Interesting Stuff About The Dachshund Breed

Dachshunds are also known as sausage dogs, badger dogs or wiener dogs. The Dachshunds are a loveable and energetic dog breed. The long-bodied, short-legged, hound type dogs are known for their endearing personality.

The Dachshund can come in two sizes, but both share the same personality traits.






The standard-size Dachshunds are developed to chase, scent and flush out burrow dwelling animals like the badgers. The miniature Dachshunds, on the other hand, are bred to hunt small animals, like mice or rabbits.

What were they bred for?

Dachshund‘s origin

The country of the Dachshund's origin can be traced back to old Europe. However, the Germans' selective breeding technique changed the appearance of this dog breed significantly, which created the Dachshunds look of today!

While in 1913 the Dachshunds were one of the most popular dogs, during the First World War, the dog breed went through a rough genocide as they were associated to the Germans.

Dachshund Dog Statues

How The Dachshunds Got Their Name

In German, ‘dachs’ meant badger, and ‘hund’ signifies dog. These two German words, when combined, offered the name, i.e. Dachshund or Badger dog.

The Second Genocide 

During the Second World War, the same thing got repeated. During this time, the Dachshunds were used in the US, France, and England to depict different wartime propaganda pieces. However, the violence was of a lesser extent compared to the First World War.

Badger Dogs

To protect the Dachshunds from facing a similar type of violence toward them caused in World War I. People called the Dachshund dogs badger dogs during the Second World War.

However, once the war was over, the popularity of these dogs soared once again.

Dog racing and Dachshunds became very common during this time, especially in Australia.

DATE - 1970

The Dachshunds became the first official mascot at the 1972 summer Olympics in Munich. Wadi, the Dachshund, represented the Olympics! Even the marathon route resembled the shape of the Dachshund.

1972 Summer Olympics

Cloned Dog - Fact

The first-ever British cloned dog was in fact a Dachshund called Minnie Winnie in 2014

Dachshunds are one of the most popular dog breeds in the world.   The loveable, peppy and playful Dachshunds are genuinely the best pet for every home.

Here is our Dachshund Dexter loving his healthy carrot treat



By Teresa Milne