- The dachshund is a short-legged, long-bodied dog breed belonging to the hound family.
- The standard size dachshund was bred to scent, chase, and flush out badgers.
- Dachshund was developed to hunt smaller prey such as rabbits.
- In the American West they have also been used to hunt prairie dogs.
- The name "dachshund" is of German origin and literally means "badger dog".
- Because of their long, narrow build, they are often nicknamed hot dog, wiener dog or sausage dog.
History Of Dachshund
In its modern incarnation, the dachshund is a creation of German breeders and includes elements of German, French, and English hounds and terriers.
The original German dachshunds were larger than the modern full-size variety, weighing between 30 and 40 lb (14 and 18 kg), and originally came in straight-legged and crook-legged varieties.
There are huge differences of opinion as to when dachshunds were specifically bred for their purpose of badger hunting, as the American Kennel Club states the dachshund was bred in the 15th century, while the Dachshund Club of America states that foresters bred the dogs in the 18th or 19th century.