds. As impressive as that is,   There's another thing to consider. The 
first British dog to be ever successfully   Cloned was a Dachshund named Winnie. Winnie's owner entered a contest to win the   Chance to have her dog cloned—a procedure 
that would usually cost over $60,000.   Scientists from South Korea then took a skin 
sample from Winnie and created Mini-Winnie.   Her owner says Mini-Winnie looks precisely like 
Winnie looked when she was a puppy. Mini-Winnie   Is healthy and is expected to live a long life. 
The original Winnie is over 12 years old now,   But because her clone is genetically 
the same dog, theoretically, if they   Were cloned every decade or so, they could 
be considered to be biologically immortal.   Obviously, they can't really be regarded as 
the same dog, just like how identical twins  

Are not the same person. There will always 
be other factors affecting personality,   Looks, behavior, and temperament. But it is comforting to know that   Even old neutered or spayed dogs have a 
chance of having a long-lasting legacy.   Dachshunds are clearly a fascinating breed 
and one we think is well worth learning more   About!
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